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January 28, 2010

U Libraries Magazine Focuses on Health

The University of Minnesota Libraries publishes an annual magazine entitled Continuum. The latest issue is now available and features articles about the role Bio-Medical Library staff play in shaping health care reform, as well as an article about Owen Wangensteen's legacy and how knowledge of the past can inform the future work of the next generation of health care providers.

The Continuum is available online or if you'd like a print copy, please contact me and we'll get one mailed out to you.

From the GMR: Haitian Creole materials on RHIN (Refugee Health Information Network)

The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) initiated an improved link to its Haitian Creole materials. To check it out go inline to the RHIN homepage (http://www.rhin.org) and click on Health Information in Haitian Creole in the Featured Resources section at the upper left side of the page.

Your comments are welcome, at info@rhin.org

January 27, 2010

From the GMR: Part-time Collection Management Librarian, Davenport, IA

With the retirement of long time faculty member Susan Burns, M.A., http://www.palmer.edu/libraryd_content.aspx?id=1438, Palmer Health Sciences Library has a part time faculty position opening. Please see details below and at the Palmer website: http://www.palmer.edu/employment.aspx?id=358

Requisition # P0910-27

Position Title: Collection Management Librarian, faculty part time
Department: Library
Posting type: Open to internal and external applicants.
Salary: **Salary is commensurate with current Collective Bargain Agreement.

Employment Status: Part time / Exempt. Part time appointment expected to be no more than 20 hours per week. This position is covered by the faculty collective bargaining agreement.

Description of Responsibilities: Applications are invited for a part time faculty appointment with the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. Primary assignments include but are not limited to original & copy cataloging of item & digital collections, particularly those held in Special Services. Cataloging format assignments will include unique monographs, pamphlets, dissertations, theses, annuals, periodicals, other serials, journals, electronic media, other metadata & audiovisual. Assignment will include collaboration in the creation & development of metadata standards for digital collections & specific digitization projects.

Position Qualifications Required: ALA-accredited MLS. Demonstrated knowledge of & experience with current & emerging national cataloging standards. Demonstrated knowledge & experience with metadata standards & practices. Demonstrated knowledge & experience with Collection Management principles, protocols & current trends. Demonstrated oral & written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, plan, coordinate & implement multiple projects. Demonstrated familiarity of & performance with integrated library management systems, SirsiDynix preferred. Minimum two years appropriate cataloging experience, academic or health sciences library preferred.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae & salary history to:

Wanda Kleinsmith, Human Resources
Palmer College of Chiropractic
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
fax to 563-884-5802
e-mail: hr_dept@palmer.edu

Dennis Peterson M.A.
Senior Director of Library Services
Palmer College of Chiropractic
1000 Brady Street
Davenport IA 52803
563.884.5442 Office | 563.370.2170 Cell

January 26, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Emergency Access Initiative launched

Important message from NLM. We have been looking forward to this announcement.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers announce the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 30 select reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.

The Emergency Access Initiative collection is a combination of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and also emergency medicine related titles. The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

The literature is being provided as part of the Emergency Access Initiative - a collaborative partnership between NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative today in light of the medical disaster unfolding in the aftermath of the earthquake.

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, BMJ, Elsevier, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, Oxford University Press, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts or was impacted by the Haitian earthquake, please let them know of this service.

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally. Libraries in the United States can contact their Regional Medical Library for assistance and support at 1-800-338-7657

From the GMR: Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award - Nominations

Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM)
Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Nominations Are Now Being Accepted!

We need your help to recognize an outstanding health science librarian! The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award honors a health science librarian who serves rural or underserved communities. The award was established in the early 1990s to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.

The recipient of the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award is publicly recognized at the FNLM Annual Awards Dinner on May 11, 2010. The Dinner honors leaders in the fields of medicine and public service.

Previous winners of the DeBakey award include Ada M. Seltzer, Rowland Medical Library at the University of Mississippi; Ellen Howard, MLS, KKS Sherwood Library at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington; and Greysi Reyna, MLS, Mario E. Ramirez MD Medical Library at University of Texas Health Science Center.

Nominations for the 2010 Award are currently being accepted. Forms and materials are available on the Friends of the National Library of Medicine website. Please visit the FNLM website at http://www.fnlm.org/Events-2010-Dinner.html for further details and forward any inquiries regarding the Award to Sarah Pease (spease@oai-usa.com).

Deadline for submission is February 5, 2010.

January 25, 2010

From the GMR: Free online training on Valuation Tools - SAVE THE DATE

The GMR is pleased to present a free, online training session for our members on Valuation Tools:

(1.) the new Library Value Calculator, adapted from one originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association, and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library; and
(2.) the Cost Benefit and ROI Calculator, that helps determine a library's contribution to the institutional "bottom line".

Presented by: Betsy Kelly, Assessment and Evaluation Liaison (NN/LM MCR) and Barb Jones, Advocacy Liaison (NN/LM MCR)

Date: Monday, March 15, 2010
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM (CT)

Connect Online: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/gmrconnect4-1/

Enter as a Guest and sign in with your first and last name. Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call: 1-866-628-8620 and enter Participant Code: 742384

Highlights / Responses to questions, such as:
* What's your library worth to the institution?
* How much would it cost to replace your library services on the retail market?
* How much does the library contribute to the bottom line?
* How much benefit does your institution (i.e., the patrons) receive for every dollar spent by the library?
* What kind of annual return is realized for funds allocated to maintain the library's collection?

For more information about these tools, please see: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/evaluation/tools.html

Registration for the March 15th event is not required, but please rsvp to leskovec@uic.edu

Thanks. Please contact me with any questions regarding this training opportunity.


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: HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Fellowship position

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion announces a fellowship position (1-2 years) for someone who could coordinate the communication/outreach/marketing of Healthy People 2020, which will be launched later this year. It would be a great career enhancing opportunity for a person who has these skills and would like to learn how to apply them in a Federal health policy context.

The announcement (http://aptrweb.org/prof_dev/fellowships_HCF.html).

January 21, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Haiti Earthquake Page

A new page of Haiti earthquake health information links is now available
at http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html

The page lists new Web pages about the Haiti earthquake situation from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is also a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. Links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as public health assessments, emergency surgical care, and management of dead bodies, are included.

The page will continue to expand and will add a section on hazards from concrete dust and other airborne particulates from the collapsed buildings and subsequent clean-up activities. Please send your comments and suggestions about additional health information content to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov. This information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services, US National Library of Medicine.

From the GMR: New GMR Funding Award Application Forms Launched

Out with the old--award application forms that is!

Are you a seasoned GMR award funding recipient? Are you thinking this might be the year to try for your first GMR award? In either case, the GMR has updated its award application forms to make your funding request easier and more accurate. The GMR offers seven types of awards which are in amounts less than $5,000. Network members may apply for these awards at any time using the application form linked to the Call for application (CFA) for each of the awards. Because of reported difficulties with the online forms, the GMR has revised the way members apply.

Now GMR members applying for an award will download the application in Word format, fill it out, save it locally, and submit as an email attachment. When saved and submitted, both the applicant and the GMR will have copies of the award application.

After completing the downloaded application and saving it, award applicants should submit the completed application and supporting documents (e.g. resumes, letters of support and equipment quotes) attached to an email addressed to our email address: GMR4U at UIC.edu.

Supporting documents may be in Word or PDF format. Each award application will have its own code to include in the subject line of the email. For example, those applying for an Outreach Express Award will indicate "OUTR"; those applying for EFTS, "EFTS". All applicants should also include the LIBID in the subject line of the email.

Take a look at our new application forms and our Calls for Applications for the awards. This might be your year to receive a funding award from the GMR. Please contact the GMR if you need assistance anywhere in the application process.

* Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) Award
* Exhibit Award
* Outreach Express Award
* Planning and Assessment Award
* Professional Development Award
* Professional Instruction Award
* Technology Improvement Award

January 19, 2010

From the GMR: New NLM Link to Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

The NLM® Special Queries page (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/special_queries.html) now includes a link to a new subject page on Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives: By Organization. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.html

This page lists, in chart form, guidelines for reporting the results of research in several Biomedical disciplines. The Research Reporting Guidelines Search link offers a MEDLINE®/PubMed® search strategy including subject terms related to the organizations responsible for developing these guidelines. At this time, the search strategy retrieves 1700 citations in PubMed.

Research reporting guidelines usually "specify a minimum set of items required for a clear and transparent account of what was done and what was found in a research study, reflecting, in particular, issues that might introduce bias into the research" (adapted from the EQUATOR Network Resource Centre).

The Special Queries page can also be accessed from the PubMed homepage (www.pubmed.gov) by clicking on the Topic-Specific Queries link under PubMed Tools.

Send your comments about this resource to NLM Customer Service.

A special thanks to the following NLM staff for their assistance in developing the Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives page and MEDLINE/PubMed search:

* Bibliographic Services Division (BSD): Lou Knecht
* MEDLARS® Management Section (MMS): Annette Nahin
* National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): Kathi Canese
* Reference and Web Services Section (RWS): Terry Ahmed, Cynthia Burke, Paula Kitendaugh, Wanda Whitney, and Marcia Zorn

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2010,
Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives Added to Special Queries

From the GMR: Health Indicators Webinar Series starts tomorrow, January 20th

URL for registration and descriptions of the Health Indicators Webinar Series

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) in collaboration with the Medical Library Association (MLA) is very pleased to announce the following 4-part webinar series on Health Indicators:

Part I: Health Indicators: Overview - Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1:00-2:00pm
Part II: Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) - Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1:00-2:00pm
Part III: Practical Approaches for Using Health Indicators - Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1:00-2:00pm
Part IV: Examples of Health Indicator Projects* - Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:00-2:00pm

*The proposed date is contingent upon the availability of two important indicator projects (MATCH and SUSA) which are currently under development.

Nancy Allee and Cheryl Wold, our presenters, have developed informative sessions to acquaint you with the variety, depth, use, and purposes of health indicators, as well as examples of ways in which you can become involved with your communities through these types of projects.

We value your input and hope you can join us! Archived versions will be available in the future.


Ione Auston
National Information Center on Health Services Research & Healthcare Technology (NICHSR)
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: 301-435-2241; Fax: 301-402-3193

January 15, 2010

NLM Exhibit: Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (January 19 - February 26, 2010)

The Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit, 'Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health' from January 19 - February 26, 2010. This traveling exhibit highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world. It features stories of community health, food for life, action on AIDS, the legacy of war, disease prevention, and global collaboration.

The Bio-Medical Library has created a companion web site for the exhbit which features stories and photos of how University of Minnesota students and faculty are making a difference in global health. Please visit the site at: http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/against-the-odds

Opening reception and Study Abroad Information Fair - Thursday January 21, 2010 10:00 - 12:00 pm, Bio-Medical Library, 2nd Floor, Diehl Hall. Directions to the library can be found here.

The exhibit will move to St. Paul Campus and will be displayed at Magrath Library from February 22 - February 26, 2010

For more information, please contact Lisa McGuire at (612)-626-3643 or lmcguire@umn.edu

January 14, 2010

From the GMR: PHAB seeking Tribal Site Visitors for Public Health Accreditation Beta Test

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the national accrediting body for public health accreditation, is seeking volunteers from Indian Country to be site visitors for the accreditation beta test. Site visits are a critical component of the beta test. Participating in the site visits and providing feedback and recommendations to PHAB presents a unique opportunity for Tribal communities to contribute to the national public health accreditation program.

NIHB and PHAB recognize the importance of incorporating the unique experiences and expertise of the Tribal public health community in the development of the national public health accreditation program. Three public health departments from Indian Country are participating in the beta test to provide invaluable feedback on the accreditation standards and processes.

To ensure that Tribal communities continue to be engaged in the development of the accreditation program, NIHB and PHAB encourage volunteers from Indian Country to apply to be site visitors. Site visitors should have experience and knowledge of the delivery of Tribal public health services.

Selected participants will attend a two-day training session in Washington, D.C., and be reimbursed for their travel expenses. Please find additional information about PHAB's site visitor selection criteria attached with this announcement for your review and consideration, to view please click here.

Site visitor teams will conduct one (1) on-site review of a beta test site in April, May or June 2010. During the site visit, they will review the materials from the health department and seek answers to questions regarding the beta test site's conformity to the accreditation standards and measures. Site visitors will then provide feedback to PHAB from their visits that will help to shape the national accreditation program (scheduled to launch in 2011). To view the background information and further details on site visitors' responsibilities, please click here.

The aim of the national public health accreditation program is to advance the quality and performance of all health departments in the country, and, ultimately, create a healthier nation. PHAB is currently managing the accreditation beta test, where 30 health departments (including three Tribal health departments) around the country are testing the accreditation standards, measures and procedures.

Individuals who are interested should submit an application by Friday, January 29, 2010 to rwilcox@phaboard.org. To download the PHAB site visitor application form, please click here.

Please feel to distribute to all your contacts. Thank you!

January 13, 2010

From the GMR: Mobile MedlinePlus - Available Tomorrow!

NLM is releasing Mobile MedlinePlus tomorrow, Thursday January 14th! Once Mobile MedlinePlus is released, there will be links on the MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español home pages.

Mobile MedlinePlus will be available at the same URL as the preview version -
http://m.medlineplus.gov (Spanish home page at http://m.medlineplus.gov/spanish/).

Thank you so much for trying out the site during the preview period and for sending feedback. There's still a Contact Us link at the bottom of every page, so please continue to send us feedback and encourage others to do so as well.

Below is quick description of Mobile MedlinePlus that might help you explain this new service. There will be an FAQ on the full MedlinePlus site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/faq/mobile.html (available later today) that will include special instructions for Blackberry users. In addition, a Technical Bulletin article and press release are forthcoming.

Thank you again,
The MedlinePlus Team

Mobile MedlinePlus includes many of your favorite MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español pages in a display that is optimized for mobile devices.

Mobile MedlinePlus includes

  • Topic summaries - "snackable" pieces of information, you can access and digest quickly

  • News - the latest in treatment, medical research and healthy living tips

  • Images - visual appeal is important

  • Encyclopedia articles & drug information - heavily-used content

Mobile MedlinePlus does not include

  • External links - these pages are not optimized for mobile; they are "regular" Web pages
  • Interactive tutorials - Flash doesn't work on many mobile devices
  • Some licensed content - we'll work on adding in the future

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January 8, 2010

From the GMR: GMR needs your feedback

If you belong to an organization that is a member of the GMR, please see the following survey request from Ruth Holst. If your institution is not a member of the GMR, you should be! See http://nnlm.gov/gmr/ for more information.

Happy New Year to all!

It's time to make some resolutions and the GMR is no exception. Building on what we have heard from our stakeholders, including Regional Advisory Council (RAC) representatives and other network members, we are seeking some additional feedback for program planning.

Reply to the brief (8-item) questionnaire found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8LJT368 and you will be helping us set program priorities for several years to come. The questionnaire should not take more than 10 minutes. Thank you in advance for your feedback.


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

January 7, 2010

From the GMR: The Official Launch of the NLM's Exhibition Program Facebook Page!

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the official launch of the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine Facebook page. The link is: http://www.facebook.com/NLMExhibitions

Facebook is a great social utility that allows people to connect with one another globally. It also acts as a tool for the workplace by providing up to date notifications and resourceful information that may be useful to employees and the public.

We encourage you to visit our page and become a fan so that you too will be able to keep in contact with HMD and keep tabs on all of our current exhibition details and notifications.

