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Professional Development Funding

NN/LM MidContinental Region staff are ready and willing to assist you in 1) discussing whether your professional development idea is fundable and 2) reviewing your application before you submit.

Feel free to contact us if you would like our assistance.

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Free Money! - Professional Development Funding

Realizing that professional development is an essential part of a librarian's continuing education, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region provides Professional Development funding (approximately $1500 per award) to support Network member librarians.

Professional Development Funding Requirements

  • Before you apply for the Professional Development Funding
  • Discuss the following with library administration AND the institutional administration organizationally placed above the library:
    • what would be applicable for your position
    • how it can benefit your institution
    • how you will share your experiences/knowledge with the library and with higher level administration

Document these items in your application on Question #6. This requirement is being implemented in order for you to become better known in your institution and to show upper level administration that you wish to contribute to the institution, as well as the library.

  • Attendance at the event must take place between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.
  • Funds can be used for registration and/or travel within the United States.
  • This funding is intended for educational purposes only, and not for use with professional organization officer/committee commitments.
  • Your responsibility to the MidContinental Region will be to share your experiences through a newsletter article, presentation, or a way mutually agreed upon with the NN/LM MCR.
  • Funding for the 2014-2015 year is available for 7 members. Two of those funds have been set aside for members who want to attend an event to improve their skills in supporting researchers (e.g., e-science event).
  • The applicant's institution must be a Full Network member of the MidContinental Region and the applicant must hold a full-time health science librarian position.

For more information, contact Marty Magee, 1-800-338-7657 option 1, 2, 5. We welcome your application!

Application Details and Recommendations

To apply, please fill out the application at (link open in new browser window or tab):

Past funded applicants have included sample explanations about the event they applied to attend. They provided information about how their experience might benefit others in our region. The following is an example that shows the level of information we need to review your application. This answers the question #7.

Applicant wrote:

:I am a very fortunate librarian in that I have a supportive administration who are strong advocates for the library and the important role that we play. Specifically, my manager, xxx who is Provost of the College, understands the value of fostering professional growth in her staff. In reviewing this application with her we discussed the following:

1. As the director of a small library, the ACRL conference will provide a great deal of applicable content to the various roles I play. One of those primary roles is the collection, organization and dissemination of statistics in strategic and fiscal planning. My manager also relies on these statistics to provide evidence for budget and staff requests. During the conference I am hoping to learn how other librarians are using statistics, best ways to gather and disseminate them, tricks to make compiling statistics less cumbersome and the best way to utilize them to advocate for the value of the library. In addition to statistics, another applicable area would be leadership and management. While my manager provides guidance and support in helping me be a better leader, she is a not a librarian. ACRL would provide me with an opportunity to network with other directors to learn how they are leading their library and staff. Finally, this past year my library has designed a new web page and implemented a federated search solution. I would like to learn from other librarians the best way to evaluate the impact introducing new tools has on our patrons.

2. Being the director of a library that serves both academic and hospital patrons provides me with tremendous opportunity for outreach beyond the walls of the library. For example, in 2009 I attended the ACRL conference where I learned about Springshare’s LibGuide product. I was impressed with how other libraries were utilizing the product to increase their access and visibility. I left that conference determined to bring LibGuides to my library. Because of the knowledge I gained at the conference I advocated for and received approval by my administration to purchase the product. Ever since then we have used LibGuides for not just our web page and course guides, but also for specific hospital departments and specific projects. For example, we created a guide that is available to clinicians that contains quick links to specific reference tools, we have built a guide for an affiliated rural hospitals and utilized the e-reserve module for assigned readings for hospital units working on performance improvement projects. My manager has the expectation that this outreach work with continue with new ideas gained at the conference. If I am able to attend the 2014 conference I will seek out sessions that address outreach to units that may not be considered traditional library units.

3. I believe one of the best ways to share my experience at a professional conference is not just by talking about what I learned, but taking that knowledge and turning it into new services and resources or ways of operating the library. My manager is more likely to support other professional development opportunities if I prove their value to my work. My manager will expect me to operationalize my new ideas and practices. Perhaps I can reduce cost on journals because I learned a better way to analyze usage, or I am better able to negotiate an ebook package as a result of learning how other libraries work with vendors or we increase attendance at our college and hospital annual workshops as a result of new techniques I learned about marketing and promoting your library.

Past Funded Professional Development Applicants

Recipients - 2013 - 2014

  • Susan Fowler, Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Cambridge MA
  • Rachel Gyore, Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Cambridge MA
  • Nicole Caskey, Brick and Click, Maryville MO
  • Assako Holyoke, Systematic Review Workshop, Pittsburgh PA

Recipients - 2012 - 2013

  • Marie Reidelbach, Managing Copyright Use, La Jolla CA
  • Heather Brown, Association of College and Research Libraries, Indianapolis IN
  • Jan Rice, Association of College and Research Libraries, Indianapolis IN
  • Mary Helms, Association of College and Research Libraries, Indianapolis IN
  • Lynne Fox, MCMLA, Kansas City
  • Karen Wells, American Library Association, Anaheim CA
  • Deborah Carman, Charleston Conference, Charleston SC
  • Cam Gentry, Disaster Preparedness Classes at MLA, Seattle WA
  • Amanda Sprochi, Disaster Preparedness Classes at MLA, Seattle WA
  • Jeff Kuntzman, Educause, Denver CO
  • Anne Heimann, Computers in Libraries, Washington DC
  • Sheryl Williams, Disaster Communication Summit, Chicago IL
  • Ben Harnke, Librarian's Guide to MyNCBI, Bethesda MD
  • Alissa Fial, Research LifeCycle E-Science, Salt Lake City UT
  • Ben Harnke, Research Lifecycle E-Science, Salt Lake City UT