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March 30, 2012

From the GMR: PubMed online course starts April 9th

Just a reminder that there are still open "seats" available in our online version of Making PubMed Work for You which runs from April 9-30, 2012.

This free three-week course covers the same materials as the in-person class, but you can take it at your own pace via Moodle. This class is intended to hone 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 the Single
Citation Matcher.

Join us during the week of April 9th and learn new things about PubMed. Register online with the GMR registration system at:

See you online.
(The course will be offered again in the summer and fall).


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

From the GMR: National Public Health Week April 2-8, 2012

Hello, GMR Members,

Next week is National Public Health Week (NPHW)! There is a live Twitter chat at 1 pm to get the week started off right. Click here for more information about it: http://www.nphw.org/.

Go to the website to find out how to become a partner and spread the word, and to submit your own event so others know what you are doing to promote public health. See the Events page: http://www.nphw.org/events for more information.

With nearly 1 million Americans dying every year from diseases that could be prevented, even small preventive changes and community initiatives can make a big difference in living healthier lives. Here are just a few ideas.

*Active Living and Healthy Eating: Promote healthy choices in your communities, such as bike lanes and farmer's markets. Learn more
*Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Identify alcohol and drug use disorders early to reduce high-risk alcohol and drug consumption. Learn more
*Communicable Diseases: Encourage proper hand-washing and food preparation habits. Learn more
*Reproductive and Sexual Health: Practice safe sex, encourage responsible contraception behavior and promote access to preventive health services. Learn more
*Mental and Emotional Well-Being: Refer people with signs of depression and suicidal thinking to appropriate resources and help centers. Learn more

Post to our Facebook page and let us know what you are doing in your community: https://www.facebook.com/nnlmgmr, or tweet to us to let us know! Our twitter name is @nnlmgmr.

Thanks and have a healthy week!


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)
Skype: maxlibris

SLA event open to HSLM: "Extreme makeover: Library edition"

Extreme makeover: Library edition
Learn more about the remodeled & award-winning MnDOT Library!

Thursday, April 26, 2012
4:30-5 p.m. Registration, refreshments and networking
5-6:30 p.m. Program, tour and discussion

Minnesota Department of Transportation Library
395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
Directions at www.dot.state.mn.us/library/mndotmap.html.

Because this event is scheduled after the transportation building is closed, please park in Lot F, which is west of the building. Parking is free after 4 p.m. Only the Rice Street building entrance will be available.

$10 SLA members
$15 Guests

The MnDOT Library staff won SLA-MN's 2011 Innovation in Action Award for efforts to revitalize their library's space, services and brand. Library Director Sheila Hatchell and her colleagues will discuss how they planned and implemented the changes, including using focus groups and consultants. A library tour will be provided.

Registration is a two-part process. Please register and send payment on or by Thursday, April 19. from more information and to register, see http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/slamn/2012/03/extreme-makeover-library-ed-april-26.html

From the GMR: Job posting, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library, Health Sciences Librarian

Great Job Opp: Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library, Health Sciences Librarian

We seek an energetic person that enjoys reference and instruction to join a seasoned team of individuals at Ebling Library. You must have at least 1 year experience as a health sciences librarian or equivalent and must be adaptable, flexible and have a sense of humor.

The Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serves the faculty, staff and students of the School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy as well as the staff at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by April 20, 2012. $41,336 minimum. See qualifications and a full position description at http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_073000.html.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Rhonda Sager, MA
Library liaison to the School of Pharmacy
Access Services& Facilities Coordinator
Ebling Library
Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705-2221

March 29, 2012

Registration now open for the 2012 MLA Webcast - Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries

The University of Minnesota’s Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, “Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries ” on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

As part of this programming, the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Libraries and the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota will be sponsoring a lunch before the webcast. Please register for this webcast by Monday, April 16th, and indicate if you will be joining us for lunch. There is no fee for this event.

Click here for the registration form. or copy and past this link into your browser: https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHA0R1ZUbXloNWZ5TTVqNVBwb3dpc3c6MQ#gid=0


Lunch and informal conversation: Begins at 12:00

Webcast: 1:00-2:30

Wraparound Session with panel speakers 2:30-3:00

If you have any questions, please feel fee to contact Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu) or Amy Claussen (akla0002@umn.edu). Details on the webcast goals and objectives can be found below. Hope to see you at the webcast!

