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September 26, 2008

The deadline to apply for GMR sponsorship of MLA webcast is next Friday!

The deadline to apply for the GMR sponsorship of the MLA November Webcast sites is next Friday, October 3rd, and we have not yet of any sites in Minnesota wanting to host! The GMR will fund two host sites. If you'd like to host a viewing of "Survival Tips and Stories: Expanding the Library's Services in Times of Disaster" on November 12, 2008, please let me know. We usually like to do a Twin Cities site and one elsewhere in MN.

Instruction for applying are in this post: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lmcguire/hslm/2008/09/from_the_gmr_gmr_sponsorship_o.html

September 24, 2008

Update: My Health Minnesota à Electronic Health Library (eHL)

Hello HSLM Members,

I am writing to update you on the progress of the My Health Minnesota à Electronic Health Library (eHL) project. I am happy to report that with Erinn Aspinall's leadership and assistance by Mary Parker and Rita Baladad at MINITEX and Katherine Chew on my staff, we have completed the feasibility study and are taking initial steps towards project implementation, with an estimated launch date in Summer 2009.

Based on a Request for Information issued to select vendors, we have determined the dollar amount that will be necessary to initiate the eHL as a two-year pilot project. It is not inconsequential as you can imagine, so I am working with Dr. Frank Cerra (Senior VP for Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota) on strategies to raise the necessary funds for the pilot. Given the volatility of the economy at the moment, this might prove difficult, but we’ll give it a try! I will send out another update when a funding strategy emerges.

Should you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Linda Watson

Linda Watson, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
President, Assoc of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
450B Diehl Hall / 505 Essex Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-7039 (voice) / 612-626-5822 (fax)

September 19, 2008

Canadian Health Libraries Association Meeting

Winnipeg is hosting the 2009 Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference. Attached is the call for papers/posters.

September 16, 2008

Emergency planning documents from Loyola University Medical Center

Attached is another emergency preparedness and recovery plan provided by Logan Ludwig from the Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL). Please make proper attribution if you utilize any part of Logan's plan in your own plan.

Paul Dahl, Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

Barr Library, Minnesota Department of Health
625 North Robert Street, PO Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Phone: 651-201-5090 Fax: 651-201-5099
email: library@health.state.mn.us
Check out the Library's web site at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/library/library.htm

September 15, 2008

From the GMR: Disaster Information Resources

Hello all,

Please see the following information from NLM about the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and library services. It doesn't affect us directly, but it's a nice example of a disaster plan in action.


Disaster Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine:
Hurricane Ike, South Central Region Medical Libraries, Hurricane Web Links, and a New Listserv.

As many of you are aware, the South Central RML is currently closed, and will remain closed until Thursday, September 18th, due to affects of Hurricane Ike. In accordance with the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response plan, South Central’s buddy RML, the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), is backing up the office by taking calls and redirecting DOCLINE, when necessary. A special thanks to MAR staff for temporarily taking on this important responsibility.

For information on emergency preparedness planning for libraries as well as some post-disaster updates, see the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit at http://nnlm.gov/ep/. I am pleased to report that the toolkit received a lot of traffic the day before Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast, which shows that libraries are using the toolkit as a preparedness resource. To see additional updates (or provide a status report), check the SCR blog, Blogadillo, at http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/.

Also of note, the National Library of Medicine home page has added a news item on hurricane resources, “Online Resources for Hurricanes, Floods, and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery? at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/disaster_resources_online.html.

Finally, a new listserv, DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB, is now available as a discussion forum for librarians, information specialists and others interested in disaster information outreach to their communities and responding to information needs for all-hazards preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. It is also the primary source for information announcing the activities of the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project. List members may post comments and resources of interest to those involved in disaster information outreach as well as relevant announcements of meetings, training, conferences, job openings, etc. The listserv is provided by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center. You can sign up for the list and view the archives at https://list.nih.gov/archives/disastr-outreach-lib.html.

Please contact Cindy Love, lovec@mail.nlm.nih.gov, if you have any questions or comments about the listserv.

