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Professional Development Awards 2011

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 offering, we are focusing on Resource Sharing, Information Science and Public Health Practice. Please submit application electronically via e-mail attachment to Patricia Devine, Network Outreach 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 are examples of events that are eligible for funding with this award:

  • August 8-12, 2011
    Summer Institute For Public Health Practice
    Presented by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA

    The Summer Institute experience offers: Week-long courses specifically designed for today's public health practitioner; Top-notch plenary sessions with national leaders in public health and related disciplines; Valuable networking opportunities.
    Institute information:

  • September 15-16, 2011
    PubMed and TOXNET Training
    Presented by National Library of Medicine National Training Center
    Hosted by University of Washington Health Sciences Library
    Seattle, WA

    The PubMed full-day class is designed to teach students how to use PubMed® which includes MEDLINE citations. The class also includes an overview of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) and its importance as a tool to both searchers and indexers. The TOXNET course is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM's TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields.
    Course information:

  • September 15-16, 2011
    Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference
    Hosted by Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Portland, OR

  • The Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference is designed for staff in libraries of all types and sizes to: Dicuss the future of resource sharing and ILL; Obtain practical information for a variety of resource sharing operations; Discuss issues and solutions with colleagues from the Northwest and beyond; See demonstrations of resource sharing tools, including free resources.
    Meeting information:

  • October 9-13, 2011
    American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST)
    Annual Meeting
    New Orleans, LA

    The ASIST annual meeting is the main venue for disseminating research cen tered on advances in the information sciences and related applications of information technology.
    Meeting information:

  • October 15-18 , 2011
    Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA)
    Annual Meeting
    Boise, ID

    Only one award will be funded for this meeting. Applicants must register for at least one Continuing Education course at the conference. The PNC/MLA Annual Meeting allows for librarians throughout the region to hear from professional speakers and participate in continuing education classes. Networking with other professionals is also a benefit of attendance.
    Meeting information:

  • October 27-29. 2011
    Society For Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Meeting
    Renaissance Arlington Capital View
    Arlington, VA

SOPHE provides networking and professional development opportunities for health education researchers, practitioners, young professionals and students at its Annual Meeting.
Meeting information:

  • Meetings of other Chapters of the Medical Library Association
    Various locations

    Only one award will be funded for these meetings. Applicants must register for at least one Continuing Education course at the conference. Take advantage of the expertise of your colleagues from around the country.
    Chapter listings:


Awards will be up to $1000 each and will be available on an ongoing basis until funds are expended. Preferred method of payment is to applicant's host institution.

Period of Performance

Attendance at funded conferences must take place before April 30, 2012.

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 meals. 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 Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C 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?

Patricia Devine, Network Outreach 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 206-543-8262
Fax: 206-543-2469