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Scholarships Available for 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums

To maximize training opportunities for people engaged in sustaining and advancing indigenous culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is providing up to $75,000 in scholarship funding for eligible applicants to attend the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ (Gila River Indian Community). Pre-conference workshops take place on Monday, October 10 and conference sessions are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11-12. Applications must be received by April 15, 2016.

Eligible candidates include:

  • Staff members of tribal archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation offices, and language programs.
  • Staff members of non-tribal cultural institutions who are tribally enrolled, or working directly with Native collections.
  • Students enrolled in college-level library, museum, or archival programs.

If awarded a scholarship, recipients are expected to volunteer at the conference, commit to attending a minimum of seven concurrent sessions and write a brief impact report. Scholarships are not intended to cover the full cost of attending the conference; successful applicants will be expected to make a contribution to their own expenses.

2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by June 13, 2016! The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available, and is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Suet Vu, Contracting Officer.

Early-Bird Registration and Travel Scholarships Now Available for National Diversity in Libraries Conference at UCLA in August!

Early registration is available for the National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016 (NDLC ’16) through April 30 at the rate of $175. Save $50 off the regular rate! The student registration rate is $100. The meeting, co-sponsored by the UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will take place on the UCLA campus August 10–13, 2016. The conference aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields in order to improve organizational excellence and community engagement. NDLC ’16 program and poster topics cover areas of diversity that affect staff, users, and institutions, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Collections and Access
  • Programming, Outreach, and Advocacy
  • Personnel, Management, and Organization
  • Challenging Topics

To learn more about the conference, check out the UCLA Library’s NDLC ’16 event page!

In addition, ARL has announced availability of up to five $1,000 scholarships for individuals to attend NDLC ’16. Funds from the scholarships may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals. Anyone interested in this opportunity must apply online by Friday, April 29. Successful applicants will be notified by June 6.

Rural Funding Opportunity: USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service is soliciting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including: most State and local governmental entities, Federally-recognized Tribes, non-profits, for-profit businesses, and consortia of eligible entities. The application deadline is March 14, 2016. For more information, visit the USDA website.

Insular Areas Funding Opportunity: OIA Technical Assistance Program

The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is requesting funding proposals for its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) (Funding Opportunity Number: TAP-2016), which provides grant funding for short-term projects intended to meet the immediate needs of Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau; and any non-profit institutions/organizations whose missions directly benefit the seven insular areas. Funding priorities include, but are not limited to, projects that foster the development of the insular areas in the following categories: Accountability, financial management, economic development, education, energy, management control initiatives, disaster assistance, natural and cultural resources, climate change, capacity building, health initiatives, and outdoor youth initiatives. The application deadline is March 1, 2016. For more information, visit

Call for Applications for NIH Funded Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Fellowship

Precision medicine’s promise to deliver the right treatment at the right time relies on our ability to extract information from high-dimensional data sets that combine traditional clinical data in electronic health records with data generated by high- throughput technologies. To meet this challenge, new approaches for data representation, integration, analysis, visualization and sharing need to be developed collaboratively by quantitative scientists, biomedical researchers, clinicians, and bioethicists.

Fellowship applications are now being accepted for a joint Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and University of Minnesota week-long Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM) funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). BDC4CM will emphasize how to navigate the interface between research and practice by offering participants in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from leading researchers in academia and industry. The course will be held on July 11-14, 2016 at Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York City.

Applicants must be faculty, scientists, post-doctoral fellows and researchers with a PhD, MD, or equivalent in computer science, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, statistics, health information technology or a related degree, or graduate students enrolled in a PhD, MD, or equivalent program in these fields. For additional information about the program and to apply, visit the CFA website. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2016.

Webinar Series: Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan

If you want to develop a project that requires stakeholder support, you need more than a solid plan. You need to build the case for both the need and potential success of your program. In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will offer a four-session webinar series on how to use program evaluation tools and methods to develop a program plan that you can promote to stakeholders, such as funding or partnering organizations. Community assessment will allow you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project, as well as help you build relationships with potential partners. You will learn about planning tools that help you connect program activities to desired outcomes and add a strong evaluation component to your project proposal. The information in this workshop will help you organize both your project ideas and supporting data in preparation for proposal writing.

  • (Webinar 1) How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project.
  • (Webinar 2) Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project.
  • (Webinar 3) Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results.
  • (Webinar 4) Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal.

Dates and Times: This webinar series will be offered at two different times during the month of February. (Sessions will be recorded for those who with schedule conflicts.)

  • Session 1: Classes will meet Monday 2/1; Wednesday 2/3; Monday 2/8; and Wednesday 2/10. All sessions will be held from 9am-10am PST.
  • Session 2: Classes will meet Tuesday 2/16; Thursday 2/18; Tuesday 2/23; and Thursday 2/25. All sessions will be held from 1pm-2pm PST.

Registration is required. To sign up, go to the Mapping an Outreach Project webpage to select your preferred session and click on “Register” to fill out the registration form. Participants are eligible to receive 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credit from the Medical Library Association. One hour of CE will be earned for each live or recorded webinar attended (up to 4 CEs), and an extra four CEs can be earned for a four-part homework assignment. All webinars must be viewed and homework completed and sent to the instructor by the deadline.

AAHSL Data Scholarships

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Future Leadership Committee has announced the one-time offering of several scholarships to support individuals from AAHSL member libraries interested in learning more about any aspect of the data life cycle. A total of $5000 is available for the committee to award. Scholarship awards, in amounts up to $2500, may be used for participation in established educational programs, or for individually designed learning opportunities. Candidates should be employed in a professional position in an AAHSL member library (full or associate member) and have an MLS or comparable graduate degree. The maximum award for any single scholarship will not exceed $2500. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award date.

Applicants should express in a Word document of 300 words or fewer how they would use data scholarship funding to enhance their understanding of data, and how they would apply that knowledge in their work. Additionally, an itemized cost breakdown of anticipated expenses (e.g. travel, accommodations, registration, or other expenses) should be included. The Future Leadership Committee will consider a wide variety of learning opportunities, so applicants have significant latitude in their proposals. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified March 1, 2016. Please submit applications to with the subject heading AAHSL Data Scholarship. Persons awarded data scholarships are required to submit a report upon completion of the learning activity.

New OMH Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is presenting a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications:

Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing (Rescheduled due to technical problems. Please re-register)
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics — from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PST: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified.

Professional Development Awards Available for PSR Hospital Librarians!

Professional development funding is available to support Network Member hospital librarians in the Pacific Southwest Region wishing to attend workshops or conferences, to develop their skills and knowledge in health information access and delivery. We expect to fund three awards, with a maximum award amount per person of $1,000, to cover registration fees and travel expenses. The activity and any associated travel must be completed by April 30, 2016. Applications submitted by Friday, October 16, will receive priority consideration. The award guidelines and application form, including submission instructions, are available on the NN/LM PSR Funding webpage. Awardees are expected to submit a Latitudes article reporting on the activity and associated benefits, after attending the event.