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August 31, 2010

From the GMR: New Webpage for Grantees about ClinicalTrials.gov and FDAAA

This website will be important for health professionals who apply for NIH funding.

What NIH Grantees Need to Know About ClinicalTrials.gov and FDAAA

Why a site for NIH grantees?

This Web site provides information to help NIH applicants and grantees (recipients of extramural grants and cooperative agreements) to understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to ClinicalTrials.gov and the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007. The information on this site may not apply to NIH contracts or NIH intramural research.

This site includes:
* an overview of FDAAA and its relationship to certain trials funded through NIH grants and cooperative agreements;
* an overview of registration and results reporting requirements;
* instructions for providing the NIH with certification of compliance with FDAAA; and
* FAQs for NIH grantees, definitions and acronyms, and other resources.

August 24, 2010

From the GMR: Enhancement to the MedlinePlus scrolling feature

The MedlinePlus team recently enhanced the scrolling features on the MedlinePlus English and Spanish homepages.

First, an alternating pause/play button, added to the left-hand controls, allows users to override the automated scrolling of the features as desired.

Second, the scrolling feature no longer rotates through four features continually. Instead, features rotate once through (1-2-3-4) and then the rotation stops after the feature returns to the first item.

During the automatic rotation of features, users may click the pause button to stop the rotation. Once the automatic rotation is stopped, the pause button becomes a play button, which users can use to restart the rotation.

These changes give users greater control over the scrolling feature on the MedlinePlus homepage. Please contact the MedlinePlus team via the Contact Us link on every page of MedlinePlus if you have any comments or questions.

August 23, 2010

From the GMR: Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities - global health solutions

Please share the following within your institutions.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 6 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level, in any discipline, and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until November 2, 2010 on the following topics:

  • The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Ways to Accelerate, Sustain and Monitor Eradication
  • Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
  • Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
  • Create New Technologies to improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns
  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Diseases

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Pages/default.aspx

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health challenges.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people - especially those with the fewest resources - have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

August 19, 2010

From the GMR: Updates to the NLM SIS "Promotional Materials" page

If you're planning an exhibit or just want to make information available to your community on NLM web pages and databases related to environmental health, toxicology, HIV/AIDS, special populations, REMM, etc., SIS (Specialized Information Services) has added several new links to their promotional materials page:


Some of the old flyers have been removed and replaced with new ones.

Here is a list of the new items:
EnHIP flyers (new version)
Minority Health brochure (new version)
A World of Health at your Fingertips flyer and poster (used at SLA 2010)
TOXMAP widget and toolbar
Environmental Health and Toxicology Information brochure, factsheet and
Resources for Science Teachers (used at NSTA 2010)
Selected NLM disaster resources flyer
WISER apps
REMM apps
AIDS community information outreach program flyer (new version)
TOXNET brochure (new version)

August 17, 2010

From the GMR: Development of PubMed health for consumer-level, evidence-based information

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is currently developing a new site called PubMed Health, which is intended to focus on consumer-level, evidence-based health information. Though PubMed Health is still under development, NCBI has released some of its initial content, provided by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), to be searchable through search engines such as Google. NCBI is currently reviewing some development decisions for the PubMed Health site to determine how these particular pages are being used. Once the site is ready for production release, PubMed Health will have its own search function as well as links to other NLM online products. An NLM Technical Bulletin article about PubMed Health will be published once the site is ready to be launched.

PubMed Health does not replace MedlinePlus, NLM's premier health Web site for patients and their families and friends. MedlinePlus continues to be expanded, including a full site redesign launched this July as well as a new mobile interface, MedlinePlus Mobile that was released in January 2010. MedlinePlus provides reliable up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language the public can understand.

August 16, 2010

From the GMR: New MedlinePlus FAQ

The National Library of Medicine released a new FAQ for MedlinePlus.gov - "Where can I find my favorite link from the old homepage on the new homepage?". You can click on a link on the old homepage to see where it's moved to on the new homepage.

If you haven't visited the new MedlinePlus yet, check it out. And send your questions and comments to the MedlinePlus team via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

August 11, 2010

Last chance to apply for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Award!

Greeting HSLM members - the deadline for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Award is next Tuesday. Are you thinking about attending your first Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting? If you have a master's degree in library/information science and have never attended a Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting before, apply for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Award!

Two $500 awards are available to support attendance at the Chapter's 2010 meeting, scheduled for September 24-28 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Best Western Inn on the Park. Please see http://midwestmla.org/conference2010/ for additional information about the meeting.

New this year: the Award is now open to ALL library science graduates, not just library science graduates who are currently employed as library professionals.

For the application and more information about the Professional Development Award, see the Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards page: http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/. The deadline for applications is August 17, 2010. Spread the word to any potential first-time attendees you know!

To qualify, applicants must be:
-A current member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA (can join online now for $20: http://midwestmla.org/membership/)
-A resident of one of the following nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin.

In addition, applicants must have:
-A master's degree in library/information science
-Never attended a Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting.

August 10, 2010

MLA 2011 Volunteer Opportunity: Co-Chair for Hospitality Information Booth

Hello All. Hope your summers are going well. You've seen the recent news that Wendy Larson will be leaving Minnesota in September, heading for Virginia with her family. We will miss you, Wendy!

