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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp)

Notice Number: NOT-LM-15-006

Key Dates Release Date: April 28, 2015 Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: May 29, 2015 First Estimated Application Due Date: July 30, 2015 Earliest Estimated Award Date: September 15, 2015 Earliest Estimated Start Date: September 30, 2015

Related Announcements PA-13-276

Issued by National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Eye Institute (NEI) National Institute on Aging (NIA) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


The NLM and other participating NIH Institutes and Centers intend to promote an ongoing initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for administrative supplements to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, depending on each participating Institute or Center’s preferences, with active P01, P20, P30, P50, R21, R34, U01, U19, U24, UM1 and U54 grants. These administrative supplements for informationist services provide funds to awarded research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in May 2015 with an expected application due date in July 2015.

This FOA will provide support through Administrative Supplements to active awards of the participating Institutes and Centers.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages eligible NIH awardees as described above, who are interested in integrating an informationist into their research teams for the above-stated purposes to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. Interested eligible awardees are encouraged to begin seeking collaborative arrangements with informationists at their institutions or another institution as appropriate. Informationists are information specialists, usually health sciences librarians, who have graduate training and practical experience that provides them with disciplinary background in biomedical, behavioral or biological sciences and in library and information sciences/informatics. Their cross training provides informationists with a unique perspective on the acquisition, synthesis, management and use of information in research. Informationists work as team members with research scientists and health professionals, and are sometimes called in-context or ‘embedded’ information specialists for that reason.

Details of the goals, application instructions, and budget for the forthcoming FOA are expected to be similar to the previous issuance, PA-13-276.



Please direct all inquiries to: Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Telephone: 301-594-1297 Email:

NN/LM SE/A Staff Role and Responsibility Changes

Effective May 1st, 2015, some of the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region will assume different responsibilities.

Ashley Cuffia, Library Associate, will assume the role of DOCLINE Coordinator from PJ Grier. Ashley and PJ have been working “behind-the-scenes” to have a smooth transition since the beginning of the year. Ashley will train, respond to client questions, and communicate with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as needed, attend monthly national DOCLINE teleconferences, answer questions on LoansomeDOC and EFTS services, and keep DOCLINE records up-to-date with network members’ contact information.

PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator, will continue to handle other incoming member service needs as required.

Tony Nguyen will assume the title Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator. Tony will oversee the development of technology programs and projects to improve information access to health care professionals and health consumers and continue to handle all functions related to communications for the Region.

Andrew Youngkin will assume the title Outreach/Assessment Coordinator. He will now coordinate and facilitate the SE/A’s exhibit programs, regional outreach projects, and subcontracts targeting health professionals, perform library advocacy, and deliver consultation and training to health professionals and their associations. He will continue to handle all functions related to evaluation and assessment for the Region. Tony and Andrew have worked since the beginning of the year to prepare for this transition. 

Reflections on A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

11034439_10152826059198924_5901136623589232784_oWritten by Karen H. Gau, MLIS; Research and Education Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA and Julie Arendt, MSI; Science and Engineering Research Librarian, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Please contact Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region at

In March 2015, we attended the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI at the National Institutes of Health. Before we got there, we successfully completed the required online component of this course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching. Both trainings were sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine NLM Training Center (NTC). They have the objective of training librarians on NCBI’s bioinformatics resources so that librarians can better assist their patrons with these tools.

The Librarian’s Guide was a rigorous, fast-paced, 5-day course attended by nearly thirty other librarians and taught by a team of experts from inside and outside NCBI. The librarians had backgrounds as varied as those with no science training to those with PhDs who had worked as scientists before becoming librarians. The resources covered included Gene, SRA, BLAST, ClinVar, GEO, Structure, among many others. We listened to presentations and then worked in groups to solve problems based on actual patron questions. We were able to learn a tremendous amount from our patient and incredibly knowledgeable instructors and from one another.

The course also included a session about how past students have applied their Librarian’s Guide training at their respective institutions. In a one hour web conference, we met several past participants who described the bioinformatics classes they have taught and the lessons they learned. It was inspiring to hear librarians successfully venture into teaching bioinformatics, even when they had little scientific background before the class. It was informative to hear how they adapted what they taught to the needs of their campuses.

We are now developing our own introductory workshops at VCU Libraries of NCBI resources, currently scheduled to launch in late June. Although this is new territory for us, we have a cohort of other alumni and our instructors to turn to when we have challenges. We had a wonderful experience in this course and we encourage other science-minded librarians willing to commit to the online sessions and five full days of learning to apply to participate.

Deadline Extension to May 8: HSLANJ Spring 2015 Group Licensing Offer



PRINCETON, NJ (April 28, 2015)—The deadline for medical librarians in the MAR and SE/A Regions to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative’s (GLI) Spring 2015 Offer, organized by the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), has been extended from April 24 to May 8 (firm deadline).

More than 500 resources from 12 vendors are available, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power.

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. More than 120 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

For more information and to participate, please contact HSLANJ Executive Director Robert T. Mackes at 570-856-5952, and/or check

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded 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-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded 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.

National Health Observances – May 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of May. Click on each health topic to learn more and consider promoting the health observances within your institution.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland