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Library Student Outreach Award

Description of Award

This award promotes the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship.

Past Recipients


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 promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship.
The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in October, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.


Library students residing in and currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply.
Previous recipients and recipients of the 2019 Mayo Drake Student Scholarship Award are not eligible to apply.


Funding Period: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Monday, October 14, 2019
Up to $2,000
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Two (2) awards. This award is intended to cover all expenses, up to $2,000.00 per award, related to conference attendance, including: registration, travel, lodging, and per diem. Funding will be cost reimbursement.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 5:00pm
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the application form available in the CFA document under "Application File" along with a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation to the NNLM SCR Office (

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 outreach (15 points).
  • Applicant’s description of how this award could impact future career goals (10 points).
  • Inclusion of a well-defined plan to use the information gained from the conference with fellow library students, colleagues or by performing future outreach activities (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

Reporting Requirements: 

During the Conference
During the conference, recipients are required to:

  • Attend as many of the scientific and poster sessions as possible;
  • Attend a Plenary Session;
  • Attend the Outreach Advisory Meeting;
  • Staff the NNLM SCR exhibit booth for an assigned period;
  • Briefly present on an NLM product during exhibit hours (with guidance from a coordinator).

After the Conference
Within 10 days of the last award activity, recipients are required to submit a report through the NNLM online reporting system. The report is located at:

The report should cover a variety of topics including:

  • Scientific and poster sessions attended;
  • Lessons learned from the NNLM SCR Plenary sessions or educational programs;
  • Description of compelling outreach projects by librarians in the South Central Region;
  • Ideas for future outreach services.
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 UG4LM012345 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 (

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