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September 26, 2012

Only ten days until Midwest Chapter in Rochester!

MLAconferenceLogo small.gifOnly ten days until the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting Rochester, MN! We've had great registration numbers, and we're looking forward to an amazing conference. You can still register, if you haven't already! The conference is reasonably-priced and covers almost all meals.

Our stellar program features keynote addresses from internationally-renowned speaker e-Patient Dave, as well as Rose Prissel, R.D., L.D. (clinical dietician at the Mayo Clinic) and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic). The Technology Forum presents a panel of experts to discuss licensing, and your colleagues will present 41 papers and posters. You also have until September 30th to register for one of our 5 CE classes on minority outreach, linked data, thinking like a doctor, and more! the conference is full of opportunities to connect, learn, and

Keep an eye on the conference blog for constantly-updated information about conference events, things to do and see in Rochester, helpful tips, and much more. The conference website is also a rich source of information.

The connections you make with your regional colleagues at the meeting are an incredibly valuable source of support throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you in Rochester!

September 18, 2012

SLA event on crafting your message to achieve awareness and support

HSLM members are invited to attend!

Registration is open for SLA-MN's annual continuing education program. Professional Development Chairs Elizabeth Meylor and Julie Weston bring us "Use Your Influence! Crafting Your Message to Achieve Awareness & Support" 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Southdale Public Library.

Plan to attend this interactive workshop to learn to influence others through a communication styles assessment, exercises and an introduction to powerful influence tools. You will leave with a personal influencing plan that fits your style and the needs unique to your work environment. Cheryl Leitschuh, a leadership development consultant, will lead the program. Learn more about Leitschuh at http://career-future.com. This just might be what you need to convince your organization's key decision-makers to hire more staff, invest in a new resource or support your professional development.

Please find more details and register at http://bit.ly/NZoVRR. Space is limited so please register by Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Please contact me with any questions!

Dru E. Frykberg | Librarian
Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 St. Paul MN 55101
Direct: 651-259-7177 TTY: 651-296-3900
Intranet: http://library.deed.state.mn.us

September 7, 2012

From the GMR: What's New on the Cornflower for August 2012

Hello, Network Members!

If you haven't already seen these posts on the GMR blog, The Cornflower, take a look:

Connect with Information Connections

The Authoritative Guide to NLM Mobile Resources

Do you use Google Maps?


Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region

September 6, 2012

From the GMR: Practice-Based Research Networks

Network members,

The GMR is interested to know if any librarians in our region are working with one of the Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) in our region. The PBRN Registry on the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) indicates that there are networks in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The registry is found at: http://pbrn.ahrq.gov/portal/server.pt/community/practice_based_research_networks_%28pbrn%29__pbrn_information/855

We want to learn more about the potential for librarians to play a role supporting research in practice settings. If you know of someone who is working with health practitioners that belong to one of these networks, please me know.

Please send replies directly to Ruth Holst at: rholst@uic.edu.

Thank you. Ruth

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

September 5, 2012

From the GMR: Online CE on Practicum Programs for Library School Students

September GMR Lake Effects: Practicum Programs for Library School Students

A practicum is an excellent way for students to gain work experience and explore career options in a wide variety of professional library settings. Our speakers will discuss the programs that their institutions offer and describe how students may benefit from these programs.

Your presenters will be:

Will Buntin:
Assistant Director of Student Affairs,
University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science
Lexington, KY

Jonna Peterson
Reference Services Manager and Clinical Reference Librarian,
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Il.

Rebecca Raszewski
Assistant Information Services Librarian & Assistant Professor,
University of IL. at Chicago- Library of the Health Sciences

Ruth Holst
Associate Director,
Greater Midwest Region at National Network of Libraries of Medicine
University of IL. at Chicago- Library of the Health Sciences

Register today at http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration
Date: September 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm Central time

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

MN Chapter SLA event at the Mpls Institute of Arts

Registration is open for the Minnesota Chapter of SLA program, "The Special Library as an Information Commons," 4:30-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. SLA member Jill Strand and her co-presenters will discuss how the special library as an "information commons" can contribute to an organization's mission and financial success. Their session was featured at last year's Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference. In addition, there will be a tour of the museum library. Learn more and register by Monday, Sept. 10 at http://bit.ly/OrxRvn.

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.

September 4, 2012

Midwest Chapter Meeting - Call for Volunteers

The 2012 Midwest Chapter meeting is almost here and the time has come to solicit volunteers from HSLM to staff the joint hospitality/registration desk and to serve as room monitors for two CE sessions.

Hospitality/Registration hours are as follows:

Saturday, October 6:
7:30am - 6pm

Sunday, October 7:
7:30am - 6pm

Monday, October 8:
7:30am - 3:30pm

Duties include: checking attendees in and distributing conference materials, answer questions about local concerns and meeting specifics. We'd like to have 2 volunteers per shift. Each shift will be for 2 hours.

We also need volunteers to serve as room monitors for 2 CE sessions:

Saturday, October 6 from 1-5pm
Tuesday, October from 8am-2pm

Room monitors will assist with set-up, introduce the instructor(s), monitor time and other duties.

Further information on duties will be distributed at a later date.

Please send your availability to volunteer to Lisa McGuire. Lisa will also need your contact information (cell phone too please).

Thank you!

From the GMR: New Genetics Education Resource

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd. Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 - 12 to learn genetics.

GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as:

  • Cell Biology

  • DNA

  • Genes

  • Chromosomes

  • Heredity/Inheritance Patterns

  • Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment

  • Genetic Conditions

  • Evolution

  • Biostatistics

  • Biotechnology

  • DNA Forensics

  • Top Issues in Genetics

Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research.

The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHRGI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Specialty pages including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments highlight those tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.

Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics along with links to different careers related to the science of Genetics.

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