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April 28, 2008

Virtual Book Collection Question for Group

Hello colleagues:

We have been working on evaluating our print book collection at Allina and we are investigating the issues around moving towards a completely virtual book collection.

We have added a significant number of e-books this past year from Rittenhouse (R2Library) and Proquest (myiLibrary), to an already existing collection of e-books, but we are still faced with updating core texts in print or not. I have seen discussion on the HLS-List and Medlib-L, but I wondered what was happening closer to home.

Has anyone moved to a completely electronic e-book collection?
Do you anticipate doing so in the next 3-5 years?
Are there gaps of coverage availability in the medical e-book market that you have noticed?
Are your e-books getting used? What are your usage statistics looking like?
What types of extra promotion have you done or do you think is necessary to get the word out on e-books?

Anything you might want to share on this topic would be appreciated!

Pam Barnard

Pamela Barnard, MSLS, AHIP
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Library Services
e-mail: pamela.barnard@allina.com
phone: 612-863-3289

April 25, 2008

AHIP Credentialing Update

MLA's AHIP Credentialing Committee (CC) has completed its annual report for 2007 - 2008. As your AHIP representative to Midwest Chapter/MLA I wanted to bring a few highlights to your attention.

* A newly designed online portfolio and online Point Index is available. Check out the www.mlanet.org web site for a preview.
* The option to have Doody librarian selector work used for AHIP points was added to the Credentialing Meeting in Chicago. They were unable to conclude the work necessary to vote this into effect, but are hoping the final vote will come in Chicago. I had personally made recommendations for this and worked on a subcommittee to advocate for librarian selectors who worked on the Doody's Core Titles project. I'm confident the decision will be positive.
* 135 portfolios were reviewed successfully for AHIP members at the same level or higher. In addition, there were 18 new Provisional members for 2007.
* Check the MLA News April edition for a couple of published articles on changes made based on an Academy nationwide survey.
* Those who work on Web Sites, Mailing Lists, and Listservs will receive AHIP points. More information is available on www.mlanet.org
* In the future you will be able to renew at the same level with a credit card with no additional paperwork. This will happen after MLA purchases a new membership database system and after the Credentialing Committee implements a renewal system.
* The Academy has heard a strong voice from members that they would like a secure online application. I hope the CC will find a way to implement this long-needed feature. For those who are attending the Chicago meeting I encourage you to speak to Academy staff and/or the Credentialing Committee members to express your concerns.

I hope this update has been helpful.

AHIP Liaison to Midwest Chapter
Sharon Kambeitz-Lumphrey, MLIS, AHIP
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 612-863-9060 Fax: 612-863-5695
Email: sharon.kambeitz@allina.com

April 23, 2008

Job Opportunity at the University of Minnesota: Liaison & Outreach Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries

Please see the announcement for the position of Liaison & Outreach Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota! The position is available immediately, and open until filled.

See the description here: https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=71595

Feel free to contact me with any questions about the position:evfine@umn.edu, or 612-624-6492.

April 21, 2008

From the GMR: Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinators

See the below message from Ruth Holst at the GMR. The Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Minnesota is Paul Dahl, at the Minnesota Department of Health Library.

A major focus for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) during the current five-year contract is emergency preparedness. Many of your organizations have enhanced their efforts to prepare for natural disasters, man-made disasters, and new security threats, and many of you are already involved in some of that planning.

The NN/LM has been working on a National Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Plan intended to promote emergency preparedness planning among Network Members and to provide some basic tools and resources to assist with this process. To assist with implementation of the National Plan, one Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator has been designated for each state in our region.

The purpose of this message is to announce these individuals to you. Below is the list of Regional Coordinators arranged by state. These ten individuals will comprise the GMR Emergency Preparedness Working Group, which will be chaired by Logan Ludwig of Loyola University Medical Center. The Working Group held its first meeting on April 16th during which Dan Wilson, Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Planning for NN/LM, introduced them to the national plan and facilitated a discussion about goals and issues for the region.

This is just the beginning. You will be hearing more from the Regional Coordinators at your state meetings in the months to come and more information from the GMR about resources and possible training opportunities. We will be using the GMRLIST and the GMR Blog, The Cornflower (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/) to communicate with you about this important topic.

Regional Coordinators

IL Logan Ludwig, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Chair
IN Joan Zivich, Community Hospital, Munster
IA Linda Walton, University of Iowa, Hardin Library of the Health Sciences, Iowa City
KY Mary Congleton, Southern Kentucky AHEC, Mt. Vernon
MI Barbara Platts, Munson Healthcare, Traverse City
MN Paul Dahl, RN Barr Public Health Library, Minnesota Dept. of Health, St. Paul
ND Ann Pederson, Altru Hospital, Grand Forks
OH Maryann Mlodzik, Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls
SD Pat Hamilton, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City
WI Robert Koehler, Meriter Hospital Park, Madison

April 17, 2008

Funding Opportunity: AIDS Community Information Outreach 2008

AIDS Community Information Outreach 2008

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:
-Information retrieval
-Skills development
-State-of-the-art resources
-Resource development
-Document Access

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
-Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community
-Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources
-Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health
-Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services
-Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Monday, June 16, 2008.

The solicitation for the 2008 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted at http://www.sis.nlm.nih.gov/hiv/2008aidsrfq.html.

Previously funded AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects are posted at http://www.sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/aids_cio_projects.html.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding the Request for Quotations (RFQ) or submission of the proposal, please contact Robin Hope-Williams, the NLM Contracting Officer, at (301) 496-6546 or email to: rhwilli@mail.nih.gov.