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August 31, 2009

Blog notification test message #1 of 3

THIS IS MESSAGE #1 of 3 IN A SERIES OF TESTS. You may not get all three messages - message #3 is the important one. You do not need to do anything unless you do not receive message #3 today. Read on for more information:

Hello members,

Due to several factors, I'm going to make a change to the way blog notifications are sent out - basically, I'm changing it so that the notifications will come from the HSLM listserv address instead of my email address. This should solve the problem some people are having with blog posting notification messages not getting through.

So, I will be sending a series of three test messages within the next hour or so - the first via the blog to the people currently on the blog notification list, the second one directly to the HSLM listserv, and the third message from the blog to the HSLM list. The third message is the important one - if you don't get message # 3 sometime today, email me directly (evfine@umn.edu) so we figure out where the message is getting held up.

Thanks for your patience! This step should ensure that all HSLM members are getting any relevant messages.


From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through August 2009

Hello, Network Members,

Below is an update of posts to the GMR's blog, The Cornflower, from August 2009.

Do you have something to share with the region? An interesting project, event or outreach activity? Take a look at the blog page, Writing for The Cornflower, for information on how to submit a post.



GMR Sponsoring MLA Webcast Sites for Cut the Cord

Joint Commission Wants Input from the Health Literacy Community

Public Health Email List Formed

Medical Apps for Smartphones

Disability.gov Web Site Launched

Free PubMed and Other NLM Database Training in Chicagoland

How much is that Doggie in my window?

New Additions to the GMR Lending Library

PubMed Redesign Web Meeting Recording Available

A Morning of Children in the Medical Library

From the GMR: Call from Joint Commission for input on how hospitals currently address health literacy

The Joint Commission is seeking input from hospitals on health literacy needs. This is a great opportunity to let them know what hospital libraries are doing.




The Joint Commission, with funding from The Commonwealth Fund, is developing proposed accreditation requirements for hospitals to advance effective communication, cultural competence, and patient-centered care. This 18-month project will explore how diversity, culture, language, and health literacy issues can be better incorporated into current Joint Commission standards or drafted into new requirements. In conjunction with the proposed requirements, The Joint Commission is developing an implementation guide that will help hospitals meet the proposed requirements and provide best practice information and educational resources and tools. Additional project information can be accessed at: www.jointcommission.org/Patientsafety/HLC.

As experts and stakeholders in the health literacy community, The Joint Commission is requesting your input on how hospitals are currently addressing health literacy issues and what resources and tools can provide guidance for improvement. Specific questions will be posted on Wednesday, but please feel free to contact me directly with any feedback or information.

Thank you in advance for your participation--

Christina L. Cordero, PhD, MPH
Project Manager
Division of Standards and Survey Methods
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: 630-792-5845
Fax: 630-792-4845
email: ccordero at jointcommission.org
website: www.jointcommission.org
Hi Everyone,

As promised, here are the specific questions that Dr. Cordero from the Joint Commission would like us to answer:

1 - How are health literacy needs currently addressed in hospitals?

2 - Are there any recommended methods/tools/resources for assessing health literacy needs that can be used in hospitals?

3 - How do hospitals currently assess a patient's understanding of information?

4 - Are there any recommended methods/tools/resources for assessing a patient's understanding of information in the hospital?

Please respond to the list so we can all see, and feel free to ask Dr. Cordero any questions you have for her. Let's make this a two-way street, like all good HL work!

All the best,

For some background, watch the webcast of Dr. Cordero's presentation at
the Wisconsin Literacy 2009 Health Literacy Summit:


Her presentation is the second one listed and the slides to her PowerPoint are also available.

From the GMR: Sponsorship of 11/18 MLA Webcast Sites

The GMR is sponsoring two sites in Minnesota for the November 18th MLA webcast. We are planning to apply to host at the Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota, so that leaves one site open for sponsorship (preferably outside the metro). So, if you're interested in hosting a viewing at your institution, let the list know.

Here is the info:

The GMR will again sponsor a number of MLA Webcast sites throughout our region. We will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this webcast.

Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations.

Information on NN/LM-GMR Sponsorship of the November 18, 2009, MLA webcast sites for
Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users is available at:http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast.html and is included below.

