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Funding Opportunity from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Application deadline: January 21st, 2015.

System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities (R01)

From the NIMHD:

Investigators who conduct original and innovative system-level health services or policy research directed toward eliminating health disparities are encouraged to apply to this FOA. Projects may include observational/descriptive, simulation, or interventional studies and may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing datasets.

Projects must include a focus on one or more health disparities populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations

About the NIMHD:

The NIMHD leads scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. Specifically, NIMHD conducts and supports research, training of a diverse workforce, research capacity and infrastructure development, public education and information dissemination programs. The NIMHD is the leader at the NIH for planning, reviewing, coordinating, and evaluating minority health and health disparities research activities conducted by the NIH Institutes and Centers (IC).

Change Management Symposium: 3/20/15

In recent years, health sciences libraries struggle with an unprecedented rate of change within their host institutions and the larger healthcare industry. In trying to reconcile these challenges, our best laid plans for innovation are often stalled in the implementation phase. Change Management employs best practices to shepherd the implementation of these innovative, process changes from inertia to fruition. Those who master the tenets of Change Management not only succeed in navigating change, but can also serve as change agents within our host institutions.

However, before we can become those change agents, we must first model those best practices ourselves. This symposium will outline the elements of change management and provide a framework to apply these concepts to our unique library circumstances. By the end of the symposium, each attendee will leave with a personal work plan that identifies an innovative process change and a strategy for bringing that innovation to fruition.

This day-long symposium will begin with a keynote address that provides an overview of the tenets of change management. Following the keynote, we’ll hear from a librarian who’ll speak on the changes in professional, transferable skills in the expanded field of knowledge services. After lunch, we’ll tie it all together with a panel of regional librarians who successfully implemented changes within their professional skill sets as well as within their host institutions. We’ll end with a Q & A session with presenters.

Date: March 20, 2015 (April 10 Snow Date)

Location: UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA

Time: 8:30am (Registration); 9:00am Program begins

Click here to register

JESLIB Special Issue on Data Literacy

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) has just published a special issue devoted to the topic of data literacy. Featured in the issue is an editorial “What is Data Literacy?” and articles about data literacy instruction, development of research data management curricula in the US and the UK, lessons learned by librarians who have taught research data management, an analysis of one university’s National Science Foundation data management plans, and strategies and resources for connecting with researchers and building library data services. This special issue of JeSLIB is available at

Post contributed by:

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 856-1267

the e-Science portal for New England Librarians

Focused Outreach Vermont Final Report

We recently published our Focused Outreach Vermont Final Report in the eScholarship@UMMS repository.


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) seeks to further the mission of the NN/LM, while increasing use of National Library of Medicine ( resources and services; and expanding collaboration with libraries through a Focused Health Information Outreach model. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and by improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The Focused Outreach Project connected underserved communities in Vermont with the resources and services of the National Library of Medicine. NER partnered with local libraries, public health agencies, school nurses, the state library, health education students, and community television. This year, the project transitioned to a train-the-trainer model. Project partners were identified following the Key Informant Interviews. NER staff worked with project partners to guide them through the project planning, proposal writing process, and initial NLM education. Project partners included:

  • Vermont State Library
  • Dana Medical Library
  • Middlebury Community TV
  • Vermont Agency of Education
  • Castleton State College Heath Education Department
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Medical Library
  • Vermont School Nurse Health Information Access Project

Pre and post-evaluations showed that as a result of this project:

  • 92 consumers learned about MedlinePlus
  • 220 health information providers learned about MedlinePlus
  • 325 visitors at exhibits/health fairs learned more about the National Library of Medicine

Consumer post-evaluations showed that 79% reported that the trainings improved their ability to find information they could trust on the internetl: 64%were likely to use MedlinePlus in the future. Provider post-evaluations showed that 97% said the class improved their ability to find information they could trust on the internet; 100% were likely to use MedlinePlus in the future; and 62% were very likely to tell others about the NLM resources they learned.

 Rights and Permissions:

Mary E. Piorun, Michelle L. Eberle, Stephanie Friree, and Meredith I. Solomon. “Focused Outreach Final Report: Vermont (May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014)” National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NN/LM NER) Repository (2014).

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