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Emerging Leader Award

Description of Award

This award motivates and prepares a librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library.


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 NNLM SCR is partnering with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) to offer the Emerging Leaders Award. The purpose of this award is to motivate and prepare a librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library.  

The award will pair a librarian with a SCAMeL academic health sciences library director who will serve as his or her mentor. The SCAMeL volunteer mentor will introduce the award recipient to the financial and administrative roles and responsibilities of a health sciences library director. The award will include visits to the mentor’s library, the SCAMeL meeting at SCC/MLA, and an orientation to the NNLM SCR office at SCC/MLA.

The site visit to the mentor’s library allows the recipient to experience the academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the tutelage of a library director. 


Librarians who are affiliated with an NNLM SCR Network member institution are eligible to apply.


Funding Period: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Up to $4,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

One (1) award up to $4,000 will be made available.  Funding for this award is intended to cover only costs related to travel to the above-mentioned locations. Funding will be cost reimbursement.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
All activities must be completed by April 30, 2020.
Application Instructions: 

Send the following to the NNLM SCR Office (nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu):

  • A completed application form
  • Copy of resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support from home institution

Budget Guidelines

All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer.

Evaluation of Proposal

The evaluation criteria are listed in the order of relative importance with points assigned for evaluation purposes. Applications will be scored against these criteria, so please be certain that all criteria have been addressed.  Maximum Points: 30

  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest and/or experience in health information supervision, management, or administration (10 points).
  • Applicant’s description of how this award could impact future career goals (10 points).
  • Strength of the applicant’s letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should describe why the applicant is well-suited for this award (5 points).
  • Inclusion of a well-defined plan to use the information gained from the award experience (5 points).

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 https://www.section508.gov/

Reporting Requirements: 

Within 10 days of the last award activity, recipients are required to submit a final report through the outreach reporting system.  The NNLM SCR will provide instructions on accessing and using the system upon award. The report should cover a variety of topics including:

  • Scientific and poster sessions attended at SCC/MLA
  • Lessons learned from the NNLM SCR office
  • Lessons learned from the visit to the mentor’s library
  • Description of how this experience has influenced your career goals
  • Plans for incorporating and disseminating the knowledge gained through this award

Please refer to the NNLM Evaluation Office’s NNLM Evaluation Materials web page for the type of information you will need to report for this professional development award.

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.

Need Assistance: 

Contact the NNLM SCR Office (nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu).

Professional Development