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Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2015-2016!

Congratulations to the members of the 2015-2016 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries, and is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Five Fellows were selected for the 2015-16 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2015-16 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Stephen Kiyoi. (more…)

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2014-2015 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2015, with one taking a position as a contractor at the National Library of Medicine, and three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship program, one of whom will be based at the University of California, San Francisco, Library and Center for Knowledge Management! (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…)

Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2014, we have welcomed two new affiliate members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

Final Report Issued by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director NLM Working Group

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward. (more…)

NLM Announces Selection of 2015-2016 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2015-2016 class of Associate Fellows. Three fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2015. The Associate Fellowship Program is residency fellowship at the NLM located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage. (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…)

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…)