To submit your request to be a sponsored site:
1. Print a copy of the MLA Webcast registration form. A PDF version of the registration form may be found at: http://www.mlanet.org/pdf/ce/mt_site_reg.pdf

2. Complete the form, but do not include purchase order or credit card information; no payment is required.

3. Do not send the form to MLA. Instead, fax the completed form to:
Nelly Cruz
GMR Information Service Supervisor
312-996-2226 (fax)

4. IMPORTANT: Along with your fax, please describe how many attendees you expect to draw at your location and how you plan to promote this webcast to those in your area. You may write this information on the form, a fax cover sheet or include it in the email.

5. After faxing the registration, please email Holly Burt at haburt@uic.edu to verify your email address and to let us know it is on the way. If there are additional contacts for your webcast site (e.g. a co-coordinator), please include their email address(es) in your message. Finally, if the site location differs from the sponsoring institution, note how your information should be listed on our webpage (see GMR Sponsored Webcast Sites at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcastsites.html).

6. The deadline to submit registration and information to the GMR is Friday, October 16, 2009.

Selection Process: Site selection will be based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees. Up to two (2) sites per state will be funded. Selections will be made by Wednesday, October 21, 2009, and all submitters will be informed of the GMR's decisions. Please note that the GMR will be covering the costs for Site Participation only,
not Individual Participation.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership. An additional point is available for leading a wrap-around session.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator at 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office or in the Chicago metro area call 312-996-2464.

Alternatively, email me at haburt@uic.edu.

Thank you.

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

August 26, 2009

From the GMR: HITECH Grants Announced

HITECH Priority Grants Program Rollout
News on Next Steps Toward Nationwide Health Information Exchange

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Today's announcement from the White House regarding the rollout of the first two in a series of HITECH priority grant programs represents a critical step forward in laying the groundwork for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). These programs will offer valuable help to health care providers in the selection and incorporation of EHRs into clinical practice, and for States and their designates to assure that statewide information exchange is developed with an eye toward nationwide connectivity across the health care system.

It's no coincidence that these two grant programs are leading the way. Key to the successful adoption and meaningful use of EHRs is the assurance that providers have the help and guidance they need to select, implement and maintain a certified EHR system. In addition, we need the various and often disparate local, statewide and regional systems to work together, regardless of location and differing state and federal standards or policies, to enhance patient care.

Toward that end, the first grant program, the Health Information Technology Extension Program, will fund dozens of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers across the country. The regional extension centers will offer hospitals and clinicians hands-on technical assistance to support meaningful use of certified EHR systems. These modern health IT centers could be considered as somewhat akin to the agricultural extension centers Congress set up early in the 20th century, which helped to support vast improvements in the efficiency, quality and productivity of the agricultural sector.

We hope this 21st century health IT extension program will have a similarly profound effect in helping health care providers through a major transition in our nation's health system, ultimately improving the quality, efficiency, reliability, availability and equity of care for every American.

A national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) will also be created. The HITRC will help the regional centers collaborate with each other, and it will serve as a national clearinghouse to identify and share best practices and experiences so that providers can learn from what others have gone through as they've put such systems in place.

The second grant program will help States and Qualified State Designated Entities (SDEs) to develop or align the necessary policies, procedures and network systems to assist electronic information exchange within and across states, and ultimately throughout the health care system. A key to this program's overall success will be technical, legal and financial support for information exchanges across health care providers.

Together, the grants will offer much-needed local and regional assistance and technical support to providers while enabling coordination and alignment within and among states, ultimately allowing information to follow patients anywhere within the health care system. They are a clear sign that the Administration is delivering on its promise to transform care.

As we push hard to make EHRs available to all Americans, and the use of electronic health information part of an expected standard of care, we also are intensely focused on ensuring the privacy and security of patient records. If we want to achieve nationwide use of EHRs, patients first and foremost must be assured and have confidence that their electronic personal health information is private, secure and safe. The technology to secure this information exists, and is constantly improving through advances in encryption and de-identification of data. The protection of all health information is absolutely central to all of our efforts in support of electronic health information exchange.

To learn more about the HITECH priority grants program and application requirements, please visit our website, http://healthit.hhs.gov/HITECHgrants. For other health it information, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov.

I look forward to providing you with more updates on our progress, and to continued interactions with all the communities that have so much to gain from this profound transformation.


David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

From the GMR: Addition to Pandemic Planning page on NN/LM Toolkit

The Toolkit for the Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan has received a huge response to last week's posting of the Pandemic Planning Page. In the interest of developing this page and providing a sequential structure for the pandemic planning process, we have created a table (see http://nnlm.gov/ep/2009/08/26/pandemic-planning-schedule-for-libraries/ ) that describes levels of pandemic readiness and response, along with recommended procedures that accompany each level.

