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July 19, 2008

Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award

HSLM members and colleagues, please consider the Distinguished Librarian of the Year award. Please read the full announcement from the Midwest Chapter.

Sharon Kambeitz, MLIS, AHIP
Midwest Chapter Representative/Minnesota

Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association – Distinguished Librarian of the Year 2008

This special award recognizes the members from our chapter who made significant contributions to health science librarianship and the Chapter. Established in 2005 we have recognized the following librarians:
Christopher Shaffer – 2005
Carole Gilbert – 2006
Margaret (Peggy) Richwine – 2007
The recipient receives a commemorative plaque and a check for $500 which will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Business Meeting, October 20, 2008 at the Detroit Marriott Troy in Troy, Michigan.

The Nomination Criteria and the Nomination Requirements are found on the Midwest Chapter/MLA web page – Chapter Awards. http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards
The deadline for submission is August 18, 2008.

Think about nominating a colleague or leader in the chapter for this award and the impact they have had on medical librarianship. Visit the Midwest Chapter website to start the application process. We look forward to your nomination for this prestigious award.

For further information, please contact:

Dottie Hawthorne, MSL, AHIP-D
Outreach Librarian
Mayo Clinic Libraries
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

July 16, 2008

Free NLM Training in Minneapolis in September


There will be two free hands-on online database classes offered in Minneapolis at the Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall, 505 Essex Street SE, University of Minnesota available to all US residents. The local contact is Martha Hardy, 612 624-3128, hardy017@umn.edu
Please do not contact Martha to register for the class, see the link below.

The NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov (3.5 MLA CE Hours) will be on Monday, September 15, 2008 from 1:00 to 4:30pm. The NLM Gateway & Clinical Trails database is of particular interest to public and consumer health librarians and all health information consumers

The PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours) class will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

There have been many recent enhancements to PubMed®, including:
*Additions to “My NCBI? to allow for customize of your display, choosing your own filters, saving citations and generating automatic email alerts from PubMed®.
*Citation “sensors?.
*NEW “Automatic term mapping?.
*NEW Advanced search

All these classes are intended for health sciences library staff, public librarians, health professionals and anyone interested in using the National Library of Medicine databases which are renowned.

These classes are taught by two trainers from the National Training Center & Clearinghouse, 800-338-7657 (press 2), of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Library of Medicine. All training materials will be provided free of charge.

To register for this class, please go to:


July 15, 2008

From the GMR: New website from NLM History of Medicine Division: AIDS Ephemera

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM - this is an interesting online collection!

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce our newest website, AIDS Ephemera, based on an exhibit of that name at the NLM from November 2002 to June 2003.

AIDS was first identified in 1981 and the initial response to the disease generated ephemeral public health materials, such as buttons, posters, cards, comic books, and even lunch boxes. Since AIDS was both incurable and invariably fatal, these messages of prevention were the only effective steps public health officials could take.

Produced by government health departments as well as private organizations, these ephemeral objects became an important medium for messages of awareness, prevention, compassion, and responsibility. Buttons and posters provided information on disease symptoms and safe practices, while comic books spun tales of the consequences of risky sex and needle sharing.

The materials for this website are drawn from the NLM’s Prints & Photographs collection. Many donors contributed these materials—we wish to take special note of the contributions of William H. Helfand, who, as a consultant to the Library, organized and carried out a project to secure AIDS posters from the many agencies and organizations that were producing and distributing them in the 1980s and '90s.

Please visit the site at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aidsephemera

From the GMR: Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 Meeting

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

Subject: Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 Meeting Announcement

You and others in your organizations may wish to "attend" the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, which will hold its fourth meeting on July 30, 2008, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the Internet (via WebEx software). This meeting will be the equivalent of an in-person meeting of the Committee and will be open to the public. Please feel free to forward this announcement to your members.

Members of the public are invited to listen to the online Committee meeting. To listen to the Committee meeting, individuals must pre-register to attend at the Healthy People Web site at http://www.healthypeople.gov. There will be no opportunity for oral public comments during the online meeting.

Written comments are welcome throughout the development process of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2020. They can be submitted through the Healthy People Web site at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/comments/ or they can be e-mailed to HP2020@hhs.gov. Please note that the public comment Website will be updated throughout the Healthy People development process, so people should return to the site frequently to provide their input.

Participation in the meeting is limited. Registrations will be accepted until maximum WebEx capacity is reached and must be completed by close of business EDT on July 29, 2008. A waiting list will be maintained should registrations exceed WebEx capacity. Individuals on the waiting list will be contacted as additional space for the meeting becomes available. For detailed instructions about how to make sure that your windows-based computer and browser are set up for WebEx, please visit the “Secretary’s Advisory Committee? page of the Healthy People Web site at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/advisory/default.asp.

Registration questions may be directed to Hilary Scherer at HP2020@norc.org (e-mail), (301) 634-9374 (phone), or (301) 634-9301 (fax).


Lisa A. Lang, MPP Assistant Director for Health Services Research Information Head, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) National Library of Medicine 301-435-2242 langl@nlm.nih.gov

July 8, 2008

From the GMR: PubMed online search clinic, 7/17/08 at 1:00 CT

A thirty minute online search clinic will be presented by the NLM® and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) via Adobe® Connect™ on Thursday, July 17, 2008 (2:00 pm ET). The presentation will cover changes to PubMed including how PubMed handles your search (the new automatic term mapping process and the citation sensor, and Advanced Search beta).

For more information and access to the meeting, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/pmupdate08.html. Please note that, due to technical limitations, there is a maximum capacity of 300 participants permitted. The clinic will be recorded and available for viewing at this address.

From the GMR: Request for Network Member Feedback

Dear Network Member,

The GMR is extending an invitation for all network members to provide feedback about the strengths of its program and future directions it should take. This project will help us prepare for the upcoming site visit from the National Library of Medicine on August 12, 2008. The goal of the site visit is to help GMR and NLM understand how the RML is serving its network membership, learn how GMR can strengthen its program to meet current and emerging needs in the region, and gather ideas for how NLM can support the national network.

To access our feedback form, please click on the link below. You can answer as many questions as you want or provide other comments.


The responses from this questionnaire will be provided unedited (but without names attached) to those involved in the site visit, specifically the visiting site team along with the staff from GMR and NLM. These responses will also be included in the site team's written report, which is made available to GMR staff. GMR, in turn, may decide to share the site visit report with advisors or groups such as our Regional Advisory Committee.

We will be collecting responses through July 14th. Your responses are very important to us, so please take a few moments to send your feedback!


Kate Carpenter, GMR Director <khc@uic.edu>

and Ruth Holst, GMR Associate Director <rholst@uic.edu>

July 3, 2008

From the GMR: Sewell Fund Stipends for APHA-July 25 Deadline

Please see the following message forwarded on behalf of the MLA Public Health/Health Administrative Section. Note: July 25 deadline.

Do you work with public health professionals? Are you interested in public health? Are you interested in attending the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting?

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in San Diego, CA from October 25 - 29, 2008. Its theme is Public Health Without Borders.

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. is offering stipends to librarians and other information professionals to help cover the costs of their attending and/or participating in this meeting. Successful applicants from the greater San Diego area will receive a stipend of at least $650. Successful applicants from outside greater San Diego will receive at least $1,000. This amount covers most of the APHA Membership at $195 and Early Bird (pre-August 15, 2008) Member Registration at $380. Though significant, these amounts will NOT cover all costs, so stipend recipients will need to find additional monies to cover remaining costs.

Completed applications are due July 25, 2008--just over 3 weeks from today. To apply, download the Word application form at http://phha.mlanet.org/activities.html. Add all required application materials to the completed form and send as a SINGLE email attachment to Joey Nicholson at jnicholson@nyam.org.

For more information, contact Joey Nicholson at jnicholson@nyam.org.

Joey Nicholson
Chair, Client Relations Committee
PH/HA Section, MLA

July 2, 2008

Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarships Committee announces it is seeking nominations for the Chapter's 2008 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award. The intent of this Award is to recognize individuals, groups, libraries, or organizations for their creative approaches to delivering and/or managing health information. It includes a cash prize of $500 !

After our HSLM Board Meeting, I am still in awe of all the projects that members are involved in. Please think about some of your own projects you have recently initiated, participated in, or are currently involved with. Or are there projects or accomplishments you described (or will be describing) in a paper or poster presentation at a conference? Then you're the one(s) to nominate yourselves or others. Please fill out the application for the award. You deserve to be recognized! Additional information about the Innovation Award at: http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/2008/Innovation%20Award%202008.pdf.

The nomination form is at: http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/2008/Innovation%20Award%20Nomination%20Form%202008.pdf. Note: The application deadline is August 18, 2008. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Sharon Kambeitz, MLIS, AHIP
Coordinator, Library Outreach Services
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
HSLM Representative to Midwest Chapter
Phone: 612-863-9060
Email: sharon.kambeitz@allina.com