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2013/2014 Hospital Library Promotion Award Recipient

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Health Professionals at computer

Congratulations to Leta Dannelley, from CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi TX,  recipient of the NN/LM SCR Hospital Library Promotion Award!

Project Title: The Health Sciences Library – A Hidden Treasure Revealed

This project will increase awareness of the Health Sciences Library at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System through a promotional campaign of library services. This campaign will include the creation of a video for new physician, resident, medical student and new associate orientation; designing a library web page to connect patrons with library resources via the intranet; and taking the “show on the road” to six hospitals.

Read about previous years’ funded projects.




2013/2014 Professional Development Awardees

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013


Congratulations to the 2013 /2014 NN/LM SCR Professional Development Awardees:

Awardee: Carolyn Bridgewater
Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
Conference: American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition

Awardee: Stephanie Cheramie
Institution: Lafourche Public Library, Thibodaux LA
Conference: American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition

Awardee: Lisa Huang
Institution: Collin College, Denton TX
Conference: First Science Boot Camp for Libraries in the West

Awardee: Joanne Romano
Institution: The TMC Library, Houston TX
Conference: First Science Boot Camp for Libraries in the West

NN/LM SCR Funding Webinar February 19, 2013

Friday, February 15th, 2013

dollar bill

Join the NN/LM SCR on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 2:00 – 3pm CT (1:00 – 2:00 pm MT) for a special webinar on NN/LM SCR funding opportunities.  The session will provide as an overview of our current funding opportunities, the application process and tips for applying.

This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get more information so please bring your questions.

For those of you who are unable to attend the session, it will be recorded and posted on our website.

To login to the webinar: go to, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

In order to hear the audio, you will need to use your computer speakers. Check settings or adjust your computer audio to hear content. No call in number will be provided. To communicate with the presenter during the session please use the chat box to type a question or comment.

We look forward to “seeing you” there.

Apply for NN/LM SCR Funding Online

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A screen shot of the online applications portal showing guidelines and sample awards

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to introduce online applications for many of our most popular funding opportunities. Nine different award types now have online application options. Applicants for these awards may review all guidelines on the NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities page and then click on the “apply online” link where they will find the online application for the award.

The NN/LM SCR Online Applications Portal is powered by Submittable. Users will be asked to create an account or link Submittable to their Facebook account to log on. Creating an account with Submittable will provide online applicants with the ability to save and return to a draft of the application before making the final submission. Users can also upload attachments or supporting materials (Word, PDF, Excel, and images) to their application. The online system also allows users and the NN/LM SCR to promote the award opportunities through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

Traditional downloadable applications are still available for all awards. Either form of application will be accepted for review.






New Funding Opportunities from the NN/LM SCR

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Computer with dollar sign

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the latest round of funding opportunities:

Disaster Preparedness Award ($10,000):
The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Award is to help libraries prepare for disasters so that they can assist their communities with health information and other recovery needs after an emergency. Approaches can include, but are not limited to, activities that will integrate the library into their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan; equipment that will allow the library to have more flexibility in responding to the Internet needs of the community; and partnerships with city emergency planning groups, hospitals, public health organizations to enhance health information access in library settings.

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award ($25,000):
The goal of this award is to connect health professionals, their patients and the general public to the health information resources from the National Library of Medicine. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as consumers, the underserved and minority health care professionals, public health workers, public libraries, and community-based and faith-based organizations.

Express Outreach Award ($5,000 per project):
The purpose of the Express Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases to improve access to health information.

Health Disparities Information Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases by populations which experience significant health disparities, including, but not limited to minority, rural and other medically underserved populations.

Health Information Literacy Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Literacy Award is to support Network member projects, particularly those from community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other organizations that serve minority populations, to develop innovative and creative ways to promote health literacy to these target populations.

Health Information Needs Assessment Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Needs Assessment Award is to improve health information outreach through increased knowledge of community needs. Thorough needs assessments serve to analyze community needs in depth, with respect to the community’s cultural, social, economic and physical situations. This award is designed to give organizations an opportunity to study a community in detail and to subsequently design strategies that promote the National Library of Medicine’s databases.

Hospital Library Promotion Award ($5,000):
The purpose of this award is to support projects that promote the value of the hospital library to the hospital administrators and staff. As hospitals expand their services and programs, hospital librarians can play a significant role in areas such as: education and training to address knowledge management, clinical information systems, patient safety programs, electronic health records, health literacy, or patient education.

Library Student Outreach Award (funding will cover all costs related to meeting attendance):
The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth TX and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

Mobile Applications Project Award ($8,000):
The purpose of the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award is to provide an opportunity for Network members to provide outreach services and increase access to health information by utilizing mobile technologies. Projects may target health professionals, public librarians, public health workers, consumers, or the general public.

