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July 25, 2011

From the GMR: ONC video about RECs and EHRs

Hello, Network Members,

This has been the day of email and catching up - sorry it is all coming as a deluge from me, and please excuse any repeated information...

I caught this on Twitter the other day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSPC-4RDFLA&feature=youtu.be.

The description:
"Learn about ONC's Regional Extension Centers and how they can help health care providers make the change to EHRs.

Health care providers might appreciate the benefits of Electronic health records (EHRs) but are unsure where to start. ONC's Regional Extension Centers (RECs) help providers make the transition to EHRs through a streamlined and practical process. As the widespread adoption of EHRs quickly approaches, the RECs act as your partner on the road to providing better health care and improved treatment outcomes. ONC's Dr. Farzad Mostashari and representatives from the RECs discuss strategies to bridge the technology gap and assist health care practitioners in providing optimum patient care."

You can follow ONC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ONC_HealthIT.


Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

From the GMR: GMR Update Webinar Recording Available

Hello, Network Members,

The recording for the July 21, 2011 Lake Effects webinar is now available for your viewing pleasure: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p20774331/.

We also post the recordings of past webinars on our website: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/online.html. Be sure to be on the lookout for announcements of our next webinar.

Thank you,


Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

From the GMR: HHS Announces the Winners of the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards

Woohoo to St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health!

Hello, Network Members,

HHS has announced winners of an awards program "that highlights innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health of the community within the past three years..."

Nominated organizations had to have an innovative project in at least one of three health promotion areas: healthy weight, physical activity, and nutrition. Awards were granted based on the criteria of creativity and innovation, leadership, sustainability, replicability, and results/outcomes. Some of the winners are in our region:

* Public Sector: Exercise Your Right to Feel Better Minnesota--St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health (St. Paul, Minn.)
* Healthy Workplace (Large employer): Shape up and Go!--Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
* Faith-Based and/or Community Initiatives: Taking the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program to Scale--YMCA of the USA, (Chicago, Ill.)

The press release can be found here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/07/20110715a.html and more information including a video by Secretary Sebelius, http://healthylivinginnovation.challenge.gov/

Congratulations to the winners!

Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

July 22, 2011

From the GMR: MedlinePlus Connect Webcast on Linking Patient Portals and EHRs to Consumer Health Information is July 27

Hello, Network Members,

The next UMLS Webcast will be held on July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm US Eastern Time. The topic is "MedlinePlus® Connect: Linking Patient Portals and EHRs to Consumer Health Information". MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect) allows patient portals, electronic health records (EHR), and other health IT systems to link to relevant, authoritative consumer health information from MedlinePlus.gov. MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests based on problem codes, medication codes, and lab test codes. It also supports the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) standard. Stephanie Dennis, MedlinePlus Connect project manager, will give an overview of MedlinePlus Connect, explain how to implement it, and explain the National Library of Medicine's behind-the-scenes work to support it.

Webcast Information:


Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

July 20, 2011

Minutes of the June 2011 HSLM Board Meeting

Here are the minutes from the June 2011 HSLM Board Meeting:

HSLM Board Meeting Minutes 06-10-11.doc

Minutes of June 2011 HSLM Annual Meeting

Here are the minutes from the June 2011 HSLM Annual Meeting:

HSLM Annual Business Meeting (Word document)

July 19, 2011

From the GMR: Free Education Opportunity from the GMR: Information Anywhere class at UIC-LHS

Hello, Network Members!

I wanted to let you know that the class: "Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health" will be taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Monday, August 15, 2011 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This class is free and if you have not taken it before, it's a lot of fun. Here is more information about it:

"This four-hour class is an overview of the plethora of mobile devices available today and how they impact libraries and medicine. We will discuss Apple's products (including iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad), Blackberry devices, and Google Android-powered phones. Popular uses and applications for these devices, with particular emphasis on those that make use of the products of the National Library of Medicine will be highlighted. Students will learn what it takes to create mobile applications and websites, and will participate in a hands-on activity to create a simple mobile website."

You can earn 4.0 MLA CE credits for taking this class. If you are interested in registering for this class, please go to our registration page: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration. Space is limited to 25 attendees for this class. It will be taught a lot in the region this fall and winter, so if you miss this one, you will be sure to see it advertised again.

Thank you!


Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

July 18, 2011

From the GMR: GMR Update for July 2011 now online

Hello and happy summer!

The GMR Update for July 2011 is now available online at the following URL:

Check the contract updates, new communication technologies and information about upcoming training opportunities.



Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning 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

From the GMR: Information Systems Librarian job opening in Chicago

Information Systems Librarian
Carl Shepard Library
Illinois College of Optometry
Chicago, Illinois

Level: Exempt
Salary: $45,000-$49,000

Essential Job Functions:
• Provides support for development and maintenance of library technologies
• Responsible for operation and continued enhancement of integrated library system (SirsiDynix Symphony)
• Responsible for writing or customizing ILS reports
• Identifies and fixes hardware, software and network problems in the Library
• Participates in planning and budgeting for technology
• Assesses/recommends new products and services
• Designs and maintains web pages
• Investigates and creates Web 2.0 and other Internet tools to support the Library's mission
• Trains and advises staff, faculty, and students regarding information technology
• Creates procedures and training materials for system administration, circulation, acquisitions, inventory, reserves and cataloging functions
• Serves as liaison to vendors and Information Systems Department
• Catalogs and classifies books and other materials utilizing AACR2 rules and LC Classification
• Enters records into OCLC and SirsiDynix Symphony
• Acquires new materials from appropriate vendors
• Participates in selection of new materials

Marginal Functions:
• Reviews new VisionCite keywords for accuracy in data entry and corrects errors
• Edits VisionCite entries and indexes articles for VisionCite data entry. VisionCite is a citation index created by ICO of published articles related to optometry.
• Provides reference and research assistance to the ICO community
• Performs the essential functions of the Public Services and Serials/Indexing Librarian and the Library Clerks
• Supervises the annual inventory
• Supervises work study students
• Prepares and processes materials for binding
• Compiles statistics required for reports and evaluation of collection and services
• Provides daily interlibrary loan services as needed
• Other job related duties as assigned by the Director of Learning Resources

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Masters Degree in Library Science or related degree
• Two years of professional experience in technical services or computer services
• Significant experience with integrated library systems or directly related systems
• Knowledge of microcomputer operating systems and networking software
• Effective communication and organizational skills
• Strong service orientation
• Supervisory experience preferred
• Ability to work collaboratively and handle multiple priorities
• Experience developing Web applications and in web design
• Basic knowledge of and competence in librarianship at the professional level with special reference to cataloging, classification, acquisition, and other phases of technical services
• Experience with CONTENTdm or another digital collection management software
• Attendance must be in accordance with College policy
• Ability to meet deadlines regardless of circumstances or pressures
• Ability to work with minimal supervision

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please submit a cover letter referencing this position along with your resume to:
Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute
Human Resources Department
3241 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

E-Mail: human_resources2@ico.edu

No phone calls, please.
We are an EEO Employer.

July 13, 2011

From the GMR: Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2011-2012
Call for Applications

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

"NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with AAHSL," said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. "Since 2002, this leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who are rising stars to move into directorship positions."

AAHSL president Patricia Thibodeau said, "AAHSL is proud of this highly successful program which is preparing our future academic health sciences library leaders. This is a critical program for our libraries and our field, and we are pleased that our partnership with NLM is entering its tenth year."

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Forty-five fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, seventeen fellows have been appointed to director positions.

"As I reflect back, I realize yet again what a wonderful and expanding experience the year was," said Judy Burnham, fellow, class of 2004-2005, and director at University of South Alabama. "My mentor helped me to see the importance of building relationships across campus, the cohort has provided me with sounding boards, and the curriculum helped raise my awareness of issues."

Nadine Dexter, fellow, class of 2006-2007, and director at University of Central Florida, said, "The confidence I gained while in the program has helped me with the tasks of bringing up a new academic health sciences library. The most valuable experiences for me were the Capstone and the visits to my mentor's library. My mentor was an excellent guide throughout the year and shared with me many skills needed to navigate a directorship."

Barbara Epstein, mentor, class of 2010-2011, and director at University of Pittsburgh, stated, "Being a mentor has given me the opportunity and motivation to reflect on my own leadership style and management decisions. Moving through the curriculum and planning my fellow's visits prompted me to view my organization from a different vantage point. Mentoring the next generation of leaders has been highly rewarding, both personally and professionally."

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and a two-week site visit to the mentor's home library (in one or two-week segments).

The program is designed to:

• Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
• Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
• Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
• Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
• Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
• Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
• Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
• Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2011, deadline for potential fellows for the 2011-2012 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as a minimum of five years of department head level or higher responsibility, or equivalent experience, in an academic health sciences library, hospital library, or other library-related setting. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years' experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by August 1.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at http://data.memberclicks.com/site/aahsl/NLM-AAHSL-Leadership-Fellows-Program-2011-2012.pdf
For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, carolynlipscomb@cs.com.

Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Past-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: Summer RML Update July Webinar - Registration Open

Hello, Network Members,

Please join us on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 1pm Central time (12pm Mountain, 2 pm Eastern) as Kathryn Carpenter, Director of the Regional Medical Library (RML) and GMR colleagues present Summer Update: What's New at the RML? as a brief overview about services for the Greater Midwest Region, including new directions for our 2011-2016 contract, during our free monthly webcast at http://webmeeting.nih.gov/lakeeffects. If you are unable to join us then, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast at the GMR Website http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/online.html later.

Please register: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration. Space is limited to 150 people.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future GMR Lake Effects webcasts.

Cost: Free

Verify your system supports Adobe Connect at: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If your computer fails the test, please contact your IT department for support.

We look forward to 'seeing' you.


From the GMR: NLM releases Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

The National Library of Medicine has released Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/ .

Chemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in CHEMM provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most.

CHEMM enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.

CHEMM enhances and builds on the successes of the suite of Emergency Medical Management tools that began with the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM; http://www.remm.nlm.gov/) web-based resource, which provides information for health care providers about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation and other injuries anticipated following radiological and nuclear emergencies.

CHEMM is a web-based resource that is downloadable in advance so that it is available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.

CHEMM and REMM are the result of collaborative efforts between the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) - Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), the National Library of Medicine - Division of Specialized Information Services (NLM/SIS), as well as many medical, emergency response, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and other experts.


From the GMR: Resources for Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents

The MCH Library at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents. The knowledge path points to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental heath challenges.

View the path online at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_Mental_Conditions.html.

A new set of companion resource briefs are available, as follows:

For Families http://www.mchlibrary.info/families/frb_Mental_Conditions.html

For Schools http://www.mchlibrary.info/schools/srb_Mental_Conditions.html

Bullying http://www.mchlibrary.info/guides/bullying.html

Child Maltreatment http://www.mchlibrary.info/guides/maltreatment.html

Medications http://www.mchlibrary.info/guides/medications.html

Screening http://www.mchlibrary.info/guides/screening.html

Substance Use http://www.mchlibrary.info/guides/substanceuse.html

Suicide Prevention http://www.mchlibrary.info/guides/suicide.html

MCH Library at Georgetown University Web site: http://mchlibrary.info

From the GMR: Funding Opportunities for 2011-2012

Hello, Network Members,

As you know, in May the University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences was awarded a five-year contract to serve as the regional medical library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the Greater Midwest Region. We are delighted to now announce funding awards for the first year of this five-year contract (May 2011-April 2012).

Please go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/index.html to see the current funding available.

For 2011-2012, the following awards and subcontracts are available:

  • Community Preparedness *
  • Exhibit
  • Outreach Express
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Technology Improvement
  • Major Outreach *
  • Target Outreach *

* Not available yet - hopefully in the next few months.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-338-7657, or email us at gmr4u@uic.edu.

Thank you!

Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

From the GMR: Position Available: Southwest Clinical Campus Librarian, Bismarck ND

The Library of the Health Science (LHS) at the University of North Dakota's School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) invites applications for the position of Southwest Clinical Campus Librarian. The position is located in Bismarck. We are seeking an outgoing and enterprising person who will be responsible for: providing reference and information support services for clientele affiliated with the SMHS; designing and providing instruction and curriculum support to clientele affiliated with the SMHS; providing outreach information services to remote users and to health care personnel not affiliated with UND. Requires an ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science and one year experience.

For a full listing of qualifications and job duties, visit the job posting at UND's website: http://www.undeerc.org/undprojects/undhr/applicanttracking/JobDetail.aspx?reqid=3331&reqclosingid=5928

Applications received by July 29, 2011, will have first consideration.

About the UND Library of the Health Sciences: The Library of the Health Sciences serves the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. The LHS is the only academic health science library in North Dakota. As such, it has an enterprising outreach program to provide health care information for hundreds of clinical faculty located at over 30 teaching sites throughout the state, to medical and health students located at these clinical education sites, and to unaffiliated health professionals statewide. The SMHS has three remote clinical campuses with a librarian on each campus to meet these commitments. For more information about the Library, visit http://undmedlibrary.org

About the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences: The School of Medicine and Health Sciences ranks at the top nationally in the percentage of its M.D. graduates who enter residency programs in family medicine, and nearly 50% enter residency programs in one of the primary care specialties. For more information about the School of Medicine and Health Sciences go to http://www.med.und.edu/

About Bismarck: This position is located on the Southwest Clinical Campus of UND. The capital of North Dakota, Bismarck is the economic center of south-central North Dakota. The Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area, on either side of the Missouri River, has a population of 107,000. It offers unlimited opportunities to participate in outdoor activities, as well as a variety of cultural events. Lake Sakakawea, the third largest man-made lake in the U.S. and a beautiful venue for fishing, hunting and camping, is located 50 miles north of Bismarck.

Compensation: Minimum salary is $40,000. The University of North Dakota offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes full family healthcare coverage, TIAA-CREF retirement plan, and tuition benefits for employees, spouses and dependents. A summary of benefits may be viewed at http://und.edu/finance-operations/payroll/_files/docs/staff-summary.pdf

Application process: Submit resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Refer to position no. 11-319. For full application procedures, visit http://www.humanresources.und.edu/html/Job%20Openings.htm

Lila Pedersen
Director of Libraries
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
phone 701-777-3993
fax 701-777-4790

July 7, 2011

From the GMR: The 2011-2012 NLM Associate Fellows Announced

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the selection of its 2011-2012 associate fellows class. Four associate fellows will join NLM in the fall 2011 to begin the year-long training program.

