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NNLM Region 5 Technology Equity Award

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-08-16 21:30
Technology Equity Award Background/Purpose

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region 5, under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through Technology Equity Awards to support infrastructure that improves equitable access to biomedical and health information.

Specifically, the Technology Equity Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 5 cooperative agreement.

  • Support Digital Access, Digital Health Literacy, and Digital Health Equity ensuring that a variety of users, such as affiliated and unaffiliated health professionals, researchers, librarians and the public have equal access to, and the skills to benefit from, biomedical and health information.
  • Administer funding awards to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.
Eligibility

Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 5. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership, find out your NNLM ID or to apply for membership, contact Outreach and Access Coordinator Emily Hamstra via email: ehamstra@uw.edu.

Awards should focus on upgrading, replacing or adopting hardware or software technologies that will increase access to health information, and/or strengthen communications and connectivity for health,

Potential projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):

  • Installing high speed or broadband access to the Internet in areas where Internet is not presently available
  • Upgrading a slow Internet connection to a higher speed connection, or adding WiFi, mobile broadband or similar services
  • Purchasing equipment to establish telehealth services within a library or community organization setting
  • Establishing mobile digital access to be used to facilitate digital training or digital access to online health information when providing information services outside of the library (e.g. equipping a bookmobile with tablets and WiFi for public use).
  • Using mobile devices to support access to health information at the point of need, such as for emergency responders or patient care teams on bedside rounds
  • Purchase of Wi-Fi lendable hot spots or lendable routers
  • Obtaining hardware or software to support virtual health programming.
  • Installing adaptive hardware and software to better enable individuals with disabilities to access computer-based health information
  • Upgrading equipment in a computer lab or learning center to facilitate virtual reality instruction or hands-on computer-based instruction
  • Implementing a digital peer navigator program to offer personalized assistance in learning how to use a variety of digital tools to access NLM’s health information resources
Funding

Funding Period: November 8, 2021 – April 30, 2022

Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 6

Additional Funding Information: Maximum fixed price award is $5,000. A payment for the full amount of the award will be made when the agreement is signed.

Application

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021

Note: Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021 will receive first consideration.

Application Instructions:

Step 1: Applicants should inform NNLM Region 5 of their Letter of Intent to apply by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, September 17, 2021, by emailing nnlm@uw.edu

Please follow these Letter of Intent (LOI) Guidelines:

  • Your LOI should be a brief, yet effective one-page letter that summarizes your full proposal.
  • Address your LOI to “NNLM Region 5” and email it to: nnlm@uw.edu
  • Include the name of your library/organization.
  • State the grant you are applying for, e.g. NNLM Technology Equity Award, and the approximate amount of money you are requesting.
  • Provide a short description of the project and how it fits NNLM’s purpose for the award. Include the population to be served and any relevant statistics.
  • Include major activities along with the names and titles of key project staff members.
  • Think of the letter of intent as a concept paper, not an absolute.
  • Questions about the Letter of Intent? Email NNLM Region 5 at: nnlm@uw.edu

Step 2: Download this Application Form and submit the completed Application Form to nnlm@uw.edu by the Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021

The Region 5 staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given by November 8, 2021.

Budget Guidelines:

Maximum award is up to $5,000.

Applicants must complete the budget table in the application with detailed costs for each category, including a description for budgeted items, explaining the purpose of each item in the project.

Allowable expenses Personnel, equipment, supplies, travel and other costs such as reproduction of materials, software, Internet service provider fees. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive.

Expenses are also allowed to publicize a health information event or resource, including NLM or NNLM resources or services, but the allowable costs are limited to educational materials or publicity, such as posters, displays, flyers, bookmarks, or brochures. Please consult the policy at http://www.hhs.gov/grants/contracts/contract-policies-regulations/spending-on-promotional-items/index.html.

Non-allowable expenses: Furniture is not allowed and food is not allowed.

Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs: Indirect cost (IDC)/F&A can be included based on your institution’s federally approved IDC agreement (non-research rates apply). A 10% MTDC rate may be used if no IDC agreement exists.

Evaluation of Applications

Applications will be reviewed by: NNLM Region 5 staff and Network member volunteers.

Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria.

  1. SIGNIFICANCE (40 points)

a. Are the significant contributions to NNLM goals checked by applicant?

b. Does the information provided support the need for the project, including information about the target population (worksheet provided in the Award Application), information resources or services currently available, information resources or services which are needed, and relevant barriers to be addressed?  Does the application discuss the program’s potential impact on addressing digital equity to advance an underrepresented population’s equal access to health information?

