Professional Development Award

Realizing that professional development is an essential part of a librarian's growth and advancement, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region provides professional development funding to support Network member librarians.

  • Each award is approximately $1,500.
  • Funds can be used for registration and/or travel.
  • This funding is intended for educational purposes only, and not for use with professional organization officer/committee commitments.
  • Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of clinical big data, emerging technologies, health information literacy, and effective health science librarianship practices.
  • Each awardee will be responsible for sharing their experiences with the MidContinental Region through a newsletter article, presentation, or a way mutually agreed upon with the NN/LM MCR.


  • The applicant must be a full-time health sciences librarian.
  • The applicant’s institution must be a Full Network member.
  • Attendance at the event must take place between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.

Application Instructions

  • Before you apply for the Professional Development Award, discuss the following with library administration AND the institutional administration organizationally placed above the library:
    • How it would be applicable to your position
    • How it can benefit your institution
    • How you will share your experiences/knowledge with the library and with higher level administration
    • Document these items in your application on Question #6. This requirement is being implemented in order for you to become better known in your institution and to show upper level administration that you wish to contribute to the institution, as well as the library.


For more information, contact Christian Minter, 402-559-7226. We welcome your application!

Example Application

Successful applicants have included explanations about the event they applied to attend. They provided information about how their experience might benefit others in our region. The following is an example that shows the level of information we need to review your application. This answers the question #5.

Applicant wrote: "Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is being discussed in many venues in our organization, by medical staff, nursing staff, and administrators. The librarian's expertise and library products are frequently mentioned as part of the conversation. I sometimes question whether any of these groups including the librarian have a real understanding of EBP. I want to be seen as knowledgeable and as one of the "go-to" experts. The Evidence-Based Institute will provide me a chance to be immersed in EBP with no outside distractions for three days, and the instructors are top notch. Opportunities to use what I learn will be used, 1) As we move forward with our EPIC project (electronic documentation/medical record) and 2) as we want to standardize care using Evidence-Based information.

I have been asked to sit on our Informatics Council to support decisions made regarding EBP products/questions for Nursing Continuing Education. The librarian and nurse researcher teach two sessions annually, entitled Step Into the Evidence to Magnet Process. The librarian has been involved since the beginning in our Magnet journey and sits on the Nursing Research Council. The Nursing Practice Council also consults with the librarian regarding new Evidence- Based policies, procedures, etc. The librarian's attendance at the EBP Institute will be noted as Magnet evidence in our reapplication documentation for Teaching Nursing Students. The librarian teaches each semester in the Baker School of Nursing Research Class, both in the classroom and then in 8-10 small group sessions. Professionally: As a member of MCMLA Research Committee I have already offered to write and share what I learn with our chapter via the new column we are planning to put in each issue of the MCMLA Express (chapter electronic newsletter). I would like the opportunity to present a session regarding highlights for a Breezing Along with the RML session. and write a review of the Institute for the Plains to Peaks Post , I will share the information from the Evidence-Based Institute with hospital administration, medical and nursing staff and if the funding would come from a library-related organization it would be favorably recognized. Thank you for your consideration."

Past Funded Professional Development Applicants

Recipients - 2015 - 2016

  • Pamela Asquith: Using Clinical Data to Improve Patient Outcomes Forum, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Courtney Butler: Association for Information Science and Technology Conference, St. Louis, MO
  • Heather Collins: Using Clinical Data to Improve Patient Outcomes Forum, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Julie Hartman: Using Clinical Data to Improve Patient Outcomes Forum, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sarah Kartsonis: Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces, Philadelphia, PA
  • Liz Kellermeyer: PubMed for Trainers, St. Louis, MO
  • Jameson Watkins:Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces, Philadelphia, PA

Recipients - 2014 - 2015

  • Anne Heimann and Heather Collins, Association of College & Research Libraries, Portland OR
  • Jan Rice, Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX), Denver CO
  • Ben Harnke, Systematic Review Workshop, Pittsburgh PA
  • Cindy Schmidt, Meeting the Info.  Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, Beltsville MD
  • Kristen DeSanto, Systematic Review Workshop, Pittsburgh PA
  • Peggy Cruse, Research Data & Preservation Summit, Minneapolis MN

Recipients - 2013 - 2014

  • Susan Fowler, Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Cambridge MA
  • Rachel Gyore, Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Cambridge MA
  • Nicole Caskey, Brick and Click, Maryville MO
  • Assako Holyoke, Systematic Review Workshop, Pittsburgh PA

Recipients - 2012 - 2013

  • Marie Reidelbach, Managing Copyright Use, La Jolla CA
  • Heather Brown, Association of College and Research Libraries, Indianapolis IN
  • Jan Rice, Association of College and Research Libraries, Indianapolis IN
  • Mary Helms, Association of College and Research Libraries, Indianapolis IN
  • Lynne Fox, MCMLA, Kansas City
  • Karen Wells, American Library Association, Anaheim CA
  • Deborah Carman, Charleston Conference, Charleston SC
  • Cam Gentry, Disaster Preparedness Classes at MLA, Seattle WA
  • Amanda Sprochi, Disaster Preparedness Classes at MLA, Seattle WA
  • Jeff Kuntzman, Educause, Denver CO
  • Anne Heimann, Computers in Libraries, Washington DC
  • Sheryl Williams, Disaster Communication Summit, Chicago IL
  • Ben Harnke, Librarian's Guide to MyNCBI, Bethesda MD
  • Alissa Fial, Research LifeCycle E-Science, Salt Lake City UT
  • Ben Harnke, Research Lifecycle E-Science, Salt Lake City UT