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March 25, 2009

From the GMR: Federal Register Notice for Clinical Trials Public Meeting

Attached is a Federal Register Notice announcing a public meeting that NIH is convening on April 20 to solicit input on regulations that will be prepared in the not-too-distant future to implement the clinicaltrials.gov registry and results database and address some open questions that Congress asked us to consider. The notice identifies a number of these topics and requests public comment -- either at the public meeting itself, or as written comments that can be submitted to a public docket that has been established at www.regulations.gov. We'd like to ensure that the broader community of people interested in the availability of clinical trials information are aware of the meeting and the opportunity to comment. Additional information about the meeting, registration, and submission of comments is provided in the Notice and on our website: http://prsinfo.clinicaltrials.gov/publicmeeting-april09.html

Federal Register Notice (PDF): Download file

March 24, 2009

From the GMR: For those attending SLA in June

Attending the 2009 SLA conference in Washington, DC?

Consider attending the following CE program;
Emotional Intelligence for Business Success
Sunday June 14, 2009, 1pm-5pm.

Learn to apply the power of positive emotions to drive organizational results. Research documents that people skills are becoming increasingly more important as the world continues to advance technologically.

The program will actively:

(1) examine the concepts of emotional intelligence (EI),
(2) assess participants’ awareness and application of EI competencies, and
(3) demonstrate how EI competencies can be applied to improve group dynamics, accelerate goal achievement and stimulate communication.

This interactive program utilizes assessment tools, experiential activities and group interactions to expedite learning.

The program facilitator brings over ten years experience in leading teams and managing library projects and employs emotional intelligence to propel team mates toward success.

Facilitator: La Ventra E. Danquah, Coordinator, Education and Community Services, Wayne State University, Shiffman Medical Library.

For more information:


March 23, 2009

From the GMR: FUNDING: CLIR program to fund support for Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR E-Bulletin
March 20, 2009

Mellon Grants CLIR $4.3 Million for Year Two of Hidden Collections Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CLIR $4,303,000 to support a second year of its Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. The program was created in 2008, with Mellon funding, to identify and catalog special collections and archives of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate through finding aids. See news release at http://www.clir.org/news/pressrelease/09hiddenpr4.html. More information about the program is available at http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/index.html.

Council on Library and Information Resources
1752 N Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036, USA

Phone: 202.939.4750

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 60612-4330
312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX

From the GMR: The 2009 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Awar

The 2009 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Nomination Information:
The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for Outstanding Service to Rural or Underserved Communities was established in the early 1990s to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves in such a community.

This year’s award is especially important to honor and serve as a reminder of the incredible advances and medical innovations of Dr. DeBakey who passed away in 2008. His great accomplishments have inspired an award to recognize an outstanding individual making history and a lasting impact today.

The recipient of the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award is publicly recognized at the FNLM Awards Dinner on May 5th, 2009. The Dinner is in memory of FNLM past Chairman, “Mr. Health,” Paul G. Rogers and will celebrate leadership in public health and medicine.

• Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
• The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
• Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
-The official nomination form
-A precise description of the nominee’s achievements
-A current resume or curriculum vitae
-Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient.
• Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
• The recipient will be notified by April 13th, 2009, and the award will be presented at the FNLM Annual Dinner on May 5th, 2009.
• All nominations must be received by March 30, 2009 at the following address:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine
c/o Julie Fagnani
2801 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

For more information or inquiries regarding the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award, please contact Julie Fagnani at Jfagnani@fnlm.org

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

From the GMR: New ALA traveling exhibit connects Harry Potter, real world sciences

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces a new small format traveling exhibition to libraries, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.” Public, academic (university, college and community college) and medical libraries may apply to host the banner exhibition by downloading an application at www.ala.org/harrypotter. In order to be considered, applications must be received at ALA by May 1.

For more information please contact:
Public Programs Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.280.5045
Fax: 312.280.5759
Email: publicprograms@ala.org

Press Release & related links:





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

March 16, 2009

Minnesota Library Community Calendar of Events

This calendar has listings of CE opportunities for members of the Minnesota library community. It is part of the WebJunction site for Minnesota.

March 13, 2009

MLA Webcast on Work-Life Balance - 3/25 at the University of Minnesota

The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, will be hosting the next Medical Library Association webcast, described below. There is no charge for attendees, and 2 hours of MLA CE credits will be awarded. To register, please contact Liz Fine at evfine@umn.edu no later than March 24th.

**NOTE: The webcast will be held in Wilson Library, which is not the usual location. Further details will be given in your registration confirmation. Also, I will be on vacation from 3/15-3/19, but if you need information during that time you may contact Denise Gamble (gambled@umn.edu), who is co-coordinating the webcast.**

Finding Work-Life Balance: Strategies for You and Your Institution
MLA's Educational Webcast
Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., central time

The goal of this program is to identify ways to enhance the balance between work and life, provide an overview of the institutional, professional and personal benefits of encouraging balance, and outline considerations for implementing successful changes.

• describe the types of programs and changes that enhance work-life balance
• assess the potential benefits of promoting work-life balance for the individual, the institution, the profession, and society
• outline the challenges and companion strategies for implementing successful change
• recognize responsibilities of the institution and the individual to enhance work-life balance

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

From the GMR: new sessions of online PubMed updates class

Are you up-to-date with all the changes in PubMed?