  1. METHODOLOGY/APPROACH (40 points)

a. Are the methods, tools, or approaches suitable to demonstrate skill and value of the library, library staff or community organization and/or its staff to accomplish the project?

b. Is the ability to execute the milestones and overall project within the timeframe specified?

c. Does the application include an evaluation plan to measure indicators of desired outcomes?

  1. KEY PERSONNEL (10 points)

a. Are the qualifications and time commitments of key personnel to initiate new services and partnerships explained?

b. If applicable, do project partners bring experience to the team?

  1. BUDGET (10 points)

a. Is the budget reasonable and within funding limits?

b. Is the budget justification sound?

Additional Information

508 Compliance:

If web-based resources are developed using NNLM funding, developers are asked to ensure accessibility for the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. For information on Section 508-compliant website development, see National Library of Medicine Web Pages & Accessibility  and HHS Section 508 policy .

 Reporting:

  1. For any classes, training sessions, presentations, exhibits and/or site visits conducted as part of this project, a Region 5 Activity Report and a Participant Information Sheet are required and must be submitted to NNLM Region 5 staff within 14 days of the activity. NNLM Region 5 staff will provide access to the report templates to awardees.
  2. A progress report summarizing activities and evaluation completed to date is due to the NNLM Region 5 staff no later than February 18, 2022. NNLM Region 5 staff will provide access to the report template to awardees.
  3. A final report is required to be submitted to NNLM Region 5 staff no later than May 27, 2022. NNLM Region 5 staff will provide access to the report template to awardees.

Technology Improvement Reporting: A Technology Improvement Report is required for projects receiving or purchasing technology. The Technology Improvement Report must be submitted within 30 calendar days upon completion of the project or no later than May 27, 2022. Access to the report template will be provided to awardees.

NIH Public Access Policy:

Final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts resulting from funded projects must be submitted to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. For more information, see NOT-OD-08-033 and the Public Access website.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials:

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

  • National Networks of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website;
  • Other site specifically designated by the NLM as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

In addition, award recipients are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with Region 5 staff prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting:

NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the material and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the NNLM.

NIH Acknowledgement:

Any resource developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

“Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

Need additional information or help?

Contact Michele Spatz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, NNLM Region 5 at: mspatz@uw.edu Telephone: 206-543-8262

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NNLM Region 5 Environmental Health Outreach Award

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-08-16 21:00
Environmental Health Outreach Award Background/Purpose

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM Region 5), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through Environmental Health Outreach Awards to address environmental health issues in underserved communities through education and creative community responses to improve health equity.

Awards should focus on building partnerships, collaborating with libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, healthcare workforce, or community organizations to reach underserved populations in the region and effectively provide meaningful education, raise awareness of how the environment impacts heath and plan or implement projects that address an important environmental health issue in underserved communities.

Specifically, the Environmental Health Outreach Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 5 cooperative agreement.

  • Increase community-driven approaches and interventions for outreach and engagement to advance biomedical and health information access and use through collaborations with libraries and organizations serving health professionals, public health workers, and the public.
  • Administer funding awards to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.
Eligibility

Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 5. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership, find out your NNLM ID or to apply for membership, contact Outreach and Access Coordinator Emily Hamstra via email: ehamstra@uw.edu.

Proposed projects may include the following activities (other creative ideas encouraged):

  • Creating environmental health action kits to support education and action on an important environmental health issue in an underrepresented community.
  • Offering online educational opportunities to increase awareness and teach participants how to use electronic environmental health resources, including NLM and other NIH resources.
  • Forming and facilitating a local coalition to educate and empower underrepresented communities on environmental health issues.
  • Establishing an action collaborative to address an important environmental health issue in an underserved community.
  • Planting a sustainable community garden in a community’s food desert which includes a “grow your knowledge” display that links to NLM healthy recipes.
  • Crafting a walking educational exhibit on the interconnection of health and the environment which includes QR codes to relevant NLM and other NIH resources as well as local and regional resources or environmental health activities.
Funding

Funding Period: November 8, 2021 – April 30, 2022

Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 3

Additional Funding Information: Maximum fixed price award is $5,000. A payment for the full amount of the award will be made when the agreement is signed.

Application

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021

Note: Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021, will receive first consideration.

