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August 27, 2008

From the GMR: Professional Development Grant for Hospital and Clinical Librarians

The Hospital Library Section of the Medical Library Association would like to announce the availability of the following funding opportunity. Please excuse any duplication.

HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant for Hospital and Clinical Librarians

Applications Due December 1, 2008

Are you looking for financial support to, advance your professional education, attend a meeting or conduct research?

The HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant helps librarians in hospitals and other clinical care settings to acquire knowledge and skills through educational or research activities.

Further information and an application are located at http://www.mlanet.org/pdf/grants/hls_app_20080611.pdf For any additional questions, please contact Jury Chair, Karen Roth, at Karen.Roth@bayacare.org or via phone at

Searching for Online Health Information

In 2007, 56 percent of American adults—more than 122 million people—sought information about a personal health concern, up from 38 percent in 2001, according to a new national study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC).

August 26, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday to My Health Minnesota -> Go Local


My Health Minnesota -> Go Local (http://medlineplus.gov), a free
database of health services throughout Minnesota, recently celebrated its
first birthday! The project is sponsored by the University of Minnesota
Health Sciences Libraries, the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and the MINITEX
Library and Information Network, in collaboration with the National Library
of Medicine. This project joined others across the country to link the
trusted health information from MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov) with
information about local health services. People can use Go Local to find
hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists,
libraries, rehabilitation programs, and other health services in the Land
of 10,000 Lakes, plus reliable health information about a multitude of
diseases and conditions. My Health Minnesota -> Go Local continues to
grow daily as we add resources throughout the state.

In its first year, My Health Minnesota -> Go Local has been used by
people all over Minnesota, plus across the United States and in other parts
of the world. You’re invited to check out this resource for yourself
(http://medlineplus.gov), and to submit feedback or suggest resources to be
included. The database is searchable by location, diseases/health issues,
and providers/facilities/health services. Give it a try and let us know
what you think!

Please direct questions and comments to golocal@umn.edu.

August 25, 2008

From the GMR: Podcasting class in Chicago in September

Hello all,

Please see the announcement for a class on podcasting in Chicago in September. It's probably a little far to travel for a three hour class, but this might be something we'd be interested in having taught here as an HSLM event at some point.

The class: Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast is scheduled for September 23, 2008 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Is there a broadcaster, announcer, or speaker inside you, just itching to get out? Think of this class as one way to unleash your inner podcaster. Promoting your services is challenging today with media and advertising coming from all sides. Perhaps podcasting can help you out! Want to learn how podcasts can help and how to make your own? This hands-on class is designed to provide a fun yet informative introduction to podcasting and how you can utilize this technology in your library services, to enable your users to access the information whenever they want, wherever they want and however they want it. Basic steps and suggestions on how to make a podcast will be covered and students will be able to enjoy hands-on practice on popular audio recording and editing software and make their first personal podcast. This course has been approved for 3 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.

For more details, please visit: http://nnlm.gov/training/podcast/

Contact Max Anderson at max@uic.edu to register for this class.

Class will be held in room 303 of LHS - University of Illinois at Chicago.



Max C Anderson, MLIS
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996.2008 Phone
312.996.2226 FAX

August 15, 2008

2008 Annual Meeting Minutes

The 2008 Annual Meeting Minutes can be found here

From the GMR: Disaster Stories Posted to the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.
Last year, several NN/LM librarians from across the United States generously shared their personal stories about disaster or emergency situations with Robin Featherstone, an National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellow. As was originally planned, a Web site has been created to provide a platform for sharing these stories.

The site I created includes an individual link for each of the stories, the ability for others to comment on posted stories, and a Google map, which will help visualization of the diversity among the stories. By clicking on each of the individual icons on the Google Map, you will be linked to the individual stories. The Library Disaster Stories site is a part of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit and can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/ep/lessons-learnedstories-told/

We hope you will enjoy the site and share it with your colleagues. Soon, all of the stories will be individually listed under the Google Map. In addition, a “Submit Your Own Story? function will be added, which will open up the possibilities of this site. We are very appreciative of the librarians who have shared their stories and hope that this site will encourage others to share their experiences.

If you have questions about the site or the submission of stories, you may contact Dan Wilson (editor of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit) at dtw2t@eservices.virginia.edu or Susan Yowell (project assistant) at ssy2n@virginia.edu.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Emily Vardell
NLM Associate Fellow 2007-08

Hmong Community Dialogue

For those of you who serve Hmong communities:

There will be a community dialogue with Hmong community members in the Twin Cities to engage people in a beginning process, to improve health in the community. This will be on Wednesday, August 20th. Time: 5:00-7:30.

It is an initiative for healthy immigrant communities, spearheaded by West Side Community Health Services
and Neighborhood House.

We are looking for families and health care professionals to attend. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please invite them. We ask that they RSVP to Janeth, her number is listed on the flyer.
Also, there will be childcare available for the meeting, but families would have to let Janeth know in advance.

It's not too late to RSVP (so we can have enough food and childcare, if needed.) Please call East Side Family Clinic manager: Janeth 651-793-2270.