September 9, 2008

Hospital Emergency and Disaster Recovery Plans

Attached is an example of a emergency and disaster recovery plan developed by Robert Koehler of the Meriter Hospital Medical Library located in Madison, Wisconsin. Please make sure proper attribution is made to Robert Koehler if you utilize any part of the Meriter Hospital Medical Library's plan in the development of your own plan.

A disaster plan provided by the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is also located at http://nnlm.gov/webreports/ep/uploads/2008/08/sample-plan-from-sf-hospital-library.pdf

An academic institution having a disaster and emergency preparedness plan is the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System is found at http://nnlm.gov/webreports/ep/uploads/2008/08/emergency-preparedness-response-plan-public-aug-20081.pdf

Thanks to Daniel T. Wilson and Susan Yowell for their work on the public edition plan. The University of Tennessee Health Center Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center also has a emergency and disaster recovery plan at http://nnlm.gov/webreports/ep/uploads/2008/04/ut-library-disaster-plan-2007-final.pdf

A service continuity planning slide show is also available at http://www.slideshare.net/dtw2t/service-continuity-class?src=embed

Paul Elliott Dahl
Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

Paul Elliott Dahl, Library Director
R. N. Barr Library (Freeman and Golden Rule Buildings)
Minnesota Department of Health
Phone: 651-201-5092
Fax: 651-201-5099

Physical Address:
Orville L. Freeman State Office Building, C-132
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association Conference 2009

Please join the Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association at the Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI on May 4 and 5, 2009. The Radisson overlooks the beautiful Mississippi River and is within walking distance of parks and
eclectic shops and restaurants in historic downtown. We'll be "Steamin' into the Future" with programs related to technology, open access publishing, health literacy, and more. A new feature for this year will be an opportunity to share your accomplishments and projects in a poster session.

More information will be forthcoming. For more information on previous Wis. Health Sciences Library Association conferences see http://www.whsla.mcw.edu/past.html

For more about La Crosse, WI see:

Hope to see you there!

Eileen Severson, MLIS
Supervisor, Library and Health Information Services
Health Sciences Library
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
1900 South Ave. H01-011
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 775-5546
Fax: (608)775-6343

September 8, 2008

From the GMR: GMR Sponsorship of MLA Webcast Sites

Hello HSLM members! Please see the announcement below about the MLA Webcast on library services during disasters on 11/12/08. The GMR will pay for 2 sites in MN to host the webcast, so start thinking about if you'd like to host the webcast at your institution. We like to do one in the Twin Cites and one in greater MN, so if you're interested in being a site, please let me know and I'll pass the info along to the HSLM board. The deadline to apply is 10/3/08, so please express interest soon!


It's that time again! The GMR will sponsor a number of MLA Webcast sites throughout the region for:

Survival Tips and Stories: Expanding the Library's Services in Times of Disaster on November 12, 2008.

Information on how your library can become a GMR Sponsored webcast site 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 (2) 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/disaster/

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/pdf/ce/dp_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, October 3, 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 Thursday, October 9, 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.

Thank you.

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

September 5, 2008

From the GMR: Podcasting class in WI in November!

For those of you who were interested in the Podcasting classes but didn't want to go to Chicago (or wait for a possible MN date next year), here is an opportunity in Wausau in November. The class is limited to 15, so if you're interested you'll want to register soon.


What: How to Make a Podcast
When: November 14, 2008 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Class is limited to 15.
Where: Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI (Computer Lab #3)
Presenter: Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Class Description:
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.

Credit: This course has been approved for 3 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing

Contact and RSVP:
Jan Kraus, MLS
Dr Joseph F Smith Medical Library, Aspirus Wausau Hospital
333 Pine Ridge Blvd, Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 847-2184
Fax: (715) 847-2183
Email: jank@aspirus.org
Library: www.aspiruslibrary.org
Maps and Driving Instructions:

September 3, 2008

HSLM Leadership for 08-09

Here are the officers elected/re-elected following the June 2008 Annual Business Meeting:

Chair-elect: Jennifer Feeken
Secretary: Jim Bulger
Treasurer/Membership Chair: Doreen Roberts
Chair: Frances Cockrum (continuing from acting chair-elect)
Past Chair: Donna Barbour-Talley