Goal The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with current practical applications of mobile technologies in clinical and curricular support settings. Topics will highlight innovative uses of mobile technologies, address technology challenges, and provide best practice guidance for applying in viewers local environments.

Program Objectives

  • Define how mobile technologies can be used in clinical settings

  • Define how mobile technologies can be integrated into curricula

  • Identify challenges faced when using mobile technologies in different settings

  • Explain challenges faced in clinical and curricular settings that mobile technologies can help solve

  • Demonstrate how mobile technologies can be used in your own setting

  • Plan how to work with vendors and IT support to enable use of mobile technologies

  • Identify opportunities for library resources via mobile technologies in multiple settings

  • Compare different mobile technologies and choose which might be appropriate for your own setting

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

March 28, 2012

Registration now open for CHLA-ABSC 2012!

Save money with early-bird conference fees and register today to ensure you get a spot in one of our exciting CE sessions. Early-bird registration ends April 30.

Register here:


Registration questions: please contact CHLA/ABSC office at 416-646-1600 or info@chla-absc.ca. Registration questions may also be sent to Sandy Culley (Registration Co-Chair) at 905-527-4322 ext 42099 or libraryjh@hhsc.ca.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Sandy Culley
Co-Chair of Registration, CHLA-ABSC 2012
905-527-4322 X 42099

** Follow CHLA-ABC on Facebook, Twitter (@chlaabsc12),
Linkedin ( CHLA ABSC 2012 Conference Group ) and Google+ **

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 www.mlanet.org/am/am2013/

J. Michael Homan | Director of Libraries | Mayo Clinic Libraries | Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics | College of Medicine | 507-284-9595 | homan@mayo.edu | Assistant: 507-284-2543 | Mayo Clinic | 200 First Street SW | Rochester, MN 55905 | www.mayoclinic.org

March 23, 2012

Registration for ARLD Day 2012 is now open!

ARLD Day 2012: Transliteracy: Constructing Knowledge and Networks

Presented by the Academic and Research Libraries Division, with support from the Public Libraries Division (PLD) of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO)

Friday, April 27, 2012
8:30AM-4:00PM (registration, breakfast, and networking: 8:30-9:00AM)

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Learn more & register at http://www.mnlibraryassociation.org/event12_0427/
Twitter hashtag: #ARLD12

Keynote speaker: Lane Wilkinson, Assistant professor and reference and instruction librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Last year, ARLD Day tackled the rise of mobile devices and their effects on libraries. Now we turn to transliteracy--the skills needed to "communicate meaning between media" as defined by our keynote speaker. From the Beginner's Guide to Transliteracy on the Libraries and Transliteracy blog comes another definition: "the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks." Wilkinson is part of a unique group of academic, public and school librarians who blog, debate and advocate for this emerging concept and what it means in our libraries. Wilkinson asks: "Is [transliteracy] a bold new concept or the current enfant terrible of librarianship?"

Join us on April 27 at ARLD Day 2012 to engage, connect and learn. We will begin the day with a full breakfast and networking, so please join us at 8:30! The day will include breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions, lightning round presentations, and door prizes.

Out of state? Unable to get to ARLD Day? You can still participate in part of ARLD Day through our virtual option for the keynote, Q&A, and Innovators Award presentation!

Questions? Contact Kate Peterson at katep@umn.edu.

March 19, 2012

From the GMR: Lake Effects - April 2012 Registration Open!

Hello, Network Members,

Please join us on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 1pm Central time as Heather Holmes and Susan Fowler present: Mobile Technology from the Perspective of a Hospital Librarian for our Lake Effects series. Two librarians in different settings have integrated mobile resources into their work. Get their perspectives on current barriers and proposed solutions to meet the needs of their patrons.


Heather Holmes is the Clinical Informationist for Summa Health System's Akron City & St. Thomas Hospitals in Akron, Ohio. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Prior to accepting the position at Summa, Heather worked for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, PA, Mount Carmel Hospitals in Columbus, OH and at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. She's presented at several international meetings including the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME), MLA, and was invited to ICML in Brisbane, Australia in 2009. Heather is a 2010 recipient of the National Library of Medicine's Biomedical Informatics fellowship held in Woods Hole, MA, as well as one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers for 2011. The position she currently holds is a newly created one that evolved from the clinical work she's been doing over the past several years. She is also a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Susan Fowler is a clinical librarian at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Her current interests are embedding the delivery of library services in the clinician's virtual environment and developing standards for conducting systematic reviews. Before becoming a librarian, she was a network security engineer and instructor and finds that experience essential in her current field. She finished her Masters in Library Science in 2006 at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has presented on the history, current state, and future of technology in libraries at Medical Library Association conferences. She has volunteered as a Technology Sherpa for the Mid-Continental Medical Library Association conference. She is currently serving as Vice President, President-elect for ICIRN (Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing) and is co-editor of the 26th biannual, Essential Nursing Resources: One Source fo Evidence-Based Nursing Practice due to be released this January. Susan is a 2011 recipient of the National Library of Medicine's Biomedical Informatics fellowship held in Woods Hole, MA at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

