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2013 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Released!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2013 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects (Solicitation No. NIHLM2013704 B), from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $40,000. Quotations are due to NLM on Thursday, July 18, 2013!

The solicitation for the 2013 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside (NIHLM2013704 A). The Federal Business Opportunities Web site will also list all notices, updates, and modifications to the Solicitation.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Keturah D. Busey, Business Opportunity Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Robin D. Hope, Contracting Officer.

New NLM Funding Opportunity: 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders, and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, prehospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000, for a one-year project. The deadline for responses is Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 11 am PT. Responses are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

NLM is looking for innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of projects funded in 2011 and 2012 are available for viewing. The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps. Visit NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center web site for additional information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013.”

NLM Funds Three Community Family Health Information Outreach Pilot Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Outreach and Special Populations Branch has funded three innovative outreach projects in information dissemination for family and women’s health by public libraries and information centers. The NLM recognizes public libraries as strategic partners in increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM and National Institutes of Health (NIH) resources, and meeting NLM long range goals of health literacy, informing citizens, and reducing health disparities. All projects have a component on family health, and also target women as the main information gatherer and health decision influencer in the family.

Three libraries were funded, including one in the Pacific Southwest Region:

  • Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Petersburg Public Library system, Petersburg, VA
  • Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

The Pima County Public Library’s Heath Initiative Project aims to build capacity for women’s health literacy awareness, including self-health, family health, health care decision making, being the family health care giver; and resources, including those from the National Library of Medicine, for healthy living. The main objective is to support the library’s health literacy initiative and Health Information Literacy team in developing a toolkit that includes sustainable programming, partnerships, and resources for library community engagement.

Congratulations to all the awardees!

Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine partnered to fund a pilot program for information outreach dissemination projects to promote the NLM-ORWH Women’s Health Resources Web Portal, and to support the ORWH Strategic Goals. All projects focused on information dissemination, and information access or resource development for a university/college or community agency. Each project will promote the NLM-ORWH Women’s Health Resources portal, create a library guide on sex and gender differences/research information resources at the university/college, and promote The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health online curriculum to students and faculty.

Nine sites were funded, including two in the Pacific Southwest Region:

  • Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona
  • Earl S. Richardson Library, Morgan State University
  • Hardin Library for Health Sciences, University of Iowa
  • Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida
  • Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama
  • Medical University of South Carolina Library
  • Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge
  • Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah

Congratulations to all the awardees!

NLM-Funded Study Offers New Insight into Statin Discontinuation

Research funded by the National Library of Medicine provides new insight into why patients stop taking drugs that lower their cholesterol, and what happens when patients try those drugs, known as statins, a second time. Researchers found that more than 90% of patients who stopped taking statins because of an adverse reaction could tolerate the medication when tried again. The study is published in the April 2, 2013, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

NLM grantee Alexander Turchin MD, MS, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, notes that statins are commonly stopped even though their benefits are well documented. He and colleagues wanted to better understand why statins are discontinued and whether adverse reactions play a role. They conducted a retrospective study, analyzing clinical data in an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Researchers examined structured data as well as the narrative electronic notes of health providers. Those notes frequently are the only place in an EMR where adverse reactions to medications are documented. Using the NLM grant, researchers developed natural language processing software and scoured more than 5 million notes, on more than 107,000 patients, recorded over nearly a decade. The software generated data on a scale that could not have been done manually. Researchers say the next step would be to conduct a clinical trial to determine if outcomes are improved when statins are tried again, after an adverse event.

The National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, conducts and funds research in biomedical informatics, which involves applying computers and communications technology to the field of health. This research was supported by NLM’s Division of Extramural Programs grant RC1-LM010460. This was an NIH Challenge Grant, supported by NLM with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For additional information, visit the Brigham and Women’s Hospital News Release.

NLM Selected as a Host Site for National Digital Stewardship Residency!

