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April 27, 2009

From the GMR: Information on Swine Flu

Dear Network Members,

NLM has just released a new MedlinePlus health topic page on Swine Flu.

If you are interested in this topic, some resources in addition to the information on the MedlinePlus topic page are:
* CDC Swine Flu Page
* Instructions for adding a CDC widget and other information on the topic (scroll to the bottom of the page).
* CDCemergency group on Twitter

Thank you.
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

April 24, 2009

From the GMR: New MedlinePlus Feature: Search Clouds

The National Library of Medicine is happy to announce that they launched a new feature on MedlinePlus today. On both MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español, they are displaying search clouds that show the most frequently searched terms for both sites:

MedlinePlus Search Cloud
MedlinePlus en español Search Cloud

The MedlinePlus search cloud displays the top 100 English searches, and the MedlinePlus en español search cloud displays the top 100 Spanish searches.

The search clouds are linked from the MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en Español homepages.

The search clouds are usually updated every week day. The search terms appear in alphabetical order, and their size represents their relative frequency. The bigger the term, the more often it is searched by people who visit MedlinePlus. A term's exact ranking is found by placing your cursor over the term, and you can click on any term in the search cloud to conduct a search for that term in MedlinePlus.

As the most popular searches change over time and with the seasons, visitors can see the dynamic and diverse interests of MedlinePlus users. For instance, the term "tick bites" might appear in the cloud during the summer, and the term "frostbite" might appear in the winter.

Please let the NLM know if you have any questions or would like any additional information about the search clouds.

Best regards,
Sarena K. Burgess
Reference & Web Services
National Library of Medicine
Phone: (301) 496-7732
E-mail: busarena@mail.nih.gov

April 23, 2009

Midwest Chapter/MLA 2009 coming in October

Plans for the 2009 Midwest Chapter annual conference are firming up, and a lot of information has been added to the web site at http://midwestmla.org/conference2009/. Check it out and start making your plans to come to Columbus, Ohio to Seek, Explore, Discover with us October 3-6, 2009.

If you are unable to attend the MLA annual meeting this year, the Midwest Chapter meeting may be your only chance to meet with colleagues from across the region and recharge your professional batteries by engaging with stimulating speakers and attending top-quality CE courses. And youll get all of that at a bargain rate! Even if your institution pays only a part or none of the cost for you to attend professional meetings, youll get the most for your money at a regional meeting.

Registration for the conference has not yet opened, but you can still begin now to prepare by:

  • Checking out the conference web site http://midwestmla.org/conference2009/
  • Submitting your travel request to your administrators
  • Submitting a paper or poster abstract (May 31 is the deadline)
  • Choosing CE courses of interest to you
  • Making a reservation at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus for Oct. 3-6
  • Talking to your colleagues about attending

  • See you in Columbus in October!

    The Midwest Chapter/MLA 2009 Publicity Committee

    April 21, 2009

    From the GMR: Two Apponitment Anouncements from NLM

    Please see two Appointment Announcements from the National Library of Medicine:

    1.) Valerie Florance, Ph.D., has been designated to serve as Acting Associate Director for Extramural Programs at NLM, effective immediately.

    2.) I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Milton Corn, M.D., as NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education.

    Prior to joining the NLM, Dr. Corn served with distinction in numerous top leadership positions at Georgetown University including Dean of the School of Medicine. Since 1990, as NLM Associate Director for Extramural Programs, Dr. Corn has led the Library's Division of Extramural Programs in an exemplary manner, establishing numerous collaborations with other agencies and organizations that have expanded informatics research and training opportunities. Dr. Corn creatively modified NLM's Training Program in Biomedical Informatics to keep pace with developments in biomedical computing. At present the 18 NLM training grants (involving 27 academic medical centers) offer tracks in clinical care informatics, bioinformatics, public health and health services research informatics and the informatics of clinical and translational research and supports over
    250 pre- and post-doctoral trainees. As administrator of the largest Federal programs for training in informatics and for a significant share of the research grants available to informatics scientists, Dr. Corn has become nationally and internationally known as an expert in research directions in biomedical informatics.

    As you know, Dr. Corn brings rich experience, leadership, and talent - as well as a world class sense of humor - to the position of Deputy Director for Research and Education, where he will serve as principal medical advisor on research and development and medical education priorities for the NLM. Dr. Corn will provide direction and advice on the full range of NLM's intramural and extramural research portfolio.

    Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.
    National Library of Medicine

    April 20, 2009

    From the GMR: Reminder to complete the GMR Update questionnaire!

    Hello, Network Members,

    Thanks to those of you who have responded to our questionnaire regarding the GMR Update. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to respond to the following short questionnaire: Updating the GMR Update. The questionnaire will be open from today through April 30, 2009.