We hope this will be helpful to you and to your members.


Susan S. Yowell
Project Assistant, Collection Management & Access Services
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library/
Project Assistant, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan

August 25, 2009

From the GMR: More information about librarian involvement in NIH Grant Opportunities

A message from Valerie Florance, NLM Extramural Programs

Re our earlier conversation about librarians watching the NIH Guide for opportunities: Here is one example of a grant announcement that **could* *have a place for a library in it, as a collaborating unit of the organization that applies. The program will facilitate research networks for integrative/interdisciplinary research through support for meetings, conferences, small pilots, short term training, dissemination activities. It would take some dedicated outreach on the part of the library to identify partner/likely applicant in its institution.

Title: Network Infrastructure Support for Emerging Behavioral and Social Research Areas in Aging (R24)

Valerie Florance, Ph.D.
NLM Extramural Programs
Rockledge 1, Suite 301
6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892
phone: 301.496-4621 fax: 301.402.2952

August 20, 2009

From the GMR: ARRA Health IT Grant Program Announcement

A message from Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Directory of the NLM.

The first two ARRA Health IT grant programs have been announced:
Health Information Technology Extension Program
State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program

See: http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt for details.

At first glance, libraries do not appear to be specifically mentioned as potential partners in the Extension program, but those with outreach programs and networking experience could be valuable members of coalitions submitting proposals. In any case, these announcements may be of interest to others in your institutions.


Betsy L. Humphreys
Deputy Director
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
email: humphreb@mail.nih.gov
tel. 301/496-6661

August 19, 2009

From the GMR: Pandemic Planning Resources Added to NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Here is a message from Susan Yowell about an addition to the NN/LM Toolkit related to Pandemic Planning.


We have added a new page to the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit today, entitled "Pandemic Planning" (http://nnlm.gov/ep/pandemic-planning/). The Novel H1N1 virus is beginning to be "on the radar" again in emergency preparedness news, and we have had questions from several places, as well as internet searches for pandemic plans that found content on the Toolkit, so we decided to aggregate the sources we use most in one place to the information will be easily accessible.

Please share with your staff and others in your region.


Susan S. Yowell
Project Assistant, Collection Management & Access Services
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library/
Project Assistant, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan

SharePoint Webinar on August 26th

To those of you who have access to SharePoint in your organizations, this SLA seminar may be of interest to you.

The Minnesota Chapter of SLA will host the August 26th SLA Click-U-Live webinar: "Dispatches From the Front Lines of SharePoint-Based Collaboration"

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm CT (seminar starts promptly at 1pm)
1:00 - 2:30 webinar
2:30 - 3:00 discussion

Location: Ecolab, Inc.
Ecolab Research Ctr.
655 Lone Oak Dr ESC-F43
Eagan, MN 55121 USA
Host: Rachel Ellison

Directions & Parking
1. Drive SOUTH on I-35E to County Road 26 (a.k.a. Lone Oak Road) -- it's the first exit south of I-494.
2. Turn LEFT and drive about 2 miles to Lone Oak Drive (it's about 1/4 mile east of Hwy 55)
3. Turn LEFT onto Lone Oak Drive, go to 655 and turn RIGHT when you see the Ecolab sign.
4. Follow the signs to the Research Center
5. When you see the parking lot, turn into the FIRST row and find a parking spot in the visitor's spaces near the SECOND stairway. If the Visitor spaces are full, park anywhere. (note that the parking lot is one level below the entrance level to the building)
6. Go up the stairway and enter the Research Center (Bldg F)
7. When you get to the Reception Desk, ask for Knowledge & Information Resources and one of the KIR staff will escort you to the conference room.

: Free for SLA members ($10 donation suggested): $15 for non-members (Please make your check payable to "Minnesota Chapter SLA" and bring it with you to the seminar.)

How to register: Send the registration form shown below to Jim Tchobanoff (jtchoban@comcast.net) or call Jim at 651 636-3738. Space is limited, so register ASAP.

Registrations will be handled in the order received and a confirmation message will be sent.

August 26th Virtual Seminar Registration Form:


Phone number:

SLA member: yes no

Do you need a receipt: yes no


Thanks to Rachel Ellison at Ecolab for hosting the seminar.

