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Library Student Outreach Award

Call for Applications

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of a Library Student Outreach Award to attend the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2015External Link Indicator in Louisville, KY, 2-6 October 2015. The purpose of this award is to allow 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 Greater Midwest Region. If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator. Email Jacqueline.

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2015. For previous awardees and their accompanying posts to the GMR blog, The Cornflower, please see: Library Student Outreach Award - Recipients.


The following Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) students are eligible for the Student Outreach Award:

  • Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Science (GSLIS) located in the GMR; or currently residing in the GMR and attending a GSLIS program outside the Region
  • Recent (2015) graduates meeting the above criteria of attendance or residence
  • Current undergraduate students from tribal colleges located within the GMR who have an expressed interest in pursuing health sciences librarianship and health information outreach
  • GMR tribal college library staff who would like to learn more about health sciences librarianship as a career option

Please note: Previous NN/LM GMR Library Student Outreach Award recipients are ineligible to apply.


The GMR intends to fund up to five (5) awards. This award is intended to cover approved expenses, up to $1,000 per student, related to conference attendance, including: registration, travel, lodging, education, and per diem.

Period of Performance

July 1, 2015 – November 30, 2015

To Apply

  • Download the application to submit via email
  • Provide a copy of resume or curriculum vitae
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a library professional or faculty member

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria are listed in the order of relative importance with points assigned for evaluation purposes. Applications will be scored against these criteria, so please be certain that all criteria have been addressed. Applications will be reviewed by select GMR Regional Advisory Council members and/or GMR Staff. Total Possible Points: 20

  • Applicant's demonstrated interest and/or experience in health information outreach (10 points)
  • Applicant's description of how this award could impact future career goals (5 points)
  • Strength of the applicant's letter of recommendation. The letter should describe why the applicant is well-suited for this award (3 points)
  • Inclusion of a well-defined plan to use the information gained from the conference with fellow library students, colleagues or by performing future outreach activities (2 points)

Awardee Expectations

During the Conference

During the conference, recipients are required to:

  • Attend the conference for at least two (2) days
  • Attend as many of the scientific and poster sessions as possible
  • Attend the Midwest Chapter Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet
  • Staff the NN/LM GMR exhibit booth for an assigned period
  • Retain receipts for travel and lodging for items over $10, excluding meals, and submit for reimbursement on the GMR Expense Report after the conference; reimbursement for meals will be covered by a fixed per diem

After the Conference

Within 30 days after the conference, award recipients are required to submit a reflection paper which will be published in the GMR blog, The Cornflower. The report may cover a variety of topics, including:

  • What was learned from any presentations, paper and poster sessions attended
  • Description of compelling outreach projects by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region
  • Ideas for future outreach services

Additional Requirements

The summaries here are included for your convenience. Please follow the links provided to view the full policies.

The Use of Appropriated Funds for Educational (Promotional) Items
Promotional items may not be purchased with GMR funds.

Credit Statement
The awardee must acknowledge NLM's support in any media for this project.

508 Compliance
Any electronic and information technology developed must adhere to Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Publications Resulting from NN/LM Funded Projects
Any final, peer-reviewed manuscripts that arise from this project must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.

Development of Training Materials
Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials.

Availability of Funding
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with University of Illinois at Chicago are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds.

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