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Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

NN/LM SE/A Seeking Applications for Funding

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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 $15000
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

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 $15000
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

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 $15000
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

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. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2018.

Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) (PAR-17-159)

Thursday, February 16th, 2017


The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing. To bring the benefits of big data research to consumers and patients, new biomedical informatics and data science approaches are needed, shaped to meet the needs of consumers and patients, whose health literacy, language skills, technical sophistication, education and cultural traditions affect how they find, understand and use personal health information. Novel data science approaches are needed to help individuals at every step, from harvesting to storing to using data and information in a personal health library.

Applicants must base their proposed work on an informed profile of the intended users, and, the work should be developed through interaction with the user. The strongest projects will provide approaches that incorporate health data and information from more than one source, such as diagnostic images and links to full-text articles or genome sequence data linked to a family health history. An application should be centered on the problem area being addressed and the intended audience, propose a possible solution that employs novel data science or informatics, and undertake a pilot that will result in evidence of the degree of success and/or needed next steps. Applicants should expect to involve the intended users in their work.

This program expires March 20, 2018 unless reissued. Only electronic applications are accepted.

NLM Contact

Dr. Alan VanBiervliet


Deadlines for New Applications: May 1, 2017 and March 19, 2018


Request for Nominees: 2017 DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine ( seek nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.


  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form (
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2017 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail to:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500

Bethesda, MD 20814


Fax: 301-657-1296

Area Health Education Centers will use National Library of Medicine funds for youth development

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Organization has announced three of its member AHEC organizations (Atlanta AHEC (The Southeast Primary Care Consortium), Eastern Connecticut AHEC, and Southeast Pennsylvania AHEC) will participate in the second year phase of a health information literacy initiative funded with $150,000 from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Projects will address youth empowerment through health information skills and social action projects.

The multi-center award approach is designed to test implementation of Project SHARE, Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment, across varying community contexts. Project SHARE is a previously funded NLM curriculum developed at the University of Maryland/Baltimore. The curriculum encourages health communication, action, leadership and evidence-based knowledge acquisition at individual, family, and community levels.  Awardee AHECs will incorporate health professions shadowing, mentoring and expertise throughout the project and are working with inner city young men, and Native American tribal youth.

A key project partner, John Scott with the Center for Public Service Communications (CPSC), will assist awardees in rolling out the projects. The CPSC has been involved in high-school based NLM activities for over a decade in South Carolina. From those experiences, a primary project component has been adopted. Project SHARE students will incorporate an over-arching social action project that, while not part of the original curriculum, has been shown to build enthusiasm and commitment to project learning in students of the South Carolina programs. New AHEC awardees will combine program elements to make an engaging experience for students.

Teens Teach Tech: Intergenerational Literacies

Monday, September 19th, 2016

by Liz Bowen

How can public libraries address the increasing digital literacy needs of seniors while also providing valuable volunteer opportunities to young adults?

Through a program called Teens Teach Tech!

At the Frederick County Public Libraries, teens are teaching seniors how to search the Internet, create Facebook accounts and practice skills needed to succeed in today’s digital world.

Liz Bowen, teen librarian at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, believes a successful Teens Teach Tech program starts with a strong foundation: the teen volunteers. “Utilizing the teens’ technological strengths is what makes this program unique,” she relays. The teens help to create a warm, inviting environment for seniors who might be a little wary of large, classroom settings as they pursue the skills to Skype with grandchildren far away, set up a Facebook account, or send an email to an old friend. To ensure that seniors don’t feel lost, the library pairs them with a teen on an individual level, based on their specific needs. The training is completely hands-on and tailored to each individual’s technology questions and goals.

Ikem Itabor, teen volunteer, explains why he joined the program. “I wanted to be able to help others become comfortable with their computer skills because everyone in this age should be comfortable using technology,” says Ikem. “Volunteering for the Teens Teach Tech program provided me with the opportunity to help people understand a key tool in our world today, that affects how we communicate and interact with others.”

The program started at the downtown library and was held once a week over the course of two months. But Bowen quickly realized this program needed to expand to other locations as transportation can be a real barrier for seniors. The program expanded to the Urbana location where a senior center is also located. Another barrier can be providing suitable technology. Through the generosity of the Margaret Edwards Literacies Grant, laptop kits were created and are shared between library branches. The availability of this technology is a pivotal part of the program, allowing for the flexibility of learning environments.

The Teens Teach Tech intergenerational program goes beyond learning to use a mouse. Besides providing seniors with the ability to reach their technology goals, the program benefits both the teens and seniors socially and serves as an esteem-builder and confidence-booster for both groups, as well.

Libraries are places of transformation, of learning, and of acceptance. Volunteering and technology classes are just some of the many wonderful offerings in today’s libraries.

What will tomorrow hold? What we dream of today.

– Liz Bowen is the Teen Librarian at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, Maryland. She can be reached by email or phone: or (301) 600-3784. She will be presenting on the Teens Teach Tech program for the NN/LM SE/A November 16th Beyond the SEA webinar series.

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.