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January 28, 2009

From the GMR: Knowledge Management workshop to be held in Salt Lake City

Some of you may remember the Knowledge Management Workshop offered in November 2007 in Chicago. Lorri Zipperer is doing a revised version in the Midcontinental Region in April. This workshop is open to participants nationwide. See below for a description.


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region is sponsoring a workshop on Knowledge Management to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 16-17. Participants of this workshop must attend as a team of two. The teams must include a hospital librarian and a professional from another department in the same institution. The goal of the workshop is for each team to explore the potential of knowledge management in the hospital setting, and to develop and implement a program in their institution.

In addition to the April 16-17, 2009 workshop, there will be required readings, two required online pre-workshop sessions and post-workshop communication sessions. These pre-workshop sessions will be held on March 9 and April 7 on Adobe Connect. The post-workshop sessions will be scheduled at a later date.

Cost of the workshop is $35: this includes one lunch and all break refreshments. This workshop is open to participants nationwide; however preference will be given to members of the MidContinental Region. The first 2 teams of MidContinental Region network members accepted for the workshop will have their travel expenses paid. Those 2 teams will be responsible to attend all sessions and either present their project within 18 months of the session or publish their work in a MidContinental Region publication.

For further information, and to apply to the workshop, go to http://nnlm.gov/mcr/education/classes_knowledge_management.html. Deadline for submission of applications is February 6, 2009.

From the GMR: What's new on The Cornflower - January 2009

Have you checked the GMR blog lately? A number of interesting posts have been provided by GMR staff as well as network members in the areas of Consumer Health, Outreach, Emergency Preparedness, Technology and News from the Region.

Articles include:

Finding the GMR
Judith Rieke Retires
3Sources, ESources, where are those resources?
New Features on Emergency Preparedness Toolkit
Reaching Out Regionally
MCH Library Releases Children's Dental Health Month Resource
A Lunch Line, Dental Floss, and MedlinePlus

Simply go to the GMR blog, The Cornflower, to read these posts in full.

Take a look. If you have a post considered for inclusion in the blog, please let us know.

Editor, "The Cornflower"
Blog of the GMR

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-433
312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX

WHSLA Meeting Information

Meeting registration and the call for poster participation is now online for the upcoming Wisconsin Health Science Library Association annual meeting.

The web address is available here.

From the GMR: Health Information Outreach Online Learning Opportunity (MLA CE available)

Health Information Outreach and Community Engagement: Lessons Learned from the Experts
Free Online Learning Opportunity!
When: Thursday, February 12, 2009 / 2 - 3:30 PM EST (1:00-2:30 central time)

Engaging your community with health information outreach projects is rewarding, meaningful work. Come learn from the experiences of experts in health information outreach and community engagement. Each speaker has led a successful health information outreach subcontract from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/ New England Region. The program is intended for anyone interested in pursuing funding or learning more about how to engage the local community in effective health information outreach.

*Earn 1.5 Medical Library Association CE units

The Experts:
Beth Schneider, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Project: Access to Resources for Community Health (ARCH) / Head Start CAPIC Collaboration

Marianne Burke, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Project: Connecting Patients, Providers, and the Community with Quality Health Information Outreach

Anne Conner, Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton, NH
Project: Northern New Hampshire Health Information Outreach

Participants will:
a) Learn about three successful health information outreach projects
b) Learn how to plan and implement a successful health information outreach project
c) Know about the process of applying for funding from the NN/LM
d) Be aware of the rewards and challenges of conducting a health information outreach project
e) Gain knowledge about project evaluation

Registration is free and on a first come, first serve basis. Session will be limited to fifty participants.

To register, please contact Martha Pearson at martha.pearson@umassmed.edu.

In your email please include:
* Name
* Institution / address with zip code / phone / e-mail
* Name of the program (Health Information Outreach and Community Engagement: Lessons Learned from the Experts).

Details of how to access the teleconference and Adobe Connect session will be forwarded at registration.

Michelle Eberle
Consumer Health Information Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine - New England
University of Massachusetts Medical School
222 Maple Avenue - Shrewsbury - MA - 01545
508-856-2435 / 800-338-7657

January 22, 2009

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

Oakland University in Rochester, MI 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 more information, see a complete position description and requirements at:

For more information about the OUWBSM, visit http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=1102&sid=148

January 20, 2009

From the GMR: Spaces available in free online podcasting class

There are spaces available in a free online version of the Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast class. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST for the live online portion)
Title: Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast

Description: Thinking about how to promote your services and reach out to more people? 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.

