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September 30, 2009

From the GMR: Health Information Use Survey from NIH

Hi all,

This confusing note from NIH (below) is a request to take a survey on how consumers find health information. You can take it here: http://nihhealthinfoRFI.nih.gov. Encourage family and friends to take it as well!


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the NIH
Director's Council of Public Representatives have partnered to develop a Consumer Health
Information RFI in response to a Directive by President Barack Obama to all Federal agencies
calling for greater transparency, public participation, and collaboration.

In conjunction with the NIH goals for public input and effective dissemination of
science-based health resources and information to the public, the RFI will provide insight and
better understanding of the health information needs and information-seeking behaviors of NIH
health consumer audiences.

Information gathered will assist the agency in developing and disseminating health, medical,
and scientific information to a broader variety of audiences.

The RFI may be completed online in English or downloaded from the Web site in Spanish.

Questions may be directed to NIH Office of Communication and Public Liaison

Leadership in Medical Libraries: Becoming An Everyday Leader

October 5, 2009-November 2, 2009

New self-paced online class...

A joint project of the Medical Library Association, the University of North Texas LE@D program, and Pattern Research, Inc

Learn how to identify and improve your leadership skills, no matter what your current role is in your medical library or institution. Through a series of interactive writing exercises and online group discussions, you will discover how to better identify and overcome barriers to success with staff, colleagues, decision-makers, and your medical library's users. Topics include the differences among leadership, management and professional points of view, the characteristics of everyday leadership, dealing with risk, understanding the big picture, creating and communicating vision, ethical influence, applying leadership in workplace situations, mistakes in leadership, and how to break through self-created glass walls and ceilings.

This is a self-paced, Web-based course approved for continuing education credit by the Medical Library Association. This course is worth 8 contact hours in the areas of Leadership.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus

CE Contact Hours: 8

Professional Competencies: Leadership and Management

Subject: Leadership

Course Type: e-Learning


· This month-long online class has a starting date and ending date, but the time in between is self-paced. The class begins and ends with a live webinar, which will be recorded. If participants are not able to attend the live sessions, we will ask them to view the recorded sessions.

· The online class is divided into chapters, and each chapter has pages where the participant will be directed to post responses to questions and assignments. Each week, you will be asked to read and respond to at least two chapters, in addition to reading and responding to the postings of your classmates. The online discussions will on LinkedIn!

· If you are seeking AHIP credit for the class, you will be required to log in a minimum amount of participation each week to fill the requirements of the class for eight hours of time.

· Complete instructions can be obtained from the instructor, Pat Wagner, pat@pattern.com or 303-778-0880

Course Description and Registration:




Medical Library Association Course Page:


Cost: $100

Questions/Contact: Pat Wagner, Instructor, pat@pattern.com or 303-778-0880


Local Note: Register directly via the link above. While many LE@D classes are available at no cost to WebJunction Minnesota members, this class is considered a Medical Library Association class and is not available via WebJunction or WebJunction Minnesota.

From the GMR: New Outreach Impact Subcontract for Library Schools

Network Members,

I just wanted to alert you to a new subcontract that we are offering to Graduate Library Schools in the region to conduct an Outreach Impact Study on behalf of the GMR. The RFP is located on our website at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/special/impact.html

If any of you work closely with your local library schools, this is an opportunity for you to let them know that you might be available to offer your assistance. A letter has been sent to the deans of the ten Library Schools in the Midwest. However, we hope to also reach the library faculty who teach courses on health sciences librarianship. Your assistance with reaching those faculty members would be greatly appreciated.

If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact me or Jacqueline Leskovec (leskovec@uic.edu), our Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator.

Thank you for your assistance with getting the word out.


Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

From the GMR: New redesigned PubMed now available for preview!

The newly redesigned PubMed is now available. Check the preview, accessible from the link on the pubmed.gov page (New! PubMed: Try the redesigned PubMed) or directly at the following URL: http://preview.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Check the "Using PubMed" and "PubMed Tools" links on the lower part of the page.

The PubMed Help section has been updated as of yesterday's date.

When more information is available, we'll be sure to keep you posted.


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: Changes to the NIH grants application process

Message from NLM about changes to the NIH grants application process.

Restructured Application Forms and Instructions for Submissions for FY2011 Funding

Today's NIH Guide has an announcement about changes to application forms and instructions http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-149.html. These affect applications that come in at due dates on or after January 25, 2010. It reflects a number of changes including shorter page limits for research plans as well as other changes to application forms and instructions

September 29, 2009

From the GMR: NLM Associate Fellowship Program, Bethesda, MD

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM's web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
* Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
* Spring Practicum at a health sciences library in the contiguous United States
* Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
* Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
* Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
* Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:
* A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($50,408 in 2009)
* Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
* Some relocation funding
* Assistance in finding housing

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2010. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2010. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact me for further information. I can be reached at 301-435-4083 or dunnk@mail.nih.gov.

Kathel Dunn
Associate Fellowship Coordinator
National Library of Medicine
Bldg 38, Rm 2N-19
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

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

Hello, Network Members,

Here's an update on what's new on The Cornflower, the GMR blog. Take a look at the posts and their URLs for September 2009. Make sure to read A Message from the RML Director, Kate Carpenter, which updates activities from the GMR office and the Regional Medical Library.

A Triple-Header for MedlinePlus

A Message from the RML Director: Fall 2009

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Social Networking Tools in the GMR Lending Library

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

Health Sciences Interest Group in ACRL

Notes from the MLA Board Meeting (September 17)
(excerpted from a report by Judy Burnham, Section Council Chair)

Health sciences librarians have started a Health Sciences Interest Group
(HSIG) in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
division of the American Library Association (ALA). The group has asked
that there be liaisons between MLA and the ACRL/HSIG. The Board approved
that the MLA Board of Directors establish an allied representative
position to liaise with the Association of College and Research
Libraries Health Sciences Interest Group, effective immediately. Judy
Burnham, Section Council Chair recommended that a member of NAHRS be
appointed to this position since NAHRS is often the MLA home of those
librarians at academic libraries that support health science programs.

Linda Watson, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota
450B Diehl Hall / 505 Essex Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-7039 (voice) 612-626-5822 (fax)

September 28, 2009

H1N1 Flu Preparedness Information for HSLM Members

Four Things YOU Can Do RIGHT NOW in Preparation for H1N1 Pandemic Flu

1. Memorize 1-800-DEV-ROKS
This is the NN/LM toll-free number (1-800-338-7657) in an easy-to-remember form, ROKS without a "c". It connects to the regional office of the Greater Midwest Region. Call this number when disaster strikes and overwhelms your ability to continue to provide services. The GMR will respond and assist you based on the national NN/LM Plan.

2. Develop and maintain a disaster plan
Even a little preparation, using simplified approaches, can substantially increase your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. For example, have you identified the unique resources you have and where they are located so you know what you must save when recovery time is limited? The NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit External Link Indicator can help you identify the four key elements of a disaster plan.

3. Identify a back-up library
Develop a relationship with a partner library and create a formal or informal mutual understanding of what will help if disaster strikes. Use the Model MOU/MAA tab on the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit External Link Indicator to find sample agreements.

The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries will help Minnesota colleagues to the extent possible with patient-care emergency literature searches or document delivery requests (within the limits of our various licenses) in the event of pandemic flu. The most effective way to alert us to that need would be through our medref@umn.edu account, with a subject line that begins EMERGENCY REQUEST, or a phone call to our Reference Desk at 612-626-3260 (during normal business hours, 8am-5pm M-F). If there is an extensive research or document delivery need, we could handle that through our fee-based service, InfoNOW (http://www.lib.umn.edu/infonow/)

4. Get to know your GMR Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

For a contact list and description of the coordinator's responsibilities, see NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator Role Statement PDF file ( 43 kb, rev: Aug 24, 2009).

Paul Elliott Dahl, the Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator for Minnesota, may be contacted at 651-201-5092 or by e-mail at paul.dahl@state.mn.us

September 25, 2009

From the GMR: Position at University of Illinois at Chicago

Consider applying for the position of Information Services Librarian at UIC; dynamic colleagues in a stimulating environment!


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences seeks a faculty librarian for its Information Services Department. The Library of the Health Sciences supports UIC programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, associated health professions, public
health, and doctoral programs in basic and clinical science. The Library serves as the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, and is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States. The University of Illinois
at Chicago is a research institution with quality standards in research and publication. Faculty librarians excel in librarianship, conduct research, publish, and engage in service to the profession.

The librarian is responsible for all aspects of information services, with emphasis on outreach, instructional services, and user support. Hours include weekends and evening.

Specific responsibilities include:
-serving as liaison to selected health science colleges, and working with faculty to integrate library instruction into the curriculum
-participating in outreach initiatives to hospital and community groups
-participating in evidence-based medicine initiatives
-providing general reference services, including staffing the reference desk, answering online reference questions (chat and e-mail), and conducting research consultations;
-offering instructional services, including teaching classes and designing face-to-face and online instructional materials;
-working with others to develop and revise programs in response to changing technology and information needs
-developing content for the library's Web site;
-promoting and evaluating services and resources;
-serving on relevant library committees.

