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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for the ‘Evaluation’ Category

NTO Training Needs Assessment

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Learning: you do it every day because you’re curious and you want to stay informed. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can help you learn what you care about…and we’d like to do it on your terms.

Please complete our training needs assessment. By doing so, your responses will guide NN/LM in developing programs:

  • on the topics you want
  • at the right level
  • in a format that works for you

This needs assessment is being conducted by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) and is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete. It will close on November 30, 2016. Your response is sincerely appreciated.


New Funding Opportunities from the Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, S/EA programs or SE/A member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

Amount: Up to $2000
Application Deadline: Until depleted


Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.
Amount: Up to $5000
Application Deadline: September 30, 2016


Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources. Or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges and universities.
Amount: Up to $5000
Application Deadline: September 30, 2016


Professional Development: To enable individuals at SE/A Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.
Amount: Up to $1500
Application Deadline: Until depleted


Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.
Amount: Up to $5000
Application Deadline: September 30, 2016


Details for these awards may be found on the SE/A Funding Opportunities page. All award proposals will be submitted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria since much is new. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2017.

Free Webinar: Once Upon a Time: Using Evaluation Findings to Tell Your Project’s Story

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Date/Time: Thursday, December 10, 11 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time/10 AM – 11:30 AM Central Time

Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read. Sound like a fairy tale? It doesn’t have to be. In “Once Upon a Time,” the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will describe how to create more audience-friendly reports and presentations. This webinar will cover a five-step process for developing reports, then present two different structures that can be used to organize narrative and content to be interesting and motivational to the reader or listener. The formats covered in this webinar can be adapted for written reports, presentations, and even elevator speeches.

Don’t let your data get in the way of a good story; use your data to enhance it instead.

Note: The Mississippi State Department of Health, a network member of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), invited the OERC to provide this special 90-minute presentation for its public health staff.  Because the information can be applied to many settings, we are happy to open the workshop to other members in the NN/LM SE/A region. This webinar earns one MLA Continuing Education credit.

Registration is required. To register, please click on the following link:


Cindy Olney is the Acting Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (NN/LM OERC).  She has been a program evaluator for more than 25 years.

Karen Vargas is the Evaluation Specialist of the NN/LM OERC.  Prior to joining the OERC in February 2015, she was the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for NN/LM South Central Regional Medical Library (located in the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library).

The NN/LM OERC is funded through a National Library of Medicine contract with the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.  The NN/LM is a network of libraries and organizations that work together to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health through access to health information. The mission of the OERC is to build capacity for health information outreach evaluation in the NN/LM.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.