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Funding Announcement: K-12 School Partnership

Call for Applications (CFAs):

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.  The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 3 (May 2014-April 2015):

  • Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.
  • Recipients will be notified by October 7, 2014.
  • Projects must be completed by April 30, 2015.


The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:

  • Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
  • Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
  • Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
  • Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.

Allocation of Funds:

Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.


Quarterly and final reports are required.


Apply online.


If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.

Job Posting: Head of the National Network Office

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of July 22 through July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  Please see the postings on  and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)  and the other is for for  All US Citizens. The jobs are also  linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page,

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus

If you have questions about this job please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, 301-435-5716, or

Storytelling 101: Evolving Your Story and the Way You Tell It

All of us need to tell our story. It may be the story of our organization or our program to gain support from our community or our funders. This webinar will provide an overview of the process and tips for developing and delivering a story in the most effective and powerful way possible – to support your community, your mission, and your  goals. Sponsored by George Washington University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. /ch

For more information Email:

  • July 30, 2014 11-12:30 MT, 12-1:30 CT
  • You can access the webinar here.
  • To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
    Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) 1-877-668-4490

    Access code: 757 239 517



Discover NLM Resources and More – about Clinicial Trials session of June 25….

If you were one of the attendees seeking MLA CE credit for our session on June 25, Discover NLM Resources and More – Clinical Trials, we have a correction!  We had a glitch regarding our process of collecting your evaluation and personal information.  If you’re still interested in the one MLA CE credit for this session, please enter your information by Friday July 25,  at:  Questions to: Marty Magee – mmagee (mm)

New MOOC “Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning”

Note: This post was included in the 7/15/14 RML News, but the link wasn’t working correctly. The link in the post has been repaired. /ss

This fall Stanford librarians and faculty with international partners are offering the innovative, free MOOC,  Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning.  Lauren Maggio, Director of Research and Instruction at Stanford’s Lane Medical Library, is one of the instructors. The course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including library & information studies, education, publishing, economics, politics, and more. It will help prepare you in becoming an informed, critical, and connected digital citizen, actively participating in the consumption and production of the world’s knowledge. The session begins on September 3. Click here for more information and registration. /ch



Apply Now: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through August 1, 2014.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged.

Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The program brochure,  includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available.  For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, . /ch


A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI – announcement for upcoming course

Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Monday, September 29, 2014 – Announcement will be released here about the course and the application process. /ch

Sandbox Session: LucidChart July 29, 2014

Hello Network members,

It is time to come and play in the sandbox and check out a new toy…

At the next NN/LM MCR Technology Sandbox Session we will be “playing” with LucidChart.

Lucidchart is a web-based diagramming software which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types (source =

Please be sure and get yourself signed up with a free 14 day trial account prior to the session.

If you are into workflows and collaborating, it might be worth taking a look.

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – noon (Mountain Time) / noon – 1:00 pm (Central Time)

Come to:

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

There are only a few objectives for the Sandbox sessions are for you to 1) have a special time to learn something new 2) talk about how you might use this tool at your work, and 3) have fun!

If you have any questions, please contact John Bramble, or 801 585 5743 or if within the region, 800 338 7657.

Discovering TOXNET – registration open…

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering a free, online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” from October 20 – November 14, 2014.  Discover TOXNET® and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.  The class has 13 independent modules; it is set up as a “variable credit” class so that participants can pick the modules that interest them and receive credit for the modules they complete.

See course description for more details and registration at:  (mm)

FUNDING AVAILABLE: Professional Development opportunities!

Been looking at a conference announcement?   Thinking about how you could fund your attendance?   The NN/LM MCR thinks about it, too!  Professional development is an essential part of a librarian’s continuing education.  The NN/LM, MidContinental Region would like to invite you to consider applying for Professional Development funding (approximately $1000 per award) which supports Network member librarians.   Applicants are encouraged to think/discuss  benefits they could derive from attending an event and sharing knowledge afterwards at their library, and with upper level institutional administration.   Details here. Questions to Marty Magee,  (mm)