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Your Input Is Needed for an RFI to Shape the Future of the NLM: Respond by March 13!

You have a unique opportunity to impact the future of the National Library of Medicine by providing input for the deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM)! A Request for Information (RFI) has just been issued soliciting input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM, to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections); collectively referred to in this RFI as “NLM elements.” Responses must be submitted electronically by March 13, 2015. (more…)

New Working Group to Chart the Course for the National Library of Medicine!

After decades of extraordinary service as the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dr. Donald Lindberg will be retiring at the end of March 2015. He has led NLM through dramatic and transformative changes in the way in which information is collected, analyzed, and shared. In order to help chart the course for the next era of health and biological science information, NIH Director Francis Collins has assembled an excellent team of experts across sectors in many disciplines; including biomedical research, bioinformatics, library sciences, publishing, and patient care. The group has been established as a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD), and has been charged to lay out the vision for the NLM, in order to ensure it remains an international leader in biomedical and health information. (more…)

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! (more…)

Join NLM in a Teleconference to Hear About the New Funding Mechanism for the RML 2016-2021 Award Cycle!

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015. Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 1:00pm PST, by using the toll-free teleconference number 1-888-450-5996 and participant passcode 662939! (more…)

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. We would like to welcome West Coast University, Los Angeles South to the Network. (more…)

NLM Director Donald Lindberg Retirement Announcement

NIH Director Francis Collins has announced the retirement of Donald Lindberg, M.D., who has served as the director of the National Library of Medicine for over 30 years, at the end of March, 2015. During Dr. Lindberg’s tenure at NLM, numerous programs have been developed that fundamentally changed the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. In his statement, Dr. Collins noted that Dr. Lindberg is one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and a pioneer in “applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed.” (more…)

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! (more…)

Informing Health Sciences Consortia: A Benchmarking Data Study

by Brooke Billman, MA, AHIP
AZHIN & Special Projects Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

It may come as no surprise that, at a time when libraries struggle with budget cuts, restructuring, and redefining their services, library consortia face similar struggles. In addition to these challenges, consortia are confronted with membership numbers dropping, libraries closing, and long-held vendor pricing structures vanishing. The Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN) consortium has been monitoring this environment and has now implemented a Sustainability Task Force to review its current framework and explore ways to retain the ability to provide electronic resources to its diverse member organizations. (more…)

Report on the MLA CE Course “Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified!”

by Sunny Sritongsook, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

I received a professional development award from NN/LM PSR to support my travel to Denver, CO, to attend the QuintEssential: Convergence & Collaboration Conference of five MLA chapters October 13-16, 2014. Aside from reuniting with some colleagues I hadn’t seen in years, the main reason that I wanted to attend this conference was to take the MLA CE course, Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified, taught by health science librarians Jean Shipman and Erica Lake, and Dr. John Langell, all from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (more…)

Highlights of the NN/LM PSR 2014 Planning Questionnaire!

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the recent RML planning questionnaire! We received about 100 responses with information and valuable feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our programs and services to meet the needs of Network members. Overall, we were encouraged to see results suggesting that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in promoting access to or awareness of biomedical information resources, and effective in improving awareness of regional activities. Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results. (more…)