Any questions, call me at 651 636-3738 or email me at jtchoban@comcast.net

Jim Tchobanoff

Seminar information follows:

Presenter: Sadie Van Buren, Manager at Knowledge Management Associates, LLC

Seminar Description
As a consultant helping customers implement Microsoft SharePoint technologies to leverage their knowledge assets, I've seen some significant changes in the way clients collaborate and manage their knowledge, but many of them still have a long way to go. I'll discuss how some Boston-area companies are solving their KM and collaboration problems, the barriers they faced or are still facing, and the positive outcomes, intended or otherwise.

Who Should Attend?
This presentation is designed for knowledge managers and IT professionals who are benchmarking Microsoft SharePoint's use as a knowledge management / collaboration tool or are interested in learning about this system's capabilities.

Critical Learning Questions
How are small to mid-size companies using SharePoint for collaboration and social media?
What are the advantages and drawbacks of SharePoint as a platform? What is records retention?

Click U Presenter
Sadie Van Buren is a Manager at Knowledge Management Associates, LLC, a Gold-Certified Microsoft Partner based in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her main area of focus is architecting and customizing SharePoint deployments, specifically from the perspectives of usability, design, collaboration, and social networking.

Sadie has a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, having majored in English Literature and French Literature. She received a Certification in Project Management from Boston University, and is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Sadie blogs at http://amatterofdegree.typepad.com/.

From the GMR: Position announcement: Clinical Education Librarian, University of Iowa


Position Description: Reporting to the Hardin Library's Coordinator, Education and Research, the Clinical Education Librarian plans, promotes and provides information services that support the needs of faculty, researchers, staff and students of the university's five health sciences colleges and affiliated hospitals and clinics.

The incumbent:

  • serves as the liaison to the Carver College of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum and the Graduate Medical Education office by cultivating relationships with faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships;

  • works with faculty to integrate library education into the curriculum;

  • writes curriculum and provides instruction to students, staff and faculty one-on-one and in group settings;

  • provides reference service at public services desks;

  • assists users with research and information management tools;

  • serves as Hardin Library's expert on Evidence-Based Practice;

  • is proficient with current technologies and investigates new technologies;

  • works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to changing information needs;

  • serves on working groups/committees and participates in initiatives of the Libraries, health colleges, university, and hospital; and

  • contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.


  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science;

  • Three years post-Masters experience in a health sciences or life sciences library;

  • Experience providing instruction and reference services;

  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice concepts;

  • Experience with mobile devices, social networking and other new forms of technology

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;

  • Strong customer service and public services abilities;

  • Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature and full-text databases;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team; and

  • Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community. Examples might include service on a committee of a professional organization, presentations, or publications.


  • Experience teaching Evidence-Based Practice concepts including EBM resources and Critical Appraisal;

  • Experience using health sciences specific applications for PDA and Smartphones;

  • Knowledge of course management systems;

  • Knowledge of medical simulation techniques and applications for use in health sciences education and professional continuing education; and

  • Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian II level with a salary range of $44,000 to $49,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, and dental insurance, childcare credit, and additional options.

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences: The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the combined information and research needs of the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (including related allied-health education programs), and the Department of Communication Disorders. The mission of the Hardin Library is to assist faculty, staff and students of the University of Iowa in searching and retrieving quality information in support of education, research, and health care, and to preserve the scholarly record for the future. Additionally, the Hardin Library serves as regional and outreach library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and serves the state through a number of electronic and traditional information services. The Hardin Library is the largest medical library in the state; its collection includes more than 360,000 print volumes and 2,300 serials subscriptions primarily in electronic format.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa library system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University's locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring more the 225,000 digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books.

Librarian liaisons promote the development of critical thinking and research skills, and support teaching, learning, research, and clinical services through one-on-one research consultations, course-related instruction and Instant Messaging and e-mail reference. They also help promote Iowa Research Online and provide outreach and education on issues related to scholarly communication. Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico.

The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, approximately 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 8% of the University's faculty and staff and 9% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 7% of the students are international students.

