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Professional Development Awards 2010/2011- Emergency Preparedness Focus

NN/LM PNR is currently accepting Professional Development Award Applications. The purpose of the Professional Development Award is to enable individuals at NN/LM PNR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to health care professionals and consumers. For this initial offering, we are focusing on Emergency Preparedness. We will offer other opportunities with a broader focus in the future. Please submit application electronically via e-mail attachment to Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator:


Network members in the NN/LM PNR (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application.

The following conferences are eligible for funding with this award:

  • February 2-4, 2011
    Focus on Collections Care
    Presented by the Balboa Art Conservation Center
    Hosted by University of Washington
    Watertown Hotel
    Seattle, WA
    Choose between 3-day series of collection care courses or 3-day Emergency Preparedness Intensive

    The series provides an intensive training experience focused on the basic preservation themes of planning and management, preventive strategies, and emergency response and recovery. Workshop participants gain a more complete understanding of available preservation resources, have an opportunity to build peer alliances, and are introduced to tools essential to incorporating preservation into institutional planning and to implementing collection care strategies.
    $100 - $250 registration fee, depending on course selection
    Course information:

  • newFebruary 11, 2011
    Building Bridges: Emergency Preparedness for Libraries, Archives, Cultural Institutions and First Responders
    Sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Portland, OR
    No registration fee
  • Librarians and first responders will all benefit from this meeting. Librarians will meet first responders and hear about their information needs as well as identify next steps to develop a regional disaster recovery network. First responders will develop partnerships with libraries and other cultural institutions in disaster planning and response, and learn about resources libraries can provide to support community disaster response.
    Meeting information:

  • March 29-30, 2011
    Disaster Information Outreach Symposium
    National Library of Medicine
    Bethesda, MD
    No registration fee

    Learn about: Tools for providing disaster health information; Communications and disasters; Assessing and meeting the information needs of disaster managers and responders; Using library facilities to support disaster needs during response and recovery; Workforce development for those interested in disaster information; Disaster resources for librarians: building a community of practice; Medical Library Association's new disaster information specialization.
    Symposium information:

  • April 26-27. 2011
    Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
    Sponsored by Washington State University
    Greater Tacoma Convention Center and Trade Center
    Tacoma, WA
    $250 registration fee by February 21st; $325 by March 21st.
  • The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference attracts top-notch speakers with expertise that includes earthquake research, contingency planning, school preparedness, technology, news media, and public health. Speakers and exhibitors provide cutting-edge information on subjects such as business continuity planning, school safety, public health preparedness, homeland security, and public information.
    Conference information:


Awards will be up to $1000 each and will be available on an ongoing basis through March 2011, or until funds are expended. Preferred method of payment is to applicant's host institution via invoice from the host institution.

Period of Performance

Attendance at funded conferences must take place before April 30, 2011.

Award Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Applicant meets the qualifications outlined in the Eligibility section
  • Applicant demonstrates how the professional development activity is linked to a specific goal of the library/institution
  • Likelihood that the selected professional development activity will achieve the desired outcome

Reporting Requirements

Awardees will be asked to write a brief article summarizing their experience at the conference for which funding is received for publication in the Dragonfly, NN/LM PNR's blog.

Budget Guidelines

Funds can be used for registration fees and travel expenses such as air fare, hotel, and per diem. A detailed budget should be included with the application form (template included with application form). Funds will be distributed upon receipt and approval of applications prior to the course/conference, not on a reimbursement basis.

Publication and Publicity

The awardees of the funding shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this contract in any media by including an acknowledgment as follows:

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-1-3506 with the University of Washington.

NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information.

Need Help?

Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington
Box 357155
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 1-800-338-7657 (in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) or 206-221-3449
Fax: 206-543-2469