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January 26, 2011

New web site for Bio-Medical Library

The staff of the Health Sciences Libraries has been engaged in a redesign of the Bio-Medical Library web site. The beta version of the new site is now available at: http://www.hsl.lib.umn.edu/biomed

The current site for the Bio-Medical Library will remain live until March 16, 2011, when the new site replaces it.

Our new site retains many of the features that users have come to rely on such as quick links to commonly-used resources such as Ovid Medline and Micromedex, but a simpler, more cohesive design makes accessing library resources and services easier than ever before.

We invite you to visit the new site and send us your feedback at:

January 21, 2011

From the GMR: Online Presentation: Healthcare & Online Video: How to Use YouTube to Engage Health Consumers

Hello, Network Members,

This webinar was pointed out to me by a colleague in Florida: Healthcare & Online Video: How to Use YouTube to Engage Health Consumers

URL: http://www.webinarlistings.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7614

"In 2010, 85% of the US online population watched a YouTube video and consumers watched an average of 1.9 billion YouTube videos per day. Created in partnership with Google, this webinar will focus specifically on online video search and consumption behavior of health consumers, complete with health video statistics via YouTube and our own research which outlines how 100 hospitals are using YouTube as a broadcast channel. We will also share best practices for video content creation, optimization and advertising on YouTube for hospitals, medical centers and medical companies, and one audience member will receive a free consultation focusing on their institution's YouTube page!

From this webinar you will gain a better understanding of:

1. The growth of online video consumption and the types of videos health consumers are searching for and watching
2. The key benefits of using YouTube for video content creation and video advertising
3. How some hospitals are using YouTube to communicate with their communities"

This online presentation takes place on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10 am CT.


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: New page in Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Network Members,

We wanted to let you know about a new page, "Table-Top Exercises," making its debut on the emergency preparedness and response toolkit site today. You'll find it here: http://nnlm.gov/ep/table-top-exercises/. Dan Wilson and Susan Yowell have developed the exercises in order to help NN/LM members and others prepare for service disruptions, as they've been very successful in past training sessions.

Please feel free to share these with others in your institutions. They would be useful exercises for a local consortium to do a practice session on emergency preparedness.


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

From the GMR: GMR Update January 2011 now available

Hello, Network Members,

The January 2011 edition of the GMR Update is now available online at the following URL: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html Please connect with your GMR state contact 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

January 19, 2011

From the GMR: ACEP Launches Integrative Training Program on Disaster Planning

FYI. Some of you may be interested in this online training.

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB ] ACEP Launches Integrative Training
Program on Disaster Planning
From: "Patti Reynolds"
Date: Wed, January 19, 2011 7:29 am


ACEP Launches Integrative Training Program on Disaster Planning

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has launched a free first-of-its-kind integrative training that covers the development and maintenance of pre-incident plans.

Under a cooperative agreement with FEMA, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has launched a free first-of-its-kind integrative training that covers the development and maintenance of pre-incident plans ensuring the efficient distribution of patients, the sharing of
information and resources, and the coordination between state and local agencies with hospitals and other Additional topics include patient and resource tracking, credentialing systems, deployable federal resources, principles of community emergency planning, and more.

This course is directed toward those working in emergency management agencies and healthcare organizations, especially in small communities and rural areas, which have primary job responsibilities other than disaster preparedness. It is also useful for those in public health, EMS, fire services, and other organizations involved in disaster preparedness. The four-hour online training is part of a training portal that has several components to it. Each state has its own virtual community to foster collaboration. Each virtual community includes a members section, the training modules, a Q&A section and a Forum section. For more information,
go to http://www.acep.org.

Patricia Reynolds, MLIS
Director, Bishopric Medical Library
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
941-917-1646 - fax
Bishopric Medical Library "Wall"

January 13, 2011

From the GMR: January GMR Webinar - Don't Know Much about eScience?

Hello, GMR Members,

We are delighted to inform you of an upcoming webinar on January 20, 2011 at 3 pm (CT). The topic is eScience, and the roles for health science librarians. Our speaker is Sally Gore, who is the Head of the Reference & Scholarly Communication Services at the Lamar Soutter Library at the UMass Medical School.


Don't Know Much about eScience?
e-Science is an emerging research methodology with an emphasis upon data and networks. As researchers in biomedicine and other health-related disciplines increasingly utilize today's technology in their work, they produce immense amounts of data that can, ideally, be shared and repurposed to speed up scientific discovery. Similarly, they use networking tools to find, develop and work in a collaborative environment no longer constrained by geographical limitations. Can health sciences librarians with their skills in information management and organization, as well as success in building partnerships across areas, find a role in this new area? The answer is "YES!"

To register for this one-hour online informational session, go to: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR&curName=2011/01/20_GMR_Webinar_-_eScience

For more information about this session, go to our calendar: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR, where you will also find the registration link.

The URL for this live session will be sent out to those who register.