Iowa City is a community of some 63,000 people (more than 100,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 31% of the students are minority, with 16% identifying as African-American, 8% as Latino/Hispanic, 7% as Asian-American, and .5% as Native American during the 2008/09 school year.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu. To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number -- 57068. Applications must be received by October 9, 2009.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/ and http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/about/employment/recruiting.html

For more information about the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, please see

August 17, 2009

From the GMR: Job Posting - Clinical Reference Librarian, University of Kentucky Medical Center Library

Clinical Reference Librarian, University of Kentucky Medical Center Library

Description and Job Responsibilities
The Medical Center Library (MCL) is looking for a creative and energetic individual to join a team of Clinical Reference Librarians. This person will provide general and specialized research assistance for on-site and virtual library users, participate in user-centered, subject specific instruction through general orientation sessions and curriculum-integrated instruction to develop information literacy competencies. The Librarian will work closely with clinical departments to deliver just-in-time health care information. The Librarian will coordinate educational activities of the unit, participate in collection development, and serve as faculty liaison to the College of Public Health. Other duties include designing subject specific web pages; instructing end users in the retrieval and application of health care information; developing content and design materials for instructional purposes to optimize utilization and understanding of Library services and resources; participating on multidisciplinary teams; participating in the development, implementation, and assessment of services, policies, procedures, and publications; participating in library-wide initiatives through committees and task forces; and being collegial and proactive in advancing the mission of the MCL. Successful candidates will be able to show evidence of an ability to meet University of Kentucky requirements for promotion and tenure, including evidence of self-motivation, initiative, and productivity.

Qualifications (Required)
Graduate degree in library science from an ALA- accredited program by start date of position; knowledge of and experience with using National Library of Medicine resources; knowledge of and experience with using EndNote ; working knowledge of Web 2.0 and other emerging technologies; excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication; excellent organizational and analytical skills; good customer service skills.

Qualifications (Preferred)
Grant/contract writing skills; experience in a public health environment; experience using the Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) database.

Salary and Benefits
The minimum salary for the position is $41,000; rank within the University library tenure system commensurate with experience and qualifications. Full-time 12 month, tenure-track appointment within the UK Libraries system. Standard academic fringe benefits; 22 days annual leave; TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement plan carriers. Visit http://www.uky.edu/HR/benefits/ for additional benefits information.

Located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in the beautiful bluegrass region of central Kentucky, the Medical Center Library (MCL) is a member of the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The MCL serves six colleges: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Sciences, and Public Health. In addition, the MCL serves UK HealthCare which includes three hospitals and associated Centers and clinics. The MCL is a resource library within the National Network of Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region and is a designated Outreach Library for the state of Kentucky.

To Apply for Job # SM527230
Submit a UK Online Employment System Application at http://www.uky.edu/HR/UKjobs/, attaching a cover letter and resume/vita. For assistance, contact Human Resources/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2, or email ukjobs@email.uky.edu. Please be advised if offered this position, your hiring may be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment national background check.

Deadline for Applications
September 11, 2009, but may be extended if necessary.


Frank Davis
Research & Education Division
Medical Center Library
University of Kentucky
800 Rose St.
Lexington, KY 40536
Phone: 859-323-3983
Fax: 859-323-1040
Email: fldavi2@email.uky.edu
Web: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/MCL

From the GMR: NIH Funding Opportunities

Message from Valerie Florance (National Library of Medicine) about NIH funding opportunities.

Dear Colleagues,

I'm writing to provide you with a reminder that NIH continues to issue new grant solicitations that could be the basis of fruitful collaborations between libraries and researchers or community-based organizations interested in biomedical research. While these grant programs are seldom aimed specifically at libraries, they offer opportunities for collaboration with research groups and for new partnerships within your community that could bring new funds and new activities to you.

For example, NIH funding opportunity announcements will be coming in the next few months for grants to support building infrastructure for community research and to promote research on behavioral and social aspects of health and illness. If you have not already registered for delivery of the weekly NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts that is sent by email each Friday, you sign up at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm. Also, new funding opportunities that will be published in the NIH Guide are posted on the Guide website as soon as they are ready, in the New Announcements this Week section at http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/WeeklyIndex.cfm. This can give you a head start of a few days on the Friday mailing.

Valerie Florance, Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director, NLM Extramural Programs
Rockledge 1, Suite 301
6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892
phone: 301.496-4621 fax: 301.402.2952
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep_ NLM/NIH/DHHS

August 13, 2009

From the GMR: PubMed Redesign Web Meeting - Additional Recording Available!

