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NN/LM Proposal Reviewers

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The NN/LM New England Region seeks network members to be part of a committee to review requests for funding proposals. We would like to compose a diverse panel witch reflects the composition of the population of our region and those applying for funding. For example we would like to have representation from each state, hospital, public, and academic libraries. We would also like to have representatives from community based organizations. Reviewers are required to read each proposal and score the proposal based on a set criteria. Reviewers are asked to provide thoughtful comments and discuss the merits of the proposal with fellow committee members. Time commitment is expected to be about a total of 15 – 20 hours spread over a six weeks period.

Please complete this brief survey to express your interest to serve on the NN/LM NER committee to review funding proposals.

-Mary Piorun, Associate Director, NN/LM NER

Recruiting: UMass Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts has the following positions open.

Education and Outreach Coordinator (NN\LM New England Region)

Under the general direction of the Associate Director or designee, the Education and Outreach Coordinator will develop, plan, and provide services in specified NER programs while assuming broad areas of responsibility related to Outreach, Networking, Education, Librarianship, Consumer Health, Health Literacy, and Exhibiting. The Education and Outreach Coordinator supports librarians in the New England Region by planning and implementing programs and resources that build competencies in outreach to health professionals, consumers, public health workers, and other users of NLM’s resources.

Grade: 45

Number of Positions: 2

Full Job Application:


Technology and Communications Coordinator (NN\LM New England Region and the NPHCO)

Under the general direction of the Associate Director or designee, the Technology/Communications Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) and the National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) marketing and communications plan, and plans and coordinates the NER and NPHCO Technology Program. Serves as the technical liaison, for all areas, of the NN/LM NER and NPHCO. In addition, the Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the web presence for these two programs. The Coordinator troubleshoots technology questions from NPHCO partners including state Public Health department (PHD), libraries, NER Network members, and others.

Grade: 45

Number of Positions: 1

Full Job Application:


Manager, National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO)

Under the general direction of the Director, Library Services or designee, the National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHC) Manager administratively and independently manages all aspects of the NPHCO. The Manager hires and manages staff, monitors and controls budgetary expenditures, recruits partners, oversees program evaluation and serves as the liaison from the NPHCO to the National Library of Medicine, National Network Office (NNO). Additional information on the current Public Health Information Access Program at the Lamar Soutter Library can be found here:

Grade: 46

Number of Positions: 1

Full Job Application:


Coordinator, Reference & Education National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO)

Under the general direction of the Associate Director or designee, the Reference and Education Coordinator provides public health reference and instructional services to the state Public Health Departments and partner libraries participating in the National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) strategic alliance. The Coordinator will work in concert with the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the NN/LM National Training Center (NTC) to design, develop and implement the public health evidence based curriculum. The Coordinator will also respond to partner reference questions including assistance with DOCLINE, LinkOut, and questions related to searches on public health topics using Digital Library(DL) resources. Additional information on the current Public Health Information Access Program at the Lamar Soutter Library can be found here:

Grade: 45

Number of Positions: 1

Full Job Application:

Mary Piorun, PhD
Associate Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School
p) 508-856-2206

Staff Resignation: Meredith Solomon

Friday, December 11th, 2015

It is with mixed feelings that I announce that Meredith Solomon will be leaving the NN/LM New England Region effective January 6, 2015.  She will be returning to previous work in hospitals as she has accepted a new positon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Associate Librarian. Meredith has served as the NER Education and Outreach Coordinator since April 2013. In that time she has worked as the DOCLINE Coordinator and overseen the work of the Hospital Library Advisory Group, the Knowledge Management COI, and the Workforce Development COI. Meredith promoted the region’s Emergency Preparedness program and recruited many new members in to the NER Network. Meredith has also established new partnerships in her work in the Focused Outreach Program. All of us at the NER and the Lamar Soutter Library are happy that Meredith will be remaining in the region and wish her the best of luck in her new position.

Please join us in congratulating Meredith as she takes this next step in her professional career.


Mary Piorun, PhD
Associate Director
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2206

2015 Request for Proposals

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Believe it or not it’s time for us to start planning our budget for the next contract year. We are extra early this year because it is the last year of our contract. To facilitate this planning we have posted a Request for Proposals for funds covering the period of May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016. You can find the full announcement here: The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2015/16 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call. We are happy to help.

IMPORTANT: Please let us know by November 7, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due November 21, 2014.

There are three categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

  • Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.
  • Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
  • Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
  • Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
  • Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
  • Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
  • Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a      project investigating outcomes related to health information      interventions.
  • Library Digitization Awards enable libraries to increase accessibility within and without the institution of local collections that are not currently available for use.
  • Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.

Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions.


The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:

  • Working with members of special populations who seek health information;
  • Practicing in medically underserved urban or rural areas; and/or
  • Serving in state, county or local public health offices or settings.

In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:

  • Identify areas or populations that are in need of better health information services.
  • Provide access to health information resources to health workers and consumers lacking convenient access to quality      information resources.
  • Increase the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources.
  • Expand the Network’s health information delivery to include the public health work force.
  • Strengthen the Network by developing the role of librarians as health information mediators.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD

Associate Director,


University of Massachusetts Medical School

P) 508/856-2223


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