Mission and Goals
The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by:
- Providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information.
- Improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.
The NNLM goals for the Network focus on improving the public's access to health information and developing national programs and collaborations to achieve these goals. The goals are:
- To develop collaborations among network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation
- To promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to the Healthy People 2020 goal of eliminating health disparities
- To develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public
In alignment with the mission and goals of the Network, MAR implements and maintains a broad range of programs and services within Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. MAR programs are centered on the provision of ongoing opportunities for feedback and communication among Network members, potential members, MAR staff, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
A plan that actively involves all players in the region is the key to successfully fulfilling the NNLM mission. To that end, the MAR will:
- Strengthen the basic structure of the Network
- Coordinate the activities of the region within the NNLM
- Serve as the region’s contact point for health sciences libraries, public libraries, information networks, community- and faith-based organizations, and others with a common interest in providing and disseminating health information; and
- Develop and promote programs that improve access to biomedical information for health sciences, public and special libraries, health care consumers, health professionals, including behavioral and mental health professionals, the public health workforce, minority health workers and rural, under-served hospitals.