Hello Network Members,

The Pacific Northwest (PNR), Pacific Southwest (PSR), and Mid-Continental Regions (MCR) of the NN/LM held a joint session for the PubMed Redesign Web Meeting yesterday via Adobe Connect and it was recorded. The recording can be found here: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p66847164/. Similar questions were raised as those during the one the GMR/SCR regions hosted last week. Plus, the audio quality is better! We learned a lot about how to manage an online session of this size and hope you will join us in the future for more informational sessions from the NLM.

The PowerPoint slides for this session can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/depot/pubmedredesign.ppt and will be available for two weeks. The file is approximately 1.6 mb.

As a reminder, the National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) will be offering classes on PubMed and other databases in the coming months. For PubMed specifically, the date is Monday, October 19 in Chicagoland. For more information, and to register, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/regions.html.

The NLM Technical Bulletin David Gillikin referred to that includes the PowerPoint from MLA in Honolulu is here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj09/mj09_mla_dg.html.

Thank you,
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

From the GMR: Health Literacy Conference Regions Hospital St. Paul MN

Health Literacy: A learning event for librarians and health care professionals

Texts, tomes and tweets -- A guide to clear health communication for librarians and health care professionals

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

8:30 am Final Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-11:00 am Workshop

Pre-registration required: http://www.imehealthpartners.com/UpcomingEvents.shtml (9/30/09 class)

About the workshop:
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. ~ Healthy People 2010, Health Communication Terminology

We live in a world full of health information resources. People get health information from multiple sources, ranging from magazine ads to Oprah to Facebook to the Institute of Medicine. Navigating the resources and knowing which ones are reputable and presented in a way consumers can understand can be daunting.

This workshop is for library and healthcare professionals to learn about the impact of health literacy on health. You'll also learn about tools to evaluate the quality of consumer health information in print and online and where to find good resources in multiple languages.

About the Presenters:
Keynote: George J. Isham, M.D. is the Medical Director and Chief Health Officer for HealthPartners. Dr. Isham is responsible for quality, utilization management, health promotion and disease management, research, and health professionals' education at HealthPartners. Dr. Isham chairs the Health Literacy Roundtable for the Institute of Medicine.

Sara Rezek, MLIS, Consumer Health Librarian, Health Resource Center, Regions Hospital
Hilary Stecklein, MD, HealthPartners Pediatrician
Arthur Wineman, MD, HealthPartners Family Physician
Mary Wittenbreer, MALS, MLIS, Head Medical Librarian, Regions Hospital

Cost: Free (This workshop is sponsored by HealthPartners, HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education and Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA)

Pre-registration required: http://www.imehealthpartners.com/UpcomingEvents.shtml (9/30/09 class)

Mary Wittenbreer, MLIS, MALS
Head Librarian
Regions Hospital
Medical Library MS 11202B
640 Jackson Street
St. Paul MN 55101
Phone: 651-254-3609
Fax: 651-254-3427

August 11, 2009

From the GMR: The Semantic Web: Fact or Myth?

Hello Network Members,

While this is out of the GMR region, I thought you might be interested in it, especially if you happen to be in the Washington, DC area in November.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Semantic Web: Fact or Myth?

A One-Day Conference co-sponsored by CENDI, FLICC and NFAIS

Location: National Archives, William G. McGowan Theatre, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408

The term "semantic web" appears everywhere - in journal articles, in conference titles, and even in new product promotional material. But what exactly is semantic web? How does it differ from Web 2.0? Does it really exist? And what are its implications for the future of science and scholarly communication?

Mark your calendar now to attend the one-day conference, The Semantic Web: Fact or Myth, in order to learn the answers to these questions and more.

Registration fee for CENDI, FLICC and NFAIS members is $95.00 and the fee for non-members is $125.00. The fee includes lunch and beverage breaks. For more information and to register, please go to the following site: http://cendievents.infointl.com/cfn1109/

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

Online Registration is Now Available for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference!

Online registration for the 2009 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference is now open at http://midwestmla.org/conference2009/registration.html!

To take advantage of member pricing, you must be a current member of either the Midwest Chapter/MLA or of the Ohio Health Sciences Libraries Association and have a membership validation code, which have been distributed via each organization's members-only email lists. If you do not have a code and are a current member, please contact jolene.miller@utoledo.edu. (When you register, you will be prompted for the code after you enter your name and contact information.)

During the online registration process, you will see a note that reads "If the organizer selected to collect additional attendee names, we will ask you for the names and email addresses of all participants later." We are not collecting additional attendee names, so please ignore this.

