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December 22, 2008

From the GMR: FDA's Medical Product Safety Network (MedSun)

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM:
The Medical Product Safety Network (MedSun): http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/medsun/ provides a representative profile of reports from healthcare facilities, such as hospitals. MedSun improves understanding of medical device problems so FDA, healthcare facilities, clinicians, and manufacturers can better address safety concerns. Over 350 health care facilities, primarily hospitals, participate in the network. MedSun is unique because it educates health care professionals about the importance of monitoring, being aware of, and reporting device related problems to FDA and the manufacturer. MedSun also ensures that new safety information is rapidly communicated to the medical community thereby promoting patient safety.

The content that FDA produces is not copyrighted. Stories can be reprinted without permission and copies can be downloaded and displayed free of charge. If you are an editor who wishes to use our material in your publication, we ask only that you acknowledge MedSun as the source and send us copies of your stories for our records.

If you click on "Subscribe to email updates" you will automatically receive monthly updates. Questions may be directed to Tina Powell at 1-800-859-1292 or email at: medsun@s-3.com

December 19, 2008

From the GMR: Traveling Exhibitions fron NLM

Please take a look at the Traveling Exhibitions Program at the National Library of Medicine:

This website has been updated with the new and exciting exhibits that are available for you to borrow. The available exhibits are:

1) Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health
2) Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians
3) Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
4) Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
5) Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

The only cost to host of the exhibition is the incoming shipping via FEDEX which is estimated at $200-400. Please take a look at these exhibits and consider hosting one at your institution or library.

Thank you & wish you all a happy holiday season!



Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax

Form the GMR: What's new on the blog, December 2008

Have you checked the GMR blog lately? The Cornflower is a quick way for network members to receive updates from GMR staff regarding programs and services as well as to see what your fellow network members are doing in terms of their programs and outreach.

Be sure to catch the December 2008 message from Kate Carpenter, Director of the GMR. The blog may be accessed at http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog and an RSS feed is available. Comments are welcome on most posts. Your email address is requested to comment but will not be published with your comment.

Editor, The Cornflower

A Message from the RML Director: Winter 2008

Outreach Projects at the Hardin Library

Evaluation in the GMR

A Collaborative Space for Native Peoples Health Information

MLA Webcast Recording on Disaster Planning Now Available

A Brief History of Iowa Go Local

Showcasing Women’s Health in Fargo, ND

12th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative

Podcasting for the Health of It

December 12, 2008

From the GMR: Radiation Event Medical Management System available for PDA

The Radiation Event Medical Management System (REMM) can now be downloaded to mobile devices (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm) with selected key files from the full online version. http://remm.nlm.gov

For Blackberry download, click on the following link from your Blackberry email and follow the directions: http://remm.nlm.gov/mremm/blackberry/ota/mremm.jad

REMM is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many US and international consultants.

REMM provides:
* Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
* Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
* Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

From the GMR: Job Posting - Founding Medical Library Director, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

Founding Library Director
Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School Library
Rochester, Michigan

Oakland University seeks an experienced, energetic leader to launch a state-of-the-art library to support the innovative curriculum and mission of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWBSM). The new, primarily digital, medical library will be part of the University Library system, benefiting from and contributing to
shared collections and collaborative relationships with both the University Library and the Beaumont Hospitals library system. A new building, with space for the medical library, is being planned.

For a complete position description and requirements, please visit us at:http://library.oakland.edu/information/people/bios/medlibrary.htm

For more information about the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, please see:

December 2, 2008

HSLM Programming Survey

December 1, 2008

From the GMR: Online Training: TRAINING: Calculating Your Library's Value, 12/8/08

Please see the following online training opportunity provided through NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center.

Join a demonstration of the Valuing Library Services and Cost Benefit/ROI Calculators on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2pm Eastern Time, 1pm Central. Barb Jones and Betsy Kelly from the MidContinental Region, NN/LM will reprise their MLA presentation on these tools to enable health science librarians to determine the return on investment and cost benefit of their libraries and services. Come with some numbers and let's discuss how you can use the online calculators to show the value your library brings to your institution. To participate, come to this url: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/libraryvalue/.

This demonstration will be held via Adobe Connect. If you have not used Adobe Connect before, feel free to log into the site in advance. The system might want to install an Adobe Connect plugin, and if it does, you should allow it. When the meeting begins, the system will normally ask you for your phone number and then call it so that you can hear the audio and participate in the discussion. If the system does not call your phone, join us using this toll-free number: 1-866-548-4716
Participant Code: 243436

For an advance peek at these great calculator tools, go to http://nnlm.gov/mcr/evaluation/calculator.html and
http://nnlm.gov/mcr/evaluation/roi.html and see how you might be able to express your value in monetary terms!

This session is hosted by the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. For questions, contact Susan Barnes at sjbarnes@u.washington.edu or Cindy Olney at olneyc@coevalmail.com.