The National Library of Medicine has announced its participation in the inaugural year of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR), a ground-breaking new program created by the Library of Congress (LC), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program enables 10 recent Master’s program graduates in relevant fields to complete a paid, nine-month residency at various institutions in the Washington, DC area. Beginning in September, 2013, accepted residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Thereafter, residents will move to a host institution to work on significant digital stewardship projects. These projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets. The entire list of projects is available on the NDSR Web site.

NLM will host a resident to develop a thematic Web archive collection. The resident will create a collection of Web content on a specific theme or topic, such as medicine and art, or the e‐patient movement. This project builds on a pilot Web archive collection completed by NLM last year and featured in LC’s The Signal in October 2012. The final Web archive collection will become part of the permanent collection of NLM. The resident will be embedded in NLM’s History of Medicine Division under the mentorship of Christie Moffatt, Manager, Digital Manuscripts Program.

In addition to NLM, the inaugural NDSR host institutions include Association of Research Libraries, Dumbarton Oaks, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Security Archive, PBS, Smithsonian Institution Archives, World Bank, and University of Maryland Libraries and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. LC and IMLS are accepting applications for the NDSR until April 5, 2013. Apply online to be a part of NDSR’s inaugural class!

First Look at Key Demographic Characteristics of New Congressional Districts

For the first time, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey is providing access to detailed demographic data on congressional districts for the 113th Congress. These statistics include age, education, occupation, income and veteran status. They are accessible via Easy Stats, the Census Bureau’s new online tool offering quick and easy access to American Community Survey data. These statistics are drawn from the most recent one-year American Community Survey sample, tabulated for redistricted congressional districts of the 113th Congress. Easy Stats provides statistics on a wide range of topics, such as income, occupation, housing and education, down to the local level, including states, counties, cities and towns, and now, congressional districts.

I tried Easy Stats and obtained useful demographic data for sample counties that I was able to export into an Excel spreadsheet! Consider using this tool when you are applying for funding for your communities!

The official press release is from the US Census Bureau.

NIH Announces Release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor!

NIH has announced the release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor, a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy. According to NIH, “By providing efficient and flexible methods for retrieving, viewing, and organizing public access compliance information, the compliance monitor supports the efforts of grantee organizations to ensure their awards are compliant.” The Public Access Compliance Monitor provides the current compliance status of all journal articles that NIH believes a particular grantee institution is responsible for under the terms of the Public Access Policy. In addition to classifying articles according to compliance status, the compliance monitor provides detailed information about each article, including a full citation; associated grants and program directors/principal investigators (PDs/PIs); the PubMed ID and related IDs where available; and a link to the PubMed record. Institutions can also track the status of papers deposited into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.

To gain access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor, institutions must first assign a “PACR” role to one or more individuals in their organization. This can be done by any institutional administrator who is authorized to assign roles in the eRA Commons grants administration system. Reports within the compliance monitor are organized by IPF (Institutional Profile File) number, the unique ID assigned to each grantee organization. Therefore, institutions with multiple IPF numbers must assign a PACR role to someone (even if it is the same person) for each IPF that they plan to monitor. For more information about accessing and using the Public Access Compliance Monitor, refer to the User Guide.

New National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Opportunity

The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites, and other historical and cultural organizations. New application guidelines and detailed instructions are now posted on the NEH Web site for America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants. The next receipt deadline is January 9, 2013, for projects beginning in August, 2013. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, and audience evaluation.

Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretations, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects. NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content. In the last five competitions, this grant program received an average of 80 applications. An average of seven awards were made per competition, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project Funding Opportunity!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are partnering to increase the awareness and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and its 27 Institutes and Centers through the Women’s Health Resources Portal, by providing a funding opportunity. The purpose of the Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals. Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resource on sex and gender difference basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women’s Health Resources Portal, that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between universities and their libraries, specifically medical and health library students and faculty, to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting. University and college libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals must be received by September 10, 2012, at 12:00 P.M. EDT. To find more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the following links:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside
2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open