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July 20, 2010

From the GMR: Ulrike Dieterle is retiring!

I hope that you'll join me and the staff of the Ebling Library in thanking Ulrike Dieterle for her contributions to the Ebling Library, the library profession, and to the faculty, staff, and students of the UW-Madison. After nearly 20 years with the University of Wisconsin system and 11 of those years with the Ebling Library, Rica has decided to retire and "turn the page to a new chapter in her life". In her roles of Head of Access & Delivery Services and most recently as the Distance Services & Outreach Coordinator, Rica has made a tremendous contribution to library services at a library level, a campus level, and at a state level. In the beginnings of the library's liaison program, Rica brought her passion and skills to this new role as she began her work as the library's liaison to the School of Nursing. She has played a key role in providing health information to a number of groups and individuals around the state and she will be sorely missed for her energy on behalf of health disparity populations in Wisconsin. I wish her the very best in all her future endeavors and I will miss her professionalism and her enthusiasm for her work.

If you happen to be in the Madison, WI area next week, I hope you'll join me and the library staff in room 1222 of the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) from 3-5 PM for a little dessert and to say good-bye to Rica as she faces new adventures in retirement!


Julie Schneider
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ebling Library for the Health Sciences
Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 3322
750 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2221
PHONE: 608-263-5755
FAX: 608-262-4732

July 19, 2010

From the GMR: MedlinePlus has a new look!

As of last Wed. morning, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme. Some highlights of the new design are:

NLM invites you to visit MedlinePlus to see the changes and new features for yourself. Let them know what you think of the new design by clicking the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

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

Minutes of 6/4/2010 HSLM Board Meeting

Here are the minutes of the HSLM Board Meeting on 6/4/2010:

Minutes of 6/4/2010 HSLM Board Meeting (Word document)

Minutes of June 2010 HSLM Annual Meeting

Here are the minutes from the June 2010 HSLM Annual Meeting:

June 2010 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (Word document)

July 12, 2010

From the GMR: NLM/AAHSL Co-sponsor 2010-2011 Leadership Fellows Program

NLM/AAHSL Co-sponsor 2010-2011 Leadership Fellows Program for Future
Academic Health Sciences Library Directors

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

NLM director Donald A. B. Lindberg said, "We are impressed with the successes of this leadership development program in preparing promising library managers for directorship positions. It has been a highly effective collaboration with AAHSL, and we look forward to continued participation in the program."

More information and application instructions here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/leadership10_11.html

July 8, 2010

From the GMR: MedlinePlus New Interface Going Live On July 14!

On Wednesday, July 14, MedlinePlus will unveil a completely redesigned site with a freshened look and feel, a new logo, and distinctive color schemes for English and Spanish pages. The content on the current site will still be available in the new design, with some exciting new features and enhancements. The new design emphasizes search, makes navigation more intuitive, and highlights frequently used content. We invite you to preview the new design and read more about the changes.

Once the new look is live next week, please visit MedlinePlus, and send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

July 7, 2010

Job posting: VA Librarian in Fargo

This job opening at the VA in Fargo came through the Midwest Chapter list - reposting for those of you who might not subscribe. It looks like a great opportunity, and given the low cost of living in Fargo, you could be a gajillionnaire on that salary!


Funding Opportunity for Health IT Training at Johns Hopkins

This online certificate program may be of interest to you or someone you know. Please share.

Johns Hopkins Division of Health Sciences Informatics recently had an informatics certificate approved, and also received funding through the HITECH initiative to provide tuition support for certificate candidates. The certificate (described below) is designed to work for a number of audiences, including hospital librarians and information managers who are interested in learning more about informatics. The program is three quarters of coursework plus a practicum, with the coursework done online and the practicum at a local site. The first cohort will start in late August of this year. Applications are preferred by July 15, but can be submitted after that time.

In addition to the contacts identified below, Nancy Roderer would be happy to answer questions about the program.

Nancy Roderer

The Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has recently been awarded a grant through the HITECH initiative to provide partial funding for students pursuing Health Informatics training. One of three certificate programs offered at Hopkins eligible for tuition subsidies under this award, the Certificate in Clinical Informatics can be completed in 6 months and will be offered for the first time in the next academic year, starting August, 2010.

The Certificate at a glance
Credits - 21 quarter credits, including Practicum.

The Certificate can be completed in 6 months. Requirements must be fulfilled within three years and within 12 months for students receiving the federal tuition subsidy.