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information
services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library.

More information about the program can be found here:

Bethany Harris received her MSI with a specialization in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan in 2011. While completing her degree, she worked as a University Library Associate at Taubman Health Sciences Library where she provided instruction and reference services. She was a recipient of the Midwest Chapter of MLA annual meeting scholarship and the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association student scholarship in 2010.

Prior to graduate school, Ms. Harris spent three years as the lab manager of a behavioral genetics lab and had previously worked as a pharmacy technician at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Ms. Harris received her BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas. While at KU, she participated in two NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
programs and worked as a research assistant in a quantitative genetics lab.

Michele Mason-Coles received her MLS from St. John's University, Queens, New York, in May, 2011, where she attended as a scholarship recipient of the Institute of Museum and Librarian Services' (IMLS) Laura K. Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. In 2010 Ms. Mason-Coles was awarded the MLA Minority Scholarship Meeting Award which provided her the opportunity to attend the annual Medical Libraries Association conference. While completing her degree, she interned at Weill Cornell Medical Center's Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center.

Recently, Ms. Mason-Coles served as a Cancer Information Specialist a part of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service based at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She received her BS in Community Health Education from Hunter College in New York City.

Suzy Roy received her MLS from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in May 2011 and MS in experimental psychology from Morehead State University in May 2005. She has over seven years of neuroscience research experience working in various laboratories, most recently at Purdue University. Her research background spans from behavioral neuroscience to molecular and cellular biology. During her MLS training, Ms. Roy was an intern at the Medical Libraries and the School of Nursing at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, Indiana, where she worked on creating library research instructional tutorials as well as cataloging, reference services, research instruction in School of Nursing courses and DOCLINE requests. Ms. Roy received her undergraduate degree at Keene State College where she majored in experimental psychology.

Jessi Van Der Volgen received her MLIS in May 2011 from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the John R. Koch Scholarship. While there, she worked as a reference assistant at Ebling Library for the Health Sciences and at College Library. Ms. Van Der Volgen was a project assistant at the Limnology Library and completed a Library and Information Literacy Instruction practicum at UW-Madison. Prior to obtaining her master's degree, she was a high school biology teacher in Beaverton, Oregon and was awarded a Partners in Science grant for genetics research at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Ms. Van Der Volgen received her BS in Life Science from the University of Portland.

July 6, 2011

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

Hello, Network Members,

Happy summer! Below is a list of the latest posts on the GMR's blog/newsletter through June, 2011.

Public Health Information Outreach at MCW Libraries

Spreading the Word about Informed Caring

RDA Implementation Announcment

6th Annual Taylorville Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow

Change to ILL National Maximum Base Cost

Editor, The Cornflower

From the GMR: NLM LactMed now contains CAM products

The National Library of Medicine Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) has added complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products. CAM products generally consist of dietary supplements derived from botanicals (herbals), "nutraceuticals" (natural and synthetic nonherbals, such as coenzyme Q10), and related products.

The LactMed CAM product records bring together research on these products relevant to breastfeeding. Special emphasis is placed on potential side effects in mothers and infants and on other problems associated with the products. The CAM product records feature a new field for the products' scientific genus and species names.

LactMed currently contains 19 of an expected 100 CAM products (cabbage, comfrey, lecithin, milk thistle, blessed thistle, stinging nettle, St. John's wort, garlic, fenugreek, blue cohosh, black cohosh, raspberry leaf, ginger, coenzyme Q10, borage, caraway, coriander, fennel, anise). These records focus on supplements that are frequently used by nursing mothers, including those claiming to stimulate lactation. Future products will include the most common supplements sold in the United States. A complete list of CAM records in the database can be found by using the search term "complementary therapies" in the main LactMed search box.

LactMed, part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data
(TOXNET(r)), is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant.

July 5, 2011

Invitation to final session of Health Sciences Librarianship class @ St. Kate's

You are invited to join us for the final class session of "Health Sciences Librarianship" for the St Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science program on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 10am-1pm (light refreshments will be served).

The four students will be presenting their final project: designing an information service to meet the needs of selected health professional clients. Presentations will be followed by a general discussion about trends in health sciences libraries from multiple perspectives.

PLEASE JOIN US! RSVP by July 12th to Linda Watson, Instructor (lwatson@umn.edu)

The class is located at St. Catherine University, Coeur de Catherine, Room 019 (Lower Level), 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55101.

Maps and Directions:
(Parking available on Randolph Street)