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February 27, 2009

From the GMR: What's new on The Cornflower through February 2009

Have you checked the GMR blog lately? Recent posts include:

Interested in Hosting a Technology Class?

Promoting Iowa Go Local through a Virtual Poster

Inaugural Zar Symposium at University of Chicago

History of Blacks in Medicine Collection at Southern Illinois University

Asian American Outreach at University of Michigan

Would you Add a Kindle to your Library?

University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Cooperate with Give Kids a Smile

Preserving Your History

GMR Sponsoring MLA Webcast Sites for Finding Work-Life Balance

Wisconsin Health Sciences Libraries Association (WHSLA) at Wisconsin Student Nurses' Association (WSNA) 2009

The GMR by any other nameā€¦

Simply go to the GMR blog, The Cornflower, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/ to read these posts in full.

Do you have something to say? Use the Comments option if abled on a particular post or write a post of your own. Check the blog for FAQs and Policies and Procedures for posting.

Take a look!
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

February 25, 2009

MLA '09: Call for Posters featuring New Technology Trends and Late-Breaking Research

The 2009 National Program Committee (NPC) invites submission of abstracts
for a special late-breaking poster section at MLA '09, May 15-20, 2009, at
the Hawaiian Convention Center in Honolulu, HI. Submissions sought include
new technology trends which have recently emerged, innovative library
programs, and notable projects or research which have taken place (or been
completed) since the original October poster submission deadline.

Priority will be given to original submissions. Previously submitted
abstracts should only be resubmitted if they include new information or
results. As with previous poster submissions, authors are encouraged to
submit a structured abstract as described at:

http://www.research.mlanet.org/structured_abstract.html. Posters will be
available for viewing during MLA '09. Posters and related handouts will be
posted to MLANET prior to the meeting.

Twenty-five posters will be selected. Posters will be presented during the
regularly scheduled poster sessions. The primary author will be notified of
acceptance by email sent the week of March 23, 2008. The lead or presenting
author must be identified at the time of submission and is expected to pay
for that day's registration. Presenters will be required to staff their
posters at one of the following assigned times:

Sunday, May 17, 2009 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 2009 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 19, 2009 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

See the original Call for Participation
(http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2009/pdf/mla09_call.pdf) for additional
information about poster boards and other information about the exhibition
space. For more information about posters, see the frequently asked
questions on the MLA '09 website or contact 2009 NPC members Julia Kochi
(julia.kochi@library.ucsf.edu) or Lisa Oberg (lisanne@u.washington.edu).

Use the late breaking poster submission form (http://snipr.com/bq5jg) to
submit your abstract by Monday, March 16, 2009.

February 19, 2009

Bio-Medical Library Staffing News

The Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is pleased to announce these internal staff changes:

James Beattie, Jr., MLIS, AHIP, was appointed Associate Director for Liaison, Education and Interdisciplinary Services at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries in December 2008. He was previously Head of Reference and Instructional Services. Beattie has his MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anne Beschnett, MLIS, was appointed Liaison and Outreach Librarian at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries on February 16, 2009. She was previously a library assistant in the Technical Services Division. Her MLIS is from Dominican University.

February 10, 2009

Journal of Hospital Librarianship: Call for Articles

The Journal of Hospital Librarianship is looking for authors for its Charting Consumer Health Column. This is a great (and relatively easy) way to share information on your consumer health related projects, demonstrate your value to your organization, and build your CV.

HSLM Members Nancy Greenwood and Laurie Cole's column was published in in the latest volume of JHL (9(1): 55-58). Please take a look at their article, "Supporting Consumer Health: A Hospital Library's Experience in
Developing a Nursing Portal." Additionally, Nancy said she would be happy to talk to HSLM members about her experience if they would like to know more about the process.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please be in touch. I can be contacted at easpinall@gmail.com.


Erinn Aspinall
Lead Editor, Charting Consumer Health Column
Journal of Hospital Librarianship

February 5, 2009

From the GMR: Sponsorship of 2 MN sites for March 25th MLA webcast

The GMR will two sites in Minnesota for the March 25, 2009 MLA webcast: Finding Work-Life Balance: Strategies for You and Your Institution (http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/work_life/index.html).

If you're interested in hosting the webcast at your site, leave a comment with this blog entry. We generally try to have one site in the Twin Cities, and one elsewhere in MN.

Information on the application process is available here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast.html

The deadline to submit registration and information to the GMR is Friday, March 6, 2009, so start thinking about it!

From the GMR: Participate in a national effort to show the value of health sciences libraries

Libraries are facing with staff reductions and budget decreases. Librarians are responding by looking for ways to demonstrate their value and the value their libraries contribute to their parent organization.

We are collecting data from librarians so that we can show the aggregate value of health sciences libraries - by region, by state, by library type, by service. Enter your library statistics using the Library Value Calculator on the NN/LM MidContinental Region website (http://nnlm.gov/mcr/evaluation/calculator.html), then click the Submit Data button. Your library location (state only), library type, budget, timeframe, and the value of your library services and benefits will be added to the database.

We will not receive any personal information in the submission and we will not include in the database your name, email address or feedback, if sent. We are eager include your data and to hear your thoughts about the calculator and how you have or will use it.

The results of the value of health sciences libraries will be presented Sunday at 11:30 in the Library Toolkit program at MLA in Honolulu. Help us! Be part of the solution.

If you have ANY questions or encounter problems using the calculator please contact us or use the feedback form on the calculator website. We will be happy to work with you on the process of identifying and entering your data in the calculator.

Betsy Kelly
Assessment & Evaluation Liaison
NN/LM MidContinental Region
Becker Medical Library
Washington University in St. Louis
800.338.7657 opt 1/opt2/opt2

Barb Jones
Advocacy and Missouri Liaison
NN/LM MidContinental Region
J Otto Lottes Library
University of Missouri
Columbia MO
800.338.7657 opt 1/opt2/opt4

February 2, 2009

From the GMR: email list for Librarians in Public Health

Attention all the librarians in the region who have a service that focuses on Public Health!

The GMR has created an email discussion list to help connect all who are working in this specialized field of librarianship. If you would like to be on this list, please contact Holly Burt at haburt@uic.edu.

Please forward this email to others in your community. There are many librarians who may be interested, but are not on our current lists.

Thank you for your service to our community.


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

From the GMR: Wayne State's Online MLIS and Certificate Options

The Wayne State Library and Information Science Program has a number of fully-online degree and certificate programs that might interest you, your employees, and your patrons. For these fully-online programs, the tuition and fees are the same regardless of geographic location. Online students pay the same rate as Michigan students!

We are the top-ranked ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program that caters solely to master's students. Our program is well-known for training tech-savvy graduates prepared to work in diverse library and information science environments. In addition, our tuition costs are among the lowest nationwide.

Our fully-online programs include:

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS): applications for the Spring/Summer 2009 semester are now being accepted. All application materials must be received by February 15, 2009 to be considered.

Graduate Certificate in Information Management for Librarians: this 15-hour (5 course) certificate focuses on the tools needed to use technology efficiently and effectively in gathering, storing, and disseminating information.

Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management (RIM): this 15-hour (5 course) certificate provides professional education to individuals wishing to successfully manage records and information within public and private sector organizations.

Complete details about these programs are available on our website: www.lisp.wayne.edu. Any questions can be directed to our Academic Services Officer, Megen Rehahn, by email to ay6068@wayne.edu or toll-free phone to 877.263.2665.

Thank you for helping to get the word out about these new online programs!