NN/LM Site Visit: July 17, 2013

Mission and Goals of the NN/LM MidContinental Region

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) MidContinental Region (MCR) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by: 1) providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information; and, 2) improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

Our Goals:

  1. 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 2010 goal of eliminating health disparities.
  2. Develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by Network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public
  3. Develop collaborations among Network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation.
  4. Develop tools and conduct evaluation activities to understand how the products and services of the NN/LM and NLM contribute to improved access to health information by health professionals, and the public.

Purpose of Site Visit

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine program is administered by the NN/LM National Network Office of the National Library of Medicine. The NN/LM National Network Office has scheduled mid-contract year site visits to all of the NN/LM Regional Medical Libraries(RML). The site visits are used as a mechanism to assess the progress the RML is making, the challenges being encountered,how the RML is addressing the challenges, make recommendations to the RML, and identify how NLM can assist in addressing the challenges. It is also an opportunity to get feedback from Network members within the region. Critical areas of the site visit are the meeting with the administrators, the regional program review and discussion, and the public session.

Site Visit Final Report

Site Visit Team

The site visit team consists of a minimum of 4 individuals from other NN/LM regions.The composition of the team, at a minimum,includes a health professional,a hospital librarian,an academic health sciences librarian, and an Associate Director from another NN/LM RML.The team interacts with administrators, the RML staff and Network Members who are invited by the RML to participate in the site visit.

Sheldon Kotzin, MLS, Chair
Consultant and retired NLM Associate Director for Library Operations
National Library of Medicine
Rockville, MD

Renee Leasure, PhD, RN, CCRN
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma College of Nursing
Oklahoma City, OK

Darlene Parker-Kelly, MSLS
Director, Health Sciences/Learning Resource Center
Charles R. Drew University
Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Platts, MLIS, AHIP
Knowledge Management Services
Munson Healthcare
Traverse City, MI

Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Associate Director,
NN/LM New England Region
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA

NLM Staff
Joyce Backus, MLS
Associate Director, Library Operations

Angela Ruffin, PhD
Head, NN/LM National Network Office

Renée Bougard, MLIS
Outreach Librarian
NN/LM National Network Office

Lisa Boyd MA, MLS
Consumer Health Librarian
NN/LM National Network Office

Barbara Nicholson, MLS
Technology Librarian
NN/LM National Network Office


Ten representatives from network member organizations responded to the NN/LM Midcontinental Region (MCR) network member feedback questionnaire administered as part of the RML site visit preparation. Eight Network membesr who were willing participated in an online focused discussion via Adobe Connect. A report of the responses to the questionnaire and a summary of the focused discussion were provided to the site visit team prior to the visit. The site visit was conducted remotely using Adobe Connect. The team was together at the National Library of Medicine and the MCR staff participated from their individual offices, each presenting their project area.