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February 25, 2008

Meet Michelle Brasure, NLM Informationist Fellow

The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota is pleased to welcome Michelle Brasure as the new NLM Informationist Fellow. Michelle will be doing her practicum and research components of the fellowship at the Bio-Medical Library, while she works toward completing her MLIS degree in December 2009.

You can learn more about Michelle's background and research interests via this PowerPoint presentation.

Welcome Michelle!

February 20, 2008

New Blog Format for HSLM Newsletter

HSLM Colleagues,

At the November 2007 HSLM Board meeting, the Board voted to cease the print publication of the Health Informer in favor of creating it solely within the blog format.

Posting content to the blog has numerous benefits, one of which is a blog offers a timely way to stay current on what is going on within the HSLM community.

In the past, the print publication of the HI had a specific format it followed with sections such as Notes From the Chair, HSLM News, Library News, Member News, and Opportunities. These headers can easily be recreated as blog categories for future postings.

I'd like to get some feedback from HSLM members on how they would prefer to stay current on new items posted to the blog. One option would be to send all HSLM members an email notification when something new is posted, or another way is to sign up to the blog's RSS feed (located on the right side of the screen under Links). Please feel free to drop me an email (lmcguire@umn.edu) or post a comment to this message via the blog on your preference.

The HSLM blog will only be relevant for our users if users come forward to tell us about what is going on with your library! This is an open call for everyone to contribute to the content. Email me your posting --- it can be about news from your library, your own presentations or published papers, job opportunities, etc.


Lisa McGuire
Assistant Librarian, Bio-Medical Library
University of Minnesota
Blog editor

February 15, 2008

From the GMR: CE Opportunities in Outreach

The GMR is pleased to announce the availability of two classes from the OERC (Outreach Evaluation Resource Center) outreach evaluation workshop series to be offered at two different times during the upcoming year. These classes are approved for MLA continuing education credit. The classes are Community Assessment (3 hours) Course #3013; and Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs (3 hours) Course #3011.

The GMR will sponsor the classes to be held in Chicago at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences on March 13, 2008. These classes on March 13th will be offered free to Network members; however, transportation and lodging will not be covered by the GMR. Class size will be limited to approximately 20 attendees for each class. Community Assessment #3013 will begin at 9:00 am; Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs #3011 will be offered at 1:00 pm.

To register for either or both of these classes (or request more information about them) please go to the following URL:

Enter "Outreach Class" as the subject line. Include your complete contact information (address, phone number, institution) and indicate if you are interested in attending one (indicate which) or both classes. Click "Send Email" when complete.

For more information about these classes, see http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/outreach_evaluation_series/index.html

The Midwest Chapter of MLA will also offer these classes during its 2008 Conference to be held in Troy, Michigan, on October 17-21, 2008. More information about these classes will be forthcoming from the Midwest/MHSLA Planning Committee.

February 4, 2008

MLA webcast - GMR Sponsorship Available

Hello HSLM members - as you may have seen, the GMR will sponsor up to two sites in Minnesota for the March 5th MLA Webcast on Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices. Because HSLM just hosted a day-long seminar on Web 2.0 technologies in September, no one the HSLM Board was planning to sponsor a site in the Twin Cities. Doreen Roberts in Duluth is planning to request sponsorship for the webcast at St. Luke's Hospital, so there is still sponsorship of one site available. The deadline to apply is February 15th.

If you're interested in hosting a viewing of the webcast at your site and would like to request sponsorship from the GMR, instructions are in the extended entry. It would probably be a good idea to send an email to the HSLM listserv if you're planning to apply, so that if there's interest from more than one site we can be strategic about where we hold the webcast.


The GMR will again sponsor a number of MLA Webcast sites throughout the region.

Information on NN/LM-GMR Sponsorship of the March 5, 2008, MLA webcast sites for: Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices: Discovering the Participatory Web is available at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast.html and is included below.

The GMR will be sponsoring the registration costs for up to two sites per state in the region for this webcast. You can find more information on this event by visiting http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/web2.0/

Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations.

To submit your request to be a sponsored site:
1. A pdf version of the registration form may be found at http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/web2.0/web2.0_site_reg.pdf

2. Complete the form, but do not include purchase order or credit card information; no payment is required.

3. Do not send the form to MLA. Instead, fax the completed form to Nelly Cruz, GMR Information Service Supervisor:
312-996-2226 (fax).

4. IMPORTANT: Along with your fax, please describe how many attendees you expect to draw at your location and how you plan to promote this webcast to those in your area. You may write this information on the form, a cover sheet or include it in the email.

5. After faxing the registration, please email Holly Burt at haburt@uic.edu to let us know it is on the way and to verify your email address. If there additional contacts for your webcast site (e.g. a co-coordinator), please include their email address(es) in your message. Finally, if the site location differs from the sponsoring institution, note how your information should be listed on our webpage (see GMR Sponsored Webcast Sites at http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcastsites.html).

6. The deadline to submit registration and information to the GMR is Friday, February 15, 2008.

For more information, call 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office or in the Chicago metro area 312-996-2464 or email gmr4u@uic.edu.

Selection Process: Site selection will be based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees. Up to two (2) sites per state will be funded. Selections will be made by Wednesday, February 20,
2008, and all submitters will be informed of the GMR's decisions. Please note that the GMR will be covering the costs for Site Participation only, not Individual Participation.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator at 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office or in the Chicago metro area 312-996-2464.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226