Application Instructions:

Step 1: Applicants should inform NNLM Region 5 of their Letter of Intent to apply by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, September 17, 2021, by emailing nnlm@uw.edu

Please follow these Letter of Intent (LOI) Guidelines:

  • Your LOI should be a brief, yet effective one-page letter that summarizes your full proposal.
  • Address your LOI to “NNLM Region 5” and email it to: nnlm@uw.edu
  • Include the name of your library/organization.
  • State the grant you are applying for, e.g. NNLM Region 5 Environmental Health Outreach Award, and the approximate amount of money you are requesting.
  • Provide a short description of the project and how it fits NNLM’s purpose for the award. Include the population to be served and any relevant statistics.
  • Include major activities along with the names and titles of key project staff members.
  • Think of the letter of intent as a concept paper, not an absolute.
  • Questions about the Letter of Intent? Email NNLM Region 5 at: nnlm@uw.edu

Step 2: Download this Application Form and submit the completed Application Form to nnlm@uw.edu by the Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021 

The Region 5 staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given by November 8, 2021.

Budget Guidelines:
  • Maximum award is up to $5,000.
  • Applicants must complete the budget table in the application with detailed costs for each category, including a description for budgeted items, explaining the purpose of each item in the project.
  • Allowable expenses Personnel, equipment, supplies, travel and other costs such as reproduction of materials, software, Internet service provider fees. These are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive.
  • Expenses are also allowed to publicize a health information event or resource, including NLM or NNLM resources or services, but the allowable costs are limited to educational materials or publicity, such as posters, displays, flyers, bookmarks, or brochures. Please consult the policy at http://www.hhs.gov/grants/contracts/contract-policies-regulations/spending-on-promotional-items/index.html.
  • Non-allowable expenses: Furniture is not allowed and food is not allowed.
  • Indirect Costs (IDC) or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs: Indirect cost (IDC)/F&A can be included based on your institution’s federally approved IDC agreement (non-research rates apply). A 10% MTDC rate may be used if no IDC agreement exists.
Evaluation of Applications

Applications will be reviewed by: NNLM Region 5 staff and Network member volunteers.

Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria.

  1. SIGNIFICANCE (40 points)

a. Are the significant contributions to NNLM goals checked by applicant?

b. Does the information provided support the need for the project, including information about the target population (worksheet provided in the Award Application), environmental health information resources or services available, environmental health information resources or services which are needed, and relevant barriers to be addressed? Does the application discuss the program’s potential impact on future environmental health information services to this group or population?

  1. METHODOLOGY/APPROACH (40 points)

a. Are the methods, tools, or approaches suitable to demonstrate skill and value of the library, library staff or community organization and/or its staff to accomplish the project?

b. Is the ability to execute the milestones and overall project within the timeframe specified?

c. Does the application include an evaluation plan to measure indicators of desired outcomes?

  1. KEY PERSONNEL (10 points)

a.  Are the qualifications and time commitments of key personnel to initiate new services and partnerships explained?

b. If applicable, do project partners bring experience to the team?

  1. BUDGET (10 points)

a. Is the budget reasonable and within funding limits?

b. Is the budget justification sound?

Additional Information

508 Compliance:

If web-based resources are developed using NNLM funding, developers are asked to ensure accessibility for the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. For information on Section 508-compliant website development, see National Library of Medicine Web Pages & Accessibility and HHS Section 508 policy.

Reporting:

  1. For any classes, training sessions, presentations, exhibits and/or site visits conducted as part of this project, a Region 5 Activity Report and a Participant Information Sheet are required and must be submitted to NNLM Region 5 staff within 14 days of the activity. NNLM Region 5 staff will provide access to the report templates to awardees.
  2. A progress report summarizing activities and evaluation completed to date is due to the NNLM Region 5 staff no later than February 18, 2022. NNLM Region 5 staff will provide access to the report template to awardees.
  3. A final report is required to be submitted to NNLM Region 5 staff no later than May 27, 2022. NNLM Region 5 staff will provide access to the report template to awardees.

Technology Improvement Reporting: A Technology Improvement Report is required for projects receiving or purchasing technology. The Technology Improvement Report must be submitted within 30 calendar days upon completion of the project or no later than May 27, 2022. Access to the report template will be provided to awardees.

NIH Public Access Policy:

Final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts resulting from funded projects must be submitted to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. For more information, see NOT-OD-08-033 and the Public Access website.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials:

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

In addition, award recipients are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with the Region 5 office prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting:

NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the material and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the NNLM.

NIH Acknowledgement:

Any resource developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

“Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

Need additional information or help?

