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Program Objectives

NNLM SCR 2016-2021 Program Objectives

The RML’s programming and service model is comprised of four key components: assessment, education, increased access, and advocacy. Services will be developed to support the following objectives.

Assess

a) Collaborate with agencies and community-based organizations to assess the needs of underserved communities to further develop relevant community programming.

b) Analyze the information seeking practices and educational needs of clinical and biomedical researchers to shape programming that will increase awareness of data science best practices.

c) Analyze community needs assessments data within the South Central Region to aid in constructing programming that focuses on curricula associated with regional health disparities.

d) Gain awareness of the needs of libraries by consulting with Regional Advisory Committees.

Educate

a) Advance the research and patient care endeavors of health professionals by increasing their awareness and proficiency in utilizing NLM information resources.

b) Increase knowledge of issues that will facilitate effective patient-provider relationships. (e.g., health literacy, patient safety, effective communication, management of health information)

c) Partner with network members, agencies and community-based organizations to increase underrepresented and underserved community members’ awareness and use of freely available authoritative health information.

d) Provide training to librarians to enhance their professional skill base and knowledge of topics of importance to the health science community. 

Increase Access

a) Develop funding opportunities to assist stakeholders in upgrading, replacing or adopting technologies that will increase access to health information.

b) Provide funding opportunities to enable health professionals, public health practitioners and community based health educators to acquire mobile technologies that will assist them in providing services at point of need.

c) Offer educational programming to ensure biomedical researchers gain the knowledge needed to effectively locate, manage, curate and ensure access to their research data.

Advocate

a) Increase awareness of the role of health science libraries by directly advocating for libraries around the region with a special focus on promoting the important role of hospital libraries in the patient care process.

b) Provide librarians the tools and skills needed to develop their own advocacy programming.

c) Provide librarians with the tools and skills needed to educate health professionals and the community in the effective use of National Library of Medicine resources.

d) Promote open access and effective data management practices that increase availability of NIH funded research.