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Professional Development Funding

Description of 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 completing an NNLM Professional Development Award Report and sharing their experiences with the MidContinental Region through a newsletter article, presentation, or a way mutually agreed upon with the NNLM MCR.
  • The applicant must be a full-time librarian that:
    • Works in a health sciences library, OR
    • Works with health sciences programs in an academic/community college library.
  • The applicant’s institution must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region.
  • Attendance at the event must take place between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Application Instructions: 

Before you apply for the Professional Development Award, meet with the library administration AND with the institutional administration (this could be someone organizationally placed above the library, or a Dean/Director/Chair/VP of a department within the institution that would benefit from your new skills). During both meetings, discuss the following:

  • 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.

When you are ready to apply, please contact John Bramble 

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."

Additional Information

Need Assistance: 

For more information, contact Robyn Woods at or 402-280-4156. We welcome your application!

Professional Development