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February 15, 2011

From the GMR: Position Announcement: Science Reference Librarian - Biomedical Specialist, University of Chicago Library

Science Reference Librarian - Biomedical Specialist

The University of Chicago Library

Under the direction of the Co-Director (Public Services) for the Science Libraries Division, this position serves as a member of the Crerar Library reference team, providing daily reference services to both biomedical and physical sciences users, including responding to reference queries in person, by email, phone and via instant messaging. Participates in instruction and outreach services for the sciences and broader library system, with an emphasis on bioinformatics. Develops and participates in science communication activities including print and web publications, web page development, and exhibitions. Responsible for print and digital collection development activities, coordinating with other science subject bibliographers on collection decisions as appropriate. Creates a role for the Library in bioinformatics at the University, including identifying faculty and staff involved in bioinformatics, determining their needs and incorporating the Library into their research and teaching.

Education: A graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited library school and an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences are required. A graduate degree in the biological sciences is strongly preferred.

Experience Required: 2-3 years related experience in an academic library; demonstrated knowledge of online databases and resources in the biological sciences; demonstrated knowledge of current and developing information technologies. Preferred: Database searching experience, including the bioinformatics resources and databases available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is strongly preferred; knowledge of scientific statistical methodologies an asset.

Skills Required: Demonstrated ability to use office productivity software (e.g. MS Office); demonstrated experience with web authoring tools; demonstrated ability to communicate respectfully and effectively, and work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups; demonstrated ability to perform complex problem-solving and decision-making; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; demonstrated strong commitment to professional development. Preferred: Reading knowledge of either French or German.

Salary and Benefits: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Full range of benefits included in total compensation package, with retirement plan, health insurance, paid time off, and tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

To apply, please visit http://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51470

For a full description, please visit http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/jobs/librarianvacant.html

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Deb Werner
Biomedical Reference Librarian
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

From the GMR: NLM has Updated the MeSH Database

Hi Folks,

Many of you have noticed the change in the MeSH database interface. NCBI is working to update the entire website - section by section.

The Technical Bulletin article on this change is at:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf11/jf11_pm_mesh_db.html

The updated brochures "Searching PubMed with MeSH are at:
PDF: http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/meshtri.pdf
Word: http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/meshtri.doc

If you have comments or questions about the new interface, feel free to contact NLM directly - they welcome your feedback: http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm/

Have a wonderful week all.

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

February 10, 2011

From the GMR: Release of MCHL new ediition of Asthma in Children and Adolescents

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University released a new edition of a knowledge path about asthma in children and adolescents, its prevalence, and its impact on homes, schools, and communities. The knowledge path includes tools for improving asthma management and care and staying abreast of new developments in pediatric asthma research.

The knowledge path can be used by health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, researchers, and community advocates to learn more about asthma, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate sections point to resources about environmental triggers, medications and monitoring, and asthma management in school. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_asthma.html. A resource brief for families accompanies the knowledge path and is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/families/frb_asthma.html.

From the GMR: 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit

Dear Librarians,

Please see the announcement below. This is a great meeting and a valuable opportunity for those who involved with health information outreach.

Several of us from the region are presenting and the GMR will have an exhibit booth. Some of you have already agreed to volunteer at the booth! Hope to see more of you there!! Please spread the word in your regions.

Thank you!

Plan to attend the 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit which will bring together distinguished plenary speakers and other experts in the fields of health care, adult literacy and health care policy.

Registration is now open for the 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit on April 12-13, 2011 in Madison, WI. This event will feature Keynote Speaker Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, a number of distinguished plenary presenters and 36 breakout session options within five conference tracks: Health Care Providers, Adult Literacy Providers, Patient Education, Vulnerable Populations and Organizational Change.

Watch this video preview to learn more!

The Summit is presented by Health Literacy Wisconsin, a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., and Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) with the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor, Gundersen Lutheran, and additional sponsors.

We will also be offering a Pre-Summit Workshop, "Creating Reader-Friendly Materials for Patients" with Audrey Riffenburgh, MA, President of Plain Language Works (PLW) on April 10-11, 2011.

Health Literacy Missouri, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. and other members of the Health Literacy Regional Network will also be hosting a Pre-Summit Meeting, "World Cafe: Models for Launching Health Literacy Efforts" the afternoon of April 11, 2011.

CME and CEU credits will be available for physicians and nurses attending the Summit.

Please visit our Events page for complete details or register now.

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

February 9, 2011

From the GMR: 2011 State of the States Report Offers Lessons and Insights for Policymakers

This is an interesting report of what the states are doing related to health reform.

February 3, 2011

2011 State of the States Report Offers Lessons and Insights for State Policymakers

In spite of major budget challenges and rising demand for public health care programs, states undertook significant, wide-ranging efforts to lay a foundation for health reform, according to the 2011 State of the States report titled, Laying the Foundation for Health Reform.

