The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) seeks new ideas to help improve access to health information and help inform the design of the NNLM request for applications for the 2021-2026 project period. The NNLM is managed by the National Library of Medicine. This Request for Information (RFI) offers health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, and the public the opportunity to provide information about how the NNLM can best provide U.S. health professionals with better access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to trusted health information. A fact sheet summarizing the NNLM program is available. The submission deadline for submitting responses is December 2, 2019. Please limit comments to no more than three pages.
The NNLM comprises eight Regional Medical Libraries funded via five-year competitive cooperative agreements. The Regional Medical Libraries engage with 7,500+ members. Five national offices provide professional services to support the NNLM in achieving its national initiatives, as well as serve regional needs: the NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office, the NNLM Web Services Office, the NNLM Training Office, the NNLM Evaluation Office, and the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office. The current structure has enabled the NNLM to launch several national initiatives, including a focus on data science and a series of new or enhanced partnerships with the NIH All of Us Research Program, the NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP), and public libraries and public library associations. From the first two partnerships, new NNLM centers have been created: the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, the All of Us Training & Education Center, and the NNLM ACIOP Coordinating Center.
NLM seeks input from current and potential user communities to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the NNLM, particularly on the following topics.
Priorities, Strategies, Partnerships
- Priorities NNLM should address. Consider themes related to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027.
- Strategies to reach new and existing audiences more effectively, especially minority and underserved populations.
- Effective ways to partner with libraries, health organizations, and community organizations to reach health professionals, researchers, and the public.
- The top three health information outreach priorities for your organization in the next five years.
- Important new partnership opportunities for the NNLM.
Outreach Programs, Engagement, and Training
- New outreach roles and outreach opportunities and barriers for the NNLM.
- NNLM programs, activities, or other components that are of less significance and/or might be considered for elimination.
- Strategies to support staff at NNLM member organizations in their knowledge and ability to support NLM products and services.
- Types of NNLM engagement activities to promote NLM’s wide array of offerings to all audiences.
- Contribution of resource sharing to the NNLM’s mission to promote access to biomedical and or health information.
Membership, NNNLM Structure, Service Coordination
- Responsibilities and benefits of NNLM membership.
- Types of organizations that could be potential members for the NNLM.
- Structure of the NNLM steering committee, which currently consists of leaders of the Regional Medical Libraries, national offices, NNLM centers, and NLM.
- The geographical configuration of the NNLM. A tool and map are available to help you develop and submit suggestions.
- Services of the NNLM that could be coordinated nationally. Services that are best coordinated at a local or regional level.
All responses to this RFI must be submitted to NLMEPLM@mail.nlm.nih.gov by December 2.
We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!
Catherine Nary is the new Medical Director at David Grant USAF Medical Center Learning Resource Center in Solano, CA. She replaces Regina Rowell, who retired in 2018.
Katherine Staab is the new Manager of Library Services at both Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center in Riverside, CA, and Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in Fontana, CA. She replaces Amy Li.
Robert Johnson is the new Health Sciences Librarian at Kaiser Permanente’s School of Medicine in Pasadena, CA, beginning July 29. He was formerly the Clinical and Research Librarian at the University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library in Los Angeles.
Susan Atherton, Senior Regulatory Associate at Adventist Health Howard Memorial Library in Willit, CA, retired at the end of May, 2019. She is replaced by Erin Harmon.
Kathy Quinn, Library Director at the William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa, CA, will retire at the end of 2019, after 13 years of service.
Joanne Muellenbach has accepted the position of Library Director and Associate Professor for California Health Sciences University (CHSU), in Clovis, CA, effective September 30. She is resigning from her current position as Library Director and Associate Professor at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, on September 27.
Laura Brown, dedicated medical librarian for more than 35 years, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, from complications of multiple sclerosis. She most recently served as Clinical Librarian at City of Hope Medical Center, since 2011. Laura’s previous experience included working at Loma Linda University Medical Center from 1995 to 2010. She enjoyed Dodger baseball, musical theater, bridge, and progressive politics.
Annette Osenga, Director of Library Services at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA, retired in June 2019.
Joyce Backus, NLM Associate Director for Library Operations, has announced her retirement on February 29, 2020, after 36 years of service in various positions at NLM.