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October 28, 2010

From the GMR: EMR/PHR LISTSERV created

Of interest to those of you working on library integration into electronic medical records...

Hello, Network Members,

During one of our in-person GMR Updates, network members suggested that more communication be shared regarding one of the GMR's current initiatives. (Please see the GMR Update online: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html.)

As a result, a new LISTSERV has been created: EMR-GMR@uic.edu. The purpose of the list is to establish a communication tool for GMR members who are interested in the development of librarians' roles in electronic medical records/patient health records/personal health records.

I expect LIST traffic to be low initially and increase as more information is shared. To subscribe to EMR-GMR, send the command:


to LISTSERV@UIC.EDU, replacing "Barack Obama" with your first and last name.

Please let me or your GMR state contact know if you have any questions or need assistance in subscribing or posting.



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

Call for Abstracts: SLA 2011 in Philadelphia - Deadline Dec. 15

Please excuse the cross postings. I presented a paper for DBIO last year and am sitting on the committee; it's a great conference (and division)! Please consider sharing the exciting work you've been doing, and please feel free to contact Alicia or me if you have any questions!

~Amy Donahue (adonahue@umn.edu)

Biomedical & Life Sciences Division | Special Libraries Association Conference
June 12-15, 2011 • Philadelphia, PA

Theme: The Contributed Papers Committee invites proposals for papers presenting original research, innovative projects or other professional activities of interest to the SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division.

Abstract: A 200-500 word abstract should accurately convey the subject of the paper, its scope, conclusions, and relevance to the program theme. Attention will be paid to evidence of scholarship and methodology.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: December 15, 2010

Papers: If chosen, acceptance of your paper reflects a commitment on your part to:
1) Submit the complete text of your paper to the program convener by April 13, 2011.
2) Give a presentation of your paper for no longer than 20 minutes at the SLA annual conference, June 12-15, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA
3) Where appropriate and feasible, offer a brief demonstration or representation of your project during your presentation.

Submit Abstracts to:
Alicia Livinski
Email: livinski76@hotmail.com | Please put SLA-DBIO Contributed Paper Submission in Subject line

October 27, 2010

MLA Webcast - ABC's of E-books

The University of Minnesota's Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the Medical Library Association's educational webcast, "ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library" on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

As part of this programming, the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota is facilitating a pre-webcast session and lunch in conjunction with the webcast.

11:30 - Lunch, sponsored by the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota.
12:00 - Pre-webinar session with panel speakers
1:00-2:30 - Webcast presentation

To register, please contact Anne Beschnett at besch015@umn.edu by Monday, November 8th. Please indicate whether or not you will be joining us for lunch (and if you would like to request a vegetarian meal) and the pre-webcast session.

The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with electronic books and the associated collection management issues related to various platforms, pricing models, licensing agreements, term of ownership, resource management and access methods so that they have the knowledge to make informed decisions which will best serve their constituents.

Program Objectives
-provide an overview of electronic books management in the health sciences library environment.
-highlight considerations to be made in the purchase of e-books, such as choosing a platform; individual titles versus packages; licensing issues; pricing models; terms of ownership; and site license versus concurrent users, and
-offer a discussion of related management issues for e-book collections, such as cataloging, providing subject lists and title lists, offering federated searching, and collecting usage statistics.

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.

If you have any questions, please do no hesitate to contact me.

Hope to see you at the webcast!

Anne Beschnett
Liaison and Outreach Librarian
Bio-Medical Library
University of Minnesota
314 Diehl Hall
505 Essex St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

October 26, 2010

Exhibit on Women in Medicine Now Open

The Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) are pleased to announce the opening of the Changing the Face of Medicine exhibit. This exhibit highlights the many ways women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine.

The exhibit runs October 25 - December 5, 2010 and can be viewed in the Bio-Medical Library on the 2nd floor of Diehl Hall.

The following events will be held in concert with the exhibit to celebrate the contributions of women physicians - both nationally and within Minnesota:

- Opening Reception: October 28, 2010; 3:00 - 6:00p (Program begins at 4:00p)

- Work/Life Balance Speaker Panel: November 16, 2010; 12:15-1:15p

- Minnesota's Future Doctors Poster Session: November 1 - December 5, 2010

- "A Lady Alone" Elizabeth Blackwell Play: November 30, 2010; 6:00p - 8:00p

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit and related events, please see the HSL's exhibit webpage, or contact Erinn Aspinall, exhibit co-planner, at aspin005@umn.edu.

October 18, 2010

Call for Authors: Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Charting Consumer Health Column

The Journal of Hospital Librarianship is looking for authors for the Charting Consumer Health Column. This column is a great way to share with others in the field your knowledge and experiences working with consumer health related projects.

If you are at all interested in submitting an article for the Charting Consumer Health Column, please let me know and I can tell you more about the process. You can contact me at besch015@umn.edu.

Anne Beschnett
Co-Editor, Charting Consumer Health Column, Journal of Hospital Librarianship
Liaison and Outreach Librarian, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota

October 15, 2010

From the GMR: Job posting - Clinical Reference Librarian, UPSTATE HSL, Syracuse, NY

Clinical Reference Librarian

The Health Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University invites applications for the position of Clinical Reference Librarian. We seek an innovative and dynamic individual with demonstrated web content development experience. If you enjoy teaching and learning, working with dedicated professionals in a supportive environment, and want to contribute to the academic, research and service missions of Upstate-join our premiere service team.