Wendy had volunteered to be the co-chair for the Hospitality Information Booth Subcommittee for the Medical Library Association May 2011 meeting here in Minneapolis, and has asked to relinquish that responsibility. So, I'm putting out a call for someone to take on that role. The Local Assistance Committee co-chairs and subcommittee chairs will be meeting at the Convention Center on September 22nd, so it would be good to have someone in place by that time to join us in the planning, and to get familiar with the layout. I've included the description of duties below, but these might be altered somewhat (to be less work) since the Convention Center has a staffed information booth right there on site. These are the kinds of details to work out on September 22nd. So, any volunteers? Thanks, Linda Watson lwatson@umn.edu

Hospitality Information Booth Subcommittee:
(schedule ready by March 2011)
Coordinates with Volunteer Assistance Subcommittee (Katherine Chew, co-chair) to identify hospitality booth volunteers. Manages booth setup and volunteers at the booth. The booth is generally staffed the same hours as the MLA registration area. Usually there are 2-4 persons for each four-hour shift with 2-3 shifts per day. By March 1 the chair should confirm operating hours and volunteer schedule with the HQ staff liaison (Ray Naegele).

The booth serves attendees as a source of information for:
• conference program facts and changes
• available conference services, e.g., placement, member resource room
• emergency services, e.g., nearby hospital and fire department
• metropolitan transportation
• restaurant suggestions
• dine arounds
• entertainment information
• religious service information
• other information, as may be necessary in a particular city
• guide to libraries

August 3, 2010

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

Hello, Network Members,

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.

Go fishing or enjoy the dog days of summer with the articles that were posted in the month July, 2010.

New Titles in the GMR Lending Library - Summer 2010

GMR E-Licensing Group Formed

Gone Fishing for Health Information

Hardin's Consumer Health LibGuide in the Limelight

More ARRA Funding Comes to the GMR Region


Year in Review: Technology Improvement Award Recipients for Year 4 Announced

Thanks to all our Network members who shared their news last month. Happy summer!

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: FUNDING NCMHD Health Disparities Research (R01)

Hello, Network Members,

Up to $250,000 is available through this grant. Current Closing Date for Applications: September 29, 2010

Executive Summary

Purpose. The overarching goal of this FOA is to solicit innovative research addressing elements of health disparities. Research focused on disease and/or conditions that disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved populations is a growing field and has been employed lately in understanding the dynamics contributing to health disparities. Funding for this FOA will support investigators who propose to conduct health disparities research using its principles to improve health. The research should take into account the characteristics of health systems and health seeking behaviors that propagate disparities. The focus of the targeted research is diverse and may include racial/ethnic minorities and other health disparity populations (such as, rural and low-income populations). Several approaches could be used when designing the specific project. Research aims may include but are not limited to biological, behavioral change strategies, lifestyle factors, environmental, social and structural barriers, economics, institutional and cultural, family influences, delivery system interventions, medical procedures and regimens (including alternative therapy), medical assistive devices and technologies.

Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards.
NCMHD has designated approximately $ 3.8 million in total costs to fund 10 or more awards in FY2011, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. The awards will be made through this offering in FY 2011.

Budget and Project Period.
An applicant may request a budget of direct costs up to $250,000 per year and a project period of up to five years

Please see the following URL for more information:

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: Introducing GMR E-Licensing Group and next steps from May questionnaire

Hello, GMR Members,

The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC has reviewed the findings from the questionnaire that was sent out to GMR members in May. Along with choosing 3 products that had high interest from members, the group also has determined some next steps. Onward!

A group is being formed for the purpose of participating in e-licensing discussions. The group is called: GMR E-Licensing Group. Any GMR member that is interested in participating in group purchasing or wants to keep informed about potential products and services that might be offered, is welcome to join. The group will communicate via a listserv. The listserv address is: gmr-elg@listserv.uic.edu and it is live now, so you can sign up for it. General announcements about upcoming offers will be made via GMRLIST, and the discussion about the offers will take place on the GMR E-Licensing Group listserv. Those people who filled out the questionnaire and supplied their contact information, will be automatically added to this list. The initial message you receive from this list, will also have information about unsubscribing from it.

To subscribe to GMR-ELG, send the command SUBSCRIBE GMR-ELG BARACK OBAMA to LISTSERV@UIC.EDU, replacing "Barack Obama" with your first and last name.

Based on the results of the questionnaire, the Working Group has chosen to begin with Dynamed (database), STAT!Ref (ebooks), and Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus (ejournals). The negotiation process is what happens next with the vendors of these products. During the negotiation process, every effort will be made to ensure equitable offers across different types of libraries in our membership. The discussion of these offers will take place on the GMR E-Licensing Group listserv. The GMR is not involved with the negotiations for these products. The negotiations will be done by our contact at Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) in Michigan. The role of the GMR was to get the process started.

Some background: The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC at the GMR has been in contact with the MCLS about possibly offering group purchasing of health-related online packages (ebooks, ejournals, databases, etc) to all GMR members in the 10-state region.

Thank you for your interest and patience!


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: GMR Update July 2010 is up

Hello, Network Members,

FYI, the quarterly GMR Update is now posted for July 2010. The direct link: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html

The GMR Update may also be found linked from the "News & Announcements" box on the GMR homepage: http://nnlm.gov/gmr.

Please let your GMR state contact know if you have any questions: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html


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