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Library & Information Science Student Professional Development

Description of Award

The purpose of this award is to support students working at a NNLM MCR Network member institution at least 0.25 FTE and are currently enrolled in a ALA accredited Library & Information Science Masters program expand their professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers by attending the 2019 MCMLA annual meeting.  


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the Library & Information Science (LIS) Student Professional Development Subaward. Funds will be used for LIS students to attend the annual MLA Midcontinental Chapter conference in Omaha, Nebraska, to introduce them to health information as a career path, medical librarianship, health information literacy issues, evidence-based biomedical health information retrieval, etc.

This award meets the Aims of the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement, specifically:
Aim 3 (Outreach and Education Core): Implement a process for announcing, reviewing, and making subawards to regional Network members to help achieve outreach, education, and technology goals.


To receive funding your organization must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member? Join today, it’s free.  

Potential Projects: 
  • Training, education, or advanced professional learning to improve professional knowledge, competence, skill, or effectiveness.
    • Education to foster diversity and inclusion in instruction and/or the workplace.
    • Developing specialized skills to better instruct and/or support your community of users.
    • Learning new technological skills that can improve your teaching or literature searching effectiveness.
    • Developing technical, quantitative, or analytical skills in the use of data.

MCR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Please contact us; we want to help you succeed!


Funding Period: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Saturday, January 25, 2020
up to $1500
Number of Awards Available: 
up to 4
Additional Funding Information: 

Please read ALL sections fully before beginning application


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (All day)
Late Applications will not be accepted
Application Instructions: 

Submit an electronic version of the proposal to both AND
The award administrator is John Bramble, or (801) 585-9646.

  1. Primary Contact (PC) Name
  2. PC Position title
  3. PC email
  4. PC phone
  5. Institution/Library Name
  6. Institution/Library Address
  7. To receive funding your organization must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member? Join today, it’s free.
  8. Has your institution received NNLM funding in the current grant cycle (2016-2021)?
  9. How did you learn about this subaward?
  10. Amount requested (not to exceed $1500)
  11. Significance: Describe how attending the MCMLA Conference will enhance your ability and skills as you enter an information profession.
  12. Objectives: Describe what specific steps you will take to implement information learned from this professional development activity to improve information access at your institution and/or for your constituents.
  13. Evaluation: Describe how you will evaluate the success of the professional development opportunity. If applying for individual attendance, you will also need to complete the standard NNLM Professional Development form within two weeks of the end of the event.
  14. Budget: How will you spend the award? Provide a cost breakdown with a justification for each budget line.


Budget Item Projected Costs
Course fees/conference registration/or speaker fees  
Travel (Airfare, mileage, etc.)  
Hotel (rate x # of nights)  
Per diem  
Other (ground transportation, parking, etc.)  
Total (not to exceed $1500)  

Awardees will submit receipts for reimbursement after attendance.

Budget Guidelines

Proposals must include a budget table or spreadsheet for the costs in each category. 

Evaluation of Proposal

Select NNLM MCR staff will review proposals. If the reviewers have questions about your proposal, it may be returned for clarification and revision. Applications will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis; those receiving a numeric score of at least 70 will be funded until funding is exhausted. Priority will be given to first time applicants and professional development opportunities involving diversity and inclusion. Applicants will receive a copy of reviewer comments along with a final decision regarding funding.

Scored Review Criteria: Scale 1-100

Value of Educational Activity
  • The significance of the professional development program
  • The implementation of information learned
Possible points 25
Evaluation Plan  
Possible points 25
Possible points 25
Involves diversity and inclusion  
Possible points 25
Possible total points 100

Overall Impact
Reviewers will provide an overall impact assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained influence on the population targeted. Final recommendations include:

  • Excellent Application. Will have major impact on NNLM goals.
  • Has strong potential.
  • Limited impact, or there are concerns about the proposed plan or quality.
  • The professional development opportunity will not advance the goals of NNLM.
  • Application does not fit in the NNLM mission.

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

Web-based resources developed for the project should strive to ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. (

Reporting Requirements: 
  • Each awardee will be responsible for sharing their experiences at the conference with the MidContinental Region through a newsletter article, presentation, or a way mutually agreed upon with the NNLM MCR.
  • Each awardee will also complete the standard NNLM Professional Development form within two weeks of the end of the event.
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 NNNLM MCR 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: 

  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website: (

  • Other site specifically designated by the NLM as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. 

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with MCR and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) 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, non-exclusive, 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 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 [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number 5UG4LM012344. 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: 

To request assistance, contact John Bramble, or 801 585 9646.

Professional Development