    No identifying information is requested on the form, however you may choose to respond directly to GMR4U@uic.edu with particular comments or questions requesting a reply from the GMR. The questionnaire should take 5 minutes or less to complete.

    Thank you for supporting the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

    This is the link to the questionnaire:

    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

    April 16, 2009

    CHLA/ABSC Conference

    Early bird registration for the CHLA/ABSC conference has been extended until April 17, but you don't need to register for the conference to take advantage of these great CE opportunities offered on May 30 & 31. Register now to ensure your spot at these great sessions. http://www.chla-absc.ca/2009/

    Have a great idea for a new program or service, but unsure how to sell it?
    Get the sweats when asked to do a presentation? So much training to do, so
    little time?

    CHLA/ABSC 2009 can help! We've got a great selection of continuing
    education courses to develop and enhance your skills and expertise - a few

    *Join Ulla de Stricker for "Crafting a compelling business case" -
    this one day hands on session will hep you work though the specific
    elements of developing a strong business case for getting the
    support you need for services, resources and programs.

    *Prove your worth with the tools needed to demonstrate your library's
    value to the organization. Betsy Kelly & Barb Jones will provide take-away
    methods and tools and take participants through the steps of an evaluation process.

    *Presentation jitters? Rosalyn Howard will be putting you in front of
    the camera and on the road to developing dynamic presentation skills

    *Using technology to expand training reach - A hands-on look at easy-
    to-use tools for developing online interactive tutorials and training
    sessions for your clients.

    The complete CE roster is available at:


    We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg from May 30th - June 3rd, where
    "The Sky's the Limit" at CHLA/ABSC 2009.

    Lisa Demczuk
    Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair

    Librarian, Victoria General Hospital
    University of Manitoba Libraries
    2340 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg MB R3T 2E8
    tel (204) 477-3284
    fax (204) 269-7936

    Call for HSLM Nominations

    HSLM needs a Chair-Elect for the 2009-2010 term - please consider volunteering yourself or nominating a colleague. We need someone to step up and help our state organization move ahead. The election will be held prior to our annual business meeting, scheduled for June 5th. Send your nominations to Chair Emeritus Donna Barbour-Talley (763/520-5675 or donna.barbour-talley@northmemorial.com ) by April 24th.

    From the GMR: NN/LM Job Posting from NY

    Job Posting: Network Services Coordinator

    Network Services Coordinator
    National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region

    NYU Health Sciences Libraries seeks to fill the position of Network Services Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) office serves NN/LM members in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    Overall Responsibilities

    The Network Services Coordinator plans and organizes resource sharing and network programs in consultation with the MAR Resource Sharing Committee. Manages the DOCLINE program of the Region, offering training and consultation. Ensures compliance with all NLM requirements for members using DOCLINE and LinkOut.

    Reports to RML Associate Director.

    Specific Responsibilities

    1. Administers the DOCLINE and LinkOut programs of the NN/LM for the Region ensuring accuracy of the member information in the directory. Sees that membership certificates are distributed in a timely manner;
    2. Staffs the MAR Resource Sharing Committee and encourages their participation in the development of region-wide resource sharing efforts;
    3. Trains all RML staff on the fundamentals of DOCLINE and interlibrary loan, so they can answer basic questions from members;
    4. Works five hours per month in a network member’s Document Delivery or interlibrary loan department;
    5. Develops training programs using Adobe Connect, online tutorials and simple printed instructions for training staff in a variety of libraries on use of the DOCLINE and LinkOut systems; provides individual or group consultation on use of DOCLINE and LinkOut if needed;
    6. Encourages use of EFTS and helps problem solve with librarians who cannot use it, due to technical or administrative problems;
    7. Is training point of contact with other RMLs and the National Library of Medicine’s staff to be expert on current and upcoming system changes or technology developments in areas affecting resource sharing. Attends monthly teleconferences and provides regular feedback to NLM on problems or concerns of MAR members in regard to resource sharing;
    8. Organizes user testing of new technologies and systems for NLM if requested;
    9. Participates in all RML staff activities including exhibits, state liaison efforts, network member questions, implementation of region-wide programs including but not limited to Emergency Preparedness and Historical Collections and in offering training;
    10. Develops and manage the NN/LM MAR RML Consultants program;
    11. Develops a program to recruit new members, including a recruitment kit;
    12. Oversees the annual contact process to ensure that the appropriate information is gathered and compiled;
    13. Develops and implements a region-wide member recruitment program for public libraries;
    14. Other related duties as required.