Thanks again for your interest in our traveling exhibitions. We hope to work with you again in the future and we hope to see you on facebook!

Danielle Kelley
Exhibition Program Assistant
(301) 402-8243

January 5, 2010

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

Hello, Network Members,

Happy New Year!

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 December, 2009.

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009

Top Digital Trends for 2010 (and other tech news)

MyHealtheVet and MedlinePlus Magazine: A Natural in North Dakota

Season's Greetings from the GMR

Greetings of the Season to the GMR Membership!

Thank you!
Editor, The Cornflower

From the GMR: H1N1 Webcast - January 6, 2010

HHS to Offer Special Webcast on H1N1 Flu

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a Know What to Do about the Flu Webcast on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST. Experts will answer your questions about school-based vaccination clinics and children under age ten getting their second H1N1 vaccine. Participants include the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the director of the Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps, which helped vaccinate 73 percent of Rhode Island's children in school-based vaccination clinics and the Alexandria City Public Schools Health Services Coordinator who helped conduct successful school-based vaccination clinics in Alexandria, VA.

WHO: Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, (CDC)

Tom Lawrence, NREMT-P, Director, Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps

Robin Wallin, RN, MSN, Health Services Coordinator, Alexandria City Public Schools

WHAT: Know What to Do about the Flu Webcast on school based vaccination clinics and children under age ten receiving their second H1N1 vaccine

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, January 6, 2010 at 1 - 2 p.m. EST

WHERE: Live on www.flu.gov/live

TO PARTICIPATE: Join the discussion by sending questions in advance or during the Webcast to hhsstudio@hhs.gov

January 4, 2010

Job Position - St. Cloud Hospital

A part-time library assistant position is available at St. Cloud Hospital. More information, including how to apply is available at this link.

From the GMR: New Health IT Workforce Grant Programs from NIH

New IT Grants from NIH.

National Coordinator for Health IT Announces New Health IT Workforce Grants

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., recently issued a message announcing the availability of two additional grant programs to support the training and development of the skilled workforce required to support broad adoption and use of health information technology (health IT). These programs are titled Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Program of Assistance for University-Based Training Programs (University-Based Training Program) and Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Competency Examination for Individuals (Competency Examination Program).

Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grants will work to help strengthen and support the health IT workforce. The new grant programs will award $32 million to establish university-based certificate and advanced degree health IT training programs and $6 million dollars to develop a health IT competency examination program. These awards, together with the previous announced $80 million in workforce program grants (Community College Consortia on Nov. 24, 2009, and Curriculum Development Centers on Dec. 15, 2009), recognize the critical importance of developing a well-trained health IT workforce to support the adoption and meaningful use of health IT.

Applications are due by Jan. 25, 2010, with final awards expected in March 2010.

Select to access Dr. Blumenthal's entire message on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information's Web site or the HHS press release announcing these grant programs.

From the GMR: Head, NLM's Collection Access Section

Happy New Year! Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

I am pleased to announce that Dee Clarkin has accepted the position of Head, Collection Access Section, Public Services Division. Dee's current position at NLM is Head of the Onsite Unit in CAS, managing all aspects of a busy circulation department. She is responsible for the closed stack operation and delivering approximately 700-800 stack requests per day to patrons in the main Reading Room. She also serves as COTR for a multi-year contract providing onsite staff to oversee the photocopy and printing equipment and patron registration services for the Reading Room.

As many of you know, CAS is responsible for managing a document delivery network of over 3,000 biomedical libraries in the US, Canada and abroad, which controls the distribution of 1.8 million interlibrary loan requests annually. The Section also manages DOCLINE, an automated request routing and referral system.

CAS has a long history of working closely with many other Divisions in LO, as well as with the RMLs and staff in network libraries throughout the U.S. Many of you will get to know her better as she continues the tradition of maintaining good working relationships with staff particularly in TSD and BSD.

Please join me in congratulating Dee on her new position, and in wishing her future success.

Martha Fishel
Chief, Public Services Division