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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

NLM Awards 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations.

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NN/LM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health information throughout the United States. The Network is vital in NLM’s outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s many Web-based information services, coordinate basic Network services such as interlibrary loan, and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries. The goal is to provide access to accurate and up-to-date health information to health professionals, patients, families, and the general public, irrespective of their geographic location in an evolving information landscape.

Advances in the Internet and mobile technologies have brought about enormous changes in the way people seek and use health information, in the biomedical research, and in the publishing and scholarly communications of that research. Traditional resource sharing has been transformed by the widespread application of digital technologies in collection, development and access, the proliferation of e-journals, and large scale availability of full text journals in archives such as PubMed Central. Biomedical big data initiatives, such as the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) and the Precision Medicine Initiative, will facilitate the discovery and support of new knowledge and engagement among a diverse community, including health care providers, researchers, public health workers, data scientists, funders, publishers, libraries, and the public. Information seekers expect instant and free access. They also expect information and social networking tools that promote open access to knowledge sharing and knowledge creation. The NN/LM will play an important role in bringing the tools and resources needed to take advantage of this new environment to these diverse communities.

During the previous (2011-2016) contract period, the RMLs awarded more than 1,100 subcontracts and other awards to NN/LM members. The RMLs, in collaboration with subcontracted NN/LM members, were responsible for more than 6,600 training events and other outreach activities that reached more than 97,300 health professionals, librarians and members of the general public.

Information about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Regional Medical Libraries is on the Web at The National Library of Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest library of the health sciences. Information about all NLM programs and services is on the Web at

The Regional Medical Libraries are:

Region 1 – Middle Atlantic Region
University of Pittsburgh
Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, PA
States Served: DE, NJ, NY, PA

Region 2 – Southeastern/Atlantic Region
University of Maryland at Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD
States Served: AL, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA,WV, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Region 3 – Greater Midwest Region
University of Iowa
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
Iowa City, IA
States Served: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI

Region 4 – MidContinental Region
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT
States Served: CO, KS, MO, NE, UT, WY

Region 5 – South Central Region
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Gibson D. Lewis Library
Fort Worth, TX
States Served: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Region 6 – Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington
Health Sciences Library
Seattle, WA
States Served: AK, ID, MT, OR, WA

Region 7 – Pacific Southwest Region
University of California, Los Angeles
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Los Angeles, CA
States Served: AZ, CA, HI, NV, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin

Region 8 – New England Region
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA
States Served: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

National Coordinating Offices:

NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO)
University of Pittsburgh
Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, PA

NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO)
University of Maryland at Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

NN/LM Training Office (NTO)
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT

NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO)
University of Washington
Health Sciences Library
Seattle, WA

NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO)
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA

Call for Quotations: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Primary Point of Contact Secondary Point of Contact
Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA) Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Library of Medicine (NLM)
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Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488 Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
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HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative – Participation Deadline May 02, 2016

HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative



All hospitals and medical facilities in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) regions are welcome to participate in a technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

The consortium, in its 14th year, offers more than 500 resources from 13 highly-regarded academic publishers, at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through negotiations and leveraging group purchasing power.  The region encompasses 14 states; Washington D.C.; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and represents more than 26% of the nation’s hospitals and medical facilities.

More than 125 medical librarians regularly participate in the HSLANJ GLI and most agree that the biggest benefits are cost-savings and high-quality electronic resources. “Being a medical librarian is more challenging than ever because in healthcare or hospital systems today, everyone needs mobile information,” according to Lisa Block, medical librarian, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 2015 was her first year participating with the HSLANJ GLI. “The biggest convenience of the consortium is you can get more for your money—there’s a big discount on resources.”

To receive a copy of the Spring 2016 Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or Current participation is open through May 2, 2016.

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  To learn more, visit

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, Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C, University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System, as well as Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C, University of Maryland Baltimore.

Beyond the SEA Webinar – Moving Beyond Hospital Walls: University of Maryland Medical Center Community Health Improvement Initiatives – April 20, 2016 – Recording Now Available


Date: Wednesday: April 20, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenters: Asunta Henry, BS, EMT-B and Anne D. Williams, DNP, RN

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Nancy Patterson at

Summary: Anne Williams will discuss the various outreach projects that the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Community Health Improvement Team is currently working on.  The goal of UMMC initiatives is to promote health and wellness outside hospital walls to improve the quality of life of all neighbors.  UMMC provides health services to the underserved, including health education programs and screenings. Programs include the Diabetes Prevention Program, the Maryland Healthy Men Hypertension Program, the Violence Intervention Program, as well as a workforce development initiative. One of UMMC’s most recent initiatives uses evidence-based research coupled with community partnerships; the Maryland Healthy Men Program was launched by UMMC in January 2015 to identify 440 African American men with hypertension over a 21 month period.  Underwritten by a grant from the Baltimore City Health Department as part of their Cardiovascular Initiative, the program’s primary objectives are to reduce the prevalence of hypertension in the participants and educate the men utilizing innovative and engaging activities and empower them to take control of their hypertension.

Presenter Bios:

Asunta Henry, BS, EMT-B is the Community Health Advocate for the University of Maryland Medical Center. She received her Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree from Stevenson University and is slated to graduate this year with her Masters in Healthcare Management. As a former EMT-B, she cared for individuals once they became ill.  Now in her current role, Asunta aims to educate and empower residents within Baltimore City to take control of their health proactively. She is committed to helping each individual whom she encounters by providing health education, referrals, and programs. Asunta manages the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Maryland Healthy Men program which is aimed towards helping African American men in the community control their blood pressure.

Anne Williams, DNP, RN is the Director of Community Health Improvement for the University of Maryland Medical System where she leads the community health improvement agendas for three UMMS hospitals (University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute).  With her interdisciplinary team, this work includes leading health promotion initiatives for strategic community priorities, like cardiovascular disease prevention and diabetes prevention.  In addition, she oversees the triennial community health needs assessment process, and annual community benefits reporting which fulfill State and Federal regulatory requirements.  Her research has focused on health literacy, obesity prevention, and innovative uses of media for health promotion.  She is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
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  • A telephone

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  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

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