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Our Proposal May 2011 to April 2016

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all US health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library has been selected to be the Regional Medical Library for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region. We have developed a comprehensive program that addresses this network mission.

The SE/A program is built around the following guiding principles:

  • Create and implement a decentralized, fully integrated and comprehensive approach to the SE/A programs
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships to define needs, set priorities, and create a comprehensive program to address local, diverse needs
  • Maintain and develop an expansive network of libraries and information centers as the cornerstone of information access
  • Aggressively promote health information services to both health practitioners and consumers
  • Promote and develop outreach activities that reach targeted populations
  • Utilize web-based, mobile, and emerging technologies as infrastructure of the program
  • Relentlessly pursue excellence by utilizing feedback and evaluation to improve products and services

Using these guiding principles, the HS/HSL will develop programs to meet the following National Network goals:

  • To develop collaborations among network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation;
  • To promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating health disparities;
  • To develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public.

Specific goals for the SE/A are:

  • To work with libraries in the network to establish connections with health professionals in rural and inner city locations who still do not have adequate access to health information;
  • To work with the NN/LM and other organizations to increase public awareness of and access to health information via the Internet, with particular focus on underserved consumer populations
  • To strengthen network capabilities through collaborations and by working with national support centers in key areas of need, such as outreach evaluation, training and distance education.

SE/A Programs

To meet national and regional goals, SE/A will implement the following programs:

Member Services

  • Membership
    • Increase Network membership in the SE/A by 5% over baseline during the contract period
    • Support participating SE/A DOCLINE libraries and increase membership among full Network members
    • Participate in DOCLINE system enhancements and implementation activities
    • Actively involve all full and affiliate network members in NLM infrastructure and outreach programs
  • Resource Sharing
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Communication
    • Identify and maintain effective methods of communication
  • Regional Advisory Committee
    • Establish five regional advisory committees: Consumer Health, Technology Committee; Outreach to Health Professionals; Emergency Preparedness; Access
    • Establish Regional Oversight Committee consisting of representatives of each advisory committee
    • Provide for special needs task forces and ad-hoc committees
  • Evaluation
    • Evaluate and/or assess selected regional programs in consultation with the NN/LM OERC and the Regional Advisory Committees
    • Provide NLM with regular feedback about NLM and NN/LM products and services from individuals and constituent groups
    • Participate in a formal contract site visit and review of the regional program
  • Library Advocacy

Outreach

  • Health Professionals
    • Inform and educate unaffiliated health professionals about the availability of biomedical information resources
    • Increase visibility of NLM among public health workforce and the librarians who support them
    • Assist public health workers with the availability of biomedical information to address priority initiatives and issues that impact the health of the public
    • Work with institutions that train minority health practitioners or those who serve minority populations
    • Develop a program to assist with identifying and promoting the roles of libraries in e-science initiatives
    • Develop programs with DHHS regional extension centers (RECs) to assist health professionals with implementing and using health information technology
    • Develop resources and provide classes that are culturally and linguistically appropriate to assist with the effective use of electronic health information resources
  • Consumers
    • Provide online and in-person training that targets special populations or special topics
    • Create a collaborative infrastructure in which training is developed and improved
    • Encourage train-the-trainer partnerships that prepare network members, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations that perform consumer health outreach
    • Provide consultation for network members and potential network members in project planning, preparation, writing and evaluation
    • Develop culturally and linguistically sensitive workshops and materials
  • Training
    • Develop and maintain audience-specific workshops and presentations for in-person and distance audiences
    • Promote training opportunities for local organizations
  • Exhibits
    • Exhibit at state, regional, and national programs to promote NLM & NN/LM products and services
    • Identify health professional and consumer-focused meetings appropriate for NN/LM exhibiting
    • Provide training and technical assistance to health and information professionals through program presentations
    • Encourage Network Member participation in the exhibits program

Funding

  • Develop funding opportunities for network members that focus upon library advocacy, technology adoption, outreach to unaffiliated health professionals, and underserved consumer populations
  • Provide consultation and support for ongoing projects and project development