State of the States: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform takes an in-depth look at state health policy efforts in 2010 and provides insights and lessons learned on:

  • Establishing committees and task forces to study the impact of the Affordable Care Act and develop strategic plans for responding to its provisions;
  • Implementing state-based pre-existing condition insurance plans;
  • Working with insurance carriers and the public to implement insurance market reforms included in the ACA;
  • Improving premium rate review processes and considering the impact of medical loss ratio requirements;
  • Collecting data and planning for state-based health insurance exchanges;
  • Reducing costs and improving outreach and enrollment efforts in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program; and
  • Undertaking efforts to improve the health care delivery system and promote population health.

This report is a valuable guide for state policymakers--it highlights the efforts of states that have made early achievements in implementing the Affordable Care Act as well as the accomplishments of innovators who have sought to control costs and improve the quality of health care for their residents.

The report is free. Visit www.statecoverage.org/stateofthestates2011 for your copy.

February 3, 2011

Minnesota Department of Health Library Update

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced in August 2010 that severe budget constraints would affect its Barr Library operations which could have resulted in closure. Since that time, the department has consulted with Linda Watson, Todd Fenton, and Nicole Theis-Mahon from the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) about ways to continue meeting the information needs of MDH staff and others served by the library. In November, HSL formalized an agreement with MDH for consulting and other services, and will also provide limited support for the Department of Human Services (DHS) who contracts with Barr for library services.

Following this consultation, MDH decided to continue offering limited library services, with a few specific changes.
• Barr Library will convert all of its print journal subscriptions to online only, and will continue to support the interface for online journals for DHS. Nicole Theis-Mahon has managed this renewal process with Barr's subscription vendor, Ebsco. Electronic journals and databases will continue to be accessed through Barr Library's website and online catalog.
• The library will have a significantly reduced budget and limited staffing. HSL will work with MDH to determine a process for referring requests that may exceed the Barr Library's capacity to the University Libraries' fee-based service, InfoNOW.
• The library will have a smaller collection and has moved to Snelling Office Park at 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul. Contact Mark Smith for further information (651-201-5093 mark.a.smith@state.mn.us).

MDH will continue evaluating its library services, and further changes could be made as the budget challenges that prompted the initial library changes are likely to continue.

HSL is pleased that the Barr Library remains open for business, and that we are in a position to help make this a smooth transition for them. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Linda Watson (lwatson@umn.edu), Todd Fenton (tmfenton@umn.edu) or Nicole Theis-Mahon (theis025@umn.edu).

Linda Watson
Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota

February 2, 2011

From the GMR: GMR Office Alert

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences, including the office of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region, will be closed all day on Wednesday. We are uncertain at this time about when the Library will reopen.

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Blizzard Warning in effect from 3:00 pm today, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, to 3 pm Wednesday, February 2nd. Snow accumulations in excess of a foot are expected over much of our Greater Midwest Region. Northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph with stronger gusts will result in blizzard and white-out conditions.

We are aware that similar conditions are forecast throughout the Midwest region.We will keep you posted as best we can through GMRLIST, our blog and the GMR homepage: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/.

We have alerted our sister region, the Pacific Southwest Region Office at UCLA, about our situation. They will be assisting us DOCLINE and other back-up support.

Stay safe,

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

February 1, 2011

From the GMR: NTCC Classes in Chicago in April: PubMed, TOXNET and Gateway

National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) classes are coming to Chicago April 13-15, 2011. Attend these FREE hands-on classes on PubMed® (April 13), TOXNET® (April 14) and Gateway (April 15) offered through the National Library of Medicine.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences will host these sessions taught by the staff of the NTCC. They will be held in Room 303 of the Library of the Health Sciences at 1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL.

PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours)
Wednesday, April 13, 2010
8:30am to 5:00pm
Register for this event:

Come learn about the recent and anticipated changes to PubMed interface; everyone is welcome, especially medical librarians, researchers, medical editors, and anyone who searches for biomedical journal article citations. This full-day class is designed to teach students how to use PubMed® which includes MEDLINE citations. The class also includes an overview of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) and its importance as a tool to both searchers and indexers.

TOXNET® and Beyond (6 MLA CE Hours)
Thursday, April 14, 2010
9:00am to 4:00pm
Register for this event:

This full-day class is designed to convey the basics of searching NLM's TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related subjects. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical searching and nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted will be TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, the Integrated Risk Information System, the Toxic Release Inventory, and ChemIDplus.

The NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov (3.5 MLA CE Hours)

Friday, April 15, 2010
8:30am to 12:00 noon
Register for this event:

The NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov class is of particular interest to public, consumer health, and medical librarians and all health information consumers. The NLM Gateway allows users of NLM services to initiate searches from one Web interface, providing "one-stop searching" for many of NLM's information resources or databases, including: PubMed®, MedlinePLUS, TOXNET®, Meeting Abstracts, and many more.

All the training sessions are FREE and intended for health sciences library staff, public librarians, health professionals, researchers and anyone interested in using these free National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases.

To REGISTER for any or all of these classes, or to look for other class locations, simply click on this registration form link:

For further information about these classes, please go to:

Information on the classes is also available on our NN/LM Calendar at: