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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

NN/LM SE/A Seeking Applications for Funding

This is a reminder that NN/LM SE/A has funds available for Professional Development and Exhibits. We have also reopened the application process for Medical Library Projects, Outreach, and Technology Improvement.

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: November 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: November 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: November 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.

NLM to Retire Asian American Health Portal on November 21, 2016.

To concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials, NLM will retire the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016.

Please use HealthReach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities. In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholder to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. If you have any questions or comments please contact Laura Bartlett:


NTO Webinar: ALTBIB: Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing – December 8 – 1 PM ET

This one hour webinar outlines the basics of ALTBIB & how to use it. Hands-on activities are included. Stephanie Publicker from NLM Specialized Information Services will be on hand to answer questions. The webinar is free, open to anyone, and worth 1 MLA CE credit. Course date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016 – 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/11 AM MT/10 AM PT

More info & register at:

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – Registration Open

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT. This live, 90-minute WebEx session will cover the following topics and offer hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned:

  1. Review My NCBI login options: Is your institution on the list?
  2. Customize your My NCBI page
  3. Shared Settings: Your library can create a custom PubMed experience for people with no My NCBI account.
  4. Save a search
  5. Email alerts for a saved search: Do research in your sleep.
  6. Collections: They can be public.
  7. My NCBI Filters: Always there when you need them.
  8. Custom Filters in My NCBI

Register here: 

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

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.

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.