July 16, 2008

Free NLM Training in Minneapolis in September


There will be two free hands-on online database classes offered in Minneapolis at the Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall, 505 Essex Street SE, University of Minnesota available to all US residents. The local contact is Martha Hardy, 612 624-3128,
Please do not contact Martha to register for the class, see the link below.

The NLM Gateway and (3.5 MLA CE Hours) will be on Monday, September 15, 2008 from 1:00 to 4:30pm. The NLM Gateway & Clinical Trails database is of particular interest to public and consumer health librarians and all health information consumers

The PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours) class will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

There have been many recent enhancements to PubMed®, including:
*Additions to “My NCBI? to allow for customize of your display, choosing your own filters, saving citations and generating automatic email alerts from PubMed®.
*Citation “sensors?.
*NEW “Automatic term mapping?.
*NEW Advanced search

All these classes are intended for health sciences library staff, public librarians, health professionals and anyone interested in using the National Library of Medicine databases which are renowned.

These classes are taught by two trainers from the National Training Center & Clearinghouse, 800-338-7657 (press 2), of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Library of Medicine. All training materials will be provided free of charge.

To register for this class, please go to:

December 21, 2007

Employment Opportunity at the Bio-Medical Library

The Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota is currently recruiting applicants for a new associate director position. Details on the job can be found here.

September 18, 2007

Library 2.0 documents online

For those of you who missed the Library 2.0 summit that was sponsored by HSLM, the presentation documents are now posted online at the summit's web site . You can check out photos from the day as well.

Martha Hardy of the University of Minnesota's Bio-Medical Library has offered up her perspective on the summit here.

August 1, 2007

My Health Minnesota - Go Local publiciity

The Twin Cities media has been covering the launch of the My Health Minnesota Go Local web site.

The Fox affiliate, Channel 9, ran a story on the launch featuring Karla Block. You can view it at:

The ABC affiliate, Channel 5, did a live interview with HSL Library director Linda Watson during their 6am newscast on 7/31/07.

June 21, 2007


Jim Bulger from Allina suggested that HSLM put forth a statemen regarding JCAHO considering eliminating the library standard.

I would like to hear from the board and membership as to whether we should put forth a statement. This is the note Jim forwarded to me:

-----Original Message-----
From: NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Health Science Librarians
[mailto:GMRLIST@UIC.EDU] On Behalf Of Ruth Holst
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 4:26 PM
Subject: [GMRLIST] JCAHO and Hospital Library Standards

If you are concerned about the elimination of the Library-related
standards in the Joint Commission's standards documents, please send
your comments using the survey tool below.

Thank you,

> As you may be aware, the JCAHO is in the process of what they are
> calling a "Standards Improvement Initiative (SII)", which includes the
> deletion of IM.4.10 (Information-Based Decision Making) and IM.5.10
> (Knowledge-Based Information). The elimination of both standards is
> detrimental to medical libraries, which in turn is detrimental to our
> patrons providing quality patient care services. Carla Funk and Kathy
> Stemmer-Frumento, MLA JCAHO Liaison, will be attending the annual
> Liaison Symposium next month, where we will be discussing this
> decision. MLA will also be sending a letter to them expressing our
concerns with these changes.
> In the meantime, please let JCAHO know of your disapproval by
> completing the proposed changes survey
> > ive.htm>
> erspective.htm . Please also include comments in the boxes provided.
> Just remember to word your comments in a positive way. We are calling

> on all members to respond, even if you work in an academic library and

> especially if you are affiliated with a teaching hospital. Encourage
> your administrators to respond, too.

Ruth Holst
Associate Director, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region University of Illinois
at Chicago 1750 W. Polk Street, MC763 Chicago, IL 60612-4330
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226

June 1, 2006

About HSLM

Welcome to the new blog for HSLM (Health Science Libraries of Minnesota). This blog replaces our former web site at

What is HSLM?

Begun in 1992, HSLM represents individuals and groups concerned with health care information access and services in Minnesota.

Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns, HSLM encourages connections between all users and providers of health care information.

With input from its diverse membership, HSLM strives to confront and shape the future of health information in Minnesota.

What does HSLM do?

Through its services to members, HSLM supports continuing education, professional development, and networking.

Services and programs include:

* A quarterly electronic newsletter, The Health Informer
* Share information through the HSLM listserv
* Membership Directory
* Job Announcements
* Annual meeting exploring current topics in health care information
* Collaboration with other local-, state-, and national-level library association meetings and events

HSLM also gives a voice to its members through its support of legislation and standards of practice.