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December 16, 2010

From the GMR: You, yes you, have a voice in MLA continuing education!

Charniel McDaniels of the GMR has the pleasure of sitting on MLA Continuing Education Committee. Currently the committee is soliciting ideas for the 2011 Spring webcast. Is there a burning topic you'd like to see presented?

Some ideas that have already been suggested are:

  • Translational science - role of the library

  • Tablet PCs and iPads - library applications

  • Productivity and publication: tracking and publicizing employees' grants, publications and honors

  • Budget challenges and strategies

  • Sites and software to enhance collaborative efforts

  • A presentation on workplace etiquette. It's an old-fashioned topic, but it's actually technology that is changing all of the rules. Possibly the topic of ethics could be combined with it.

  • Evaluation and assessment of library services. For example, we provide many different services, which can be different depending on the environment, but basically we provide services at the circulation desk, reference desk, interlibrary loan, collection development, education, teaching. The question is, how are we doing? How we did last time we gave a class? Should I change the strategy? The content? Are users satisfied? Did they learn anything new? Did they get what they needed? Just-in-time? Was that really just-in-time? Are the databases/books/journals been used? Should I change my library profile?

Please reply to Charniel (mcdaniel@uic.edu) with your ideas and I will pass them along to the CE Committee!

Also, it's time to submit ideas for CE courses for the MLA 2012 meeting to be held in Seattle! Here's the information about that from the MLA Focus:
MLA is now accepting ideas for exciting and innovative courses and symposia to offer at MLA '12 in Seattle, WA. Courses and symposia will be held on May 18, May 19, and May 23, 2012.

Submit your ideas by Friday, December 17, for consideration by the MLA Continuing Education Committee at its midwinter meeting in January 2011.

Here's the link to the call for proposals:

December 14, 2010

From the GMR: GMR Print Retention Project Update

Network Members,

The GMR has appointed a Print Retention Task Force to advise and assist us with planning for a print retention program to be put in place during the next 5-year contract. The current focus is on gathering data about legacy journal print collections in the region.

The group was tasked with analyzing the data obtained from a recent Resource Library (RL) survey, looking at SERHOLD data, interviewing RL Directors and others in the region to identify interests and scope, and recommending an action plan for the design and implementation of next steps. The goal is to produce a framework for further action by April 30, 2011 to hand over to a steering committee for further work in the next RML contract.

Additional information can be found in the GMR blog at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/2010/12/14/gmr-print-retention-task-force-update/

If you are unable to access the blog through your institution and would
prefer an alternate method to receive blog news, please contact the GMR blog

You will be hearing more from the GMR about this initiative in the months to come. Please be assured that we will be involving all health sciences libraries in this process as we move forward.


Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
President, Medical Library Association
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

December 2, 2010

From the GMR: What's new on The Cornflower through November 2010

Hello, Network Members,

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

Blogging: The Making of a Disabilities Librarian

Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

NCBI Discovery Worshops - December 15-16 in Chicago

End-of-Life Library Receives Award

The New Browser Wars - Updated

If you are unable to access the blog through your institution and would prefer an alternate method to receive last month's blog news, please contact the GMR blog editor: leskovec@uic.edu.


Editor, The Cornflower