Current Projects

This page includes awards made during the current NNLM award period (May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2026).

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Telehealth Services in Delaware Libraries EveryLibrary Institute NFP In the latest effort by the Delaware Libraries to increase access to health and human services for patrons, telehealth booths were deployed in rural libraries in the southern part of the state. The target population for this pilot initiative were the uninsured and underinsured population. Public libraries are known for being safe places in the community where we know patrons are already coming for health-related programming from our community partners. After a successful first year of this pilot with three telehealth booths, we are now prepared to scale this program statewide. This…
Collection Equity, Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac University We propose using the funds from the Collection Equity Award to expand our collection of books related to the intersection of health and diversity, with a focus on books that will educate about personal stories of those experiencing marginalization or oppression in our society. We will also include titles that provide guidance on being an advocate for health equity.
ConnectNow Respond Now The proposed project will allow for the creation of a digital literacy program and lab housed within Respond Now, a South Suburban Cook county homeless service provider. The proposed program, entitled ConnectNow, will give those with a limited access to technology and health information, an equitable chance to improve digital literacy skills and individual health. 
Seniors Be Well at GRPL Trinity Health Saint Mary's Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program will partner with the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) to provide a health literacy series for the seniors in our community, particularly our underserved senior populations. Both of these institutions serve people across the lifespan, are members of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), and focus on health literacy and underserved populations. At these talks a physician will provide credible medical information and sources for further information on these topics, sometimes alongside a community…
Fostering diversity awareness in nursing students to improve health disparities for underserved populations in Texas Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing - Learning Resource Center Baylor University, Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), located in Dallas, Texas is partnering with The Family Place and Austin St. Center in delivering quality consumer health literature instruction to underserved individuals in the Dallascommunity. As part of the LHSON mission Rio Grande Valley trip, LHSON is also partnering with Catholic Charities Respite Center and Texas River Ministry in delivering nursing care to meet immediate needs of underserved minorities and in promoting healthy lifestyles for adults and children. To reduce health disparities and promote healthy…
Development of the NNLM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (Living) Handbook/Guide Consultation and development of a NNLM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (Living) Handbook/Guide, including all deliverables outlined on the Statement of Work.
Mental Health Resources Atlantic Public Library The county recently completed a community health needs assessment. Mental Health was identified as the top need by both area health service providers and the public. The Atlantic Public Library and Healthy Cass County will provide mental health resources equitably to all residents of Cass County by providing tablets for use at the library with reliable health resources, purchasing mental health related materials for all six Cass County libraries for circulation, and hosting four county-wide events that address mental health topics.
Healthy Living Outreach in Comanche County The Lawton Public Library seeks to connect the community to quality health information through a series of interactive and educational outreach programs. These programs aim to reach the county’s diverse population along with other underrepresented groups, such as SNAP recipients and low-income households. Lawton Public Library requests funding to purchase equipment, including a portable demonstration kitchen with nutrition curriculum along with a portable group sport activity to…
Prenatal Health Education The Children's Home Society of New Jersey Under this project proposed to NNLM, trusted bicultural and bilingual New Jersey obstetrics/gynecology and maternal/fetal medical providers will review and update the current CHSofNJ prenatal health education curricula used for 60-90 women annually with current NJ medical practice and NNLM resources. CHSofNJ’s current prenatal health education is based on the March of Dimes Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien curricula with enhancements based on needs and lived experiences of communities in Trenton. The New Jersey medical reviewers will provide curriculum updates…
LSUHS Exhibit Award for the Louisiana Library Association Louisiana State University Health Science Center Shreveport - Library (LSUHSC-S Library) Louisiana Library Association conference is held each year. Attendance has varied from 300 – 400 individuals including both librarians and vendors based on conference city and conference dates and any conflicts with PLA (Public Library Association conference – part of ALA) and ACRL (Academic, College, and Research Librarians conference – part of ALA) which occur on alternating years. Public, school (K-12), academic, and subject specialists (law, health, government documents, etc.) librarians in Louisiana attend. The theme this year is Everything for Everyone
Building Capacity Among Librarians for Machine Learning Applications to Bibliographic Data The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This project will develop an open access, web-based user interface for machine learning tools currently in use as desktop applications by UNC Health Sciences Library (HSL) and create an accompanying full-day curriculum to be delivered to research librarians at multiple institutions at no cost. This funding will allow UNC HSL to share their expertise with other institutions around applying these innovative approaches to analyzing bibliographic data. Machine learning approaches in use at UNC HSL include…
Collection Equity Award Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile This award will allow our organization to purchase age-appropriate books and information for our patrons in English and Spanish. Currently, our collection is older with many books that are 15 or more years old and do not include many titles for the migrant farm workers we visit. This includes information nonfiction, social/emotional health, and physical health. Unfortunately, we have not been able to keep update books about physical or mental health in our collection due to the speed we get new information and the cost associated with updating resources. We have recently begun…
Region 6 POP University of Wisconsin-Madison Ebling Library For the Health Sciences The purpose of the NNLM Region 6 Partner Outreach Program 2021 is to support health equity by providing health information access throughout Region 6 by the formation and practice of the Partner Outreach Program (POP). Built upon the successful Partner Outreach Library (POL) program of the previous Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine, POP is intended to fund small outreach events within the POP organization’s state. The period of performance is 01 October 2021 – 30 April 2026.
