One month left! Get a GMR grant to help your library and your patrons!

Have you gotten any free money lately?  No?  Well, there’s still time to apply for an NNLM GMR grant!  There are even more grants now, giving you more opportunities for funding.  See http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/ for more information

This year’s grants include:

Award Type Description Maximum Award Submission Deadline

Community College Library

Promote projects that encourage the use of the products and services of the National Library of Medicine by community college librarians. $2,500 March 14, 2014

Community Engagement

Improve access to biomedical information for specific community populations by designing, implementing, planning and/or evaluating smaller scale outreach projects. $4,500 March 14, 2014

Exhibit and Event

Exhibit at health programs, fairs and related events sponsored by local and state health associations, community organizations, academic institutions, and library associations. $1,200 Rolling

Hospital Library

Propose projects that demonstrate emerging roles of hospital librarians or expand the involvement of library staff in hospital-wide initiatives. $4,500 March 14, 2014

Student Outreach

Allows GMR graduate library and information students to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Midwest. $1,000 Closed

Target Project

Fund projects that address specific identified needs of the current NN/LM contract, such as community research, evidence-based librarianship, e-science, health information technologies, and minority populations. $15,000 March 14, 2014

Technology Improvement

Improve knowledge-based information services to health professionals and health care consumers through the application of technologies. $4,500 March 14, 2014

Free CE: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines is a five week course that focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities. This includes both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. 6 MLA CE. CHIS Level II approved. http://nnlm.gov/training/patientsafety/
Dates: Monday March 17, 2014 – April 18, 2014

FREE CE! Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

This four-week specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature on chemicals, drugs and genetics. Topics include searching PubMed with Supplementary Concept Records (SCR) and Pharmacologic Actions (PA), using related databases for drug and chemical information (e.g. ClincalTrials.gov, TOXNET, and PubChem Compound), and locating genetic literature (e.g. NCBI Gene and Genetics Home Reference). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed.
Earn 6 MLA CE.
Dates: February 10 – March 7, 2014

There is no cost to take our asynchronous courses.  Take it at your own pace, spending about and one to two hours a week at the time of your convenience via our our Moodle system. Register online with the GMR registration system at:
http://go.usa.gov/bBzC

Contact Holly Burt with any questions! haburt at uic dot edu.

Deadline approaching: MLA Rising Stars- NOV. 1

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. The one-year leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

  • learning how MLA succeeds through the volunteer efforts of its members;
  • the roles of the MLA Board and staff; and
  • project management skills applied to an actual MLA project.

Application and information can be found online at: http://www.mlanet.org/pdf/awards/20130827_rising_star_app.doc

Applications are due November 1, 2013.

Also, if your chapter, section, or committee is interested in submitting a project for the program, the host/mentor application can be found online at: http://www.mlanet.org/pdf/awards/20130827_rising_star_host_app.doc

Host/Mentor applications are also due November 1, 2013.

W. Oct 16- FREE Online Conference- The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries

See more at: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/reinventinglibraries/


The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal | School Library Journal Online Event
October 16, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ETOur 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs.The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more!

Our expert speakers and panelists will present innovative ideas and actionable solutions for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public.

Program tracks will focus on three key areas:

 Community: Programming, Support, and Resource Sharing

 Instruction: Helping Students and Patrons Learn

 New Collections, New Content: Beyond the Container

This free, full-day online event will feature an inspiring keynote on“Libraries and Connected Learning” from professor, anthropologist, and author Mimi Ito; a forward-looking panel of thought leaders from the DPLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gates Library Foundation, IMLS, and ALA; and a Who’s Who of library professionals from across the US and Canada.

Sessions include:

 Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC: Professional Development Evolves

 Flipped School Libraries

 The Community Joins In: Library Maker Spaces

 eCollections: Beyond Novelty – Focusing in on Collection
Development, Self-Publishing, and eMagazines

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

 The Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations
from our sponsors

 The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from
across the globe

 A Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and
promotional information you want

Registration for the live event is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives on demand, including the presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!

Call for submissions: MLA ’14 in Chicago!

Call for Participation, MLA ’14 “Building Our Information Future“, May 16-21, 2014, Chicago.

Be inspired to think how you can be an architect of a health information landscape that responds to the challenges of growth and an ever-evolving environment.  How will you design your blueprint for the information future? What tools will you need? What skills will be required? How will you know if what you construct is useful?  The Medical Library Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting will offer you an opportunity to plan and style an information future that reflects expanding roles to reach new heights. The 2014 National Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster that reflects on the best ideas for the future of information practices in health sciences librarianship. To begin, review the instructions in the paper/poster FAQ at: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/sect_prog/index.html  and then log in to the online submission process.  Abstracts are due November 1, 2013.

Make plans to join your colleagues for MLA’14 in Chicago to build your information future at the largest meeting of medial librarians and heath sciences information professionals in the world!  In January, preliminary programs will be mailed to MLA members and meeting registration will officially open. For more information see: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/index.html

Continuing Education: Opportunities at MidwestMLA ’13

Looking for some cheap and convenient continuing education?  Sign up for sessions at MidwestMLA ’13!  Midwest Chapter members and HSLI members only pay $75 per course (students only pay $50!), and we have some great offerings this year!  Sign up when you register for the conference at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/registration/ .  Space is limited, so sign up early!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Planning, Conducting, & Publishing Research (4 hours)
Instructors: Nancy Allee & Jo Dorsch
This 4-hour course will provide an introduction to the research process with an emphasis on health sciences library settings. Participants will build their research skills by gaining an understanding of the processes involved in taking a project from initial idea creation to final publication. We will discuss identifying research design types and methodologies, generating ideas and formulating research questions, conducting literature reviews, evaluating research articles, gathering and analyzing data, and reporting of results. The course will also provide practical advice on how to get published in library science journals. Participants will leave with a proposal for planning, conducting, and publishing a research project at their own institution.