The successful candidate will be forward thinking, motivated, flexible, and excited to work in a collaborative, rapidly evolving team environment.

This position reports to the Head of Reference and Liaison Services and works closely with the Director of the Family Resource Center, our clinical, consumer health information, education and outreach program. Responsibilities include: reference and consumer health duties, rounding to patient rooms and with clinical staff, coverage of FRC and HSL service desks (evenings and weekend coverage in rotation), participation in clinical project teams, mediated searching, bibliographic instruction, development of web-based health information and instruction tools; content development and maintenance in support of the HSL's and FRC's web pages; and assisting the Head of Reference & Liaison Services and the FRC Director with the expansion of outreach services.

REQUIRED: ALA accredited Master's degree in library or information sciences or commensurate degree with relevant experience. The successful candidate will evidence a commitment to customer service for clinicians, students and patients & families; strong communication and interpersonal skills; commitment to interdisciplinary team-building and collaborative partnerships; a client-centered focus; knowledge of health information resources; knowledge of outreach education and events programming; and the ability to perform as a faculty member in areas of education, scholarship and service. Preferred: academic health library or clinical experience; knowledge of evidence-based practice and consumer health resources and membership in the Academy of Health Information Professions.

The HSL's current interests include partnering with our regional public libraries, developing new collaborations with local, regional and SUNY libraries; supporting the Family Resource Center, our patient and family focused health service; promoting a culture of evidenced-based practice and health literacy; delivering HSL and FRC services to off-campus locations and to patients and families in our 35 counties service area.

The SUNY Upstate Medical University is Central New York's only academic medical center and the region's largest employer. Our community includes colleges of medicine, nursing, allied health, & graduate studies; a 400 bed tertiary care hospital and the Golisano Children's Hospital. For more information about us, please visit SUNY Upstate @ http://library.upstate.edu.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Initial appointment will be at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian. Salary is dependent on qualifications. Excellent benefits package including TIAA-CREF and other retirement options. 12 month, tenure track position with faculty status. Priority review of applicants begins November 15, 2010 and continues until filled.

TO APPLY: To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line at http://jobs.upstate.edu to job #030314.

October 13, 2010

From the GMR: NLM recruiting for Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM's web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

  • Spring Practicum at a health sciences library in the contiguous United States

  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus

  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine

  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff

  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2010)

  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

  • Some relocation funding

  • Assistance in finding housing

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2011. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 3, 2011. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact me for further information. I can be reached at 301-435-4083 or dunnk@mail.nih.gov.

Kathel Dunn, PhD
Associate Fellowship Coordinator
National Library of Medicine
Bldg 38, Rm 2N-19
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

Preparing future leaders in health sciences libraries and in health services research

October 12, 2010

From the GMR: Two New Traveling Banner Exhibits from NLM

The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program is offering 2 new traveling banner exhibitions to libraries and community centers to borrow for 6 week bookings.

A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging of the people of Hawai'i. The exhibition explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. Unlike our other traveling banner exhibitions, this show does not have an online exhibition to accompany the traveling show. But the story of traditional voyaging will be covered as part of the companion website for the National Library of Medicine's larger exhibition about Native peoples' concepts of health and illness, scheduled to open in October 2011. For information about the traveling banner exhibition, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/travelingexhibitions/avoyagetohealth.html

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service pushed the boundaries of the role of African Americans in society. We do have a website for this exhibition, which can be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/bindingwounds/index.html. For information about the traveling banner exhibition, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/travelingexhibitions/bindingwounds.html

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

October 8, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Traveling Exhibition: Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

This traveling exhibit still has hosting slots open. Contact: nlmtravelingexhibits@mail.nlm.nih.gov

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.


October 7, 2010

Exhibit Celebrating America's Women Physicians

The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries will host the National Library of Medicine's Changing the Face of Medicine exhibit October 26 - December 5, 2010. This exhibit highlights the many ways women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. The individuals featured in this exhibit provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference. The exhibit honors the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.

Several events will be held in concert with the exhibit to celebrate the contributions of women physicians - both nationally and within Minnesota. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit and related events, please see the exhibit webpage at:

Questions can be directed to Erinn Aspinall, exhibit co-planner.

October 6, 2010

From the GMR: Promoting your library - Time = Money

October is National Medical Librarians Month. The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network Of Libraries of Medicine would like to share our website with you in celebration. We have enhanced the site by including several downloadable aids. We invite you to put them to use.

Promoting Your Library

You will find:

  • a handout with talking points,

  • two versions of a bookmark that you can print and share

  • a poster that you can display in your library

  • a table tent to send your message in a quiet area

  • independent graphics for you to use as you see fit

The entire institution benefits from the services that a librarian provides. Remember Librarians save time and money.

Charniel McDaniels MS
Network Coordinator
National Network Of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region

October 1, 2010

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

Hello, Network Members,

Another month of posts from the GMR blog, The Cornflower, are listed below for your convenience. Check them out!

AIDSinfo Launches Mobile Site

MLA Webcast Sponsored Site Opportunity

MCH Library - Mortality and Pregnancy Loss Resource Guides

Do you want to learn more about mobile apps? For free?

Editor, The Cornflower