Professional Development Award ($1,500 per event):
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

Technology Improvement Award ($5,000 per project):
The Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Award is intended to improve access to and increase use of free high quality health information including National Library of Medicine’s databases. It is designed to meet the health information needs of “underconnected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.

See the NN/LM SCR Funding page for more information and for deadlines.

NLM Partners in Two IMLS 21st Century Grants

Sunday, January 6th, 2013


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that NLM is a partner with two institutions in supporting the hands-on education of library science students in leadership development; and in the management and preservation of 21st century cultural heritage institutions.

With the Association of Research Libraries, NLM is a partner in providing a host site for library school students to complete a fellowship that offers exposure to the management and operations of a research library. The fellowship, available to graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups, supports six-week internships where students are provided hands-on projects, introduction to the issues facing libraries and extensive mentoring and leadership development, priming them for careers in research libraries. Two fellows will be joining NLM in the summer of 2013.

The partnership with Catholic University of America will support internships for students in its Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration. Students will be educated in the organization, management, and preservation of materials. The internship at NLM will provide the hands-on education needed to develop skills in selection of materials for preservation; choices in the arena of digitization; and decisions to be made in accessibility and presentation of objects both physically and in the online environment. Students are expected to join NLM for internships beginning summer 2014.

Additional information can be found at the IMLS grant announcements.

NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Man Writing

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences. Grants are awarded for major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, historical studies, and other useful organizations of knowledge in clinical medicine, public health, biomedical research, and the informatics/information sciences relating to them. The scholarly work may be prepared for publication in print or electronic media, or both.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of scholarly projects, including but not limited to:

  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of medicine, public health and the life sciences, the development of medical research and health services, bioethics, and studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society
  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of biomedical informatics, computational biology, health information sciences, health communications, or health sciences librarianship
  • Analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health-related fields, addressing advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends

Researchers are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of NLM’s historical collections, which include materials on medical informatics and medical librarianship, veterinary medicine, homeopathy and alternative medicine, nursing and midwifery, modern genetics, mental health and human psychosocial development, tropical medicine and epidemiology, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, war and medicine, and many other topics.

Letter of Intent deadlines: January 21, 2013, January 20, 2014

Application due dates: February 21, 2013, February 20, 2014


HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project Recipients

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

AIDS ribbon

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 13 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2012 in the 19th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. Emphasis is on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the target community. Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval, skills development, Internet access, resource development, and document access.

Congratulations to the two recipients located in the South Central Region:

The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC), El Paso TX
“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”
ABC seeks to expand its Promovision outreach project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, caregivers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLMs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, Texas will be achieved through skill development via training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
AIDS InfoNet
Albuquerque, NM
The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource to facilitate access to factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information written in nontechnical language and translated into several languages. The Web site enables users to easily download and print regularly updated factsheets at no cost. In addition, the Web site contains hyperlinks to authoritative HIV/AIDS resources to facilitate individual research. Based on the continued high utilization of the factsheets, AIDS InfoNet will provide ongoing maintenance of existing factsheets and develop new factsheets based on user suggestions.

Emerging Leader Award Recipient Katie Prentice

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Katie Prentice

Congratulations to Katherine “Katie” Prentice for being the recipient of the 2012 Emerging Leaders Award. The NN/LM SCR partnered with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) to offer this award in order to motivate and prepare a librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library. Modeled on the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Award, this project will pair Katie with her mentor, Debbie Sibley of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans Library (LSU-NOLA). Katie will have the opportunity to develop her knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.

As part of the award, Katie will travel to the LSU-NOLA library to meet with Debbie. She will also visit the NN/LM SCR office to learn how it interfaces with the Region as a whole.




CTSA Community Engagement Pilot Funded Projects

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Clinical Translational Science Award logo

The NN/LM SCR recently provided funding to two Universities who will develop pilot projects to identify and promote the roles of libraries in institutions that have received NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) with a focus on community engagement:


Institution: The TMC Library (Texas Medical Center Library), Houston TX
Description: The TMC Library will conduct two focus group sessions with each Community Advisory Board (CAB) to assess the level of knowledge of evidence-based principles, followed by conducting training for each CAB on searching evidence-based practice research databases. In addition, project staff will create a standardized curriculum for training in evidenced-based medicine. Each CAB will receive a two-hour training session using this curriculum.

Institution: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio TX
Description: The proposed project has two components: 1) to host two Asset-Based Community Development workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen, respectively, in order to support community engagement efforts in these areas and in the other CTSA funded areas within the NN/LM SCR region; and 2) to host a strategic planning session for CTSA librarians in the NN/LM SCR region.