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January 30, 2012

New Issue of Mayo Clinic Libraries Online Newsletter Available

Welcome to the first 2012 issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries. This issue contains a variety of articles and news items highlighting services and resources available to all Mayo Clinic employees and students. Brief articles in this issue include a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Minitex which facilitates interlibrary lending and manages high density library storage in the limestone caverns beneath the west bank of the University of Minnesota. Other features in this issue include a listing of top e-journals consulted in 2011, most popular books circulated, a book review of "Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!", an update from the National Library of Medicine, and a brief history of the Library bookplate which was derived from the Mayo family coat of arms.

From the GMR: REMINDER: Online PubMed class starts today!

Making PubMed Work for You
January 30, 2012 - February 20, 2012
Registration ends Friday.

This three-week course (taking about an hour a week) covers the same materials as the in-person class, but take it at your own pace via Moodle. Hone your basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Limits and Details, Related citations, My NCBI, Searching with MeSH, and Topic Specific Queries. This class will be offered again in April.

Register for this and all online classes at:

See you online.

January 25, 2012

Save the date: Midwest Chapter/MLA 2012 Annual Meeting in Minnesota!

MLAconferenceLogo small.gifTHE most stunning event of The Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association this year is our annual meeting in Rochester, Minnesota from October 6 through 9, 2012. We call this event "Growing Opportunities" - a program planned especially for medical librarians to view themselves and medical librarianship, as through a kaleidoscope, viewing change and growth as new opportunities.

Rochester is host to thousands of people each year. Home of the IBM Corporation and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is positioned as a hub of innovative research both clinical and technological.

Our keynote speaker is the famous e-Patient Dave, a successful speaker, cancer survivor, and blogger noted for activism for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine. An engaging speaker and accomplished writer in his professional life, he is an advocate for Participatory Medicine as it evolves in which patients become strong agents in managing their own health care in partnership with physicians. You can find more information about e-Patient Dave (David deBronkhart) on his website http://epatientdave.com.

We welcome you to grow your opportunities, network with colleagues through papers and posters, and continuing education classes (to be announced shortly). Please join us in Rochester!

January 23, 2012

From the GMR: PubMed, Patient Safety and Mobile Technology - free online classes

Due to popular demand, the GMR is offering more online courses in 2012.

Register online with the GMR registration system at:

Making PubMed Work for You
January 30, 2012 - February 13, 2012

This three-week course covers the same materials as the in-person class, but take it at your own pace via Moodle. Hone your basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Limits and Details, Related citations, My NCBI, Searching with MeSH, and Topic Specific Queries. This class will be offered again in March.

Lake Effects - Overview of Mobile Technology in Healthcare for Librarians

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Please join us on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1pm Central time as Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator, will present an Overview of Mobile Technology in Healthcare for Librarians. This is a reprise of a presentation that was given at a symposium at UIC in December 2011. The second part of this symposium will take place in April. Max will give a brief overview of where mobile technology has intersected healthcare and how librarians are affected.

And don't forget that these monthly GMR webinars cover a wide variety of topics! In fact, the last one was: PubMed: An Update for the New Year. View previous recording in our GMR Lake Effects Archive at:http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/lakeeffects/

Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines
February 20, 2012 - March 30, 2012

This five week course focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities - both within their institutions and organizations and by providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety

Register with the GMR registration system at:

For a complete list of classes we make available online, visit:

See you online.

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
fax: 312-996-2226
haburt [at] uic.edu

From the GMR: GMR Update January 2012 now online

The latest version of the GMR Update for January2012 is now available online:


Read about funding opportunities, staff changes, program area updates and the new NN/LM Outreach Portal.

Please contact your GMR state contact librarian for more information.

January 19, 2012

From the GMR: Preconception and Pregnancy online resource

The MCH Library at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Preconception and Pregnancy. 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 preconception and prenatal care to improve perinatal health outcomes.

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

Companion resource briefs include the following:

For Families

Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and Families


Fertility and Infertility


Nutrition During Preconception and Pregnancy


Tobacco, Alcohol, and Substance Use During Preconception and Pregnancy

January 17, 2012

From the GMR: Clinical librarian position at UIC

Assistant Professor & Assistant Information Services and Clinical Librarian (Tenure Track)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences seeks a clinical librarian for its Information Services Department.

The clinical librarian serves as an information expert for the University of Illinois Hospital staff including residents, faculty, attending physicians, nurses and students. The clinical librarian will attend hospital rounds, morning report and evidence- based healthcare teaching sessions. Building on a collaborative relationship with clinicians, the librarian will provide immediate information as requested using current technology and resources. The librarian will be called upon to collaborate with researchers on journal clubs, seminars, systematic literature review projects, and other clinical forums. The librarian will be embedded within several hospital departments.

