Professional Development Award
Call for Applications (CFA)
There will be no Professional Development Awards available in Year 1.
If you have questions regarding this award or require assistance with the application, contact Irene Williams, Network Services Coordinator. Email the GMR or send an email to . To contact the GMR by phone, call 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office. Awards will be announced on GMRLIST and in The Cornflower, the GMR blog. A list of previous Professional Development Award Recipients is available. For the 2006-2011 contract, there is also a list of previous Professional Development Award Recipients available.
The award is intended to enable individuals to expand their professional knowledge and experience to better manage their libraries and to provide improved health information access to health care professionals and consumers.
- Applicants must be employed at least 50% time in a Network health sciences library that is a Primary Access Library. This award is not available to individuals who work in Resource Libraries.
- Applicants must be from a library that is a Full member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region
- Applicants must demonstrate how the professional development activity proposed is linked to a specific goal for the library.
- Applicants may receive this award only once during the 2011-2016 contract period.
- Developing a Web page for the library
- Setting up an intranet for the library and its parent institution
- Developing a computer-assisted instructional package or other type of educational package to help end-users gain better access to health information resources
- Developing a consumer-health service in the library
- Learning project management skills
- Selecting, managing and licensing electronic journals
- Space planning
- Developing user education programs or redesigning library services
- Attending a specific continuing education course or workshop
- Attending a conference, e.g. Computers in Libraries or EDUCAUSE
- Visiting other libraries or related institutions
- Personal memberships in organizations
- Building library collections
- Attending the Medical Library Association annual meeting or the regional MLA chapter meetings. However, funding may support attendance at workshops, institutes, and other special meetings held in conjunction with the MLA or chapter meetings.
Period of Performance
The period of performance for the award should begin at the time of approval of the award and end approximately one month after the completion of the activity/event funded by the award.
Technical Application Instructions
The respondent should complete the Professional Development Award Application . Submit the completed application and supporting documents (e.g. program descriptions and letters of support) attached to an email addressed to . Supporting documents may be in Word or PDF format. Include "PD" and your LIBID in the subject line of the email.
Cost Application Instructions
Total cost must not exceed $1,500.
Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis. This award is not a grant or subcontract. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Reimbursement takes an average of four weeks.
The funds may be used to support:
- Registration fees
- Travel expenses
- Supplies or educational materials related to the activity/event.
Funding is not available for equipment, personnel or indirect costs.
Evaluation CriteriaApplications will be scored against the following criteria:
- Applicant meets the qualifications outlined in the Requirements section
- Appropriateness of class to areas of health science librarianship and health information access
- Applicant demonstrates how the professional development activity is linked to a specific goal of the library
- Likelihood that the selected professional development activity will achieve the desired outcome
Reporting RequirementsQuarterly and final reports are required and will be entered and submitted to the Online Contract Reports (OCR) System: https://outreach.nlm.nih.gov/. Contact Jacqueline Leskovec, portal administrator, at email@example.com for additional information on the OCR and/or to obtain an account for a funded project.
In addition, recipients are encouraged to report on the project experience in The Cornflower, the GMR blog, and agree to allow the NN/LM GMR to republish reports and materials. .
Publications Resulting from NN/LM Funded Projects
As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PMC (PubMed Central) upon acceptance for publication. The NIH Public Access Policy (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm ) ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PMC (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ ) upon acceptance for publication.
To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm ) requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information: (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm ).
Development of Training Materials
Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult the Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse, http://cech.mlanet.org prior to developing materials. Training materials developed as part of the award should be submitted to the MLA Educational Clearinghouse.
The Department of Health and Human Services synopsis of Section 508 accessibility requirements, requires that all Federal agencies are obligated to make all electronic and information technology (EIT) that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508. EIT purchases made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508.
Federal regulations and guidelines (e.g., Section 501 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) require equal access for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, Federal agencies are required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.
The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NN/LM must also meet these requirements.
The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this award in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Availability of Funding
The following statement is required to be included in this solicitation to comply with regulations for annual appropriation of federal funds:
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with University of Illinois at Chicago are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer.This icon designates a link outside the NN/LM GMR Web site and indicates a non-GMR hosted resource.
All awards spanning more than a 12 month period of performance are subject to FAR Clause 52.232-20, "Limitation of Costs"; FAR Clause 52.232-22, "Limitation of Funds", under the NLM Prime Contract.