Note: The first two hours of this class will be via a Live Online session using Adobe Connect and the last hour of the class will be a self-paced portion via Moodle.

To register for this class or if you have any questions, contact: Max Anderson t: 800-338-7657 e: max@uic.edu


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

January 16, 2009

From the GMR: MLA-NLM Statement on Personal Health Records and Medical Librarians

The following news item will appear in the February MLA News. This statement is intended to alert librarians to the fact that they may be contacted by consumers asking for help with personal health records.


MLA/NLM Assistance Statement Adopted by Personal Health Record Providers

Submitted by Dixie A. Jones, AHIP, Chair MLA/NLM Joint Electronic Personal Record Task Force

The Medical Library Association/National Library of Medicine (MLA/NLM) Joint Electronic Personal Health Record Task Force’s “information assistance statement? (see below) that leads consumers to reliable health information from within their personal health records (PHRs) was distributed to PHR vendors. A letter signed by MLA President Mary Ryan and NLM Director Donald A. B. Lindberg was mailed to a sampling of PHR providers. So far, about half of the PHR vendors that were contacted have agreed to use the statement. They include:

Access Strategies -- FollowMe and MiVIA
Medem -- iHealthRecord
Tolven -- ePHR

The intent of the statement is to help consumers find reliable health information resources, such as MedlinePlus and those listed on MLANET, and put them in touch with a medical librarian who can help them find health information to meet their needs. The text of the statement is as follows:

For quality health information, connect to National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus for patients, families, and the public (http://medlineplus.gov/), Resources for Health Consumers (http://www.mlanet.org/resources/consumr_index.html) or a Top 100 List ranked by medical librarians (http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/).

Medical librarians can help you find other health information. To find a medical librarian near you, call 1-800-338-7657 or view http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/libraries.html. Librarians will not provide personal medical advice, but they will find trusted information about drugs, conditions, procedures, lab tests and other health topics.

This statement was approved by MLA and NLM and was vetted by a plain language expert. Based on the success of this initial endeavor, MLA and NLM will send letters to other PHR providers, as identified by the task force.

Librarians should be aware that there is a growing community of patients who are being empowered by the ability to view and manage their personal health data, and that these people may contact them for assistance.

January 13, 2009

From the GMR: Funding Available!

Network members,

Best wishes for the new year. If one of your new years' resolutions is related to doing an outreach project for the community, upgrading some technology for your library, or taking advantage of professional development opportunities, we have good news for you. The GMR still has funds available for the current contract year, which ends on April 30, 2009. A summary of what has been awarded and what is still available can be found on the GMR's "Current Requests for Proposal" Web page: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/current.html

The new deadline for subcontracts is February 10, 2009. Subcontracts at the $12,000 level are available in 3 categories: consumer health, health disparities, and public health. There is also one $40,000 subcontract available to address health disparities.

As usual, there is no fixed deadline for any of the smaller awards or for the MedlinePlus Go Local subcontracts. You may apply for any one of five different types of awards by completing an online application form linked to the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on our Web site. Award types include: exhibit awards ($1,500), outreach express awards ($4,900), professional development awards ($1,000), professional instruction awards ($1,500), and technology improvement awards ($4,900). Start off the new year by applying for funds to cross one of those projects off your "to do" list.

Don't hesitate to contact me or the GMR contact librarian for your state. "Staff Directory and Contact Information" is found at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html#scl

Happy new year to all,
Ruth Holst
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
UIC Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226

January 10, 2009

* Dig Deep with the Social Networking Software Task Force

The Social Networking Task Force of the MLA is once again offering online continuing education courses on using various Web 2.0 tools. Each of the brief courses offered in 2009 focuses on a particular kind of tool, including the following: Media Sharing, Web Collaboration Tools, Wikis and Blogs. For more information, please see this blog post.

January 7, 2009

From the GMR: Position Announcement: Library Director

This message is being posted on behalf of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy:

The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) seeks an innovative and experienced librarian for the position of Director, Health Sciences Library. The Director reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs as the chief administrator of the Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center (OORMIC) and the Northeastern Ohio Cooperative Regional Library Depository.

