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February 18, 2010

From the GMR: NLM to Discontinue Go Local Sites

Dear GMR Members,

Today the NLM announced that they are going to close down the Go Local sites possibly within 6-12 months. The NLM staff will be working with each of Go Local site, whether to cease the project, move data to a new platform, or continue other health services information partnerships they have found effective. NLM will continue to support the Go Local input system and web sites for the time necessary for this transition.

Here's the official announcement from NLM

Since 2001, the National Library of Medicine has supported Go Local web sites across the United States. The goal of Go Local was to connect users to health services in their local communities. This seemed like a natural extension to MedlinePlus, which provides health information. In 2001, Go Local was a unique service.

Over the past nine years, the Internet has evolved. Search engines that people use daily, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, bring health services listings to users. These sites include provider-level directory information and can collect user reviews that Go Local cannot. Health insurance sites give insured users local practice details, such as hours, fees, parking, and quality ratings based on provider or facility performance measures. To include this granularity in Go Local would not be feasible.

The changed Internet environment, coupled with declining use, has led to a decision by NLM to phase down and end its support for the MedlinePlus Go Local program. Resources are tight throughout our profession and as the internet has moved forward, it no longer makes sense to use scarce resources to compete with machine-based indexing used by the search engines.

NLM is grateful to the hundreds of people whose time, labor, ideas and patience went into creating Go Local. For many years we could proudly point to Go Local as a unique and valuable service to so many people in this country. We will be working with our partners around the country as they make decisions about what to do in their local areas.

Thanks and please let us know if you have any questions.



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

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

February 16, 2010

From the GMR: New GMR Update Available

The latest version of the GMR Update is now live on our website, located at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html

See information about year four initiatives and program area updates, including news about consumer health, upcoming exhibits, classes and trainings, and funding opportunities.

HSLM Programming Survey

February 12, 2010

Job Posting-Dental Librarian at University of Missouri/Kansas City

Dental Librarian:
Comprehensive research university library in exciting, affordable city, seeks candidates with energy, creativity, flexibility, and strong commitment to public service. {The Dental Library, as part of the Health Sciences Division of the University Libraries, provides information services and support to the faculty and students of the School of Dentistry, and other schools in the life sciences.}
• Provides the leadership in the delivery of all Dental Library services;
• Makes the Dental Library a viable part of the curriculum;
• Manages all aspects of the Dental Library (including the Instructional Resources Library). This includes personnel matters, collection development, space planning and program planning;
• Provides for the administration of the Health Sciences Library in the absence of the Director, Health Sciences Libraries.
• Participates in the strategic planning for the University Libraries and implements strategic initiatives as they apply to the Dental Library.
Reports directly to the Director, Health Sciences Libraries.
Minimum requirements:
• ALA-accredited MLS
• 3-plus years experience with increasing levels of responsibility and supervision of professional or paraprofessional staff.
• Exceptional interpersonal, communication, planning, and organizational skills
• Ability to work positively, productively with diverse constituencies in environment of rapid change
• Strong public service commitment
• Evidence of mature judgment
• Evidence of professional initiative
• Understanding of scholarly research environment
• Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment
• Additional graduate degree
• Experience in medical/dental library environment
• Experience working with health sciences faculty and/or user groups.
• Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience and excellent retirement/benefits package.
To Apply: Applications will only be accepted online. To apply, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/umkcjobsearch. Please attach Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and three references as one document for the "Resume" attachment. You may address your cover letter to: Peggy Mullaly-Quijas, Chair of Search Committee. For inquiries, please contact 816-235-1531 or umkcula@umkc.edu.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must state their current visa and residency status. All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment. Application review begins March 30, 2010.
UMKC is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.

February 8, 2010

MLA webcast host site in the Metro

Hello HSLM members,

As some of you may have already seen, the GMR is once again sponsoring up to two sites per state to host the MLA webcast "Now's The Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Science Librarians' Roles" on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 1-3 p.m.

The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota was one of the sponsored sites for the fall webcast. We are willing to host this webcast as well, but if someone else in the Metro is interested in hosting a site, then we will hold off on applying for the spring webcast.