Reports directly to the Head of Information Services, Library of the Health Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program; two years of professional experience in an academic health sciences library or equivalent experience; interest in implementing emerging technologies; evidence of interest in professional involvement within medical or academic librarianship; strong customer service commitment, excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team, demonstrated oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to meet university standards in research,
publication, and professional service commensurate with tenure requirements.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Academic background in health or life sciences; knowledge of evidence based healthcare; familiarity with licensed products, and experience searching PubMed and other health related and life sciences databases; record of scholarly publication.

Salary/Rank/Contract: Salary and rank dependent upon qualifications and experience; entry level faculty appointments begin at $47,000; faculty tatus; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid
medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is
withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration, apply by November 13, 2009 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references to:

Annie Marie Ford
Director of Library Human Resources
University Library, M/C 234
University of Illinois at Chicago
Box 8198
Chicago, Illinois 60680-8198
E-mail: lib-hr@uic.edu
Fax: 312.413.0424

From the GMR: Podcast class in Wausau in December

Hello GMR members!

I wanted to alert you all to a training opportunity in Wausau, WI this autumn. Check your calendars! Maybe you'll just happen to be in the Wausau area in December.

Class: Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast (description: http://nnlm.gov/training/podcast/)

Location: Aspirus Wausau, Wausau, WI
Date: December 8, 2009
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CT
Cost: FREE

MLA CE Credits: 3

Register via the GMR Calendar: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR (jump to December).

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

September 24, 2009

The Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award

The Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award - Recognize Technological Innovation in Health Science Information

The Rogers Award, originally called the ISI Information Advancement Award, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions for the application of technology to the delivery of health science information, to the science of information, or to the facilitation of the delivery of health science information.

The award, sponsored by the Thomson Reuters, has been given since 1983. The recipient receives a cash award of $500 and will be recognized at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association.

For more information on the award and past winners go to: http://www.mlanet.org/awards/honors/rogers.html.

For a copy of the nomination form, eligibility information and instructions go to: http://www.mlanet.org/pdf/awards/rogers_nom_20090714.pdf.

All nominations are due by November 1, 2009. Please forward this message to colleagues who might be interested.

Contact Maribeth Slebodnik, Jury Chair, (765.494.2917) or (slebodnik@purdue.edu) with any questions.

September 23, 2009

From the GMR: NLM Welcomes Fellows for 2009-2010

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM. Congratulations to the new Fellows!

The National Library of Medicine welcomed its 2009-2010 class of Associate Fellows earlier in September.

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library.

In addition to curriculum and projects, the Associate Fellows will also be attending several conferences: the "3 by the Sea" MLA TriChapter Conference, Computers in Libraries and the Medical Library Association meeting in Washington, DC in May. Please say "hello" and welcome them at these meetings or send them an email.

Watch for our upcoming recruiting announcement for the 2010-2011 class of Associate

MLA 2011 - Local Assistance Subcommittee Volunteers Needed


The annual meeting of the Medical Library Association will be held in Minneapolis, MN from May 13-18, 2011. Gabe Rios (University of Alabama) and Bart Ragon (University of Virginia) are the National Program Committee (NPC) co-chairs. One of the very important and fun components of any annual meeting is the Local Assistance Committee (LAC). Linda Watson (University of Minnesota) and Dawn Littleton (Mayo Clinic) are the LAC co-chairs.

This is a call for volunteers to serve as chair of one of the six subcommittees that make up the work to be done over the course of the next two years. The subcommittees are: Publicity and Promotion; Restaurant Guide; Library Tours; Meeting Blog; Hospitality Information Booth, and Volunteer Assistance.

This link will take you to a more detailed document with a rough idea of when the most intense work would be. Each subcommittee chair would be responsible for recruiting volunteers for their subcommittee. A reminder that subcommittee chairs need to be MLA members.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the subcommittee chair positions, please let Linda Watson (lwatson@umn.edu) know by October 10, 2009.

FUN FACT: Three previous meetings in Minnesota were in 1936, 1976, 1986

September 22, 2009

HSLM Membership Roster

The HSLM membership roster for 2009 is now available.

HSLM Policies & Procedures

HSLM follows this policies and procedures manual.

HSLM Bylaws

Here are the HSLM Bylaws.

September 18, 2009

Reminder: Deadline for HSLM Program Registration Approaching

Just a reminder that the deadline for HSLM members to register for the educational program on October 13th is coming up. Please register by next Friday, September 25th. Paraprofessional staff are especially encouraged to attend this event.