To attend this session, you will need a computer and a phone line. The audio portion of this session will be via teleconference.

This session will be recorded and captioned, and the recording will be made public after the event.

Thank you!

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: Environmental Health Student Portal

Introducing the Environmental Health Student Portal from NLM

The Environmental Health Student Portal : Connecting Middle School Students to Environmental Health Information

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal. This Web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a FREE non-subscription-based Web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:
• water pollution
• climate change
• chemicals
• air pollution (coming soon)

Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the Web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the Web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Visit our new Web site, the Environmental Health Student Portal, as well as other classroom resources from the National Library of Medicine:

Environmental Health Science/Chemistry
Tox Town (Grades 6 -12+)
TOXMAP (Grades 9 - 12+)
Household Products Database (Grades 6 - 12+)
ChemIDplus (Grades 7 - 12+)
ToxMystery (Grades 1 - 5)

Forensics and Medical Technology
Visible Proofs (Grades 6 -12+)
Visible Human Project (Grades 6 - 12+)
Frankenstein - Penetrating the secrets of nature (6-12+)

Genetics Home Reference (Grades 6 - 12+)
Harry Potter's World (Grades 6 -12)

General Health Science/Biology
MedlinePlus (Grades 6 - 12+)
AIDSinfo (Grades 6 - 12+)
Changing the Face of Medicine (6 - 12+)
Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (Grades 3 - 12+)

January 11, 2011

From the GMR: NLM Announces New Look for Main Web Site

Today the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new design and organization for its Main Web site. The NLM homepage has an entirely new design, focused on your top tasks.

We also updated thousands of pages within the site. They now include site-wide navigation in the header so many of your favorite links should be just a click away. There is also a new "Share" feature so you can send content to your friends, colleagues or yourself via social bookmarking and networking. Plus, we've added links to make it easier to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope you find this new design useful and welcome your feedback via our Contact NLM link.

January 10, 2011

From the GMR: New Health IT Page on the GMR website

Hello, Network Members,

Happy Monday! I wanted to inform you that there is a new page of resources on Health IT (HIT) on the GMR website. It can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/technology/hit/index.html.

It includes presentation files of the wonderfully informative "EHRs and Librarians: A Symposium" which was held in December. Please let me know if you have any questions about this page, or any suggestions for links in the HIT Resources section.

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: Call for Papers: Special Issue of JMLA on Applying Technologies in Medical Libraries

Hello, Network Members,

Interested in writing an article? How about one on technology? The January 2012 issue of JMLA will be devoted to papers that help us all understand how health science librarians can use technologies to improve delivery of, and access to, medical and health sciences information. They are particularly interested in case studies on how an institution used technology to solve a problem in your library. Other submissions of interest, research papers that use quantitative or qualitative methodologies to evaluate the use of technology in health sciences libraries.

For more information, go to: http://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/call_applyingtech.html

And on a technological note as we wind down this 5-year contract, there are still Technology Improvement Awards available. Your organization can be awarded up to $4,900 for your project if it meets certain guidelines. Check out http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/technology/techrfp.html for the Call for Application, and see a list of past funding recipients of this award here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/technology/recipients.html. Because our contract is ending on April 30, 2011, all projects must be completed by this date.

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

January 4, 2011

From the GMR: Use the Professional Development Award to attend the 2011 Disaster Information Outreach Symposium

Hello Network Members,

The GMR currently has Professional Development Awards available for your use. If you are a Librarian, information professional, or an informationist that has found that you need to focus on disaster information the meeting described below may well be worth attending. Our award could be used to support that attendance.


March 29-30, 2011

Disaster Information Outreach

A symposium for Information Professionals Meeting Disaster Health Information Needs

National Library of Medicine
Lister Hill Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

Learn about...
* Tools for providing disaster health information
* Communications and disasters
* Assessing and meeting the information needs of disaster managers and responders
* Using library facilities to support disaster needs during response and recovery
* Workforce development for those interested in disaster information
* Disaster resources for librarians - building a community of practice
* Medical Library Association's new disaster information specialization

Why attend?
* Network with other disaster-minded information professionals
* Medical Library Association continuing education credit will be offered
* No cost for symposium registration

Registration is currently open. Seats are limited. Attendance is free.

Disaster Information Outreach Symposium - Registration

GMR Professional Development Award

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

January 3, 2011

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

Happy New Year, Network Members,

Another month and another year of posts to the GMR blog, The Cornflower, have wrapped up. Below is a list of the latest posts through December, 2010.

Network members are invited to write for The Cornflower. See the following page, Writing for The Cornflower: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/writing-for-the-cornflower/ for more information.

Maybe 2011 is the year for your first post to the GMR blog!

Happy Holidays to all our members and friends!

GMR Print Retention Task Force Update

Season's Greetings from the GMR 2010

University of Minnesota Celebrates America's Women Physicians

Would You Like That in Mobile or Regular?

New Americans Health Information Day Planned

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