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National University Wins NN/LM Technology Grant

(via Fran Kovach, retired–formerly of SIU School of Medicine)

National University recently received a $4,300 grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The grant was one of five that the NN/LM awarded to institutions within the Greater Midwest Region. The award will fund technology upgrades at the school’s Learning Resource Center, specifically a new “technology bar” that includes an iPad station. The station will feature four iPad Air 2’s (in addition to one at the circulation desk). The iPads will have apps recommended by students, such as Notability, Khan Academy, and Essential Anatomy. The long-term goal of these improvements is to create an independent-study area within the LRC that allows students to become comfortable with the technology at their own speed. With the use of iPads in the hospital setting expanding, it is critical that future medical professionals be familiar with iPads and their role in improving patient health.

For more information on National University’s receiving the award, click here.

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Free “Discovering TOXNET” Online CE Class Begins March 7

(via Miranda Shake, HSLI President-Elect)

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, free, asynchronous CE class called Discovering TOXNET from March 7th, 2016 – April 6th, 2016. Learn about TOXNET(r) and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

Who should take the class? Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time? You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class? This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive, online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules (and their CE credits) are: Introduction to TOXNET, 0.5 hour (Required); TOXLINE, 1.0 hour; ChemIDplus, 2.0 hours; Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment, 1.0 hour; Hazardous Substances Databank, 1.5 hours; Toxic Release Inventory, 1.0 hour; TOXMAP, 1.5 hours; Household Products Database, 0.5 hour; LactMed, 0.5 hour; Haz-Map, 0.5 hour; WISER & CHEMM, 1.0 hour; REMM, 0.5 hour; and LiverTox: 0.5 hour.

How do I register? Go here. For questions, contact the NTC at<>

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Do you know a promising young librarian from a developing country who would be interested in a career-development opportunity here in the U.S.? Encourage the person to apply for a spot in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program. Up to five people are selected each year. The program lasts for four weeks and is centered around OCLC’s headquarters, which is located in Dublin, Ohio. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about issues affecting librarianship on a global level, particularly library operations and management, information technology, and global cooperative librarianship. Activities will include meeting with leaders in the field and touring a number of library organizations (including OCLC) and cultural-heritage institutions. Participants will also give presentations on issues affecting libraries in their home countries and will devise practical solutions to the major challenges currently facing libraries around the world. The underlying goal of the program is for participants to be able to take what they have learned and apply it to their own career growth and to the issues facing libraries and librarianship in their own countries.

In addition to being from an eligible country, applicants must have earned a degree in library and information science within the past five years and have between three and eight years of professional experience. For more information about the program, and to view a video of this past year’s participants describing their experiences as Fellows, click here. The deadline to apply is this Friday, February 12.

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“ACRL Presents” Webcast on Fair Use 2/25

Fair Use Week will take place later this month (February 22-26). One of the week’s goals is to promote greater awareness of issues related to fair use, including the fair-use doctrine, which has changed considerably over the past 40 years. To this end, the next webcast in the “ACRL Presents” series will cover how the four fair-use factors have taken on a new importance because of modifications to the doctrine, even though the language of the factors themselves has not changed much since the 1800’s. The webcast, titled “The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application”, will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CST on Thursday, February 25. Participants will learn about the history of fair-use factors and subfactors, particularly as they relate to such issues as publication status and commerciality. In addition, attendees will become familiar with the recent changes to the fair-use doctrine and how these changes have affected current fair-use law. Participants will then have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to hypothetical scenarios.

For more information about the presentation, and to register (there is no cost), go here. The instructor is copyright lawyer Ana Enriquez, whose research specializes in copyright issues affecting libraries and universities. More background on Fair Use Week is available here.

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(via Carl Lehnen, IACRL Communications Committee Co-Chair) Reminder: The deadline for early bird registration ($150) for IACRL’s 2016 Conference, “Raise Your Voice: Librarians in the Lead,” is 2/29. The conference will begin the evening of Thursday, 3/17 with a reception, and all presentations will take place Friday, 3/18 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

“Raise Your Voice” and register now!

This year’s keynote speaker will be ACRL President Ann Campion Riley, Acting Dean of Libraries at the University of Missouri, who will address how libraries can advocate for change. For more information on the conference schedule, see the preliminary program. Additional background on the conference itself is available on the conference website.

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Illinois Libraries Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibits

The following National Library of Medicine traveling exhibits will be hosted by Illinois academic libraries at some point in 2016. (The list does not include libraries that hosted an exhibit from late 2015 to the beginning of 2016.) The purpose of the exhibits is to educate not just students, but members of the general public, about the history of medicine, including present-day issues. The hope is that young people will become more interested in history and that college students will be inspired to pursue careers in the health sciences, museums and archives, and related areas.

