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IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders to Inform Future Grant Directions

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Today’s libraries are developing new ways to help their communities maximize educational and economic opportunities. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary federal funder of the nation’s 123,000 libraries, is launching a series of meetings to hear from a broad range of stakeholders about future IMLS funding strategies, particularly for the agency’s National Leadership Grant program. The kickoff event, to be held at the New York Public Library on April 29, will examine how IMLS can best support national digital initiatives.

IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries Maura Marx will lead the series of nationally webcasted meetings with library leaders and other experts. IMLS invites broad participation via the webcasts and social media. Library professionals and the public are invited to view live webcasts of the meeting and to participate via Twitter at #imlsfocus.

These interactive events will spotlight the importance of strong libraries to benefit all Americans and will explore three areas of funding that align with the agency’s three goals, supporting libraries’ role in providing opportunities for lifelong learning, anchors for community engagement, and access to content.

The agency is encouraging potential applicants to engage in and contribute to these discussions. In the summer, IMLS will release a revised National Leadership Grant application that will reflect the priorities identified during these meetings. IMLS intends to pivot its grant-making strategy to focus on a few specific library challenges with the purpose of making a more significant comprehensive impact in these areas.

During the first meeting at the New York Public Library, participants will examine the “hubs model” of content aggregation and consider areas for expansion. The day-long meeting will examine the state of video and e-book services, barriers to broad access, challenges and opportunities in digital curation and stewardship, innovation in “hacking” the library, and digital literacy activities. The discussion will be framed with the goal of identifying concrete insights for funding, future research, and other tangible outcomes.

The topics, locations, and dates for the three meetings follow.

April 29
Goal: Access to Content: National Digital Initiatives
New York Public Library

May 15
Goal: Anchors for Community Engagement: Learning Spaces in Libraries
San Francisco Public Library

June 3
Goal: Opportunities for Learning: STEM Learning
Chicago Public Library

The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $11 million annually in projects that improve professional practice with implications far beyond the grantee institutions. The grants help drive innovation and support projects with national impact. This springtime meeting series is designed to capture input from a broad range of library representatives and organizations to help IMLS focus its approach to supporting innovation in the nation’s libraries.

National Library of Medicine to Host National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On April 8, 2014, the inaugural cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will present a symposium entitled “Emerging Trends in Digital Stewardship” at the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The symposium will consist of panel presentations on topics including preserving social media and collaborative workspaces, open government and open data, and digital strategies for public and non-profit institutions.  It will also feature a demonstration of BitCurator, an environment of digital forensics tools designed to help collecting institutions manage born-digital materials, developed by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

All sessions will be held in the National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The symposium is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, including how to register, see:

Measuring the Impact of Research Symposium

Friday, March 21st, 2014

How is research impact measured? How does an institution demonstrate the value of research? And what is the role of universities in facilitating research and economic development?

To address these questions, the Health Science and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Elsevier Publishing are hosting a half-day symposium, Research Impact: A Discussion from Institutional, Economic, and Researcher Perspectives. The event will bring together stakeholders for a rich discussion about the impact of research. Representatives from UMB, other research institutions, funding agencies, economic development organizations, and Elsevier will examine the evolving expectations, solutions, and best practices in evaluating research impact.

The symposium will be held at the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom, on Monday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register and to see a complete list of speakers, view the program online.

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

If any of our network members have special announcements they’d like to share, let us know!  We’d love to brag about any awards received, publications, MLA-related news, or whatever.  Simply send your announcement to Missy Harvey at and we’ll be happy to share your news with ALL of our network members.

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MLA congratulates the 2014 recipients of MLA awards, grants, and scholarships. All recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony / Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL, on May 19th.

MAR is delighted to announce that two of our regional members are winners!

Fellowship (MLA Fellows are members elected by the Board of Directors, for sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship and to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.)

  • Prudence W. Dalrymple, AHIP, FMLA, Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2015 (To be delivered at MLA 2015.  The Janet Doe Lecturer is an individual chosen annually by MLA for their  unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship. The Janet Doe Lectureship is one of the highest honors MLA has to offer.)

  • Barbara A. Epstein, AHIP, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Biomedical Big Data Science Notices of Intent to Publish

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

MAR Announces New Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.

Available Awards

  • New!  Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
  • New!  Health Information Awareness
  • Outreach to Consumers:  now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
  • Medical Library Projects
  • Exhibitor Awards:  now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
  • Professional Development
  • Outreach to Health Professionals:  now includes funding for…
    • community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
    • minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations

Apply now!  Applications accepted until March 14, 2014

To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:

Libraries Receive Funding for Community Disaster Preparedness Programs

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Check out this great article about libraries that had received NN/LM MAR funding in the past:

Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Presenters / Projects:

Awardee: Nancy R. Glassman, D. Samuel Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Project: Mac Books for the D. Samuel Gottesman Library Training Room

Awardee: Irina Meyman, Health Sciences Library, Lutheran Medical Center
Project: It is All about the Apps

Awardee: Christina Rivera, Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)
Project: mHealth: Exploring Mobile Health with iPads

Awardee: Jean D. Winstead, Health Sciences Library, Beebe Medical Center
Project: Technology Upgrades to Improve Access to Library Resources at Beebe Medical Center

Date / Time:  Thursday, January 30  / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Awardees will discuss details of what their institutions have done with funding received from NN/LM MAR.

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Proposal Writing for Outreach Projects for Public Libraries

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Presenter:       Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date / Time:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  This session designed specifically for public library staff will provide an overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.  Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.