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All of Us - PLA 2020 Professional Development Award

Description of Award

The All of Us Community Engagement PLA Professional Development Award is providing funding for public library staff to attend the Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN on February 25 – 29, 2020. This award is intended to help public library staff support the health information needs of their communities by attending health information or health-related programs at PLA 2020. 


National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.
The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, funding opportunities are offered by the NNLM SCR to provide resources to libraries, community-based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the South Central Region of the United States. States served by the NNLM SCR include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The purpose of this award is to enable organizations to develop and offer programs that will increase access to and use of authoritative health information resources.
All of Us Community Engagement Network
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has partnered with the NIH All of Us Research Program. Through this collaboration, NNLM aims to improve health literacy and consumer access to high-quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically by working with public libraries and other organizations. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs by recruiting one million people to help researchers understand how health can be improved with individualized prevention, treatment, and care plans.

  • Network members in the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. 
  • Network member institutions are eligible for multiple awards in the same grant year.
  • Individuals who work at a public library within the NNLM South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) and are affiliated with an NNLM SCR Network member institution are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership: http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html.
  • Agree to attend health-related programs (NNLM SCR Rachel Tims will email recipients a list of health-related programs)
  • Agree to attend the NNLM and All of Us programs (if applicable)
  • Agree to visit the NNLM exhibit booth (if applicable)


Funding Period: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to Saturday, February 29, 2020
Up to $3,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Awards are cost-reimbursable. Please read all sections fully before beginning application.

Funding Restrictions: Indirect cost (IDC) is not an allowable expense.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Continuous reviews will take place for this award.
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the application form available under "Application File" along with a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae to NNLM SCR's All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Rachel Tims

Budget Guidelines

This award is intended to cover the costs of the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference such as registration fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.). Indirect costs are not allowed. Funding will be cost reimbursement.

Evaluation of Proposal

Criteria for selection include: value of the information gained through the activity to the applicant’s institution (20 points); applicant’s perceived impact of information gained for patrons and/ or colleagues (10 points); applicant’s method to share information gained with patrons or colleagues (10 points); quality of the written narrative (5 points).
Proposals will be scored by NNLM SCR staff based on the evaluation criteria listed above. Applications will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis; those receiving a numeric score of 20 or higher will be funded until funding is exhausted. Priority will be given to libraries that support access to health information and meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria.

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

The Department of Health and Human Services synopsis of Section 508 accessibility requirements, requires that all Federal agencies are obligated to make all electronic and information technology (EIT) that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508. EIT purchases made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508.

The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must also meet these requirements.

More information on 508 Compliance is located at http://www.section508.gov

Reporting Requirements: 

Within 10 days of the last award activity, recipients are required to submit a professional development report.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the NLM in all publications, presentations, and posters by stating:

This project has been supported in part or in full by Federal funds through the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under award number UG54LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

All publications must be registered with PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. If you have any questions regarding being in compliance with the Public Access Policy please contact NNLM SCR nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu.

Need Assistance: 
Professional Development
Organization Type: 
Public Library