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Student Engagement

LIS Student Engagement Programs

Below is a selection of current and recent national initiatives and regional projects that NLM and NNLM have for Library and Information Science (LIS) program engagement.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program

The Medical Library Association & National Library of Medicine (MLA/NLM) supports two scholarships annually. The MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarships support students with an interest in the field of medical or health sciences librarianship.

Alternative Spring Break

Each March, the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science (UK SLIS) implements a yearly program titled Alternative Spring Break. This program offers library science students the opportunity to spend a week gaining practical project development experience at library associated institutions such as the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian Institution. These visits are mutually beneficial as they give useful real-world experience to the students and the host sites have a chance to build new projects while promoting their organizations’ resources and services.

Library and Information Science Student Outreach Awards 

Many of our eight Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) across the U.S. already conduct outreach to LIS students and recruitment of future medical librarians. Several regions offer Library and Information Science Student Awards, including the South Central Region (SCR), the MidContinental Region (MCR), and the MidAtlantic Region (MAR). NNLM is excited to bring to light many different voices, perspectives, and outreach opportunities in the coming months. Do you have ideas or LIS engagement activities you would like NNLM to spotlight? Feel free to reach out to one of your network librarians!

Get Involved with Your Region

NNLM regions offer professional development awards, opportunities for consumer health information specialization certification, programming ideas, educational materials, staff training in your library, funding for health outreach, and other activities. 
Contact your region to find out about opportunities near you!