    Skills and Requirements

    MLS and at least 5 years experience in health sciences libraries. Knowledge of DOCLINE, LinkOut and related technology and cataloging issues preferred. Excellent communications, project management and team skills.

    Salary begins at $60,000, with the NYU Medical Center benefits package. S/he is considered an employee of the New York University School of Medicine, which is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Information on the Middle Atlantic Region of the NN/LM is at http://nnlm.gov/mar/.

    Applicants should send their resume and a letter of application to:

    Ms. Terry Serra
    NYU Health Sciences Libraries
    NYU Langone Medical Center
    550 First Avenue
    New York, NY 10016
    Fax: (212) 263-6534

    April 14, 2009

    SAVE THE DATE! HSLM Annual Meeting and Copyright Workshop on June 5

    Friday, June 5, 2009
    Copyright Issues for Health Sciences Librarians Workshop
    Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota Annual Meeting

    We are pleased to announce that Dorothea Salo will present a workshop on Copyright Issues for Health Sciences Librarians at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN on Friday, June 5, 2009. This event is co-sponsored by Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM) and Metropolitan State University's Library and Information Services.

    Dorothea Salo is the Digital Repository Librarian for the University of Wisconsin system’s digital repository MINDS@UW (http://minds.wisconsin.edu). She serves on the UW-Madison's General Library System Scholarly Communication and Publishing committee. She has written and presented internationally on institutional repositories, social software, scholarly publishing, and user-centered design. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 2009, Ms. Salo was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

    Registration for this event will begin on May 1, 2009 and will be limited to eighty participants. The registration form will be posted on the HSLM blog.

    The workshop will take place during the morning of Friday, June 5. HSLM will hold its Annual Meeting during the afternoon. Beverages, a light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    We offer this event free of charge to all current HSLM members. Non-HSLM members may attend for $30.00. To join HSLM, please fill out the form found here and mail it with a check to the HSLM treasurer, per the instructions provided.

    For more information please contact Nicole Theis-Mahon or Martha Hardy.

    April 10, 2009

    From the GMR: FUNDING: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2009

    HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2009 (NLM-09-078/SES)

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

    Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:
    * Information retrieval
    * Skills development
    * State-of-the-art resources
    * Resource development
    * Document Access.

    Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
    * Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community
    * Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources
    * Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health
    * Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services
    * Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

    Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000. Quotations are due to NLM on Monday, June 1, 2009.

    The solicitation for the 2009 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/hiv/2009aidsrfq.html.

    Please share this information with your colleagues.

    Primary Point of Contact:
    Shari E. Shor, Contract Specialist
    Phone: 301-435-4388
    Fax: 301-402-0642

    Secondary Point of Contact:
    Robin D. Hope-Williams, Contracting Officer
    Phone: 301-435-4379
    Fax: 301-402-8169

    From the GMR: Request for feedback on the GMR Update

    The GMR uses various tools to communicate with you throughout the year. Several times a year the GMR presents the GMR Update in several formats: digital, print and verbally in person. In order to make the GMR Update the best possible communication tool, we would like to get member input about its effectiveness.

    Please take a moment to respond to the following short questionnaire on the GMR Update. The questionnaire should take 5 minutes or less to complete, and is found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=F4DYdb3TOm1wyw4DTeF0Ew_3d_3d

    The questionnaire will be open from today, April 10 through April 30, 2009. No identifying information is requested on the form, however you may choose to respond directly to GMR4U@uic.edu with particular comments or questions requesting a reply from the GMR.

    Please share this information with network member colleagues not on GMRLIST.

    Thank you for supporting the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

    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

    April 7, 2009

    Recording of MLA webcast available to view online

    Hello folks,

    If you were interested in the MLA Webcast on Work-Life Balance but were unable to make it to the University of Minnesota on 3/25, a recording of the session is available online for you to view. You can also get 2 MLA CE credits for viewing the webcast. If you're interested, please email me at evfine@umn.edu, and I'll send you the link and login information.


    April 3, 2009

    From the GMR: What's new on The Cornflower in March 2009

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

    Routing using a library group

    Call for Papers and Posters: 2009 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting

    Congratulations to LJ Movers and Shakers 2009!

    ICYou, Do You See Me?

    A Message from the RML Director: Spring 2009

    Fargo Flood News

    Go Local North Dakota with Flood Information Sites

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

    Do you have something to say? Use the Comments option if enabled on a particular post or write a post of your own.

    Check the blog for FAQs and Policies and Procedures for posting. The easiest way to post is to send an email with either inline text or attachment to the GMR blog editor: leskovec@uic.edu.

    Next month's posts include a podcast from the RML Director, Kate Carpenter.

    Take a look and a listen.

    Editor, The Cornflower
    Blog of the GMR