To register for this Lake Effects presentation, go to http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration.

And don't forget that these monthly GMR webinars cover a wide variety of topics! In fact, the last one was: Preparing for the Ides of March! Help from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center. View previous recording in our GMR Lake Effects Archive at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/lakeeffects/.


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)
Skype: maxlibris

March 12, 2012

From the GMR: NIH & NCBI launch the Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) - plus other genetic resources

If you haven't seen this:

The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) is a new resource for finding information about genetic tests and test providers. For more information, please see the GTR homepage (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr) & the NIH Press Release (http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2010/od-18.htm).

Additional National Library of Medicine (NLM) information and databases related to genetics include:

  • Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.
  • Human Genome Resources works to piece together and analyze the plethora of data being generated through the Human Genome Project
  • NCBI Educational Resources include tutorials, workshops, manuals and guides
  • Bookshelf provides free access to books and documents in life science and healthcare including GeneReviews - and can be added to a Library's Linkout program

Linked from and searchable through NLM:

Going to MLA in Seattle? Win a free lunch from Midwest Chapter!

The Midwest Chapter/MLA's 2012 "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 Seattle, Washington on Sunday, May 20th. See http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/ for information and application instructions. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2012.

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 (http://mlanet.org/am/am2012/pdf/mla12_preliminaryprogram.pdf). Additional information on each topic is available on Chapter Council website: http://www.chaptercouncil.mlanet.org/roundtables/index.html.

*Applicants must be Midwest Chapter/MLA Members. Not a member? Go here to join:https://www.acteva.com/go/midwestchapter
*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 $38 and must be pre-paid by the applicant.
*The two winners will be reimbursed $38 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.

March 9, 2012

From the GMR: Online Emergency Preparedness Class - 3/23

10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning
Friday, March 23rd, at noon CDT

Offered for the first time online in the Greater Midwest Region, this two-hour course is part of NN/LM's Emergency Preparedness & Response initiative. The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness and response planning and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness specifically for medical librarians. Participants will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and via the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.

Spaces are limited, so register today at: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

See you online.

March 7, 2012

From the GMR: What's new on The Cornflower through February 2012


Here is a list of the latest articles on the GMR blog, The Cornflower, through February, 2012.


Mobile Resources from the NLM

Save the Date -- Midwest Chapter/MLA 2012 in Rochester

PubMed for Trainers in Chicago

2012 HigherEd Edition of the Horizon Report is out!

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
312.996-2226 FAX

March 6, 2012

From the GMR: There is still time to register for Preparing for the Ides of March!

Hello, Network Members,

There is still time to register for this month's Lake Effects which will be presented by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS, Librarian with Aquilent, Inc., Supporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division Disaster Information Management Research Center. You may remember Siobhan from her work at our sister region, the MidContinental. Siobhan was the force behind creating the NN/LM blog: Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC), http://nnlm.gov/bhic/.

Appropriately titled for a March 15th presentation:

Preparing for the Ides of March! Help from the NLM Disaster Information
Management Research Center (DIMRC) (March 15, 2012)

Don't wait to register!


March 5, 2012

From the GMR: Become a GMR Sponsored Site for the MLA Webcast Apr 18th

FYI: The Health Sciences Libraries at the U of M is planning to apply to be a host site. There is another sponsorship available, so sites outside the Twin Cities metro (St. Cloud, Duluth, Rochester?) should apply!


The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of webcast sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast:

Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., CT
For more information on the webcast, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/techtrends/

For detailed information on how to become a sponsored site, visit:
(Steps are also listed below. Feel free to forward this email.)

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for each MLA Webinar. As only a limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees. Please note that the GMR will be covering the costs for Site Participation only, not Individual Participation.