In addition, the librarian will perform general library services including:

  • Participating in evidence-based healthcare initiatives

  • Providing general reference services including web-based reference and

  • research consultations

  • Offering instructional services

  • Developing and managing relevant research and subject guides using the

  • LibGuides system

  • Serving on relevant library committees

  • Providing staff development to support further expansion of librarians in the clinical arena

Minimum qualifications
Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program; two years professional experience in either a hospital library or an academic health sciences library or equivalent professional experience; interest in implementing emerging technologies in health education; excellent presentation and relationship building skills; understanding of evidence-based practice; ability to think and react quickly in an intense
clinical environment, and a high level of analytical and searching skills. A health sciences background is preferred.

Hours are mainly from 8:00 to 4:30 PM and may include some weekends and

Faculty status position. Salary and rank dependent upon qualifications and experience. Faculty appointments in the UIC Library begin at $48,000; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the
State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration, apply by March 15, 2012 with cover letter, supporting resume and name and address of at least three references. All applicants must submit an online application through jobs.uic.edu. To apply, click on the following link:

January 11, 2012

From the GMR: NLM's Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood

FYI. Interesting section on fracking available - with links to a variety of other resources!

Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood in both English and Spanish

What is fracking? What are uranium tailings and how can they affect my health? Answers to these questions can be found in Tox Town's new US Southwest Scene.
http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash.php (English)
http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash_sp.php (Spanish)

This scene, developed in conjunction with Diné College in New Mexico, highlights locations associated with environmental health concerns impacting the Navajo and others living in the Southwest region of the United States. New Tox Town locations found in this scene include:

Abandoned Mines
Coal-Fired Power Plants
Dust Storms
Hydraulic Fracturing
Irrigation Canals and Ditches
Oil and Gas Fields
Sheep Ranching
Uranium Tailings
Water Wells

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit this new neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in this part of the country.

January 10, 2012

From the GMR: Lake Effects Webinar - Jan 19, 2012 - PubMed: An Update for the New Year

PubMed: An Update for the New Year

Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2012, from 1-2 pm CT for our first GMR Lake Effects webinar of the year. Discover what's new and what's up with PubMed as we examine changes to the PubMed interface and highlight some of the new topics in the 2012 MeSH. Bring your questions and your experiences as we share about this important resource.

Register today at http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration.

Also, visit the Online Education page for other upcoming Online classes.

Talk with you next week.

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: Job Posting at Rush University Medical Center

The McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC), the instructional technology and micro-computing component of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, is seeking an experienced, innovative and dynamic Assistant Director. In this role you will provide leadership for a collegial staff which provides institutional support and training for educational technology across the entire university.

Position Highlights:

  • Services include support for online and face to face university courses, onsite use of computer workstations and software, optical marking system services, computer classrooms and faculty projects

  • Directly supervises 7 technical/support staff

  • Analyzes, implements and evaluates departmental activities to ensure the most effective services, access and resources that support the educational endeavors of faculty, students and staff.

  • Collaborates with the staffs of Information Services and the Library to assure optimal maintenance of computer hardware and software.

  • Prepares and oversees the budget of the METC

  • Directs the Instructional Designers and The Technology Support Specialist to best provide access and training in regards to the learning management system and its many supporting applications: Wimba Live Classroom, Respondus, Impatica, Camtasia, and others as required.

  • Supervises the management of the computer-based data collection services


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or Master's degree in Instructional/Educational Technology

  • 5 years in a multimedia center or similar environment

  • High level interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills

Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center. The University currently has over 2,100 students in Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College. Located just west of the Loop in downtown Chicago, Rush offers an ideal atmosphere for professional to fulfill their career goals.

To apply, please visit http://careers.jobsatrush.com/chicago/other/jobid2054424-assistant-director-library-educational-technology-jobs. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Christine Frank
Director, Library of Rush University Medical Center
600 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60612
312-942-3143 (FAX)

January 6, 2012

Paper and Poster Submission for MLA '13 in Boston

Dear Colleagues (with apologies for cross posting):

Mark your calendars not only for the 2012 MLA Annual Meeting in Seattle but also for the special international meeting in Boston in 2013. Start thinking of 2013 paper and poster submission ideas now and submit whenever you're ready - the MLA paper and poster submission site opened on November 30, 2011 and will remain open until May 1, 2012.

MLA '13, will take place on May 3-8, 2013, in Boston, and will incorporate the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML), the 7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS), and the 6th International Clinical Librarians Conference. The Boston meeting will provide a unique opportunity to explore the global interdependency of health information at a federated international meeting. Submission of papers and posters began earlier than usual because of the lead times needed for international participants. 2013 contributed papers and posters submission deadline is May 1, 2012. Final findings and results may be added to the accepted papers and posters up to February 1, 2013, so you don't have to have completed research to submit a paper or abstract.

The 2013 meeting theme is "One World: Information in an Interdependent World," which emphasizes global interdependencies in all health-related areas. "One Health" is meant to encompass not only human and animal health, but also public health, environmental health, climate change, food safety and production, and international health policy.

For access to the online submission process, instructions, and a list of section program themes, see: http://mlanet.org/am/am2013//