Medical History Today: Monkeypox International Museum of Surgical Science “Medical History Today: Monkeypox” is an exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago on view in the first floor Welcome Gallery, aimed at providing visitors with up-to-date information from the CDC, the NIH, and the WHO. Visitors will learn from visually rich text panels, interactive video clips, and actionable handout materials to better understand Monkeypox in an effort to spread knowledge of how to prevent the spread of the virus. The Museum targets its general audience to engage with these…
The COVID-19 Silver Lining: expanding provider access to health information in South Brooklyn NYC Health and Hospitals-Coney Island Maximizing Coney Island Hospital’s healthcare providers’ access to current, evidence-based biomedical and health information resources by exchanging shelves of out-of-date, low-use hardcopy library books for laptops and online resources, clearing space for quiet study, online research and continuing education, ultimately available 24/7 for all clinical staff.
Answering a Call to Action: Preparing PublicLibraries to Respond to the Opioid Crisis Florida State University School of Information Opioid overdose deaths rose by approximately 35percent in Florida from 2019 to 2020- an increase attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic (Byrnes, 2021).t In 2019, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) applied for, and was awarded, an IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) grant to equip public libraries as first responders in the Opioidepidemic. As output of this grant, a toolkit wasproduced that provides general action steps forpublic libraries to support their communitiesthrough the crisis. For this application MargaretZimmerman, an Assistant Professor with the FloridaState…
Seniors be Well
Region 6 POP Indiana University School of Medicine - Ruth Lilly Medical Library The purpose of the NNLM Region 6 Partner Outreach Program 2021 is to support health equity by providing health information access throughout Region 6 by the formation and practice of the Partner Outreach Program (POP). Built upon the successful Partner Outreach Library (POL) program of the previous Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine, POP is intended to fund small outreach events within the POP organization’s state. The period of performance is 01 October 2021 – 30 April 2026.