The deadline to apply to be a sponsored site is Friday, February 26. If you could please let me know by February 19 if your institution is planning on applying for the sponsorship, I would greatly appreciate it. If I do not hear from anyone, I will put in a request on behalf of the Health Sciences Libraries to ensure that it is offered somewhere in the Cities.

Anne Beschnett
Outreach Librarian
Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota

From the GMR: Sponsorship of March MLA webcast sites

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of webcast sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: "Now's The Time: Understanding The Electronic Health Record Maze And Health Science Librarians' Roles" to be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., central time.

http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast.html for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

The GMR will cover 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 librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees.

The deadline to email/fax your registration and email additional information to the GMR is Friday, February 26, 2010.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership.

Contact Holly Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator if you have any questions and for more information on this important webcast by visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/ehr/


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 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226

February 4, 2010

From the GMR: Librarian position at UTHSC San Antonio

For those of you interested in outreach and disinterested in Minnesota winters...

Interlibrary Loan/Outreach Services Librarian
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio -- Texas

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio invites applications for the position of Interlibrary Loan/Outreach Services Librarian.

* Supervises Interlibrary Loan staff in monitoring and documentation of ongoing activities, recommends changes in policies and procedures, and plans for new programs;
* Coordinates the Library's resource library outreach subcontract and other selected outreach projects. Writes reports, plans activities, publicizes services, provides reference services, teaches search concepts and makes periodic visits to South Texas hospitals and other organizations;
* Staffs the Information Desk, provides searching, and participates in instructional activities;
* Additional or special duties as assigned;
* Under FLSA, this position is exempt;
* Performs duties in an office environment, travel and ability to drive own vehicle required, valid driver's license required.

Meets the requirements for appointment at the Librarian II level; ALA accredited degree; minimum five years library experience; ability to work independently and in a team environment; commitment to excellent service and able to manage multiple priorities; demonstrated knowledge and ability to develop, utilize and maximize Web-based resources and services with a particular emphasis on interlibrary loan and other library applications; ability to develop and teach instructional and informational programs for the health sciences community; experience with various library services and systems including reference and online searching of NLM, OVID Online, and Internet systems, ILLiad; excellent written and oral communication skills; supervisory experience.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is among the nation's leading university research centers. The five primary missions - education, research, patient care, community service and efficient operations - are carried out within five schools: School of Medicine, Dental School, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health Professions with affiliated campuses in Laredo, Harlingen, and Edinburg. There are approximately 3,000 students enrolled in 41 degree and certificate programs. A special mission of the University is to serve the education and research needs of South Texas. San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the Riverwalk, is a very hospitable place to live. It has great schools, a diverse community and culture, interesting history, as well as cultural activities, professional sports, and outdoor recreation in the beautiful nearby Texas Hill Country.

Please apply on-line at www.uthscsajobs.com (Requisition Number 20090484). A cover letter, current CV, and a list of three professional references are required for this position, and may be uploaded while applying. This is a security-sensitive position. The search will remain open until the ideal candidate has been identified. The search committee will begin review of applications in February 2010. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Keith W. Cogdill, PhD, AHIP
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services
The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries, MSC 7940
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
(210) 567-3051 voice
(210) 567-2490 fax

February 3, 2010

From the GMR: PubMed Limits Link and Advanced Search Changes are Live

Recent changes to PubMed include:

* Advanced search page streamlined including removal of Limits
* Link to Clipboard will be added to the homepage, if applicable
* New Limits page with additional limits for dates and search field tags
* E-mailing of large search results restored

The 26 January 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin has an article describing the first three changes:

The fourth change is described in:

Changes in My NCBI "My Bibliography" are described in

You may also want to review: "PubMed® Notes -- 2010"

Feel free to contact NLM with comments and, if there is an interest, we can provide additional sessions on "PubMed Updates", our online PubMed one hour course for MLA CE.


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 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226

From the GMR: Knowledge Sharing in Hospitals Workshop in Oregon in July

The Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) of NN/LM is sponsoring a knowledge management workshop, taught by Lorri Zipperer, to be held in Portland, Oregon on July 29-30, 2010.

Preference will be given to teams from PNR, but teams (librarian plus professional colleague) from other NN/LM regions are welcome to apply.