Complete program and registration details are here:

September 14, 2009

From the GMR: Online "Getting Magnetized" Course

A new session of "Getting Magnetized: Search and Service Strategies for Nursing Excellence" is starting online Oct.8- Nov. 18, 2009 and is open for enrollment here.

Joy Kennedy and Margaret (Peg) Allen are co-instructors for this web-based continuing education program. You will also have the opportunity to learn from other participants.

* Learn about the information needs of nurses in clinical and educational settings. Discuss strategies to meet these needs in relation to accreditation and certification standards, especially as they relate to the ANCC Magnet initiative. Identify collaborative education and service strategies to improve information services for nurses and nursing students in your organization. Evidence-based nursing practice and other important nursing concepts will be covered. The course is completely updated to match the requirements in the 2008 Magnet manual.

* This course is useful for librarians in Magnet aspiring or designated hospitals, as well as academic librarians working with nursing faculty and students. Anyone interested in services to nurses in hospitals will find it helpful.

* Cost of the course is $190. 8 hours MLA-approved CE contact hours will be awarded.

* Students are expected to spend 1 - 2 hours each week on the course, for a total of at least 8 hours of reading, online discussion and working on assignments during the six weeks the class is conducted. Many choose to spend additional time on supplemental readings and the assignments closely connected to work expectations. Previous students report that this work is valuable in their organization's journey to excellence and in providing services to nurses.

* Additional information is available at http://www.healthknowledgeconsultants.net/. Or at MLA website at http://www.cech.mlanet.org/node/81.

* If you have additional questions please contact Joy Kennedy or Peg Allen.

Joy Kennedy, MLS
Health Resource Library
Northwest Community Hospital
800 W. Central Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2392
Phone: 847-618-5180; Fax 847-618-5189
email:j1kennedy@nch.org; library@nch.org

Margaret (Peg) Allen, MLS-AHIP
P.O. Box 2, Stratford, WI, 54484
715-687-4976 Mobile 715-212-3635
pegallen67 (at) gmail dot com
Health Knowledge Consultants www.healthknowledgeconsultants.net
Coordinator, Hmonghealth.org
Health Information for the Global Village (MLA theme 1995)

September 11, 2009

From the GMR: Free PubMed classes in Chicago in October

Come to the Greater Chicago Area!

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC), in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) and Loyola University Medical Center, is offering three free hands-on classes near the Windy City. Training will be held at the Loyola University Medical Center Health Sciences Library in Maywood, Illinois, on October 19, 20 and 21, 2009.

The following two classes are still open and will be taught by the staff of the NTCC:

PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov (3.5 MLA CE Hours)
Tuesday, October 21, 2009
8:30 am to 12:00 noon

To register for any or all of these classes, or to look for other class locations, simply click on this registration form link:

For detailed information about this free training opportunity, please see the Health-E Illinois blog:

Classes will be held at the Loyola University Health Sciences Library located at 1st Avenue South of Roosevelt Road. For directions, go to http://library.luhs.org/hslibrary/about_us/directions.htm

For further information about the site location, please contact:
Mary Klatt
(708) 216-5305

September 9, 2009

Educational Program Sponsored by HSLM on October 13, 2009

Please put the following on your distribution list, blog, or share with your colleagues in other ways.

Important Educational Program Sponsored by the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM)

The Health Science Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM) Sponsors a Library Program Day on October 13, 2009

All library staff (paraprofessionals, technicians, etc.) are encouraged to attend. Librarians are welcome to attend as well.

Burnsville Performing Arts Center (directions and location for the BPAC are found at http://www.burnsvillepac.com/visit-bpac)

Attendees are encouraged to walk to one of the three surrounding restaurants for lunch from 12 noon to 1:30. Other restaurants are located within driving distance.

Program Sessions:

Morning (10 a.m. - 12 noon) Session: Prescription for Success: Consumer Health Information on the Web
Samanthi Hewakapuge (Consumer Health Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session is located in the Upper Lobby of the BPAC (seating capacity of 200)

Afternoon (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Session: Cool Web 2.0 Tools
Melissa Rethlefsen (Librarian/Asst. Professor of Medical Education, Learning Resource Center, Mayo Clinic)
This session is located in the Black Box Theatre of the BPAC (seating capacity of 150)

Library staff of health science libraries may register by sending an e-mail to paul.dahl@state.mn.us by September 25. There is no charge for library staff of health science libraries to attend.