“And There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors”
Illinois Wesleyan University – Ames Library (Bloomington)
September 19 – October 29

“Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives”
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield)
April 11 – May 21

“Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine”–
Northwestern University – Galter Health Sciences Library (Chicago)
November 21 – December 31

“For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform”
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield)
September 26 – November 5

“From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry”
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield)
July 25 – September 4

“Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine”
Northwestern University—Galter Health Sciences Library (Chicago)
November 21, 2016 – January 07, 2017

“Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons”
Northwestern University—Galter Health Sciences Library (Chicago)
March 14 – April 23

“Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture”
University of Illinois at Chicago – AIDS International Training and Research Program (Chicago)
May 30 – July 10
University of Illinois at Chicago—Library of Health Sciences (Peoria)
November 21 – December 31

For more information on the exhibits, and to see a full list of libraries that will host (or have already hosted) the exhibits, go here. Also, if your library would be interested in hosting a traveling exhibit, instructions for applying are available here.

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Are you heavily involved with the first-year student experience, whether it be through teaching library instruction in the classroom or through assisting them with reference questions at the library itself? Are you looking to build long-term relationships with students over the course of their college careers, to ensure that the library will be an integral part of their academic success? Do you want the latest advice on collaborating with other departments on campus to increase the role that the library plays in shaping the overall college experience? Consider attending the second annual Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference. This year’s conference will take place from Thursday, May 12, to Friday, May 13, at Case Western Reserve University’s Kevin Smith Library in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-day event will consist of several keynote speakers or panel discussions, along with a number of concurrent sessions in various tracks. Registration, including meals, is $200. Last year’s conference was attended by more than 150 people, from 71 institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

The deadline for proposals has been extended to midnight on Sunday, February 7. Presentations may take the form of a 45-minute concurrent session, a 90-minute panel discussion, or a poster. Topics may focus on any part of the first-year experience or building relationships with students, from reaching out to underserved populations and building bonds with parents, to devising a marketing plan and collecting student testimonials.

For more information on the conference, including instructions for submitting a proposal, go here. Note that online registration should open later this month.

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Are you interested in sparking discussion among your colleagues at the ALA 2016 Annual Conference? Do you have an idea about a library service or program that others might find useful? Do you just want to share your thoughts on the future of the profession? Consider submitting a proposal for a “Conversation Starter” or “Ignite Session” at this June’s ALA Annual Conference. Conversation Starters last 45 minutes and may take the form of a lecture, panel, or discussion. They will be held all day from Saturday, June 25, to Monday, June 27. Ignite Sessions last five minutes and include 20 slides that advance each 15 seconds. They will take place from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM on June 25-27. Topics covered by last year’s presentations included community engagement, outreach services, and technology and gaming.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday, March 15. Proposals are selected by a vote of the public, ALA staff, and an advisory group consisting of ALA members. The winners will be notified in April. To find out more, including how to submit proposals, go here.

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Legislative Updates, 2/5/2016


Congress has increased funding for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) via the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. Additionally, Congress approved $44.5 million in direct funding to support “implementation of the public access policy, genome-wide association studies, and other NLM initiatives.” In previous years funding for these initiatives had to be transferred to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from other NIH Institutes. This change is significant as it shows that Congress recognizes the increased resources necessary for “collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating the increasing amounts of data related to research in molecular biology and genomics, and to support the deposit of manuscripts in PubMed Central under the NIH Public Access Policy.” For more information, see this Medical Library Association post.

In other appropriations news the American Library Association is calling on librarians to call on their Representative and Senators to write letters to members of the Appropriations Committee in support of Library Services and Technology Act funding. For more information see the District Dispatch.

In depressing state-level news various Illinois politicians have been giving some fairly bleak predictions for when the end of the budget standoff will be. Sen. Christine Radogno recently said that “it’s possible” the budget standoff could last for years. Others have said it could last at least through the November 2016 election. The state senate and house meet again on February 10, 2016.

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GMR Update for January 2016 Available

(via Jacqueline Leskovec, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The January 2016 GMR Update is now live. Check it out online to learn more about upcoming training opportunities, DOCLINE news, and more.

The following training sessions in the “Lake Effects” series will take place over the next few months.

  • February 23–“Helping the Helper: Strategies for Supporting Caregivers”
  • March 17–“LGBTQ Health Resources Update”
  • April 21–“Keep on Learning: Educational Resources for K-12 and Beyond”

Also, the following National Library of Medicine traveling exhibits will soon visit, or have already visited, locations in Illinois.

  • “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine”–hosted by the Orland Park Public Library in Orland Park, April 11 – May 21
  • “Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives”–hosted by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, April 11 – May 21
  • “From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry”–Lake Land College in Mattoon, from December 31, 2015, to January 31, 2016




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