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Funding Roundup

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Bureau of Health Professions – Scholarships to full-time students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 22, 2012

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Addiction Technology Transfer Centers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  – Funding to develop and strengthen the workforce that provides addictions treatment and recovery support services to those in need.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 28, 2012

More information:


PPHF 2012: Community Transformation Grants – Small Communities Programs Financed Solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Funding to prevent leading chronic disease causes of death or disability through implementation of a variety of evidence based programs, policies, and infrastructure improvements to promote healthy lifestyles in small communities.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 31, 2012

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Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  – The Young Leader Awards will be given to individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in health and health care.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 16, 2012

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Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards

World Hunger Year – Honors US-based grassroots organizations working to transform their communities through healthy food access and social and economic justice.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 29, 2012

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New Toolkit for Community and Faith Based Service Providers

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

A free toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is now available.

SAMHSA: Resource toolkit available online and to order. Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs: A Toolkit for Community- and Faith-Based Service Providers. Learn More [PDF | 2.6MB]

Link to SAMHSA

Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The American Library Association Public Programs Office is accepting applications for Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multi-format discussion program for public audiences to spark action, engagement and reflection within the community. More information, including programming resources and the online application, is available at Applications are due November 18, 2011. This library programming initiative is supported by the Fetzer Institute.

The goal of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion project is to engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives. By bringing adult audiences together in the library for programs and events that include reading, viewing, reflection, discussion and civic engagement initiatives, Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion programs will support public libraries as they strive to enhance the quality of life and learning in their communities.

In December, 30 public libraries around the country will be selected to host a series of 4 to 8 events between February 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. The selected libraries will receive:

  • A $2,500 grant to support program-related expenses.
  • Access to program models and templates, including recommended reading and viewing lists, discussion facilitation guides, video shorts and more.
  • Access to a series of online, professional development and project resource sessions.
  • Promotional materials, including posters, bookmarks and a selection of digital promotion tools to support local audience recruitment.


Resources to begin building a competitive application, including programming guides, a list of potential community partners and ideas for programming that will inspire the community to action, engagement and reflection are available at [Washington Library Association list]

Preventing Violence Against Women and Children

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Preventing Violence Against Women and Children – Workshop Summary: Released: September 15, 2011.

Across the world, violence against women and children poses a high burden on global health. Women and children are particularly susceptible to violence because often they have fewer rights or lack legal protection.

Note: Workshop Summaries contain the opinion of the presenters, but do NOT reflect the conclusions of the IOM. Learn more about the differences between Workshop Summaries and Consensus Reports.

Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
The IMLS is creating a framework as a ” first step toward the development of benchmarks and guidelines to help libraries and community-based organizations assess their needs for public-access workstations, portable devices, and bandwidth.” As part of that framework they have issued the report Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities: Final Report Two of the principles focus on health care:

  • Principle 9: Public safety and emergency services
    Communities can increase their emergency responsiveness through effective deployment of digital technologies, ensuring the public the best possible emergency preparedness.
  • Principle 10: Health care
    Communities should have the digital technologies necessary to support the health care needs of their populations, especially in areas with limited health care facilities, to afford all their members access to the best possible health care. [DIN listserv]

Webinar:Building and Maintaining a Digital Literacy Corps

Monday, June 13th, 2011
Cost: Free for Everyone!
June 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 AM PT
Volunteers are an essential resource for providing training and support to libraries and computer centers. They can act as tutors, trainers, and technicians, ensuring that computers get repaired and new computer users receive the attention they need. Recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers can be a challenge for organizations with limited staff.

Attend this free webinar and hear from organizations that use volunteers to support their digital literacy programs. Kami Griffiths, Executive Director of Community Technology Network, will interview Roberta Przybylski, Director of Austin Computer Learning Center to share best practices on how to recruit, screen, provide training to volunteers, and what it takes to retain them for many years. [DIN Listserv]

Libraries and Diversity

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Nation’s Libraries Places of Opportunity for Diverse Populations
CHICAGO, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
“Libraries are part of the American Dream,” said Julie Corsaro, president, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA.  “As families continue to try to make ends meet, libraries are working with new Americans to assist with learning English, applying for jobs, identifying e-government resources and educational tools that will enhance their quality of life.  Education is the key to making good choices. Low literacy is linked to poverty, crime, dependence on government assistance and poor health. By motivating children and parents to read, libraries are fueling a healthier democracy.”

Helping tribal libraries around the country
By Anne Wolf
“Tribal libraries serve many purposes, depending on the tribe’s circumstances and needs, Berry said. Some libraries serve as an archive; others are museums; still others are educational, often serving as an adjunct school library. Many combine some or all of these functions. Few have professionally trained librarians or sufficient resources to serve their communities.” [American Indian Library Association]

Librarians Headline National Broadband Summit

Friday, April 15th, 2011
More than 100 representatives of community anchor institutions, telecom policymakers, and broadband providers convened on March 29, 2011, at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition BTOP Summit in Washington, D.C.

Over the course of the day, attendees heard keynote addresses from U.S. Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA-5) and Lawrence Strickling, Administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), as well as a closing address from Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. The event was organized in order to demonstrate the success of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – aka the “economic stimulus bill” – and enacted in February 2009.

Books Behind Bars

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Glennor Shirley, head librarian for Md. prisons, believes in books behind bars
Washington Post, Mar. 25
Glennor Shirley , head librarian for Maryland prisons, is responsible for the rows of books behind the barbed-wire fences at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland and 16 other state prison libraries. The inmate behind the reference desk, a convicted murderer, asks her, “Remember when you locked me in a room until I learned how to use that computer [a Commodore 64]?” Murderers, rapists, thieves, and drug dealers have been relying on Miss Shirley, as she is always called by library visitors, for more than two decades to get them novels, magazines, and textbooks. [American Libraries Direct 3/30/2011]

K-12 Outreach from a Health Sciences Library

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
The Mobile School Health Information Initiatve (MoSHI) was funded by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine from February 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011. Led by staff at the Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, MoSHI was a train-the-trainer program to connect K-12 librarians in the St. Louis metropolitan area with credible health information. For more details on the project, and tips on how to be successful if you want to carry out a similar project in your library, read the entry in the Library Success Wiki

Looking for ideas on other outreach and library projects? Go to the Library Success Wiki’s Section “Services for Health Information Consumers” OR add your own entry! For a guide to walk you through making an entry see