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August 31, 2012

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE to register for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting, Oct 6-9 in Rochester, MN!

The early registration deadline for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is almost here! This is going to be an AMAZING conference, and right in our backyard. Don't wait! Register today!

Please join us in Rochester, Minnesota for the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2012: Growing Opportunities

Conference Web Site: http://midwestmla.org/conference2012/

When: October 6-9, 2012

Where: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota.

The conference hotel room rate is $119 per night and includes free wi-fi. Further information about the hotel, including reservations: http://midwestmla.org/conference2012/hotel.html Book now to guarantee a room!

Conference Highlights include:

  • Keynote: Participatory Medicine and Patient Advocacy - E-Patient Dave (David deBronkart)

  • Keynote : Food as a Part of Healthy Living (Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D., co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks, and Tim Cockram, Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center)

  • Technology Forum: Licensing - A Plain English Overview

  • CE Classes include:

    • Getting Started with Information Outreach in Minority Communities (4cr)

    • Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries & Health (4cr)

    • Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Libraries on the Front Lines(4cr)

    • LINKED: an Intro to the Semantic Web for Medical Librarians and Biomedical Information Professionals(4cr)

    • Think Like a Doctor (6cr)

View the program: http://midwestmla.org/conference2012/program.html

Register for the conference: http://midwestmla.org/conference2012/registration.html

Dates To Remember:

  • September 7th - Early registration deadline for the conference; prices increase $50 after this date.
  • September 13th - Deadline to make hotel reservations
  • October 6th - Conference!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Rochester, MN

1. Keynote Speaker E-Patient Dave, an internationally-recognized speaker on participatory medicine and personal health data rights. Pose a question to Dave before the conference to help shape his talk.

2. Keynote Speakers Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D. (co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks), and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic) will do a cooking demonstration and talk about how food supports healthy living and how we can support these information needs.

3. Technology Forum on E-Licensing: get a plain English overview from a panel of three licensing experts from across the region - invaluable for staff from smaller libraries!

4. CE courses - Think Like a Doctor, Information Outreach in Minority Communities, Mobile Technologies, and more. CEs start at only $65!

5. Papers - From community disaster preparedness to disambiguated authors to strategies for distance education, come learn what your colleagues are up to and take ideas back to your organization.

6. Posters - Find out why a cake pan has a call number and where the hidden treasures are.

7. Exhibits - Talk with representatives from more than 18 vendors about how their products can help you stay on the cutting edge.

8. Networking - Take advantage of a smaller conference to make meaningful new connections and renew old ones with health information professionals across the region.

9. Sample Minnesota - Get a taste of Minnesota beer at the exhibitors' reception, see historic Rochester by trolley, and tour the Mayo Clinic and St. Marys Hospital Libraries.

10. Reasonable costs: $250 for the conference (includes almost all meals!) and $119/night for the conference hotel. Make your reservations through the conference site to get the discounted rate!

See you in Rochester!

August 30, 2012

From the GMR: PubMed Online Classes Available

Hello Folks,

We are offering TWO PubMed Courses online this Fall.

Making PubMed Work for You
If you've never taken a PubMed class online or it's been awhile since you've participated in a PubMed course, then Making PubMed Work for You if for you. This three-week course is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that takes advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. Spend about one hour a week, taking this course at your own pace via Moodle. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search results, Details, My NCBI collections, Searching with MeSH, and the Special Topics interface options.
Join us from September 10- October 1, 2012 for 3.5 MLA CE.

Keeping Up with PubMed
This NEW four-week course for the experienced PubMed searcher builds on the information covered in Making PubMed Work for You. This class will focus on the effective use of advanced PubMed features including MeSH headings and subheadings, subset and filter options including My NCBI Filters,saving search strategies, creating journal searches, and linking to libraries and full text sources.
Join us from September 24- October 22, 2012 for 5 MLA CE.

Register online with the GMR registration system at:

See you online and feel free to email me directly with any questions.

P.S. These classes will be offered again in 2013.


Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, AHIP
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

August 28, 2012

From the GMR: FUNDING: Women's Health Sept 10 deadline

In case you are not on medlib-l, please see this funding opportunity. If interested, please respond directly via the links below.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are partnering to increase the awareness and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and their 27 Institutes and Centers through the Women's Health Resources Portal through a funding opportunity.

