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NLM Funding Opportunity: Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements for 2016-2021

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities for 2016-2021 are open for applications until July 24, 2015. The RMLs are the backbone of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The overarching goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight health sciences libraries will function as the RML for their respective Region. The RMLs will coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The RMLs will ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NN/LM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and the public in the future. (more…)

Kelli Ham Receives 2015 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award!

Ginny Steel and Kelli Ham

NN/LM PSR Consumer Health & Technology Coordinator Kelli Ham is the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award presented by LAUC-LA, the UCLA division of the Librarians of the University of California. This award is given in recognition of excellence in librarianship over the last twelve to eighteen months, particularly as such excellence in achievement furthers the teaching and research mission of UCLA, and meets the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the university community.

The award was conferred during the LAUC-LA Spring Membership meeting on March 30, in recognition of Kelli’s exemplary outreach and educational work concerning the Affordable Care Act. Her efforts made relevant information available to a wide variety of audiences. Her award certificate notes that she is being honored “in recognition of her exceptional leadership, dedication, and creativity in working to prepare both library staff members of the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the UCLA community for the implementation and ongoing operation of the Affordable Care Act, and her tireless fulfillment of her mission to facilitate access to critical health information for health professionals and the communities they serve.”

To view the success of Kelli’s endeavors, visit the beautifully designed NN/LM PSR LibGuide, Libraries and the Affordable Care Act, or watch the recorded webinar presentation, Get covered at the Library: Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries. Kelli was also the principal author and editor of the highly-used and respected resource Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff, 2nd edition, published in 2013. Recently, Kelli was invited to contribute as a co-author for two chapters of the Medical Library Association monograph The Affordable Care Act: A Librarian’s Practical Guide, due for publication later this year.

Kudos to Kelli!

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…)