The deadline to submit your registration and supplemental information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 23, 2012. Announcements will be made to all applicants by Wednesday, March 28th.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership. An additional point is available for leading a wrap-around session.

Application steps to become a sponsored site:
1. Access the MLA Webcast registration form:
2. Complete and sign the form without payment information (do not check any boxes)
3. Send the form to the GMR either via fax (312-996-2226) or email (gmr4u@uic.edu)
4. Include information on expected attendees and promotion of the event
5. Email Holly Burt (may be done in conjunction with 3 and/or 4) with your contact email address, LIBID, additional contacts/coordinator and if there are extenuating circumstances and you will be unable to broadcast on March 18th
6. Again, the deadline to submit registration and supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 23, 2012

Please contact me if you have any questions about becoming an MLA webcast site or being sponsored by the GMR.

Thank you for participating in this MLA educational program.

March 2, 2012

Call for Librarian Selectors for Doody's Core Titles 2012

Doody's is looking for Librarian Selectors for 2012. It's a nice opportunity to contribute to the profession, and you do earn AHIP points now. More information below.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions, or contact Anne Hennessy.


Jim Bulger, MLIS
Manager, Library Services
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
800 E. 28th Street - 14001
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Contact Info: Anne Hennessy, anne@doody.com

Important Dates:

  • March 9th until March 25th - Librarians select titles in their specialties

  • March 30th until April 15th - Librarians score titles and pick the Essential Purchase Titles in their specialties. (However, the system will notify librarians to begin scoring in a specialty as soon as all of the librarians have made their selections in that specialty, so some specialties are done in a much shorter time frame.)

Core Title Selection Process
Scope: The 2012 edition of DCT covers 121 specialties in

  • Clinical Medicine

  • Nursing

  • Basic Science

  • Allied Health

  • Other Associated Disciplines

Audience: Doody's Core Titles is aimed primarily at medical, nursing, and allied health librarians around the world who are charged with making the book buying decisions for their libraries within budget guidelines.

Definition: A core title is a book or software title that represents essential knowledge needed by professionals or students in a given discipline and is highly recommended for the collection of a library that serves health sciences professionals. By definition the list of core titles in any specialty should not change dramatically each year, but the list must be updated to reflect new editions and new titles and to eliminate out-of-print and outdated titles.

Selectors: More than 200 professionals participated in the selection of the titles appearing in last year's edition of Doody's Core Titles, 95 Content Specialists and 115 collection development medical librarians who voluntarily served as Librarian Selectors.

Process: A four-step process results in the selection of the titles appearing on the Doody's Core Titles list. All selection and scoring processes take place online.

1) Content Specialists in each of the 121 specialties made initial selections of core titles for each specialty (going on now).

2) A panel of up to three Librarian Selectors in each specialty review the selections made by the Content Specialist and can add titles to the list.

3) Librarians score each title on the final list, rating each one on a scale of 0 - 3 on five different key collection development criteria.

4) Librarians indicate which titles in each specialty are Essential Purchase Titles. Essential Purchase Titles are defined as those titles recommended for purchase by a small medical library with a limited annual book-buying budget.

Resources: To assist Librarians in their responsibilities and to make

  • the selection and scoring process as convenient and time-efficient as possible, the web-based tools built for the selection process include access to these information sources:

  • the titles that appeared on the 2011 Edition of Doody's Core Titles

  • access to an aggregated database of all titles and reviews in Doody's Book Review Service

  • the web sites of the three major medical book distributors, Amazon.com, Google

AHIP Points: Librarian Selectors are eligible for 3 AHIP points per year for working on Doody's Core Titles. (Full details available at http://www.mlanet.org/academy/pointindex.html)

List of open specialties (as of today)

Emergency Medical Services
Occupational Therapy
Veterinary Medicine

Cell Biology/Histology
Molecular Biology

Endocrinology/Metabolic Disease
Endocrinology/Metabolic Disease
Diagnostic Radiology
Family Practice
Medical Education & Informatics
Medical Ethics
Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Public Health
Pediatric Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Trauma Surgery
Vascular Surgery

Advanced Practice
Home Care

Doody Enterprises, Inc.
Anne V. Hennessy | Editor in Chief | Doody Enterprises, Inc.
1100 Lake St. Suite LL 25, Oak Park, IL 60301
PH 312.239.6228 | FX 312.546.8010 | anne@doody.com