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Funding Announcement: K-12 Partnership

Call for Applications (CFAs):

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.

The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 3 (May 2014-April 2015):

  • Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.
  • Recipients will be notified by October 7, 2014.
  • Projects must be completed by April 30, 2015.


The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:

  • Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
  • Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
  • Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
  • Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.


Partners must be an NN/LM MCR Full or Affiliate member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by entering a zip code in the NN/LM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Allocation of Funds

Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.


Quarterly and final reports are required.


Apply online.


If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.

Who says you can’t learn from history?

Humors-mainThree great topics were recently presented at the Breezing Along with the Regional Medical Library session on July 16, 2014.

  • Judi Bergjord, Creighton Health Science Library, along with Chris Carmichael and Madonna Knutson presented their event featuring the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Traveling Exhibit – Shakespeare and the Four Humors.   They collaborated with other Creighton faculty/services to provide a lecture on the four humors, a Maypole dance, fortune telling, a soliloquy performance and Renaissance food.   Most inventive and a great way to give some attention to both the Health Science Library and the Reinert undergraduate library.
  • John Schleicher, Head of Special Collections from University of Nebraska Medical Center, presented a humor/cartoon collection covering more than 50 years of medical humor.   The times have changed and so have cartoons!
  • And as another tie-in to History of Medicine, Trenton Boyd presented a fascinating look back on Veterinary History of Medicine, and the collection at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Any type of library – public, special, academic, medical – can participate. How do you get an NLM traveling exhibit at your library? Find out here.

The session is viewable at:


Next CSL in Session – Tending the Garden of Innovation


  • Does everyone have the potential to be innovative?
  • What does it take to cultivate your own creativity?
  • What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with?
  • What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil?

Please join us as Jane Martel, Customer Experience Coordinator for the Arapahoe Library District shares practical information and tips for harnessing your inner innovator!

The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website. No registration is necessary!

Why Google Glass is the 51st Shade of Grey

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Google Glass is a wearable computer that a user wears like (ultra-chic) eyeglasses. The screen is a small cube in the upper right-hand corner of the device, visible only to the wearer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via voice commands.

Many libraries across the country have bought this technology including Colorado’s Arapahoe Library District.

A benefit of having Google Glass is that it promotes makerspace’s culture of innovation.  On the other hand, it is an early technology which can be pricy for many libraries.

Additional Reading:

Next CSL in Session: Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality?

  • CSLinSessionWith: Sharon Morris
  • When: 04/17/2014 | 12:00p – 1:00p, Mountain Time
  • Where: CSL in Session



So… you have to run a meeting and you want it to awesome…or at least not as bad as those meetings that people walk out of saying, “What a waste of time.” Join this interactive session!

Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading.

Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.

Who Says History has to be Dull?

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, has an extensive History of Medicine Collection.   No surprise there.  But did you know about some of these gems from the new “Circulating Now” blog?

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  • There’s a story in “Circulating Now,” about President Garfield following his assassination.   As he lay dying he longed to go to the seashore.  A specially equipped train was outfitted, with gauze wrapped around the exterior of his train car, to reduce the amount of dust, as the President was transported to Elberon, New Jersey.   However, his train lacked the power to make the final ascent to Franklyn Cottage, where he would be staying.  Townspeople, realizing the issue, joined together to push the train car to the top of the hill, where Garfield died a few days later.
  • Before there was PTSD there was shell shock and combat fatigue and Gene Kelly’s “Combat Fatigue Irritability.” This short film was made during World War II as a “naval training film,” while Kelly, the renowned dancer/actor was serving in the U.S. Navy. First screened in 1945, it focused on “combat fatigue,” a category that eventually gave rise to our term, “post-traumatic stress disorder. “ Kelly’s daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick reflects on her father in a March 12, 2014 posting.
  • More than a colorful image of the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America, this poster offers a serious public health message: “Some moms and dads who drink too much are alcoholics, and they have a disease called alcoholism. If you want to learn more … ask someone you trust.”  This series of posters produced with Marvel Comics remind us of the importance of reaching and promoting bravery, strength, and resilience among children and youth living in families with alcoholism.
  • A recent posting dated March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, is titled Famine Ships.  It chronicles, a brief history of the Irish potato famine, and the subsequent death and immigration of Irish people reducing the population of Ireland from about eight million in 1841 to six million in 1952.  Famine ships were designed to have eight persons to a bunk (four upper and four lower) with one hour of deck time for passengers.  Landlords often paid the fare for tenants in order to clear the land for grazing of sheep and cattle, a more lucrative option. 

And these are just a few of the postings on this most interesting, historical resource.   You can sign up to receive notifications of new posts on e-mail at:

And for more on the History of Medicine, from the National Library of Medicine, see:


2014-15 CAL Leadership Institute!

Looking for ways to grow your leadership skills?  Look no further than the CAL Leadership Institute(CALLI).

The CAL Leadership Institute develops leaders within CAL and the Colorado Library Community.  During the year-long Institute participants engage in personal discovery and growth through a series of workshops, online discussions, relationships with peers, and mentors.  A recent graduate said:

“My experience in CALLI was a catalyst for professional growth.  The readings, activities, and discussions had a dramatic effect on my day-to-day work as a library team member.   The leadership training played a big role in my career opportunities.  Most memorable are the friendships and collegial connections I made statewide.  CALLI made me a better, and happier librarian.”

The Institute begins September 2014.  Applications are due April 11.

For more information and to apply please visit the CAL website or contact Elizabeth Kelsen Huber- or Joanna Nelson-

The Dummies Guide to Online Portfolios

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Many large libraries receive 300 applications to fill one job.  Although many libraries will still require a resume or CV, an online portfolio is a great supplement to the application process.  An online portfolio is a great way to distinguish yourself from the crowd.  A portfolio gives you more control over the types of materials and how it is packaged.  Online portfolios also display parts of your personality.

An online portfolio can be a great way to keep track of your accomplishments, professional development, presentations, and activities.  Often an online portfolio can include more visual elements or a lengthier explanation that is not normally found on a resume or CV such as articles, reports, PowerPoint presentations and links to blog entries. Additionally, visual materials can be presented like photography, illustrations, handouts, and ad campaigns.  It is also a great place to describe in more detail your role and skill set within a project.

Many employers now Google their prospective employees.  An online portfolio is a great way to have more control of your online identity.  With the advances in technology, it is now easy and affordable (free in most cases) to create your own online portfolio.  To find portfolio examples, just Google the terms ‘portfolio’ and ‘librarian.’


  • Audrey Barbakoff – Adult services librarian
  • Ellyssa Kroski – Writer / Editor / Speaker / Librarian / Instructor / Consultant
  • Cristy Moran – Associate Instructor / Circulation/ Service Area supervisor of the Miami Dade College Medical Campus Library
  • Starr Hoffman – Academic Librarian

Further Reading
Punch Up Your Portfolio by Katie Dunneback –This article gives you tips and examples of what to include in an online portfolio.

CSL in Session – Lead from Where You Are


Building upon leadership research, Sharon Morris will introduce a handy tool for identifying your unique leadership strengths. During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to reflect on leadership activities, share your thoughts, learn from others, and feel more empowered to use your natural abilities to lead – regardless of your position in a library.

Learn more about this leadership learning event at the CSL in Session website!

2nd Annual New Professional Interest Group Hiring Workshop

Posted on behalf of the CAL New Professional Interest Group

Bring your career questions to the second annual New Professionals Interest Group Hiring Workshop, held this year at DU’s beautiful Anderson Academic Commons! The Workshop will feature a panel of hiring managers from public, academic, and special libraries.

A networking boxed lunch will follow the panel discussion. After lunch, join us for two 45-minute breakout sessions facilitated by new professionals in the field, with insights from our panelists.

The same breakout sessions will be offered at both time slots so you’ll have the chance to swap topics. We hope you’ll leave with fresh insights for your career!

When: February 8, 2014 from 11 AM – 3 PM

Anderson Academic Commons at University of Denver
2150 E Evans Ave
Denver, Colorado  80208

More information and registration is available on the CAL website!

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