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Request for Information (RFI): Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (UG4)
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Oct 01 2019
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Request Information RFI): Evolving National Network Libraries Medicine UG4) Notice Number: NOT-LM-19-005 Key Dates Release Date: October 1, 2019 Response Date: December 02, 2019 Related Announcements None Issued National Library Medicine NLM) Purpose The National Network Libraries Medicine (NNLM) seeks new ideas help improve access health information help inform design the NNLM request applications the 2021-2026 project period. NNLM managed the National Library Medicine. Request Information RFI) offers health sciences public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the public opportunity provide information how NNLM best provide U.S. health professionals better access biomedical information improve public’s access trusted health information. A fact sheet summarizing NNLM program available. Background NNLM a key partner helping NLM achieve vision outlined the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027 “to reach people more ways through enhanced dissemination engagement pathways.” addition, NLM seeks enhance research, development, training, information services make biomedical data findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable FAIR), invent tools services turn data information knowledge insight, to develop workforce this work. Implementing vision require new partnerships ways engage stakeholders the public private sectors, including researchers, librarians, health professionals, entrepreneurs innovators, underserved communities, the public. Through its products services, NLM supports researchers, health care providers, librarians, members the public seek current trusted biomedical information data. NLM’s databases, tools, services, including PubMed, MedlinePlus,, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, Genetics Home Reference, database Genotypes Phenotypes, Unified Medical Language System--cover health, genetics, drugs, chemicals, many topics. Effective community engagement critical assuring NLM resources reach wide range audiences — librarians researchers clinicians, teenagers their parents seniors, policymakers the public. Engagement encompasses promoting awareness available information resources, developing understanding users’ information needs, facilitating access ensuring ability use information resources. NLM continue leverage 7,500+ member organizations the NNLM, act trusted ambassadors between NLM the communities serve. NLM also partners the NNLM enable new generation data-ready librarians informationists transform libraries hubs data literacy. Medical Library Assistance Act 1965 MLAA, P.L. 89-291) established NNLM assist development medical libraries’ services to facilitate dissemination use information related health sciences. Over time, growing emphasis been placed increasing impact the NNLM through partnerships NLM member organizations, including health sciences, hospital, academic, public libraries, well health professionals, data organizations, community-based organizations. NNLM coordinated the NLM Office Engagement Training, working through National Network Steering Committee. See The Nation's Health Information Network: History the Regional Medical Library Program, 1965-1985, and an historical overview the National Network Libraries Medicine, 1985-2015 for information. NNLM provides convenient access biomedical health information resources U.S. health professionals, researchers, educators, the public. a core component NLM outreach, NNLM seeks reduce health disparities improve health information literacy, providing funding, professional development, learning opportunities NNLM members. NNLM comprises eight Regional Medical Libraries funded via 5-year competitive cooperative agreements. Regional Medical Libraries engage 7,500+ members a map more information each region its members/partners, see NNLM Regions). Five national offices provide professional services support NNLM achieving national initiatives, well serve regional needs: NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office, NNLM Web Services Office, NNLM Training Office, NNLM Evaluation Office, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office. current structure enabled NNLM launch several national initiatives, including focus data science a series new enhanced partnerships the NIH All Us Research Program, NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program ACIOP), public libraries public library associations. the first partnerships, new NNLM centers been created: the NNLM All Us Community Engagement Network, the All Us Training & Education Center, the NNLM ACIOP Coordinating Center. Information Requested NLM seeks input current potential user communities maximize effectiveness efficiency the NNLM. We’re interested your responses the following topics other suggestions. Priorities, Strategies, Partnerships Priorities NNLM should address. Consider themes related the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027. Strategies reach new existing audiences effectively, especially minority underserved populations. Effective ways partner libraries, health organizations, community organizations reach health professionals, researchers, the public. top three health information outreach priorities your organization the next five years. Important new partnership opportunities the NNLM. Outreach Programs, Engagement, Training New outreach roles outreach opportunities barriers the NNLM. NNLM programs, activities, other components are less significance and/or might considered elimination. Strategies support staff NNLM member organizations their knowledge ability support NLM products services. Types NNLM engagement activities promote NLM’s wide array offerings all audiences. Contribution resource sharing the NNLM’s mission promote access biomedical or health information. Membership, NNNLM Structure, Service Coordination Responsibilities benefits NNLM membership. Types organizations could potential members the NNLM. Structure the NNLM steering committee, currently consists leaders the Regional Medical Libraries, national offices, NNLM centers, NLM. geographical configuration the NNLM. A tool map are available help develop submit suggestions. Services the NNLM could coordinated nationally. Services are best coordinated a local regional level. to Submit Response responses this RFI must submitted to by December 2, 2019. Please limit comments no than 3 pages. Responses this RFI voluntary may submitted anonymously. Please not include any personally identifiable other information you not wish make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, sensitive information should be included responses. Government use information submitted response this RFI its discretion. Government reserves right use any submitted information public websites, reports, summaries the state the science, any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), cooperative agreement(s), in development future funding opportunity announcements. RFI for informational planning purposes only is a solicitation applications an obligation the part the Government provide support any ideas identified response it. Please note the Government not pay the preparation any information submitted for of information. data collected maintained the eRA system covered under NIH Privacy Act Systems Record Notice SORN) 09-25-0225. Inquiries Please direct inquiries to: Mike DavidsonOffice Engagement Training, National Library