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November 30, 2009

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

Hello, Network Members,

Have you checked the GMR blog/newsletter, The Cornflower, for the latest news from the Greater Midwest? The following items were posted in the month of November, 2009.

Kudos to Karen in the Minot Daily News

2009 Latino Health Fair in Oregon, WI

3rd Low Vision Fair Sponsored in Suburban Chicago

Sitting Bull College Library Dedicated

University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Brings in the Dogs

Health Literacy Events at U of M

HITECH Act to Tear Down e-Health Barriers

Exciting New Titles in the GMR Lending Library!

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009

Thank you!
Editor, The Cornflower

From the GMR: NLM to launch ToxLearn

NLM's Specialized Information Services hopes to release a new resource, ToxLearn later this week. http://toxlearn.nlm.nih.gov

ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to toxicology. It can be used as an ancillary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course, and can provide users of NLM's toxicology databases with a working knowledge of basic toxicology principles. Only Module One will be released at this time. Additional modules will come later.

ToxLearn is an update of the earlier NLM ToxTutor, which was designed to provide a basic understanding of toxicology as an aide for users of toxicology literature contained in the National Library of Medicine's toxicological and chemical databases. http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/toxtutor.html ToxLearn will update and expand on that effort.

November 24, 2009

MLA webcast recording now available

On-demand viewing of MLA's Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users webcast is now available for 30 days. If you were unable to attend the webcast and would like to view the recording, contact Liz Fine (evfine@umn.edu) between Nov 24-29, or Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu) after Nov 29 for the link and login information.

If you view the webcast and complete the evaluation, you will receive 2 hours of MLA CE credit.

Happy Thanksgiving!


November 20, 2009

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

Hello, Network Members,

Here is an update on what's new on The Cornflower, the GMR blog/newsletter:

Live PubMed Redesign Webcasts

Updated PubMed Trifolds

GMR Sponsored Webcasts Near You

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature from NLM

HHS to Create a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders

PubMed Redesigned

Are You Developing?

Thank you!

Editor, The Cornflower

November 18, 2009

New Issue of MedlinePlus Salud magazine available

The latest issue of the magazine NIH MedlinePlus - Salud has been published, and is available here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/magazine/issues/fall09/toc.html. This will be useful to those who work with Hispanic or bilingual library users.

"Written in both English and Spanish, Salud was created to address the specific health needs of the growing Hispanic population in the U.S. In every issue of Salud you'll find information you can use to keep you and your family healthy, including links to MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español, NLM's consumer health web sites."

If you would like to receive an email whenever a new issue is published, subscribe here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/magazine/subscribe.html.

November 16, 2009

From the GMR: Sad news

It is with great sadness that we inform friends and colleagues of the sudden and unexpected death of Mary Klatt, Associate Director, Loyola University Health Sciences Library early Saturday morning, November 14, 2009.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation: 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst on Monday, November 16, 2009.

Prayer Services: 9:15 A.M. Tuesday, November 17th at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst

Mass: St. Domitilla Church, 4940 Washington St., Hillside, Ill 60162 at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society (1801 S. Meyers, Ste. 100, Oakbrook, IL 60181)

May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon them.

Logan Ludwig
Associate Dean
Loyola University Health Sciences Library

GMRLIST is an email list for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM-GMR) members.

November 12, 2009

NLM requests proposals for 2nd year Associate Fellow host institutions

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.


The NLM Associate Fellowship Program includes an optional second year at a library or information center in an academic health sciences center, hospital, or other health-related organization. The additional year provides an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in working with administrators, librarians, health professionals, system developers, and educators to design and implement information services that are integrated with clinical and/or educational programs and contribute directly to accomplishing the parent institution's mission. NLM requests proposals for 2nd year Associate Fellow host institutions.

NEW THIS YEAR: The RFP this year asks that potential host institutions focus their offer on 1-2 specific areas of expertise:
• Clinical informatics
• Outreach to underserved or previously unreached populations
• Management and curation of e-only health sciences collections
• Digitization
• E-science
• Specialized library experience (veterinary, public health, science, etc.)

New proposals are required for any potential second year host to conform with the areas of expertise and revised scoring format.

NLM invites proposals from potential host institutions for the 2nd year of the NLM Associate Fellowship program. The NLM Associate Fellowship Program includes an optional 2nd year at a library or information center in an academic health sciences center, hospital, or other health-related organization. The additional year provides an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in working with teams that include administrators, librarians, health professionals, system developers, and educators. The program year will run from Sept. 1, 2010-August 31, 2011.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is posted on the Associate Fellowship Program web site. The web site includes a description of the program and a link to the Request for Proposals, which specifies the information to be included in the proposal and the evaluation criteria. The deadline for receipt of proposals is February 5, 2010.

Reminder: Institutions currently hosting a 2nd year Fellow are not eligible to host a 2nd year Fellow in 2010-2011. A one-year waiting period between Fellows is now required.

Thank you for your continued support of the NLM Associate Fellowship Program. Questions can be directed to Kathel Dunn, the Associate Program coordinator, at dunnk@mail.nih.gov or at 301-435-4083.

Job Posting From NLM: Head, Reference and Web Services Section, NLM

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

Head, Reference and Web Services 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 a manager with experience managing library web and information services providing health information to a variety of clients to serve as the Head of the Reference and Web Services Section.

The Head of Reference and Web Services directs a staff of 20, as well as contract staff, responsible for 1) Managing and implementing improvements for MedlinePlus.gov, a national health information resource for the public, patients, families and professionals; 2) Providing centralized reference, customer service, and referrals for all of NLM's products; 3) Supporting and improving NLM websites and related technologies; 4) Providing and managing electronic and print reading room collections; and 5) Carrying out these programs in coordination with other government agencies, national organizations, libraries, and international organizations.

Join the federal government and receive great benefits while contributing to NLM's mission, to provide biomedical information to users 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-2010-0301. If you currently or have previously worked for the government, you can apply to announcement number HHS/NIH-2010-0303. Salary range is $102,721-$133,543 USD per year and you must be a US citizen to apply. Posting closes at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, December 2, 2009.

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

November 11, 2009

Reminder: MLA educational webcast next Wednesday, 11/18

This is a reminder that the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota will be hosting the Medical Library Association's educational webcast Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users. This is a free event and 2 MLA CE credits will be awarded to participants. To register, please contact Anne Beschnett at besch015@umn.edu by Monday, November 16th.

Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users
MLA's Educational Webcast
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 1:00-3:00 pm central time
Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Diehl Hall Room 555, Minneapolis, MN


The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with current and emerging mobile technologies, innovative initiatives using mobile devices, useful mobile software applications, and funding options for projects using mobile devices.

Program objectives:

* describe mobile technology and its value for librarians and health care professionals
* demonstrate mobile technology devices and innovative applications
* explore programs that illustrate the potential of mobile technology for health professionals
* discuss funding opportunities to create and sustain mobile technology programs

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

November 6, 2009

From the GMR: NLM Radiation Event Medical Management System (REMM) wins Web Health Award

FYI. REMM is a comprehensive database for guidance for health care providers on diagnosis and treatment of radiation events.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Radiation Event Medical Management System (REMM), a web site produced by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), has won a bronze in this year's Web Health Awards in the category of web sites produced by the government for health professionals.


The Web Health Awards is a program that recognizes the best Web-based health-related content for consumers and professionals. It is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) - http://www.healthawards.com/wwwha/about.html , a national clearinghouse for consumer health information programs and materials. Entries in the Spring/Summer 2009 Web Health Awards Program were evaluated for content and creativity.

REMM is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many US and international consultants. http://remm.nlm.gov/Aboutthissite.htm

REMM provides:
* Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
* Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
* Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

November 4, 2009

Live Webcast - Informatics for Consumer Health Summit, Nov 5-6, 2009

Short notice, but a potentially relevant event this Thursday and Friday from NIH.

From: Hesse, Bradford (NIH/NCI) [E]
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 11:31 AM
Subject: Live Webcast, Informatics for Consumer Health Summit, Nov 5-6, 2009

Informatics for Consumer Health Summit, Nov 5-6, 2009

Join leaders from commercial IT, government, healthcare, research, and advocacy to envision the future of consumer health IT at the Informatics for Consumer Health Summit. The purpose of this summit is to bring together stakeholders to create a blueprint for improving health care quality through enhanced behavioral support for health care consumers. The summit will foster
communication and collaboration focused on increasing the quality and utilization of evidence-based consumer products integrated into the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

Keynote Speaker: David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, November 5, 2009
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 6, 2009
8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Please check the agenda for a list of speakers and topics.

Visit www.consumerhealthinformatics.org/video.asp for videocast registration details.

Join us in creating a safer, more efficient, more effective healthcare system.


  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Department of Commerce
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Science Foundation

Captioning will be provided for those with disabilities. For other reasonable accommodations to participate in this webcast contact Amy Sanders, NCI, 301-435-8663.

PUBMED-ALERTS through email

If you have not already done so, please consider signing up for the PubMed Alerts. For more information, go to: https://list.nih.gov/archives/pubmed-alerts.html

Current information transmitted included the following notice regarding this morning's unavailable service:

> PubMed is unavailable due to a problem in the NLM computer room.. We hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.

Information about other NLM Email Lists may be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/listserv/emaillists.html

November 3, 2009

From the GMR: MedlinePlus Medical Encylopedia: Patient Instructions

MedlinePlus released a new version of the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia that includes approximately 400 new Patient Instruction pages, covering pre-operative information and instructions, discharge instructions, self-care instructions, and questions to ask your doctor.

The Patient Instruction pages are available in both English and Spanish, and you will be able to find them in the MedlinePlus search engine and A-Z index pages for the Encyclopedia. Additionally, you will see links to related Patient Instructions in the side-bar of many encyclopedia articles (see screen capture below):

Medline Plus Patient Instructions

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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

Call for Continuing Education classes for MLA 2011

The MLA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) needs to hear from you! MLA's CEC would like to present a variety of courses at MLA '11 in Minneapolis, MN. Courses and symposia will be held on May 13, May 14, and May 18, 2011. Ideas must be submitted by Tuesday, December 15, 2009. To ensure consideration, use the simple submission forms found here: http://www.mlanet.org/education/callcourses2011.html?focus_20091001.

What new topics or courses have caught your eye? Who is teaching a class or has expertise you would like to tap into? What classes from past meetings would you like to see offered again? MLA CE courses are four, six, or eight hours in length. For ideas, look at MLA's Continuing Education Clearinghouse for offerings at other meetings.

Send your submission form to: Kelly Near, CEC Liaison, 2011 National Program Committee, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 1350 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22908; 434-924-1607; fax 434-982-4238; email, kkn3u@virginia.edu.

For more information check out the MLA annual meeting course selection process or contact Kathleen Combs, continuing education coordinator, at mlapd1@mlahq.org or 312.419.9094 x29.

Kelly Near
Outreach Librarian
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

From the GMR: Swine Flu School Planning Workshop in Chicago

GMR Members,

We wanted to make you aware of a Swine Flu School Planning Workshop that will be held in Chicago November 19-20. The brochure can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/depot/brochure.pdf (this brochure will only be available from our file depot for about two weeks.) Otherwise you can find more information from the conference website: http://new-fields.com/sfspw/.

The conference will be held at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile.


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