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LIS Fall Development Award

Description of Award

The goal of this program is to introduce the future LIS workforce to the health sciences, trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, and develop their professional skills.


The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) South Central Region (SCR) is seeking library and information science (LIS) students who are seeking an opportunity to network, learn new skills, and present in a professional setting while learning more about health sciences librarianship and outreach!

Whether you’re interested in health sciences librarianship, informatics, or public librarianship, this program will give you a competitive edge in your job search and future career. You’ll get a chance to work with an SCR coordinator as well as a professional librarian. Additionally, we’ll reimburse up to $500 for you to attend training or another virtual conference of your choosing as it relates to your interest in this program.

The goal of this program is to introduce the future LIS workforce to the health sciences, trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, and develop their professional skills. With coaching from a talented NNLM professional, each awardee will deliver a 15-minute presentation on an NLM resource or NNLM priority at the virtual South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) on October 26th, 2020.

Who are we? NNLM SCR is comprised of diverse and talented professionals with backgrounds ranging from academic librarianship to public health. Together, we extend the services and programs of the NNLM and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) by partnering with health information agencies, health organizations, public health entities, community-based organizations, libraries and the general public to offer outreach, funding opportunities and educational programming throughout the region.

Award Components

  • Free registration to the SCC/MLA Virtual Conference (Oct. 26-28)
  • Training on an NLM product or service
  • Presentation coaching with an NNLM coordinator
  • Up to $500 for an additional professional development activity (training, workshop, conference) of your choice related to your professional area of interest*
  • Resume review by an experienced librarian in the South Central Region (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

*Restrictions: No tuition reimbursement, subscriptions, membership fees, or travel allowed. All activities must be completed by February 1, 2021.


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 of the Library Student Outreach Award are not eligible to apply.


Funding Period: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 to Monday, October 28, 2019
Up to $500
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Three (3) awards. This award is intended to cover SCC/MLA 2020 Virtual Meeting attendance and professional development activity (training, workshop, conference) of applicant's choice related to their professional area of interest, up to $500.00 per award.


Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the application form available in the documents under "Application File" along with a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation to the NNLM SCR Office (nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu).

Evaluation of Proposal

Criteria for selection include:

  • Applicant’s interest in health sciences (5 points) 
  • How opportunity enhances their professional areas of interest (5 points)
  • Value of the information gained through the additional activity to the applicant’s career interests as it relates to this program (5 points)
  • Overall writing quality (5 points)

Applications will be reviewed by NNLM SCR staff. Responses are ranked from “1” (Incomplete) to “5” (Exemplary). The applications will be given a score (0-20) based on the listed evaluation criteria in this CFA. The three (3) highest scoring applications will be funded.

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: 

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

  • Deliver at 15-minute virtual presentation at SCC/MLA on Monday, October 26th
  • Join at least one, if not both, of the classes offered on Thursday, October 29th
    • Grants and Proposal Writing (10am-12pm CT), or
    • What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling (3-4pm CT)

After the Conference

  • Write a blog post about your experiences at SCC/MLA and your professional development activity
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 (nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu).

Professional Development