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Communities of Interest

The NNLM New England Region’s Communities of Interest (COI) foster emerging roles for librarians in dynamic themes in the provision of health information.  Members of Communities of Interests share ideas, knowledge, and experiences to help each other improve their library’s services.  The Communities of Interest focus on three themes: Emerging Roles, Instructional Design, and Patient Engagement.

COI’s fulfill the dual role of supporting emerging educational needs of the Network while simultaneously increasing awareness of the National Library of Medicine and NNLM resources and services. Long-term outcomes include providing Network Members with practical skills and tools to succeed in health sciences librarianship and expanding the reach of the Network to health care providers, public health professionals, and the public.

Professional Development and Collaboration

COI’s host e-learning programs to keep Network Members up-to-date with trends in the profession.  The annual COI Day brings Network Members together to network, dialogue and create partnerships.  COIs offer the opportunity to cultivate skills through group projects. The COI program serves the emerging educational needs of Network Members, provides responsive and relevant professional development in the region, improves communication between Network Members as well as between NER and the membership, creates cross-disciplinary health information education opportunities, increases awareness of NER funding opportunities, and increases the number of quality proposals for NER funding.

How to Get Involved

Dynamic Themes

  • Emerging Roles brings together Network Members interested to further explore new roles for librarians/information professionals. Topics of interest may include: clinical librarianship, embedded librarianship, evidence-based practice, expert searching, Health IT, IPE (Inter-professional education), medical subjects, NCBI resources, patient safety, PubMed, technology trends, and TOXNET.
  • Instructional Design brings together Network Members interested in creating efficient and effective health information education. The COI Leader and Facilitator will consult with the National Training Office as appropriate. Topics of interest may include: curriculum development, adult learning theories, building partnerships for health information trainings, design principles, evaluation/assessment, learning design, teaching NLM resources, pedagogy and presentation skills, and publicity.
  • Patient Engagement brings together Network Members who want to contribute to empowering the public to make the most effective use of information and decision support resources that hold the promise of promoting healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illness, and improving health outcomes when disease occurs. Topics of interest may include: community engagement and outreach, consumer health, evaluation/assessment, health disparities, health literacy, Healthy People 2020, the healthcare experience, MedlinePlus/MedlinePlus Connect, NLM consumer health resources, patient education, and public health.