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Library and Information Science Student Outreach Award

Description of Award

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NNLM is vital in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM's web-based information resources such as MedlinePlus and PubMed.

The NIH All of Us Research Program’s goal is to learn how differences between us might lead to different types of treatments. With a goal to have one million people participate in this study, researchers may use this information to improve the health for everyone.


The purpose of this award is to increase exposure to health sciences librarianship and information outreach among Library and Information Sciences students, especially from underrepresented groups.

The award provides funding for students to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth and other activities designed for them to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program.

Awards to LIS students help NNLM meet the following National Network Performance Measure:

  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Library and Information Science (LIS) students residing in and currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or who have disabilities.

Requirements of Award:

Before the conference:

  • Send registration form and preferred flight information to NNLM MAR
  • Book hotel and other travel arrangements
  • Attend an introductory online information session about National Library of Medicine resources, NNLM services and the All of Us Research program

During the conference:

  • Attend at least two full days of the conference
  • Attend at least one plenary and as many other sessions as possible
  • Staff the National Library of Medicine booth for at least one two-hour shift (with supervision of NNLM staff)
  • Briefly present on an NLM product during exhibit hours (with guidance from NNLM staff)
  • Visit a Philadelphia area academic health sciences library (optional, NNLM staff will make arrangements).

Within 10 days after the conference:

  • Submit receipts for all expenses, including meals
  • Submit a report. The report should cover a variety of topics including:
    • Sessions attended
    • Lessons learned from sessions and from NNLM booth time and informational sessions
    • Ideas for future outreach services

NNLM MAR staff are available for consultation. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.


Funding Period: 
Friday, January 24, 2020 to Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Up to $2,500
Number of Awards Available: 


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 4:30pm
late submissions will not be accepted.
Application Instructions: 

Submit application and current CV/resume as one PDF file to Put “Library Student Award” in the subject line.

Budget Guidelines

Funds cannot be used for membership dues. Receipts are required for all expenses, including meals.

Evaluation of Proposal

Proposals will be reviewed by NNLM MAR Staff.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be scored against these criteria, so please be certain that all criteria have been addressed.  Maximum Points: 30

  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest and/or experience in health information outreach (10 points).
  • Applicant’s description of how this award could impact future career goals (10 points).
  • Inclusion of a well-defined plan to use the information gained from the conference with fellow library students, colleagues or by performing future outreach activities (5 points).
  • Applicant identifies as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or has a disability. (5 points).

Additional Information

NIH Public Access Policy: 

Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the MAR Cooperative Agreement Award, all awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Materials about the All of Us Research Program will be provided. Consult with MAR prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement, the NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Data developed by a subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.

NIH Acknowledgement: 

Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

Developed resources reported in this [publication, press release, internet site] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Need Assistance: 

NNLM MAR staff are available for consultation. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.

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