Full tuition $18,102.

Subsidized tuition $8,102

Intended Audience

1. Clinicians (physicians, nurses, dentists, doctors of osteopathy)
2. Health and information specialists seeking health IT skills
3. Programmers/software engineers seeking health IT skills

Admissions Criteria
A masters or health-professional degree from an accredited college or university.


An undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to health IT, including library and information science, plus 3 years of experience in a field relevant to health IT.


An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to Health IT from an accredited college or university and 1 year of experience in a field relevant to Health IT, plus the GRE taken in the past 3 years.

All applicants must provide official transcripts, a statement of purpose, 2 letters of recommendation and a CV.

Paper applications and supporting documents should be submitted to the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine School of Medicine. Please visit the Division website to download, print and complete the paper application and return via email in pdf format. Original transcripts should be mailed directly to the Division.

Division of Health Sciences Informatics
2024 East Monument Street, Suite 1-200
Baltimore, MD 21205

For more information on the $10,000 tuition subsidy for this program and how to apply, please contact the Program Administrator, kwinny@jhmi.edu, 410 502-3768

Course of Study

Quarter 1
600.707 Introduction to Biomedical and Public Health Informatics -Lehmann
600.703 Health Sciences Informatics Planning & Evaluation - Roderer

Quarter 2
600.700 Health Sciences Informatics Systems - Miller
PH-221.637 Health Information Systems - Weiss/Baqui

Quarter 3
600.708 Standards in Health Information Systems - Orlova
600.808 Health Sciences Informatics Practicum
And one of the following:
600.702 Health Sciences Informatics: Knowledge Engineering & Decision Support
*600.710 Real-time Disease Surveillance
*600.711 Informatics for Prevention and Disease Management

July 6, 2010

From the GMR: Results of E-Licensing / Group Purchasing Questionnaire and Next Steps

An update from the GMR E-Licensing/Group Purchasing group....

Hello, GMR Members!

Thank you for submitting your responses to the E-Licensing/Group Purchasing questionnaire in May. The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC has a conference call scheduled in about a week to discuss the findings of the questionnaire, and determine next steps. Some of those next steps will be to pick 2-4 products from the findings and offer them as trials to the membership. A listserv will be created for communication purposes regarding these and future offers. Those members who are interested in participating or being kept up-to-date about these offers are encouraged to sign up for this list. (The list has not been created yet, and you will be notified when it has been created and welcomed to join.)

Background: The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC at the GMR has been in contact with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) about possibly offering group purchasing of health-related online packages (ebooks, ejournals, databases, etc) to all GMR members in the 10-state region. In order to determine which packages might be initially offered to GMR members, we asked members to complete a questionnaire.

The products mentioned in the questionnaire are all electronic versions - no print versions. At the time the questionnaire went out, the vendors informed us that these offers were for new business only. Things have changed with some of the vendors, and some of them are now willing to open up offers to existing subscribers. When offers/trials are announced via the new listserv, each product/service will be noted with subscription criteria.

Thank you all for your patience during this process. Not to jinx this, but if we get this off the ground, we will be the only region in the country to offer region-wide group purchasing.

Thanks and more info to come soon!

Max C Anderson, MLIS
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996.2008 Phone
312.996.2226 FAX

From the GMR: PubMed Clincial Queries redesign launched

Hi Folks,

PubMed has updated several more things in PubMed. Clinical Queries has been redesigned, the Abstract Format when using "Send to Email" makes adding MeSH information optional and My NCBI allows sign ins to Partner organizations. For details, other changes and links to The Technical Bulletin, visit our blog, The Cornflower.

For information on Clinical Queries...

The PubMed Clinical Queries redesign was put into production today. The change was announced in a TB article "PubMed(r) Clinical Queries Page Redesign"
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj10/mj10_clin_query.html on Monday June 28.

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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: What's New on The Cornflower through June 2010

Hello, Network Members,

When was the last time you checked the GMR blog/newsletter, The Cornflower? Do you get an RSS feed of the headlines? Do you access the page directly to see what is new? Or do you wait until the monthly email notification to see what's been added to the GMR blog?

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.

Here is a summary of the articles that were posted in the month of June, 2010.

The 2010 Sewell Stipend is now accepting applications!

Minnesota GoLocal to End July 1

Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents

Providing Native American Consumer Health Information

Summer Sun, Sand and Fun(ding)

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