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Request for Applications: NLM Associate Fellowship Program for Librarians

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 cohort of Associate Fellows, in a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

The application for the 2016-2017 program year is February 12, 2016. Learn more about the program and how to apply by visiting:

Interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? So are we.

NLM is planning its future: National Library of Medicine (NLM) Working Group Final Report, Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

Join us in making the future happen: yours and ours.

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

Supported attendance at national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

·         Additional seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus

·         Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine

·         Experienced mentors from National Library of Medicine staff

·         Potential to complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

·         A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,668 in 2015)

·         Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

·         Up to $1,500 in relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2016.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at deadline is February 12, 2016.   Between 4 and 6 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. A metro subway station (Medical Center on the red line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and North Virginia. We also have free parking.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.

NIH/BD2K WG needs your help: Need ideas for activities that could benefit librarians

The NIH BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) training work group is looking for ideas for activities that could benefit librarians. To help stimulate your thoughts on this topic, I’ve included a list of ideas that we’ve generated below. You can also refer to the training opportunities already announced on the BD2K site: (


We would love to get your thoughts by the end of this week, if possible. (Reply to: Valerie Florance with a cc to Ebony Hughes


Thanks in advance!



Ideas for new library-oriented initiatives for funding:


  1. Fellowships for i-school/library school faculty to obtain coursework or practicum experience in biomedical research data management
  2. Support curriculum development for BDRM courses or summer intensives at i-schools/library schools
  3. Fellowships for new librarians to obtain training in biomedical research data management
  4. Add certificate programs at BD2K-funded training sites and centers for BDRM specialists
  5. Support for mid-career librarians to join research teams as BDRM informationist
  6. Curriculum development/travel support for librarians to teach BDRM continuing education courses at scientific or medical association meetings of important constituencies
  7. Develop a partnership program for certification or continuing education in biomedical research data management, to support a specialization like the MLA “Disaster Information Specialization” or the SLA Certificate program
  8. Support a couple of ‘brdm’ coordinating centers in libraries where others could come to use NIH-sponsored BD2K curriculum and courses/get in-person advice; could build on the NN/LM
  9. Create an immersive short course like the NLM Bioinformatics course in Georgia course, focus on BRDM for librarians
  10. Develop a train the trainer course on BDRM, using the approach similar to that used in software carpentry

2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 6 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2015 in the 22nd round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers.


AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS)

“The F.A.I.T.H. Project”

The F.A.I.T.H. Project is outreach effort aimed to help communities of color as well as health professionals who serve them have access to accurate and reliable HIV/AIDS information and resources to effectively prevent and manage HIV/AIDS. The F.A.I.T.H. Project will extend outreach to African Americans, MSM population, seniors, youth groups, and faith-communities. Efforts to improve and increase access to HIV/AIDS information may help to address the general lack of trust behind information access and close gaps in chronic disease and minimize digital and technology disparities. One of the unique features of the F.A.I.T.H. is the use community-based theater to educate with prevention messages.


Black Girl Health

“HIV News Access”

Black Girl Health will be using social media to reach minority young women by launching “HIV News Access” as a Facebook group, as well as developing an HIV/AIDS tutorial as a major component of this platform which would be shared by social media users but also can be used in a classroom setting. “HIV News Access” will be a mobile friendly initiative that will increase the use of NLM HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment resources.  Black Girl Health will be partnering with Gaudenzia New Options a regional health clinic that serves at risk populations by providing substance abuse treatment and recovery services as well as HIV prevention and treatment services.


Comunidades Unidas / Communities United

“Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information”

The goal of Comunidades Unidas’/Communities United’s (CU’s) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is to bolster the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among underserved, low-income Latinos residing in Salt Lake County. Funding from the NLM will be used to address this issue in two ways: 1) Facilitating access to online NLM resources through CyberCenters for large numbers of our target demographic who lack access to computers and the internet, and (2) Using culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to educate the Latino community about available HIV/AIDS and sexual health resources through information dissemination/distribution conducted by CU staff, volunteers, and Promotores de Salud (Community Health Workers).


The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC)

“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”

ABC seeks to strengthen Promovision a capacity building project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, caregivers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLMs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, Texas and Doña Ana County, NM will be achieved through skills development via training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.


The Community Wellness Project

“Enhancement to CDC’s Condoms and Sexual Education Project (C.A.S.E.)”

The Community Wellness Project plans on using NLM HIV/AIDS resources as a means to enhance and strengthen their CDC funded project Condoms and Sexual Education Project (C.A.S.E.). The Community  Wellness Project will develop and implement responsive C.A.S.E. HIV literacy curriculum/materials to improve participants ability to discern and select reliable online HIV/AIDS information. The project will train African-American MSM on the use of NLM and similar accurate HIV/AIDS information resources.  The curriculum package will continue to be used by the agency to train additional C.A.S.E. project participants through June, 2020.


University of Florida

“Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”

The University of Florida through its Health Sciences Library Center will partner with local public libraries and the Alachua County Disease Control Unit.  The goals are to increase access to HIV/AIDS resources to the vulnerable populations.  The approach will be facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations focusing on prevention and education,  with creating locally relevant educational materials, training healthcare and community services providers on the use of NLM HIV/AIDS resources, raising public awareness through the NLM  traveling exhibit “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”.

Group Learning about Evaluation

[guest post by Karen Vargas, OERC]

I recently got to participate in a very successful roundtable at a library conference.  I co-moderated an evaluation roundtable entitled “Library assessment: You’ve measured your success – now how do you get people to listen?” with OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library Associate Director Katie Prentice at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR.

What makes roundtables unique among educational opportunities at library conferences is that unlike presentations or papers where attendees sit and listen, in a roundtable everyone can participate. It is a moderated discussion on a given topic among the people who attend, and since anyone can chime in, learning is active instead of passive.

About 25 people attended this roundtable and enthusiastically participated in a discussion about library assessment and evaluation data. Katie and I led the discussion with questions starting from what kind of data you collect at your library and leading to what libraries do with the data and how to make it work better for them. Our goal was to use our questions to all issues and solutions to come from the attendees themselves.

As an example, when we asked the question “what would you really like to know about your library and what do you dream of finding out about your users?” one hospital librarian said that she wanted to know how doctors were using the information and how it impacted the patients. Katie Prentice asked “can anyone help her with this?” and another hospital librarian responded that she sends emails to some of her doctors to ask for a sentence or two describing how the information was used.  These sentences, when collected and analyzed, could be a powerful tool to show hospital administration the importance of the library to patient outcomes.

Other kinds of evaluation ideas that were generated from attendees at this roundtable were:

  • using heat map software to determine where people go most often on your website
  • having student workers note what pieces of furniture are being used to improve furniture types and placement in the library
  • using a product like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp to send library newsletters to the doctors and employees at hospitals with assessment data.

While not all roundtables at conferences are this successful, this roundtable demonstrated the ability of librarians brought together in a group to learn from each other and solve problems.

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