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe (4 hours)
Instructor: Holly Burt & Cleo Pappas (GMR)
This four-hour course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice. We will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, and the critical appraisal of the evidence. Exercises include formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and understanding literature related to different types of studies.

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials (4 hours)
Instructor: Samanthi Hewakapuge (GMR)
Health literacy includes not only finding and understanding health information, but acting on that information to make appropriate health decisions. For many who struggle with basic literacy, health-related tasks such as understanding patient care instructions, reading prescription labels, keeping appointments, and signing consent forms become extremely difficult. In addition, low health literacy has very tangible associated costs, including poor disease management, increased percentage of repeat hospital visits, and incorrect medication use.
This hands-on class will discuss the frequent disconnect between information providers and information seekers. The success of “plain language” initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, “white” space, and layout for maximum readability will be covered. Several tools used to evaluate the readability of print materials and patient literacy levels (e.g., Fry, SMOG, REALM, TOFHLA) will be introduced. Participants will have the opportunity to review print materials and websites for their adherence to easy-to-read principles. Websites developed by the National Library of Medicine and other reputable organizations will be introduced. Participants will be motivated to use health information materials to promote increased levels of health literacy in the populations they serve.

Emerging Technologies (4 hours)
Instructors: Gabe Rios & Melissa DeSantis
This four-hour class is designed to increase your knowledge of new and emerging technologies impacting our profession by discussing mobile devices and social media services. Some of the topics include smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, mobile apps, and collaboration tools. Popular social media services applicable to the libraries will also be discussed as well as technology-enabled instruction models like “flipped classrooms” and “MOOCS”.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Supporting Systematic Reviews: The Basics (4 hours)
Instructor: Janis Glover
Have you been asked to participate in the development of a systematic review?  This is not for the faint of heart; it’s an elaborate process.  This four-hour workshop is designed for medical librarians who want to explore the systematic review process in general and the librarian’s role in that process in particular.  Through informal discussion and case-based learning, you will acquire these skills needed to support systematic reviews in your institution:

  • Identify the steps in the systematic review process.
  • Explore protocols for systematic review development [e.g., PRISMA; Cochrane].
  • Identify the roles of the librarian within this process:
    • Select databases and other resources appropriate for the topic.
    • Utilize project management tools to keep track of search strategies [e.g., concept tables] and citations [e.g., RefWorks; EndNote].
    • Draft the search methodology for publication.

Registration Open! Sign up for Midwest MLA ’13!

Registration for the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Navigating a River of Information, to be held in East Peoria, IL, October 4-8, 2013, is now open. Registration and payment may be made online or by mailing a completed registration form and check. Both options are available via the registration page on the conference website at: http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/registration .

A discount is available to Early Bird registrants, prior to September 3rd.

The conference features Keynote Speaker Michelle Kraft, author of The Krafty Librarian, and Plenary Speaker Sarah Houghton, author of the award-winning LibrarianInBlack.net.

A preliminary program is available at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/program/

Descriptions of Continuing Education Classes are posted at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/ce/

If you have questions regarding registration for the conference, please contact:

LAST DAY FOR SUBMISSIONS to MidwestMLA ’13!!

Call for Papers and Posters

The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the joint Midwest Chapter MLA and HSLI Conference to be held October 5-8, 2013 in East Peoria, Illinois.  The conference theme is “Navigating a River of Information”.   We encourage you to take a literal or figurative (use your fertile imagination) approach to our theme.  You can highlight various topics such as teaching or education, administration, practical problem-solving, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.

Concurrent contributed papers will be presented on Sunday October 6, 2013 from 11am-12pm and on Monday October 7, 2013 from 10:30am-11:30am.

The posters will be presented Sunday October 6, 2013.  They will be available for viewing from 10am – 5pm with presenters present from 4pm-5pm.

For contributed paper proposals and poster proposals submit an abstract no longer than 250 words describing your paper or poster.

  • Include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address on all submissions.
  • Email your abstracts to Linda Feinberg (Lfeinberg at northshore dot org)
  • The deadline for abstract submission is Friday May 24thbefore the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Notifications of paper and poster acceptance will be made by early-mid June.

The Midwest Chapter Professional Practice Committee is again awarding monetary prizes to the best RESEARCH papers and posters.  [UPDATE: The Professional Practice Committee asks that you indicate your interest in competing for the Research Award when you submit your abstract.]

For more information on the Midwest Chapter meeting, see the conference web site: http://midwestmla.org/conference2013/.  Please refer to the Papers and Posters sections for more information as it becomes available.

Free money to attend Midwest MLA conference! Apply by FRIDAY!

Have you applied yet??  It’s FULL registration and $500 for travel. There are multiple awards available for students, first time attendees, and regular members! For more info on the awards, see: midwestmla.org/committees/awards/

Applications are due to Jere Odell by May 17th, 2013, so don’t delay!

If you have any questions, contact Liz Fine Weinfurter (eweinfur at umn dot edu or 612-624-6492) or Jere Odell (jdodell at iupui dot edu  or 317-274-5992).