The Director is responsible for the strategic planning, fiscal management, and supervision and assignment of personnel of the Ocasek Medical Library. The Director represents the library to outside constituents. The successful candidate will be a creative leader with a vision to meet the changing needs of students, faculty, staff and community constituents through excellence in customer service and a commitment to student learning.

The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) are community-based, public institutions focused on the interdisciplinary training of health professionals, offering both a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The colleges' educational partners include teaching hospitals, community pharmacies, two boards of health and four northeast Ohio public universities. Through these and other collaborative arrangements, the colleges participate in the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health program and offer graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master's and doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering in partnership with Kent State University, The University of Akron and other regional universities.

The Ocasek Medical Library is a member of the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a consortium of Ohio's college and university libraries, allowing NEOUCOM students, faculty, staff and associated hospital clientele access to the statewide collections of books, audiovisuals, journals and databases.

The candidate for the Director, Health Sciences Library must have an ALA-accredited master's degree in library science and a record of significant experience in college or university library service and administration, including supervision of library personnel. Additional requirements include a collaborative leadership style and the ability to work with colleagues and staff in a positive and collegial manner; broad knowledge of library functional areas; ability to manage complex resources; familiarity with consortia arrangements; demonstrated ability and vision to lead strategic planning and program review processes; and a record of successful interactions with diverse constituents, including students, faculty, staff and community members. Experience in college libraries focusing on health sciences education is preferred.

Interested candidates should apply on-line at www.neoucom.edu/jobs.php. Please include a letter of interest and qualification for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of administrative philosophy, and the names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers for at least three professional references. For full consideration, application should be received by January 30, 2009.

Charlotte Sievert
Medical Librarian
Summa Health System - Barberton Hospital
155 Fifth Street, N.E.
Barberton, OH 44203

January 6, 2009

From the GMR: Appointment of New Deputy Director, NLM's Office of Communications and Public Liaison

From Kathy Cravedi, Director, NLM's Office of Communications and Public Liaison

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Modlin as NLM's new Deputy Director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison. She will also serve as NLM's Public Liaison Officer. Modlin has worked for nearly three decades publicizing health issues and policy, and has been a Public Affairs Specialist at NLM since 1996. She attended Smith College and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She continued graduate studies in journalism at UNC, completing coursework there in 1980. Modlin worked for Congressman Claude Pepper for eight years, on the staff of his House Select Committee on Aging. She also held communications positions at the Foundation for Hospice and Home Care and the Alliance for Aging Research before joining the NLM staff.

From the GMR: EBM for Librarians class in Chicago in March

Please see the following information about an EBM for Librarians class in Chicago in March. I took this class last year, and I highly recommend it. It was the best thing I have ever used travel funds for!

EBM for librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity.

This 3 day class will be offered in Chicago, Il on March 25, 26, and 27, 2008

Introduction to EBM: Research Design and Searching Tools - Day 1
Critically Appraising the Medical Literature for Validity; Diagnosis and Therapy - Days 2 & 3


Day 1 places an emphasis on the first two steps of the EBM process: formulating a searchable clinical question and efficiently searching the literature. Tools available to facilitate the EBM process will be introduced. These tools include PubMed Clinical Queries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Practice Guidelines and other electronic resources available. The course will provide an overview of levels of evidence, research design, and bias in publication. Librarians will have the opportunity to work as teams, each sharing his/her unique perspective and knowledge.

Days 2 and 3 provide an in-depth exploration of the third step of the EBM process - critically appraising the medical literature for validity. Days 2 and 3 focus on the evidence based medicine process of critically appraising therapy and diagnosis articles for validity and by analysis of results. In the context of analyzing journal articles and answering case-based clinical questions, an in-depth understanding of the statistical concepts used in the medical literature will be covered. A focus will be placed on the epidemiological concepts fundamental to understanding the clinical literature such as number needed to treat, absolute risk reduction, likelihood ratio, confidence interval and intention to treat.

COST: $375 [includes 21 MLA CEs, Lunch (all 3 days), Workbook and Materials, Coffee, Snacks]
CE HOURS: This course has been approved for 21 MLA CE hours.
FACULTY: Sandra De Groote, MLIS; Cleo Papas, MLIS; Jordan Hupert, MD; Alan Schwartz, PhD

For more information and to register - visit: