University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences was awarded a five-year, $6.5 million grant to serve as a Regional Medical Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). NN/LM consists of eight competitively selected Regional Medical Libraries; Hardin Library will serve the 10-state Greater Midwest Region (GMR).
As a Regional Medical Library, the Hardin Library’s role is to support the National Library of Medicine in its efforts to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information so citizens can make informed decisions about their health. A specific aim written into the grant is to expand training, outreach, and funding efforts to public health professionals.
To that end, the GMR is conducting an education needs assessment with public health professionals in Iowa to learn about their use of National Library of Medicine resources; promoting funding opportunities to public health organizations; and partnering with the Institute for Public Health Practice to develop targeted public health curriculum offerings that will be delivered over the course of the five year grant period.
Public health organizations are encouraged to join the Network (free) to stay updated on upcoming funding opportunities and trainings. Examples of some previously funded projects and trainings conducted by NN/LM are shown in the following table.
Organizations can sign up to join the Network and learn more about the funding and training opportunities by visiting: https://nnlm.gov/gmr