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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Registration Open for 2016 NN/LM SE/A Consumer Health Online Classes

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region would like to announce the additional online Consumer Health class schedule.

Each class provides continuing education contact hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and counts towards Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

The following CHIS classes are scheduled for 2016:

You may register for any of the classes at:

Please contact Terri Ottosen, Outreach/Education Coordinator, at for more information or questions.

National Health Observances – April 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of April. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

April NIH News in Health Now Available

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services





Check out the April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark


Plants: Partners in Health?
Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and You









Block the Buzzing, Bites, and Bumps
Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses








Health Capsules

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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.

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Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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