Library staff of other libraries may register by sending an e-mail to paul.dahl@state.mn.us starting on September 28 and ending on October 9. There is a charge of $10 for each session ($20 total if attending both sessions). Checks need to be made out to Health Science Libraries of Minnesota and turned in at the registration area at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on October 13. Cash will not be accepted.

Paul Elliott Dahl, Library Director
Barr Library
Minnesota Department of Health
P. O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Fax: 651-201-5099

Barr Library Contact Information
Visit us at www.health.state.mn.us/library/index.html
Email us at health.library@state.mn.us
Call us at 651-201-5090

From the GMR: September issue of NIH News in Health

Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

In this edition:

Time to Study: How Parents Can Help With Schoolwork
There are so many distractions to pull your kids' attention away from what needs to get done for school. Here's how to help them focus and succeed.

Time To Let Them Go: Staying in Touch With College-Bound Kids
If you've recently had a child go off to college, you're likely facing a whole new set of worries. This time in your child's life is one of great transition. It's important to give your child enough space to do some growing.

Health Capsules:
Human See, Human Do?
Drinking Problems and Older Adults
Featured Web Site: NIDA for Teens

Download a PDF version for printing here.

Visit our Facebook wall to suggest topics you'd like us to cover, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. We want to hear what you think! Also check out the NIH Health & Science Gifts and send some to your Facebook friends.

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

September 8, 2009

From the GMR: Highlights of GMR-Funded Projects for National Medical Librarians Month

Dear GMR Members,

We are fast approaching National Medical Librarians Month (October 2009). Each year, we have the opportunity to highlight some of the GMR funded projects on the NLM public website. Checkout the projects we highlighted last year: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles08/gmr.html

If you would like us to select your project to be highlighted, please send us a brief description about your project. This year, NLM is willing add project logos and photos; please include permission of the individuals photographed.

These submissions will also be highlighted on the GMR blog. Please send your descriptions and other accompanying documents to Samanthi (samanthi@uic.edu) by end of the day 09/10/09.

Thank you!


Samanthi Hewakapuge

Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax

September 4, 2009

From the GMR: MedlinePlus & Healthyday TV

Hi Everyone,

NLM is announcing a new MedlinePlus feature. If you have any questions, please contact Sarena Burgess at sarena.burgess@nih.gov.

MedlinePlus launched HealthDay TV today, a new multimedia feature for the health news section of the Web site. Each weekday, MedlinePlus will display a new HealthDay TV news video, covering the latest news in medical research in an easy-to-understand, consumer-friendly format. In addition to the weekday videos, a Saturday summary video will appear as a wrap-up of the previous week's headlines. The HealthDay TV videos are only available on the English version of MedlinePlus.

Please visit the MedlinePlus News page to see the new video content: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/newsbydate.html, and let me know if you have any questions about this new feature.


September 3, 2009

About Health Science Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM)

Health Science Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM) is an association for providers and users of health care information.


The mission of HSLM is to promote the professional and organizational needs of health science libraries and other health information providers and to promote health science library service throughout Minnesota.


Any person engaged or interested in health sciences information work shall be eligible for membership. The members constitute the working and voting body of HSLM. Interested in joining HSLM? Go to the Membership category on this blog to download the membership form.

From the GMR: Job posting - Head, Collection Access Section, National Library of Medicine

Head, Collection Access Section, National Library of Medicine ($102,721-133,543)

Join the management team at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland. We're part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and located just outside Washington, D.C.

We are looking for an experienced library manager with experience in interlibrary loan or circulation services to serve as the Head of the Collection Access Section. Section staff annually deliver over 200,000 interlibrary loans from NLM's collection. They provide over 80,000 items to customers in our public reading room and respond to customer inquiries for all of these services. The section manages the DOCLINE interlibrary loan system which serves over 3,000 libraries and 2 million loans each year. The Section includes over 20 government staff, contract staff, and a dozen part time students. The Section Head supervises all these staff and activities.

Join the federal government and receive great benefits while contributing to an important part of NLM's mission, to provide biomedical information to users through medical and research libraries throughout the United States and the world.

If you have never worked for the U.S. government, follow the instructions and use USAJobs to apply to announcement number HHS/NIH-2009-3215. If you currently or previously worked for the government, you can apply to announcement number HHS/NIH-2009-3452. Salary range is $102,721-$133,543 USD per year and you must be a US citizen to apply. Posting closes at midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, September 18, 2009.

Questions? Contact Susan Burns at burnss@mail.nih.gov or 301-496-3661.

Blog notification test message #3 of 3

THIS IS MESSAGE #3 of 3 IN A SERIES OF TESTS. If you receive this message, then you are able to receive an email notification when something new is posted to the HSLM blog. 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.