Supplemental Collection Equity Award University of Portland If awarded, the Supplemental Collection Equity Award would support Nursing students and faculty at the University of Portland School of Nursing and Health Innovations (UPSONHI) with electronic and print books about the reproductive health (commonly referred to as maternal health) of Black people. The phrase reproductive health is used instead of maternal health due to its inclusionary nature of all people,…
Overdose Response Information and Training PCO Hope Plymouth County, as a whole, has been significantly impacted by the opioid epidemic. Between July and November 2021 there were 640 suspected overdose incidents, 50 of those suspected overdoses were fatal. However, more than 90% of people who are administered Narcan for an opioid overdose survive (https://plymouthcountyoutreach.org). For the time period of 2016-2018, the death rate for drug overdoses in Plymouth County was 766 deaths per 100,000 population (https://www.addicted.org/plymouth-county-2.html). Given the rate of overdose deaths and opioid overdose survival rates due to the…
The Celebrate Life Project - Alabama Support Centered Services The Celebrate Life Project commences by introducinglicensed professionals such as educators, socialworkers, mental health care providers, nurses,other health and human service providers andinformation intermediaries to NLM resources viavirtual mini-conference. Frontline practitionersneed accurate, reliable, credible, and timelyinformation about the latest innovation intreatments and therapies given the ever-growingdemands on our health care system due to COVID-19,its variants and increasing demand for mentalservices. Dis-ease is mounting due to isolation,anxiety, and addiction, along… AL
COVID Learning, Engagement & Assistance for all Neighborhoods (CLEAN) Program Extension The Institute for Community, Youth and Family Services, Inc. The Institute for Community, Youth and FamilyServices Inc. (The Institute) proposes to expand our pilot CLEAN program through this extension designed to bring COVID-19 resources and education to rural communities in Alabama that lack health services. By partnering with service providers, churches, local government and the public housingauthority we will ensure that trainings andmaterials meet immediate needs of the community andhelp strengthen local healthinfrastructure/resources. The Institute will offertrainings, supplies, planning, and budgetarysupport to our enrolled community… AL
Supplemental Collection Equity Award University of Alaska Anchorage Medical Library The Collection Equity Outreach Award would allow the UAA/APU Consortium Library to further supplement the initial grant in purchasing books for the physical and electronic health sciences collection to support the… AK
Bringing the Best Health Information to Alaska’s Distant Communities University of Alaska Anchorage Medical Library The primary goal of the project is to improve the quality of life and health for Alaska’s citizens by providing information outreach services to the healthcare workforce and to public libraries, especially in rural areas, over a five-year period from May 2021 through April 2026. Access to quality biomedical information will support health professionals in their care of patients. With outreach to healthcare facilities, the Alaska Medical Library (AML) fulfills one component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s (NNLM) mission to… AK
Bringing the Best Health Information to Alaska’s Distant Communities University of Alaska Anchorage Medical Library The primary goal of the project is to improve the quality of life and health for Alaska’s citizens by providing information outreach services to the healthcare workforce and to public libraries, especially in rural areas, over a five-year period from May 2021 through April 2026. Access to quality biomedical information will support health professionals in their care of patients. With outreach to healthcare facilities, the Alaska Medical Library (AML) fulfills one component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s (NNLM) mission to… AK
Bringing the Best Health Information to Alaska’s Distant Communities University of Alaska Anchorage Medical Library The primary goal of the project is to improve the quality of life and health for Alaska’s citizens by providing information outreach services to the healthcare workforce and to public libraries, especially in rural areas, over a five-year period from May 2021 through April 2026. Access to quality biomedical information will support health professionals in their care of patients. With outreach to healthcare facilities, the Alaska Medical Library (AML) fulfills one component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s (NNLM) mission to… AK
Collection Equity Outreach Award University of Alaska Anchorage Medical Library The Collection Equity Outreach Award would allow the UAA/APU Consortium Library to purchase books for the physical and electronic health sciences collection to support the diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Strategic Plan for 2025. Specifically, the Library would purchase materials that support College of Health students to meet the health care needs of the state’s Alaska Native, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian, Black/African American and Pacific Islander demographics. Since College of Health students make up a large… AK
Collection Equity Outreach Award Kenai Community Library Approximately 78% of the health-related titles the library currently owns are more than 5 years old. This includes adult, young adult, and juvenile titles. While we recently weeded these sections, we still have much work to do to provide our patrons access to recent and reliable information and to replenish what we removed.If we are awarded this grant, we will purchase titles in various formats (e.g., print, audio, and DVDs) for all age groups. We believe that now more than ever libraries must promote the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. If we are awarded this… AK
Collection Equity Outreach Award Juneau Public Library The Juneau Public Libraries, in Juneau, Alaska intends to buy books to develop a health collection for Shéiyi X̱aat Hít (Spruce Root House), a brand new emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth ages 10-18. In… AK
Engaging AZ Public Libraries as Community Hubs for Citizen Science Arizona Library Association Through citizen and community science, people engage in events, projects and programs that can directly improve their health. Increasingly, libraries are becoming community hubs for citizen and community science facilitating participation among UBRs and others. The project aims to train and engage librarians and staff as facilitators and conduits of citizen science to reach and engage more people in understanding threats to environmental determinants of health and participating in projects that aim to address those threats (including… AZ
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