If you have any questions about registration for the conference, please contact the Registration Chair, Jolene Miller, jolene.miller@utoledo.edu or 419.383.4959.

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus to SEEK, EXPLORE, and DISCOVER!

Jodi Jameson, MLIS (Conference Publicity Committee)
Nursing Librarian
University of Toledo, Health Science Campus
Mulford Library
Mail Stop #1061
3000 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, OH 43614

Continuing Education at the 2009 Midwest MLA Chapter Conference

Continuing Education at the 2009 Midwest MLA Chapter Conference
Seek, Explore, Discover
October 3-6, Columbus, Ohio
Hyatt on Capital Square

This year's diverse selection of Continuing Education classes offers something for everyone! Go to http://midwestmla.org/conference2009/ce.html for detailed class descriptions, instructor bios, times, locations and fees.

Saturday, October 3
"Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast" (3 contact hours)
"Cheap, Fast and Decent Strategic Planning for Medical Libraries" (8 contact hours)
"Communicating with Physicians: For Librarians" (4 contact hours)
"Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy" (6 contact hours)
"PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-Based Approach to Advanced PubMed Searching" (4 contact hours)
"Understanding Health Care Literature: A Primer for Working with Evidence Based Health Care Principles"(4 contact hours)
"Understanding Health Care Literature: Advanced Critical Appraisal" (4 contact hours)

Tuesday, October 6
"Distance Education: Supporting Anywhere Anytime Learning" (8 contact hours)
"Emergency Preparedness for Libraries" (4 contact hours)
"Emerging Technologies for Librarians" (6 contact hours)
"Super Searcher" (4 contact hours)

Sign up at: http://midwestmla.org/conference2009/registration.html

If you have any questions regarding the CEs, please contact:
Carol Powell, Chair, Continuing Education Committee
(614) 292-4871

Jodi Jameson, MLIS (Conference Publicity Committee)
Nursing Librarian
University of Toledo, Health Science Campus
Mulford Library
Mail Stop #1061
3000 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, OH 43614

August 10, 2009

From the GMR: New Items in the GMR Lending Library

Hello Network Members!

If you have not had a chance to enjoy the benefit of the GMR's free Lending Library, be sure to take a look at what it includes. Our lending library includes items on topics as diverse as systems librarianship, consumer health reference, copyright liability, conflict management and more. There are also some great resources for you to earn MLA CE Credit.

Some items that have arrived recently:
* Tailoring Health Messages: Customizing Communication with Computer Technology, by Matthew Kreuter et al. (2000) * Health Informatics for Medical Librarians, by Ana D. Cleveland and Donald B. Cleveland (2009)
* iFusions: MLA Annual Meeting 2009 2-CD Set
* Guía de recursos sobre la parálisis, Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center 2003)
* Paralysis Resource Guide, Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (2003)
* Blueprint for Your Library Marketing Plan, by Patricia H. Fisher and Marseille M. Pride (2006)
* Information Literacy Assessment, by Teresa Y. Neely (2006)
* Creating Your Library Brand, by Elisabeth Doucett (2008)
* Is Consulting for You? A Primer for Information Professionals, by Ulla de Stricker (2008)
* Engaging the Community in Decision Making, by Roz Diane Lasker and John A Guidry (2008)
* Addressing Patients' Health Literacy Needs, Joint Commission Resources (2009)
* Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know, by Timothy Lee Wherry (2008)

If you have any suggestions of items to be included in the lending library, please email us at gmrlib [at] 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

From the GMR: PubMed Redesign Web Meeting Recording Available

For those of you who attended the recent web session "PubMed Redesign," by David Gillikin, thank you for your participation (and patience!). There was an overwhelming response to this web meeting. The system became overloaded and many people encountered technical problems. We apologize for all of the audio and other technical problems you may have encountered during the session. The recording of this session can be found here: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p10795826/.

There will be other sessions offered across the country for other regions in the near future. Undoubtedly the audio quality will be better and there will be different questions asked so we will make the recording of at least one of those sessions available to you as well.

The PowerPoint slides for this session can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/depot/pubmedredesign.ppt and will be available for two weeks. The file is approximately 1.6 mb.

One question that came up during the session about where clipboard items will be found, has an answer:
"If a user has placed items on the clipboard, a message that there are items in the clipboard will appear in the upper right hand corner, just like the LIMITS message. The limits message is highlighted in green on the 9th slide, in case the image below doesn't come through."

