In response to ongoing information needs of diverse populations, NER has developed the following major initiatives:
The NER Research & Data Management Program consists of various modes of learning about Research & Data Management principles, working concepts, and skills. The Research & Data Management initiative will help stimulate librarians and information professionals involved in the application of Research & Data Management practices. Activities such as the yearly Symposium and Boot Camp offer opportunities for in-person formal learning modes.
Focused outreach brings the resources of the NNLM upon a community in order to conduct a systematic approach of identifying health agencies, pursue contacts, and develop relationships with key leaders. The goal is to assess health information use patterns, promote resources, and conduct training for health and human service agency staff. Focused outreach will provide sustained outreach to a selected community identified as medically underserved, facing health care access issues, or economically disadvantaged. The project also provides for the opportunity to evaluate the health information intervention in terms of the impact of the resources upon attendees and their use of NLM resources.
The idea of Communities of Interest is to have information providers reflect and respond to changes and trends affecting health care. Communities of Interest will be engaged in the ongoing discussion of how emerging trends in health care impact the library and health information setting and how libraries should prepare for and respond to these themes. The Communities of Interest focus on three areas: Graphic Medicine, Substance Use Disorder, and Hospital Librarianship.
Graphic Medicine is an emerging field that considers the role that comics can play in medicine – including medical education, health literacy, healthcare communication, and much more. Each of these areas include heavy involvement of librarians. The NER Graphic Medicine initiative seeks to provide training and tools, to inform and encourage growth in the use of comics in our work. This includes on-site and distance trainings, tools to aid in collection development and research, and a Book Club Kit lending program.
Substance Use Disorder is a serious and pervasive problem in many communities. This initiative seeks to provide training, tools, information, and resources that will serve anyone affected, while also breaking down barriers and stigma around this topic.
The NER Hospital Librarians COI addresses the professional development needs of hospital librarians in the New England Region. COI activities include webinars, blog posts and in-person networking. Our Hospital Librarians Advisory Group (HLAG) identifies key topics of concern.