National Network of Libraries of Medicine
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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 areas: Substance Use Disorder, Graphic Medicine, and Hospital Librarianship.

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 in-person events bring 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