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March 22, 2011

From the GMR: PubMed Mobile Beta is Live

The PubMed Mobile Beta is live.


The NLM Technical Bulletin article (with more information) is:

The search box is right there and the formatting is VERY simple. Enjoy!

2011 HSLM Program Planning

On behalf of the HSLM Programming Subcommittee, we invite you to let us know which continuing education topics would be most useful to you and your staff.
Please respond by Tuesday, March 29th.
Thank you!

Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu)
Amy Claussen (akla0002@umn.edu)

March 16, 2011

Going to MLA in May? Apply for a Free Lunch from Midwest Chapter!

Free lunch! Free lunch!!! The Midwest Chapter/MLA's 2011 "Free Lunch Award" is open for applications! The official name of the lunch is the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Luncheon, which will be held during the Medical Library Association Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, May 15. See http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/ for information and application instructions. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2011.

The Roundtable is not just a lunch, but a great learning and networking opportunity as well. You can select one of 30 topics and participate in an informal and lively discussion at your lunch table. The list of topics is located on page 8 of the MLA Meeting Preliminary Program. Additional information on each topic is available on Chapter Council website.

*Applicants must be Midwest Chapter/MLA Members. Not a member? Join here.
*Applicants must be attending the MLA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis AND be pre-registered for the Chapter Council Roundtables. (There are no on-site registrations allowed).
*Tickets are $28 and must be pre-paid by the applicant.
*The two winners will be reimbursed $28 each after the meeting.

Applications must include:
*Name, work or home address and email address or phone number.
*The specific roundtable that was selected.
*A paragraph or two describing "Why I Deserve a Free Lunch." Creativity and conciseness are encouraged! Entries are judged on humor, pathos and/or neediness.

From the GMR: NLM resources related to earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation emergencies

The National Library of Medicine has resources that may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from NLM, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed on the new topic page "Disasters in Japan 2011" at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/japan2011.html.

For earthquake information for responders and health professionals, see the "Earthquakes-Resources for Response and Recovery" page at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/earthquakes.html.

MedlinePlus has topic pages on earthquakes and tsunamis in English and Spanish. Although not intended to be specific to the current events in Japan, these pages give background information for a general audience:



Clinicians who need to learn more about assessing and managing radiation emergencies can turn to the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) web site. Selected, key files from REMM are also available for downloading on mobile devices from http://www.remm.nlm.gov/downloadmremm.htm.

For a general audience, see the MedlinePlus pages on:
Radiation Emergencies

Radiation Exposure

March 11, 2011

From the GMR: FREE NLM & AcademyHealth Grey Literature Webinar Series

FREE Webinar Series on Issues in Grey Literature
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine
Hosted by AcademyHealth

Registration Link:
Please note: You do need to register separately for each webinar.

Grey Lit 101: Shining a White Light on Grey Literature
April 5th (12pm- 1pm EST)

This free webinar provides an introduction to grey literature and its role in health services research, public policy, and critical decision making. Far from implying value, the term grey literature refers to the often undefined and unrestricted way this information is published. Join this
session to learn:

* What is grey literature? Are current definitions and assumptions about grey literature accurate and appropriate?
* Why is grey literature important? What is its short-term and long-run added value?
* What are key grey literature resources for health professionals and health services researchers?
* How would search tactics for grey literature differ for rapid reviews, systematic reviews, and health technology assessments?

Closed-captioning for the webinar will be available on request.

Amanda Hodgson, MLIS
Manager, Information Services
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

Sarah McGill, BSc, MLIS
Information Specialist
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

Grey Lit 102: Advanced Search Strategies for Grey Literature
April 7th (12pm- 1pm EST)

This free webinar (the "consumer's" perspective) discusses the challenges inherent in conducting advanced searches for grey literature and presents tactics for overcoming these challenges. Participants in this session will learn:

* Who are the major users of grey literature, and why?
* What are best practices for searching and incorporating grey literature evidence into larger research efforts?
* Is it possible to systematically review grey literature (why or why not)?
* Are there critical assumptions or search parameters that can target a search and efficiently find desired evidence?

Closed-captioning for the webinar will be available on request.

Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, RLAT
Reference Librarian
Health Sciences Library System,
University of Pittsburgh

Ahlam Saleh, MD, MLS
Reference Librarian
Health Sciences Library System,
University of Pittsburgh

Grey Lit 103: Standing Out in a Sea of Grey Literature
April 12th (12pm- 1pm EST)

This free webinar (the "producer's" perspective) outlines how producers of grey literature can optimize their research for searching and increase the likelihood of uptake and use of their work. Participants will learn:

* What grey literature is being produced, and for what purposes?
* Who are the largest producers, and why?
* How can we enhance and standardize the perception of rigor in grey literature?
* In what ways has the electronic publishing "sphere" contributed to the field of grey literature?
* How is grey literature being archived and how do researchers make their research easy to find?
* What are the preservation procedures for major producers?

Closed-captioning for the webinar will be available on request.

Marcus Banks
Graziano Memorial Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation
Samuel Merritt University

Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd
UBC biomedical branch librarian
Diamond Health Care Centre and Vancouver Hospital

March 10, 2011

From the GMR: Webinar Announcement - Health Literacy in the Real World - March 18, 2011

Special Guest Speaker for Webinar on Health Literacy!

