Special Advisory Groups (SAGs)

There will be four groups, each with a particular focus:
  1. Outreach to Health Professionals & Public Health Workers
  2. Consumer Health
  3. Hospital Libraries
  4. Resource & Academic Libraries

Charge

  • Advise the RML on outreach programs and priorities
  • Assist in needs assessment by monitoring activities in their state, regional area, and profession
  • Advise on regional priorities, policies, and procedures
  • Assist with evaluation of regional programs
  • Assist in development of plans to encourage health professionals and health sciences librarians to participate actively in regional and national programs related to delivery of health information
  • Assist with final review of applications for MAR awards

Operations

  • 3-4 year terms
  • Diversified, rotating membership
  • Annual face-to-face meeting
  • Virtual meetings at least every quarter
  • RML staff will provide active liaison support: scheduling, reports, etc.

Outreach to Health Professionals & Public Health Workers SAG

  • Focus: Issues of concern to these populations, including access to information, training and outreach to health professionals, with emphasis on services to unaffiliated health professionals, minority health professionals, public health workers, and mental health professionals.

Consumer Health SAG

  • Focus: Issues of concern to public libraries, community-based organizations, and consumers, including access to health information, training, and outreach to consumers, with emphasis on generating awareness of NN/LM programs.

Hospital Libraries SAG

  • Focus: Issues of concern to hospital librarians, including advocacy for hospital libraries, funding opportunities, e-licensing initiatives, clinical librarianship, participation in electronic health records and hospital quality initiatives, training with emphasis on generating awareness of NN/LM programs and services.

Resource & Academic Libraries SAG

  • Focus: Issues of concern to academic health sciences libraries, including health sciences education and technology, e-science and CTSA initiatives, e-resources and preservation of print collections.
  • Year 1 Membership (28 resource libraries)
    • 23 Medical Schools/Academic Institutions
    • 2 New Medical Schools
    • 2 Cancer Specialty Hospitals
    • 1 Large Health System
    • 3 Independent Academy Libraries