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) will be offering classes on PubMed and other databases in the coming months. For PubMed specifically, the date is Monday, October 19 in Chicagoland. For more information, and to register, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/regions.html.

The NLM Technical Bulletin David Gillikin referred to that includes the PowerPoint from MLA in Honolulu is here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj09/mj09_mla_dg.html.

Here are some more questions asked during this session and the responses (collected by Joseph Nicholson of NTCC):
* Where is the article discussing changes? June issue of TB. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj09/mj09_mla_dg.html)
* What is the launch date? Proposed in mid-September.
* Where will Single Citation Matcher & Clinical Queries Be? Links will be on the front page and on Advanced Search.
* Is "Preferences" replacing "MyNCBI"? Undecided.
* What is the most results we can view on a page? Changing from 500 to 200 as a max.
* Is there an example to look at right now? Not yet.
* Will there still be links to the MeSH database? Yes, there will be.
* Will there be a direct export function to bibliographic management software? No, can't support the many types of software.
* Is AdvancedSearch changing? Not at this point.
* Why not call it MySavedSearches instead of Preferences or MyNCBI? Because it includes functionality for all of the other Entrez systems.
* Are there any plans for adjacency searching? No. Not part of the base technology.
* Where will clipboard items be displayed? The clipboard will be there. A link to access clipboard items will be available in the upper right hand corner, similar to the Limits message that was discussed.
* Will saved searches be lost when the new interface goes into effect? No, they won't be lost.
* Will LinkOut still exist? Yes
* Will search screens for other NCBI databases change as well? Others will eventually change, unsure which ones and on what timeline.
* Will cross-database searching be available? They are not implementing a new technology, just a change in appearance. The only cross database search capability is found on the Entrez home page at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/gquery
* Will it be possible to send to e-mail to more than one address? Not at this point as far as we know.
* Will the library links to full text still be there? Yes, probably in the upper right corner on individual citation display.
* Will we still have the ability in history to combine search numbers? Yes, functionality still works, will probably have to go to AdvancedSearch page.
* What citation display views will we still have? Citation, AbstractPlus won't exist anymore.
* Is it still possible to display in text on the screen not in html? Yes, in Summary and Abstract views.
* Will the hyperlinked MeSH terms in the display run a search or link to the database? They will probably only run a search, not link to MeSH db.
* Where is details? Only by clicking into AdvancedSearch at this point.
* Will Journals and MeSH database be available like on the sidebar now? Yes, on front page and through a drop-down menu above search box. Drop-down menu should be customizable in MyNCBI.
* Is there a limit to the number of buttons for full-text access? Not that we are aware of.
* Will the preview function still exist? Yes, on AdvancedSearch.
* Will these slides be available? In the June TB issue. The recording will also be available later.
* Are the limits available for both search boxes? There is only one search box.
* Will there be another orientation when the new look debuts? Yes, MMS will be working on that, including tutorials, quicktours, etc.
* Where will limits be? AdvancedSearch page.
* Where will history be? AdvancedSearch page.
* Where will single citation matcher be? On the home page and on AdvancedSearch page.
* Can you select to view MeSH terms in the citation record? Yes, you can set that preference in MyNCBI.
* Can AdvancedSearch be set as the default searching page? No, the search box will be at the top of every page, so the page itself can't be set.
* Is it possible to get rid of the boxes on the right-hand side? You can click the minus sign, but they won't totally go away.
* Will we have to change our OutsideTool settings? No.
* How much of a heads-up will we get? As much as we can get from NCBI.
* If people have suggestions, where should they submit them? Through the RMLs or MMS. NCBI is in charge of development and function of database. It is best to send the suggestions once you actually had a chance to use the new design.

If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the PubMed redesign, please contact NCBI at info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Max Anderson
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

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through July 2009

Have you seen what's new on The Cornflower, the GMR blog? The Cornflower is our online newsletter in blog format. Take a look at the posts and their URLs for July 2009.

Jerry Dujsik Retires from Illinois College of Optometry

GMR at ALA 2009: Welcome to Chicago!

Broadband Opportunities Technology Program Notice of Funds Availability

Tecumseh PowWow 8th Annual Mending the Sacred Hoop

Spreading the Word about Accessible Technology - Thanks to an NN/LM GMR Technology Award!

Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Would you like to submit an article for inclusion in the blog? Check out the following blog page: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/writing-for-the-cornflower/.


Editor, The Cornflower

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