Due to popular demand, a second session of this webinar will be hosted by the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region.

When: March 18th, 1AM-12PM (Central)

Guest Speaker:
Michael Villaire, MSLM Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA)

IHA website:

Health Literacy in the Real World: Awareness, Ideas, Solutions

Poor health literacy is a major issue in the United States. We see examples of how it affects patients, providers, and the healthcare system every day. This session will look at some of the problems created by poor health literacy, discuss programs and ideas to help improve it on both the patient and provider side, and review some solutions. The upcoming IHA Health Literacy Conference http://bit.ly/IHA_Conference will be reviewed, as well as a discussion of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.

This webinar is FREE. The session will be recorded for later viewing, and captioning will be provided.

Registration information: Please register online at http://tinyurl.com/psrclasses.

Note: The first session of this webinar filled up quickly, so be sure to register soon for this event to reserve your space.

Login: Enter the class on March 18th about 5 minutes before the meeting starts at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/psr/

Log in as a Guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will appear once you've logged in. The system will prompt you for your phone number and will call your telephone.

Equipment needed: Connection to the Internet and a phone.

We hope you can join us!


Kelli Ham
Consumer Health Coordinator
NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
UCLA Biomedical Library

From the GMR: 175th Web Site, upcoming press release on anniversary events


Watch for Launch of NLM 175th Anniversary Web Site, Press Release About Anniversary, Early Next Week!

As you know, NLM is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Next week, NIH will issue a press release about the anniversary. Watch for it on the NLM home page and in your NLM News and Events RSS feed, and feel free to use its language as you publicize the big anniversary year.

An exciting development is the launch of the new 175th anniversary Web site, which will debut next week. It will include details on NLM's history, its programs and services, and anniversary year events. It will also include anniversary logos in various formats, which you may want to add to your own Web sites and publications, and will host a list of commemorative products. URL for this new site will be: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/175.

A number of special programs in support of the Library's mission are planned. They include: a scientific symposium commemorating NLM's 175th anniversary; contests to recognize original short videos that promote awareness of NLM's information products and services, and creative applications that demonstrate the greatest potential to deliver information to the public using NLM data resources; and other activities throughout the year.

You've probably also heard about NLM staff members' special "numerical" salute to the 175th anniversary. You can read more about that happening at:

That photo, which is in the public domain, is also available at http://bit.ly/eMXqUq .

We'll keep you apprised of other anniversary developments. Questions may be directed to Melanie Modlin at 301-496-6308 or at modlinm@nlm.nih.gov.

March 4, 2011

From the GMR: Webinar on PubMed - March 17th

The second in our webinar series: Lake Effects.

On Thursday, March 17th, 1:00 pm CST, please join us for a one hour session on:

What's Up with PubMed
More than an Update, join us for an interactive session on the changes to PubMed. Bring your tips and frustrations with the new PubMed interface. MLA CE available.

Register though the GMR Calender or use http://tinyurl.com/pubmedupdate0317

Looking forward to your participation.


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

From the GMR: NLM Position Posting for Deputy Associate Director-Library Operations-NLM

Please see the following message forwarded on behalf of NLM.


The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest library of the health sciences, is recruiting for the Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations. The successful candidate will participate fully in directing and managing all activities of the Division of Library Operations. This includes formulating, establishing, and interpreting policies; developing, analyzing, and evaluating programs; implementing operating plans; assessing resource requirements; and formulating budget requests. The staff of nearly 300 federal and more than 300 contract employees is organized into exemplary public services, technical services, and bibliographic services staffs; a world-renown history of medicine division; and three offices consisting of vocabulary-related activities, health services research, and management of the more than 4000 member National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations also oversees the NLM Library Associate Program and a small staff that perform a wide-variety of administrative functions. Among the many exciting NLM programs for which Library Operations takes the lead are the scanning and preservation of historical items, the creation of a digital repository for monographs and other non-journal formats, the utilization of a AI system for MEDLINE indexing, and the development of products for patients and their families such as mobile MedlinePlus.

Vacancy announcement information can be viewed on the NLM website at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/jobs/jobs.html.

If you have an interest in this position, please follow the application instructions that are provided in the announcement. Your application must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date of the announcement, Thursday, March 31, 2011.

March 2, 2011

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through February 2011

Greetings, Network Members,

Another month of posts to the GMR blog, The Cornflower, have wrapped up. Below is a list of the latest posts through February, 2011.

Network members are invited to write for The Cornflower. See Writing for The Cornflower for more information.

GMR Sponsors Sites for MLA Webcast "Shifting Skills"

Health Literacy Summit in Kentucky

GMR Office is Open for Business

GMR Office Alert

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

Canadian Health Libraries Association - Conference Registration Open

Registration for CHLA/ABSC 2011 is open.

Register before April 25 for early bird rates for the conference, CEs, and Banff Tour. And don't forget we have special rates for WestJet and accommodations at the Hyatt.

For details and to register, please see our Web page:

Jennifer Lee.
CHLA/ABSC 2011 Publicity Committee member