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NER Award Funding Available

Monday, July 7th, 2014

NER has a small amount of additional funds to put towards awards. As a result the office will accept a second round of proposals due August 29, 2014. You can find the proposal requirements here: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is small and ideal for technology awards or express outreach projects. All projects will need to be completed by April 30th. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call. We are happy to help.

IMPORTANT: Please let us know by July 25th, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due August 29, 2014

There are two categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

  • Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.
  • Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
  • Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
  • Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
  • Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
  • Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
  • Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a      project investigating outcomes related to health information      interventions.
  • Library Digitization Awards enable libraries to increase accessibility within and without the institution of local collections that are not currently available for use.
  • Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.

Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions.

 

Please contact Mary Piorun with questions:

508-856-2223

mary.piorun@umassmed.edu

 

NN/LM NER Technology Coordinator

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A Message from Mary Piorun, Associate Director:

Stephanie Friree will be assuming the duties of the NN/LM New England Region Technology Coordinator (part time) and maintain her Outreach position (part time). Stephanie joined the NER in October 2012 as a part-time Outreach Coordinator focusing on teaching PubMed, working on the National Community College Task Force, managing the exhibits process, and leading the Healthcare Workforce  Community of Interest. The balance of Stephanie’s time was spent as a Project Coordinator for the Public Health Information Access (PHIA) Project. In place of the PHIA work, Stephanie will serve as NER’s part time Technology Coordinator for the balance of the contract. In addition to her Outreach Coordinator duties, Stephanie is available to assist members with emerging Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs, and social networking, 508 Compliance for websites, digitization consultations, and other technology related questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD

Associate Director, Community, Technology, and Global Relations

Lamar Soutter Library

University of Massachusetts Medical School

2013 Request for Proposals

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Believe it or not it’s time for us to start planning our budget for the next contract year. To facilitate this planning we have posted a Request for Proposals for funds covering the period May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014. You can find the full announcement here: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2013/14 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call. We are happy to help.

IMPORTANT: Please let us know by November 9, 2012 if you will be applying. Proposals are due December 7, 2012.

There are three categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.

  • Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
  • Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
  • Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
  • Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
  • Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
  • Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a project investigating outcomes related to health information interventions.
  • Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.

Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions.

Sub-Contracts

The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:

  • Working with members of special populations who seek health information;
  • Practicing in medically underserved urban or rural areas; and/or
  • Serving in state, county or local public health offices or settings.

In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:

  • Identify areas or populations that are in need of better health information services.
  • Provide access to health information resources to health workers and consumers lacking convenient access to quality information resources.
  • Increase the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources.
  • Expand the Network’s health information delivery to include the public health work force.
  • Strengthen the Network by developing the role of librarians as health information mediators.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Interim  Associate Director,
NN/LM NER
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2223
E) mary.piorun@umassmed.edu

A Time of Transition

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Many of you have probably heard by now that Javier resigned as Associate Director at the end of August. Javier has done a wonderful job guiding and leading the NN/LM NER office. He will be missed by us all and I know he will be successful as he explores new educational and career opportunities. I have been asked to serve as Interim Associate Director throughout this transition period. For those of you who are not familiar with my background, I started at the Lamar Soutter Library in 1999 as a systems librarian. Since that time I have assumed various management positions over the years with increasing oversight of personnel , budget,  library operations and technology projects and am currently serving as the Associate Director for Community, Technology, and Global Relations. Some of my most recent projects have included launching the institutional repository, data management projects, collection management, and space planning. I have also served on local, regional and national committees within  MLA and NAHSL and been active in consortia activities, such as the Boston Library Consortium.

It will take me some time to get up to speed on all the activities and procedures associated with daily operations of the regional office. My “To Do” list seems to be growing by the minute. At the top of this list is to hire an outreach coordinator. The region has been without an outreach coordinator since December 2011. We are in the process of interviewing candidates and hope to have someone on board by the NAHSL conference in October. I am also charged with soliciting proposals for express awards, so if you have any ideas for projects that can be completed by April 30, 2013 please contact me. You will also see shortly the Request for Proposals for sub-contacts and awards to be included in our year 3 budget. So if you have an idea but are not ready to get it started right now watch for this announcement late September/early October.

We also have a few meeting coming up in which the NER will be providing updates.  September 28th will be a Resource Library Directors meeting and November 30th will be the Regional Advisory Committee Meeting. There will also be an update of NER activities at the NAHSL Board Meeting at the Annual Meeting, and finally, in the planning phases is a meeting for Community of Interest leaders. No date has been set for this as of yet, but it’s on the “To Do” list.

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you in the coming months.

Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Interim Associate Director
NN/LM NER
p) 508/856-2223

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