Due to the overwhelming response, we are offering our "PubMed Updates - Online" FOUR more times in the next two weeks:

Friday, March 20th, 10:00 am CT
Monday, March 23rd, 10:00 am CT
Wednesday, March 25th, 1:00 pm CT
Thursday, March 26th, 3:00 pm CT

These one-hour online sessions focus on the changes to and updates on PubMed.

Visit our Online Calendar, Event Keeper, to Register for a class. http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR

Note: we also recorded the March 11th class which you can watch at: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p61495843/

Again, there is no MLA CE for these session. However, if you are interested in other PubMed classes (all of which include the changes), visit our GMR Classes page at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/classes.html

See you online.


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
fax: 312-996-2226

March 9, 2009

From the GMR: Journal Donation

The NLM is launching a new program to ensure that its holdings of journals, indexes, and other serials are as complete as possible. Your library can help by donating print volumes that you no longer wish to retain. If you are a DOCLINE library, use the new Web based system at www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation/ to find out what NLM needs.

The system is easy to use. All you need is a list of the titles and volumes you are planning to discard. You can search by title words or phrases or by ISSN. The system searches your DOCLINE holdings so titles are retrieved quickly. If NLM does not need any volumes of a title, the system notifies you immediately. If NLM needs volumes, the system displays a list of them, and you just click on the volumes you will donate. For some titles, the system cannot do an automatic check on what volumes are needed. In these cases, the system will ask you to enter the volumes you can donate, and NLM will send you an email when we determine which volumes we need. You submit your offer electronically from the system. You can print your offer or save it to an Excel file. NLM will send an email to confirm receipt of your offer and to provide instructions on how to have NLM pay for shipping.

If you are not a DOCLINE library, please contact us at 301-496-0081 or at NLMJournalDonation@mail.nih.gov to make donations. NLM appreciates your help with this important program.

If you have any questions, please contact me, or NLM by using the phone number or email provided below.

Your DOCLINE Coordinator,
Charniel McDaniels

March 5, 2009

From the GMR: NIH Stimulus Challenge Grants announced

Network Members,

The NIH will receive funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act of 2009) to stimulate job creation and preservation, and economic activity related to biomedical and biobehavioral science. The NIH Office of the Director and the NIH Institutes and Centers will issue Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for applications to be considered for support through these funds in FY 2009 and FY 2010.

The March 4 announcement is found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-003.html

Descriptions of NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RC1)are found at:


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

From the GMR: Online PubMed updates class

There is currently a wait list for this online class, but I thought I'd pass the opportunity along anyway.

Are you up-to-date with all the changes in PubMed?

If not, join us on March 11th, 2009 for "PubMed Updates - Online" at 1:00 pm CST, a one-hour online session focusing on the changes to and updates on PubMed.

Visit our Online Calendar, Event Keeper, and Register for the class. http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR

If March 11th doesn't work for you, email me at haburt@uic.edu. We at the GMR plan to offer this class as different times in the coming months - and especially when there are additional changes to PubMed.

There is no MLA CE for this screencast. However, if you are interested in other PubMed classes (all of which include the changes), visit our GMR Classes page at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/classes.html

See you online.


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

March 4, 2009

From the GMR: University of North Dakota job announcement

The Library of the Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota is recruiting applicants for the position of Assistant Director & Collection Development Librarian.

The University of North Dakota prides itself in having a strong liberal arts foundation surrounded by a variety of professional and specialized programs. It enrolls nearly 13,000 students in 202 fields of study from baccalaureate through doctoral and professional degrees. It is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with accredited professional schools of both medicine and law. Its beautiful campus includes 235 buildings on 550 acres.

The University of North Dakota is in Grand Forks, a city of 50,000 and a metropolitan area population of 95,000. Grand Forks is situated on the Red River of the North separating North Dakota and Minnesota. UND and the city of Grand Forks offer a wealth of cultural, entertainment and sports activities.

For the full job description, qualifications, and application instructions, visit:

March 2, 2009

From the GMR: Preservation Assistance Grant from CCAHA

Please see the following funding opportunity. Please note that funding may be provided for disaster preparedness and response plans. Contact CCAHA directly for more information.


Through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) Program, your organization can apply for up to $6,000 of funding for preservation assistance. The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is offering FREE grant application support to your grant writing team to help bring this important funding to you. For assistance with your grant application, contact Lee Price, CCAHA Director of Development: lprice@ccaha.org.

Eligible projects include:
· Preservation overview surveys, collection-level surveys or item-level surveys
· Long-term preservation plans
· Disaster preparedness and response plans
· Consultation to develop a plan to address a specific preservation problem
· Attendance at preservation workshops
· Purchase of preservation supplies, equipment and furniture

For more PAG Program information and eligibility requirements, visit the NEH grant site, at www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html site. Applicants will be asked to describe the nature and significance of their collection. Institutions that have never received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant are encouraged to apply.

All applications for PAG must be submitted through www.grants.gov, the government-wide grants portal. For more information, visit www.neh.gov/grants. Application Deadline: May 14, 2009.