National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region

2015 - 2016 Objectives

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all health care providers in the United States with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library, as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NER) develops mission-responsive programs built upon the following principles:

  • A participatory approach to reformulating the Regional Advisory Council that reflects upon the dynamic forces in health care in order to develop programs and projects that enhance the roles of librarians to work towards changing the role and perceptions of the health information provider.
  • An outreach approach that focuses resources on a geographic area and brings NLM resources to audiences and communities not previously reached.
  • A theme-based funding structure for projects that employ innovative practices in outreach that address our thematic focused areas: Escience, Health Information Technology/Electronic Medical Record; Healthcare Workforce; Health Literacy; and Healthy Communities.
  • Continuous monitoring, tracking, and evaluation of progress using the logic model and process map methodologies that help measure successful goals towards meeting outcomes.
  • Flexible design of training opportunities that employ in-person and distance-based instructional sessions for librarians, health care professionals, and consumers.

Based on its national mission and local characteristics, the following objectives for 2015-2016 build upon the progress made in the previous years in Network and Outreach program areas.

Network Program Objectives 

  1. Ensure basic health information access for all unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce.
  1. Offer DOCLINE training & support to Network members. Coordinate the contribution, review, and maintenance of serial holdings data to DOCLINE.
  • Two online or distance based sessions.
  1. Participate in the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan to act as a backup RML to the Mid Continental Region (MCR) in the event of an emergency. Implement the plan during emergencies as specified by MCR.
  1. Provide backup services for NLM customer service inquiries in the event of an emergency as directed by NLM.
  1. Develop and implement an educational program based on NLM resources as needed throughout the region. The program will be determined by the Focused Outreach Assessment, the Regional Advisory Committee, Community of Interests, and the Hospital Librarians Advisory Group.
  1. Integrate a variety of media including in-person relational meetings to communicate information on programs, policies, services, and resource updates to Network members, key stakeholders and leaders, and relevant organizations.
  1. Obtain feedback on needs, and preferences from constituents to improve access to clinical and consumer information.
  • 10 Site visits for constituent relations and partnership building
  • 10 Health Science Library association meetings will be attended throughout the region
    • 1 regional association meeting in Providence. Rhode Island
    • 2 in Rhode Island, 2 in Connecticut, 1 in Massachusetts, 2 in New Hampshire or Vermont, 2 in Maine
  1. Participate in NLM and RML meetings such as monthly teleconferences and the RML Directors’ meetings; participate in testing alternative methods of communication and reporting.
  • Attend RML Directors’ meeting in person: May 15, 2015 Austin, TX
  1. Engage the Regional Advisory Council and its subcommittees in advancing the development of NER programs according to NER Focus Areas. 
  • One All RAC Meeting, one Resource Library Directors’ meeting, one Hospital Library Advisory Group meeting, one COI Leaders meeting, and one Academic Library Group meeting.
  1. Monitor and evaluate NER programs to assess their effectiveness in meeting NN/LM goals.
  1. Assist in the administration of NLM resource related surveys, tests, assessments on behalf of and as requested by NNO or other units.
  1. Support Network members’ efforts in negotiating and securing access to electronic resources by initiating regional group purchasing discussions and offering educational programs on e-licensing. 
  2. Promote MedPrint, the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Serials Print Preservation Project:  begin coordinating participation first with Resource Libraries in the preservation of core collections as identified by NLM.  Participation will be assessed with the goal of agreements for preserving at least one copy of MedPrint titles.
  3. Promote NLM funding opportunities to Network members.  
  4. Foster the development of new roles and opportunities for health information professionals by offering training opportunities in response to the changing forces in health care and funding innovative services that illustrate those new roles.
  • Offer funding to members piloting new services in knowledge management
  • Work within Communities of Interest to raise awareness of issues related to new roles:
    • Health IT
    • Healthy Communities
    • Health Literacy
    • Health Care Workforce
    • eScience
  1. Continue identifying historical collections for inclusion in the Directory of History of Medicine Collections and build up the capacity within the region to digitize special collections.
  1. Provide an instructional facility for NER and NTC related training.
  1. Participate in National Initiatives, Cross-regional collaborations that advance NN/LM mission and NLM resources in the areas of :
  • Community Colleges
  • MedlinePlus Connect
  • Results
  • Also, participate in the cross-regional K-12 collaboration
  1. Completely migrate remaining NER Website content to the Drupal architecture prior to April 30, 2016, including any information contained in secondary Content Management Systems.