Contact Michele Spatz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, NNLM Region 5: mspatz@uw.edu Telephone: 206-543-8262

 

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Hello from Region 5 staff: Meet Emily Hamstra

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-08-16 13:00

Hello, I’m Emily Hamstra, Outreach & Access Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 5. In this role, I provide training on resources provided by the National Library of Medicine, support DOCLINE users, manage the members directory and all things membership-related for Region 5 (join NNLM today!), and do outreach to hospital, health sciences, and academic librarians, public health workers, and more. And so it’s on the record—PubMed is my favorite database.

Photo of Emily Hamstra sitting on a bench with a and a black and white dog

I began my career at the University of Michigan Library, where I was an instruction librarian at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and later as the Kinesiology Librarian. After moving to Seattle in 2016, I worked at the Seattle Public Library and then in technical support at ProQuest. I joined the NNLM in 2019 as an Outreach Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. I’m active in the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) and currently serve on RUSA’s Budget and Finance Committee.

Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my husband and our dog, Sodapop (yes, our dog is named after Sodapop Curtis from S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders), reading, community gardening, and am learning how to weave. I’m a bread baker and bake regularly for Community Loaves, program for home bakers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to provide bread for local food pantries.

My email address is ehamstra@uw.edu. I look forward to working with you all!

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We have extended our deadline! NNLM Region 4 Funding Opportunities 

MCR News - Wed, 2021-08-11 14:00

Because we were having technical difficulties with our website, we have decided to extend our deadline. It is now August 20, we are anxious to read your proposals.   

The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 4 (NNLM Region 4) invites applications for health information outreach, programming projects, and professional development opportunities. We want to see your application.   

The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Utah Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM Region 4.  

  • Period of Performance: September 6, 2021 – April 15, 2022  
  • Due Date:  August 20th, 2021 
  • Notification of Awards:  September 3rd , 2021 

Eligibility: Network member organizations in Region 4 (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota) are eligible to apply. Membership is FREE and open to libraries, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments and other organizations that provide or distribute health information. 

Awards to NNLM Region 4 member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help us achieve two National Network Performance Measures:  

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.  
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.  

For more information about these awards, please visit:   https://old.nnlm.gov/mcr/funding 

Available awards include: 

  • Professional Development Award 

The purpose of this award is to support the professional development needs of librarians/information professionals and library/information school students* at NNLM Region 4 member institutions to improve their ability to grow and advance their skills as health information professionals.  

* Supports travel awards for students and health occupation students interested in a health informationcareer, with a maximum amount of $2,000.   

  • Program Improvement Award 

The purpose of these awards is to support short-term projects that involve program improvement to advance access to health information resources. We anticipate funding approximately four awards in our region (AZ, NM, CO, UT, WY, ID, MT, ND and SD) each consisting of approximately $5,000 dollars.    

  • Engagement and Outreach Award 

The purpose of these awards is to develop new or enhance existing collaborative projects among all library types to increase awareness and use of NLM resources. We look forward to funding five awards ranging in approximately $5,000 dollars.   

 

RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. email us at:  rml4@rml4.utah.edu .   

 

We look forward to seeing your proposals! 

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Hello from NNLM Region 5 staff: Lisa Guerrero

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-08-10 05:39

Hello, I’m Lisa Guerrero, Grants Manager/Budget Analyst for Region 5 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. The Region 5 office is located at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

I handle subawards, proposal submission, budgeting, invoicing, and business office operations.  It is a pleasure to work with the Region 5 Team.  I have learned that the profession of Librarian is so much more than what the average person would expect.   Prior to this position I worked at the UW Office of Sponsored Programs and held various accounting positions in County and State Government.

My husband and I are proud parents of twin sons (recent graduates of Washington State University).  Which leads to my never-ending hobby of scrapbooking.  I have saved too many elementary school papers, middle school projects, photos of high school activities and treasure it all.

Lisa at her craft table

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me.

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Communities for Immunity, a partnership to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-08-09 09:00

Visit the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) website to read the full news announcement.

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) today announced the launch of Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented partnership to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence in communities across the United States.

This important project launches at a critical moment as the United States is experiencing both a surge in COVID-19 cases related to dangerous new coronavirus variants and an urgent need to dramatically increase vaccination rates. “Throughout the pandemic, our nation’s museums and libraries have supported their communities with critical educational and social services,” said Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. “As community pillars and trusted messengers, they are well-positioned to help build trust in and overcome hesitation to the COVID-19 vaccines.”

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