On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine announced the award of a five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to serve as both the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR), and the NN/LM Evaluation Office.
The University of Washington Health Sciences Library is one of eight RMLs in the NN/LM. There are now five national coordinating offices that support the NN/LM mission. They are the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO), the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), the NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO), the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office (NPCHO) and the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO). A National Steering Committee, comprised of the National Network Coordination Office and representatives from the National Library of Medicine Extramural Programs as well as the RMLs and the national offices, will guide the work of the NN/LM.
The agreement begins May 1, 2016, and as we enter a new phase for the NN/LM, we look forward to continued collaboration, cooperation and partnerships with our Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Libraries (including hospital, academic, public and others) will continue to be the foundation of our Network. Additionally, given fast paced changes in healthcare and research, we recognize opportunities to expand the Network and cultivate new partnerships with researchers and data organizations, while building on relationships with community providers, clinicians, schools, and the public health and health workforce programs that require the best available evidence and health information expertise.
We look forward to your participation in the program and appreciate your ideas. Upcoming opportunities for involvement include: interest in a data journal club and/or a Twitter chat to better understand the role of librarians in expanding the use of clinical data; forming community partnerships to participate in the National Library of Medicine Travelling Exhibit Program to expand the impact of health information programming in your organization; and identification of specific resources targeted to healthcare consumer audiences you serve, e.g. health needs of seniors, those caring for family members with disabilities, veterans’ health, or rural health needs.
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