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MAR-Funded Study Needs Primary Care Providers to Test and Use a Clinical Information Tool

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other providers practicing in community health centers and primary care practices are invited to participate in a Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh study.

The purpose of this study is to validate whether or not a web-based clinical information tool provides access to free relevant information that can be used at the point-of-care.

For this reason, the study needs primary care providers working in community-based or primary care settings to individually volunteer for one month to use a website to answer their day-to-day patient care questions. The use of the web-based clinical information tool will take place where the provider currently uses the Internet to do this task. At the end of the month, these providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their perception of the site. This questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Primary care providers willing to participate in this validation study will receive an email containing directions on how to access the site, a short video about the site, and other instructional information for the study.

Web analytic software will be used to monitor the use of the site through collecting and analyzing non-identifiable usage information. Non-identifiable usage information includes search feature usage, keywords used in search, and time spent on the site.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with using this website or with completion of the online questionnaire. All references to study participant names, and any other identifiable data, will be kept anonymous if used in any report, presentation, or publication.

Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

After completion of the study and the questionnaire, each participant will receive a $500 stipend in a prepaid debit card, along with instructions on how to activate the card.

Whether or not you choose to participate in this study will have no effect on your relationship with NN/LM MAR or with the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Charlie Wessel, Principal Investigator, by phone at (412) 648-8730 or by email at

Charles B. Wessel, M.L.S.

Head of Research & Reference Initiatives

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine Board seeks your help in identifying candidates for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

  •  Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be received by June 1, via email, fax, or mail at the following address:
    Friends of the National Library of Medicine
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • or send to

Please go to the link below for more information including a nomination form:

Funding Opportunity from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Seek, Test, Treat and Retain For Youth and Young Adults Living with or at High Risk for Acquiring HIV (R01)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to examine delivery models of HIV-focused services (testing, linkage, engagement and retention in care) for high risk or already HIV+ infected youth and young adults. Applications should incorporate substance use into study aims and service delivery objectives should address access to substance use prevention, screening, and treatment.  The developmental, structural, and systemic factors related to serving youth need to be clearly incorporated into study aims, rather than simple incremental refocusing of existing interventions to younger people.

Application Due Date: April 14, 2015 (Letter of Intent due February 15, 2015)

Learn more here: RFA-DA-15-019

Eligibility Information:

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

For-Profit Organizations



  • Independent School Districts
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
  • Regional Organizations

About NIDA:

NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.  This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, February 9th, 2015

ProjectEnhancing Access to Mental Health Information in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Awardee:  Joanne M. Muellenbach / Medical Library, The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA
Description:  The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will partner with the Lackawanna County Library System (LCLS) in the design and implementation of a Mental Health in NEPA event directed towards librarians and other public services professionals.  Information literacy, train-the-trainer sessions on how to locate high quality, mental health information for librarians and other public services professionals, would be a key part of the Mental Health in NEPA event.  In addition, the TCMC Library would purchase a core collection of carefully-selected mental health titles and make these resources available to members of the Lackawanna County Library System and TCMC affiliates.

ProjectMentoring Health Careers through Health Information Projects for High School and Middle School
Awardees:  Debra Rand and Wendy Herman / The Hofstra North Shore‐LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University‐School of Medicine Health Sciences Library, Hempstead, NY
Description:  The Health Sciences Library staff proposes a partnership with students to expand upon current service learning initiatives by targeting the high school and middle school students and staff in a local school district for health literacy and education projects.  Activities will include developing and conducting educational sessions for the Health Related Careers course, providing information about health and science careers, conducting educational health fairs for students and their families, hosting visits to the School of Medicine and North Shore‐LIJ Health System including interaction with students and staff, outreach with school librarians and nurses, development of customized resources (a consumer health information web portal, video tutorials, and print tools) to support all of the activities, and potential use of the web portal, tutorials, and resources for outreach to additional teen and consumer populations in Nassau County.

ProjectSupporting the Information Needs of Clarkson University’s Health Sciences Programs through Improved Technology
Awardee:  Regan DeFranza / Health Sciences Library, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Description:  The Health Sciences Library provides orientation programs, instructional classes and reference/research services to the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistants programs.  The primary goal is to enable students to find, use, manage and evaluate medical information for academic success and to build the information skills they will need throughout their careers.  The outdated technology available for reference, research and instruction impedes the present delivery and precludes expansion of these services.  This project will provide eight computers in the library computer lab, allow for the addition of a mobile workstation (laptop computer and projector) for teaching in multiple venues, and add an interactive smartboard which will enhance student engagement.

Date / Time:  February 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Grant Announcement for the National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with the purpose of funding an organization that will support the maintenance, operation, and re-launch of a national HIV/AIDS resource center. The Resource Center will promote practical strategies to assist in the implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions and best practices targeted to adolescent youth, in particular adolescents at high risk and African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents. Funding for this project comes from the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI). OAH anticipates funding one grantee with an annual budget of up to $350,000 per year for a three-year project period. Applications are due by Friday, April 10, 2015.

NLM Teleconference to Report on RFI and New Funding Mechanism for 2016-2021

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) ( can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information.  Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements.  This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects.  A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements:

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / 4 pm (ET)
  • Teleconference Number:  1-888-450-5996
  • Participant Passcode: 662939

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

MAR Funding Forum (Lunch with the RML session)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Presenters:  Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, & Missy Harvey / NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  January 29th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  If you have questions like these or others, please join us for an open forum to ask questions and receive instant answers from all the MAR staff.

  • Are you considering applying for funding?
  • Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with the application process?
  • Are you clear on which award best fits the kind of activity you want to fund?
  • Do you understand all of what MAR expects you to include in your application?

Grants and Proposal Writing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  February 2nd / 10 am – Noon (ET)


Summary:  Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.  Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including:  documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.  3-4 MLA CEs.

MAR Network Member Publication

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

We are delighted to report that one of our members was recently published.  The article is related to her work resulting from MAR funding.

Translating Evidence Into Practice at the End of Life:  Information Needs, Access, and Usage by Hospice and Palliative Nurses / Michele Klein-Fedyshin, MSLS, BSN, RN, AHIP.  Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, February 2015, v. 17:1.

Ring in 2015 with 8 MLA CEs, a Project Plan, and MAR Funding to Make it Happen!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

MAR invites applications for our next round of funding opportunities which are due March 13, 2015.  Funding is designed to support our network members, as well as to encourage outreach activities aligned with the NN/LM mission to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve the public’s access to information so they can make informed decisions about their health.

Libraries, information centers, health centers, community- and faith-based organizations, and others providing health information services are encouraged to apply for a variety of awards that:

  • improve health information services
  • increase awareness and access to biomedical information
  • educate and empower consumers to make informed decisions about their health
  • prepare librarians and staff to meet the needs and challenges of the changing healthcare environment

To coincide with this new round of funding, MAR has teamed up with Outreach and Evaluation expert, Cindy Olney, from the NN/LM Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) to offer a 4-part webinar series, eligible for up to 8 MLA CEs.

Mapping an Outreach Project:  Start with Information; End with a Plan is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service.  You will learn how assessment and evaluation can be effective tools for project planning and proposal writing.  Assessment enables you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project.  It also helps you build relationships with potential partners.  Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal.  This class will elaborate on information contained in the OERC Planning and Evaluation booklets.

  • Webinar 1:  January 12:  Noon-1:00 pm

Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project

  • Webinar 2:  January 14:  Noon-1:00 pm

Gather information about your target audience that is most effective for planning your project

  • Webinar 3:  January 26:  Noon-1:00 pm

Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results

  • Webinar 4:  January 28:  Noon-1:00 pm

Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full project proposal

These classes will be followed by a special 2-hour Grants and Proposal Writing course, offered online February 2nd / 10 am – Noon.

These classes will focus special attention on applications for MAR funding.  However, information presented is relevant to many types of outreach and project proposals.