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June 25, 2012

Blue Cross Foundation Launches "Public Libraries for Health"

New program supports health-related programs through Minnesota's libraries

EAGAN, Minn. (June 20, 2012) -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is accepting proposals for a new program that is designed to engage public libraries in improving the health of residents in low-income communities. The Foundation will fund up to four grants of up to $50,000 each. Proposals are due by noon on July 20, 2012.

"Public libraries are trusted institutions with strong community ties," said Stacey Millett, senior program officer. "They are in a unique position to help communities achieve health equity in effective and creative ways."

The program is part of a larger health equity initiative launched in 2011 that seeks to ensure that all Minnesotans have an equal opportunity to live a healthy life regardless of income, education, race and other socioeconomic factors that affect health.

Interested organizations must meet the legal definition of a Minnesota-based public library or Minnesota-based public library service as defined in Minnesota state statutes. The Foundation will strive for geographic reach around the state with the four grants in communities with a significant population of low-income households. Strong consideration will be given to public library applicants working with a local community partner.

For complete guidelines and to apply, visit bcbsmnfoundation.org.

June 22, 2012

HSLM Officers: 2012-2013

Here are the HSLM officers for 2012-13:

Chair: Wendy Roehlke (wroehlke@ucare.org)
Chair-Elect: Andrew Crow (Andrew.Crow@allina.com)
Past Chair: Nicole Theis-Mahon (theis025@umn.edu)
Secretary: Jacqueline Linn (jrwlinn@usiwireless.com)
Treasurer/Membership: Doreen Roberts (DRoberts@slhduluth.com)

Program Co-Chairs: Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu) and Amy Claussen (akla0002@umn.edu)

Blog/Newsletter editor: Lisa McGuire (lmcguire@umn.edu)
GMR Representative: Liz Fine Weinfurter (eweinfur@umn.edu)

HSLM Contacts: 2012-2013

For general information on HSLM, please contact the current Chair:
Wendy Roehlke (wroehlke@ucare.org)

For membership or treasury questions, please contact:
Doreen Roberts, Treasurer/Membership (DRoberts@slhduluth.com)

For questions about our blog, or blog submissions, please contact:
Lisa McGuire, blog/newsletter editor (lmcguire@umn.edu)
Liz Fine Weinfurter, GMR Representative (eweinfur@umn.edu)

June 21, 2012

From the GMR: IOM Roundtable on Health Lit Discussion Paper released

Hi all,

The latest discussion paper, Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations has been released.



From the GMR: NLM Native Voices iPad App

Hi all,

To give users a virtual experience of its new exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness, NLM has created Native Voices iPad app.

The app presents video interviews with tribal elders, healers and other prominent people who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a combination of both.
From their unique experiences and perspectives, they weave a tapestry of stories of the vibrant and diverse cultures and medicine ways of Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.

Other video clips provide an exhibition overview and highlights of the 4,400-mile journey of the totem pole specially created for the exhibition.

The Native Voices app works on all iPads with iOS4.2 and higher. To download the free app, go to the Apple iTunes store and type in "NLM Native Voices."

Thank you,


June 20, 2012

From the GMR: Stipend for APHA Annual Meeting from Sewell Fund

Please see the following opportunity regarding the APHA Annual Meeting.

(Apologies for cross postings)

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 11 librarians in 2012. This year's APHA meeting will take place in San Francisco, CA from October 27 - 31, 2012. Its theme is Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for application is Friday July 27, 2012, 5pm EST. For more information and an application form, go to http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/2012/sewell-stipend-2012/

For more information on the 2012 APHA meeting see http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/.

For more information on the Sewell Fund, see http://www.sewellfund.org/.

The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians' identification with medical and health care professionals. Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001. Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

"Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing...The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs." (Feili Tu)

"Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything...for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the 'agendas' of the interested parties..." (Kristin Kroger)

"Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian....It was an incredible learning experience." (Manju Tanwar)

"The fact that I'm working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn't realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty." (Amber Burtis)

"As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons' needs" (Peggy Gross)

"I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution's public health program." (Laure Zeigen)

We look forward to reading your application!


Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH
Public Health Informationist
University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System
Chair, Client Relations Committee Public Health/ Health Administration Section Medical Library Association folb@pitt.edu

June 14, 2012

From the GMR: GMR Lake Effects webcast 6/21/12 - PubMed: the Changes Continue

Join us on Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 1-2 pm CT for the GMR Lake Effects webinar as we again focus on PubMed. Discover what's new and what's up as we examine the latest alterations to the PubMed interface. 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* at http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/online.html for other upcoming Online classes.

Additionally, there is still room in the August 7th in-person class in Cincinnati on TOXNET. Learn about the Household Products Database, Hazardous Substance Databank (including animal toxicity studies), LactMed (drugs affecting lactating mothers and breastfed infants) and ToxMap (find out what's been reported spilled in your neighborhood). Register at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/online.html.

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: GMR has Technology Coordinator position opening

Network Members
Here is a great opportunity to work with colleagues throughout the region and play with new technologies at the same time. Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested in applying. Ruth

Program Coordinator: Technology
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) is seeking a knowledgeable, outgoing, energetic librarian to fill the Technology Coordinator position. The GMR is located in the Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Technology Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing the technology program for the ten-state Greater Midwest Region (GMR). This position serves as a consultant to network members, identifying strategies for promoting awareness and use of new technologies to support improved access to electronic health information for librarians, health professionals, and the public. The Technology Coordinator collaborates with staff from the other NN/LM regions to develop and maintain the NN/LM Intranet and public web site. Other responsibilities include the development of classes and presentations on emerging technologies; exhibiting at meetings of librarians and health professionals; supporting recipients of technology awards; and contributing information about new technologies to the GMR blog and other regional and state publications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in Library/Information Sciences. Two to five years' experience working with or in libraries, preferably health sciences libraries. Experience with NLM databases and services. Demonstrated knowledge of web design. Working knowledge of Drupal, HTML, and CSS. Experience with a variety of operating and network systems. Teaching and curriculum development experience, including distance education instruction. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Willingness to travel. Ability to transport and set up exhibit materials.

SALARY/CONTRACT: Professional academic staff appointments in the UIC Library begin at $55,000, but the salary is commensurate with experience; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 days 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 Friday, July 6, 2012. All applicants must submit an online application through jobs.uic.edu. To apply, click on the following link:


Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
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

June 12, 2012

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through May, 2012

Hello, Network Members,

Here's the latest from the GMR blog, The Cornflower. You may have seen our Facebook post on RML Social Media sites on the NLM website. If not, check out other ways to connect with NLM and NN/LM. The URLs are: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/socialmedia/social_nnlm.html and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/socialmedia/index.html.

Joan Zivich named to MLA's Hospital Libraries Section Scroll of Exemplary Service

Rural Health Mobilizes

Healthy People Tools for Working in the Community

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

June 4, 2012

From the GMR: HRSA Health Literacy Video


The Health Resources and Services Administration has released a 7 minute video: How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity. This video offers a helpful introduction for all healthcare providers on how culture, language and health literacy support the elimination of disparities and promote health equity.


Samanthi Hewakapuge

Reminder: Register for HSLM Workshop and Annual Meeting

A friendly reminder!

Registration for the June 15, 2012 HSLM continuing education workshop closes June 12th!

Please use the form at the bottom of this message to register.

Workshop: Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy.

Where: Allina Hospitals & Clinics Library Services

Allina Commons, Room 008

Midtown Exchange

2925 Chicago Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55407

Map and Directions

The HSLM Annual Meeting will be held in the afternoon. Beverages, a light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Agenda for the Day:

8:15-8:45 AM: Registration and light breakfast/coffee

8:45 AM - 12:45 PM: Workshop

12:45 - 1:30: Lunch

1:30 - 3:30: HSLM Annual Meeting

3:30 - 4:00 PM: HSLM Board Meeting

We offer this event free of charge to current HSLM members.

Non-HSLM members may attend the workshop for $30.00. Please send checks made out to HSLM to: Doreen Roberts, Medical Librarian, St. Luke’s Hospital, 915 E. 1st St., Duluth, MN 55811

To join HSLM, please fill out the form found here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lmcguire/hslm/2009HSLMMembershipForm-1.doc and mail it to the HSLM treasurer, per the instructions provided.

If you have any questions or are unable to fill out the online registration, please email Amy Claussen (akla0002@umn.edu) or Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu).

See you on June 15th! Amy Claussen and Anne Beschnett