The following link to PNR's blog provides more details: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/dragonfly/2010/01/28/knowledgesharing/

February 2, 2010

From the GMR: National Children's Dental Health Month Resource

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University in collaboration with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) released a new edition of the knowledge path about oral health for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women. Presented in time for National Children's Dental Health Month in February, this electronic guide points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and the quality of oral health care.

The knowledge path contains sections with resources for professionals, resources for consumers, and resources on specific aspects of oral health. Topics include child care and Head Start, dental caries, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, K-12 education, pregnancy, school-based care, and special health care needs. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_oralhealth.html. Knowledge paths on other topics are available at http://mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.

We welcome your comments and help in disseminating this information to the health education and health promotion communities.

Thank you,

Susan Brune Lorenzo, MLS
E-mail: smblorenzo@gmail.com
Maternal and Child Health Library
National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University
Web site: http://mchlibrary.info

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through January 2010

The GMR blog/newsletter, The Cornflower, is a way to keep up with announcements, news and reports from the Greater Midwest. The Cornflower is one of the vehicles that GMR members can use to share information about particular projects and news from their organizations. See: Writing for The Cornflower for more information.

The following items were posted in the month January, 2010.

ARRA Funding for Broadband Comes to the GMR Region

U of Michigan Health Science Librarians Get In the Spirit

Help the GMR Ring in the New Decade

Consumer Electronics Show 2010 - Gadget Envy

NLM Link to Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

Out with the old-award application forms that is!

Put a Little Pop in that Proposal


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

From the GMR: More Haiti Response Resources

Another message about resources available for Haiti response - this may not be directly applicable to most of us, but I'm constantly impressed with what's available and how it's arranged.

Please circulate the resources below to all medical teams involved in Haiti response. Please include civilian and military teams in Haiti and in neighboring countries receiving patients from Haiti. Also include teams planning a future response, as well as those already on the ground. Emergency operations centers and those providing information and logistical support for medical teams may also be interested. There's a lot that could be said about any of these resources, but the descriptions are brief so that health professionals can quickly scan them.


For Haiti earthquake health care responders

The following online medical information resources are available at no cost, thanks to the generosity of participating publishers. Most of these resources are usually available only by paid subscription. Publishers have made these resources available for health care providers responding to the Haiti earthquake.

Emergency Access Initiative, http://eai.nlm.nih.gov. This online collection provides access to 200+ popular medical journals. It also includes over 60 e-books, including the Merck Manual, Harrison's Internal Medicine, basic textbooks, drug handbooks, and titles on emergency medicine, infectious diseases, toxicology, post-disaster public health and more. Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine and participating publishers. For assistance with 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.

Health Resources for Haiti, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html. A compilation of links to resources for medical teams responding to the Haiti earthquake. The page includes Creole-language materials for non-Creole speakers to use in healthcare settings, as well information on traumatic injuries, mass fatalities, mental health, and the public health consequences of the earthquake damage. This content is always no-cost.

Infectious Diseases of Haiti, http://www.gideononline.com/blog/wp/wp-content/uploads/The-Infectious-Diseases-of-Haiti-by-GIDEON.pdf. This guide covers the 198 infectious diseases known to occur in Haiti and is based on the resources of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network (GIDEON).

GIDEON, http://trial.ebscohost.com. User ID: s2759300 and password: trial. GIDEON is a knowledge management tool used for diagnosis and reference in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology, and antimicrobial chemotherapy.

DynaMed, http://trial.ebscohost.com. User ID: s2759300 and password: trial. DynaMed has summaries for nearly 3,000 disease topics and 800 drug records. The information is from medical journals, associations, and contributing clinicians and is intended for health professionals.

Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for Haiti earthquake, http://www.cochrane.org/evidenceaid/haiti. This page provides access to Haiti-relevant reviews from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The complete Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is available through the Emergency Access Initiative, see above.

Joint Language University, http://jlu.wbtrain.com. This DOD-sponsored website has Haitian Creole language materials that can be downloaded from their home page. You can learn very basic introductory phrases along with targeted medical, police, and military terminology.

MedlinePlus, http://medlineplus.gov, AND Mobile MedlinePlus, http://m.medlineplus.gov. Basic health information for the general public, plus patient information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Also in Spanish. This content is always no-cost.