The purpose of the Women's Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals. Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resource on sex and gender difference basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women's Health Resources Portal that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources.

The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between university / college and their library, specifically medical and Health libraries, to students and faculty to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting. University and colleges libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals must be received by September 10, 2012 at 12:00 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time). To find more information about this funding opportunity, see the links below:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside

2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open

Janice E. Kelly
Chief, Outreach and Special Populations Branch
National Library of Medicine
Specialized Information Services
6707 Democracy Blvd
Two Democracy Plaza, Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
Phone: 301-443-5886
Fax: 301-480-3537

August 24, 2012

From the GMR: More changes to PubMed (NLM Technical Bulletin Update)

Especially for those not subscribed to the NLM Technical Bulletin and who search for drugs and chemicals, there are some important changes coming.

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jul-Aug 2012, A New System of Registry Number Identifiers for Chemicals in the MeSH Database
08/22/2012 12:16 PM EDT

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Substance Registration System (SRS) - Unique Ingredient Identifiers (UNIIs) are being introduced into the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary starting with the 2013 MeSH Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs). The UNIIs are an integral part of the FDA Substance Registration System. They appear in several databases such as the Veterans Administration National Drug File Reference Terminology, the USP Dictionary of United States Adopted Names (USAN) and International Drug Names (INN), and the RxNorm database. Each UNII is a unique series of ten characters that includes a check digit to ensure data integrity.

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jul-Aug 2012, Retrieving History of Medicine Citations in MEDLINE/PubMed
08/22/2012 12:15 PM EDT

Searching PubMed for articles relating to the history of medicine has become easier with the introduction of the new PubMed left hand filter sidebar. The filter sidebar allows users to easily select different filters to apply to a PubMed search.

August 15, 2012

Friday Deadline for Awards to Support Midwest Chapter Conference Attendance

Of special note to HSLM members - a reminder that the application deadline for the Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Scholarships and Professional Development Awards is THIS FRIDAY, August 17th!

The awards are a GREAT opportunity for students and HSLM members who have not attended a chapter meeting before. These $500 awards will cover a very good portion of the total cost of attendance, since you don't have to worry about airfare to attend the Chapter Meeting in Rochester.

The Chapter is offering:

* Two Annual Meeting Scholarships ($500 each) to support attendance of students at the chapter's annual meeting.

* Two Professional Development Awards ($500 each) to support first-time attendance of members at the chapter's annual meeting.

See midwestmla.org/committees/awards/ for more information and application forms. The deadline to apply/nominate for the other two awards (the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award and the Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award) is September 7th. If you have any questions, contact Liz Fine Weinfurter - eweinfur@umn.edu, 612-624-6492

August 8, 2012

New issue of the Mayo Clinic Libraries newsletter

A new issue of the Mayo Clinic Libraries online newsletter is available -- check it out at

August 3, 2012

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

Hello, Network Members,

Have you seen the latest from the GMR blog, The Cornflower?

Acquainting Michigan Dietitians with MedlinePlus

Native Voices

Do you have news to share with the Greater Midwest Region? A new project, perhaps? Send an email to the blog editor, leskovec@uic.edu, for more information on how to share your news on the GMR blog.

Editor, The Cornflower

August 2, 2012

From the GMR: Lake Effects Webinar 8/16/12: Drug Information and Chemical Data

August GMR Lake Effects: Drug Information and Chemical Data at Your Fingertips

Have you wondered how to easily search for drug information? Have you ever needed think like a pharmacy librarian? To become a more efficient researcher in this important area, join us on August 16th at 1pm CT. Our one hour session will examine specialized searches in PubMed, explore the Drug Information Portal and linked resources, and investigate the PubChem and ChemIDplus databases. Your presenter will be Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator of the NN/LM GMR.

Register today at http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration
Date: August 16, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm Central time
Supporting materials: NN/LM trifold brochure: All About Drugs @ NLM

Also, visit the GMR Online Education page at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/online.html for other upcoming and recorded Online classes.

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 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226