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The NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region, as part of its outreach program, is accepting applications from SE/A network members to provide NLM system, World Wide Web training or technology-related classes in the Region.

Award Goals

The goal of the SE/A Training Award is to improve health professionals’, librarians’ and the public’s skills in accessing electronic health information.

Potential Projects

Funding can include but is not limited to:

  • Health Professionals
  • Public health workforce
  • Librarians
  • Health consumers
  • Peer tutors
  • Faith or community groups
  • Educators

The sessions may be hands-on practice or demonstrations if facilities are not available.
Some examples of activities that are eligible for funding are (this list is not meant to be inclusive):

  • Training on NLM systems such as PubMed, MedlinePlus or NLM’s consumer health databases, ClinicalTrials.gov, and more.
  • Training to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic consumer health information resources and services.
  • Training on the use of new technology, such as mobile technology, to access and store useful health information.
  • Training on how to provide health information services to consumers, including conducting the reference interview, understanding basic medical terminology, and obtaining full text of articles not available in their collection.
  • Training on how to locate good sources of health information on the Internet.

Funded Training Awards

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full or affiliate SE/A members in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Library associations in the SE/A region representing a significant number of Network members for professional development.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required for this award.

Application Process

  • Eligible members can apply for up to $1000 for each award.
  • Application should be made at least one month in advance of the program and must be concluded before April 30, 2015.

Application

Complete the award application at: http://rml.hshsl.umaryland.edu/SEA/Funding/Training.aspx

Budget Guidelines

Funding will cover costs for travel (per diems, hotel, transport, etc) reproduction, communication and equipment or room rental, if needed. Please provide an explanation for any costs not listed above.

No course development, food, furniture or indirect costs are allowed for this award.

The Use of Appropriated Funds for Educational (Promotional) Items

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a new policy that promotes the Administration’s commitment to act in a fiscally responsible manner by minimizing our administrative costs to perform our mission-critical functions in the most efficient, cost-effective way. It is the Department’s policy that appropriated funds not be used to pay for promotional items. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards,and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended. More information is located at: HHS Policy on the Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items

Period of Performance

Projects MUST be completed by April 30, 2015.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be made within three weeks of application for activities held May 1, 2011– April 30, 2016. Training sessions must complement the mission and goals of the NN/LM and the NN/LM SE/A program.

Reporting Requirements

Quarterly reports of project activities, including progress made toward goals and problems encountered, and completion of outreach reporting activity forms are required. A final report covering the entire period of performance is due within 30 days of the close of the project.

Reports will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System at: https://outreach.nlm.nih.gov Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted. Contact your RML for additional information on the Online Contract Reports System.

If training is conducted as part of the project, the awardee will complete a record of the event in the online outreach activity and reporting system within 2 weeks of the activity. The NN/LM SE/A office will provide an instruction manual for inputting this information into the system.

Development of Training Materials

Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult the Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse, http://cech.mlanet.org prior to developing materials. Training materials developed as part of the award should be submitted to the MLA Educational Clearinghouse.

Publication and Publicity

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this award in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. The NIH Public Access Policy at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/) upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm#b1) are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm.

Authors that publish NIH-supported, peer-reviewed articles in full PMC-participating journals (such as the Journal of the Medical Library Association) have fulfilled their obligations to NIH Public Access and have nothing else to do.

If an NIH-supported peer-review article is published in a non-PMC journal, the final manuscript must be submitted to PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). If the author was supported by an NIH contract, and the contract details are not available for selection in the NIHMS, the author should contact the NIHMS Help Desk to have this information added to the system. This lets the NIHMS Help Desk correlate requests with specific manuscript numbers and specific users, and helps us resolve the issue faster.

The NIHMS Help Desk will need the following information:

  • Contact number: HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C
  • Contract title/name: National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • Awarding NIH institution: National Library of Medicine

Website Compliance

If a website is developed under this award, the website must adhere to Section 508 compliance. Resources for this compliance include the National Library of Medicine Web Applications/Site Development Guidelines (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/web/documentation/index.html) and Summary of Section 508 Standards (http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=11).

Cost Proposal Information

All awards issued under the Prime NLM Contract are subject to the Government’s availability of funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds.

The Government’s obligation under this contract is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment for contract purposes can be made. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer.

Resources for Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Outreach Projects

Measuring the Difference: Guide to Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach
Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects Series
Logic Model Development Guide - W.B. Kellogg Foundation pdf icon
NN/LM and SE/A web sites have links to various training courses that may be of interest. Or, awardee may consult with the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center for assistance with development of an evaluation plan.

Need Assistance?

For information or application materials contact our office at 1-800-338-7657.

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