December 2, 2020

"National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Regional Medical Library Contracts Awarded"

  • Selected by National Library of Medicine
  • Contracts Run Through 2016
  • Eight Libraries Act as Regional Medical Libraries
  • All Libraries Affiliated With a University

The NN/LM consists of the eight competitively selected Regional Medical Libraries, and over 6,000 health sciences and public libraries.

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NN/LM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health sciences information throughout the United States. Its mission is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing health professionals and the general public with equal access to biomedical information. The goals of the 2011-2016 contracts are: to develop collaborations among Network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation; to promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to Healthy People 2020; and to develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by Network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public.

The 2011-2016 Regional Medical Libraries are:

  1. Middle Atlantic Region
    University of Pittsburgh
    Health Sciences Library System
    Pittsburgh, PA
    States Served: DE, NJ, NY, PA
  2. Southeastern/Atlantic Region
    University of Maryland at Baltimore
    Health Sciences and Human Services Library
    Baltimore, MD
    States Served: AL, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA,WV,
    the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  3. Greater Midwest Region
    The University of Illinois at Chicago
    Library of the Health Sciences
    Chicago, IL
    States Served: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI
  4. Midcontinental Region
    University of Utah
    Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
    Salt Lake City, UT
    States Served: CO, KS, MO, NE, UT, WY
  5. South Central Region
    Houston Academy of Medicine
    Texas Medical Center Library
    Houston, TX
    States Served: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX
  6. Pacific Northwest Region
    University of Washington
    Health Sciences Libraries and Information Center
    Seattle, WA
    States Served: AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
  7. Pacific Southwest Region
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
    Los Angeles, CA
    States Served: AZ, CA, HI, NV, and
    U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin
  8. New England Region
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    The Lamar Soutter Library
    Worcester, MA
    States Served: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

The University of Utah has been awarded the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for the entire Network. The University of Washington will continue as the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) and as the Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC).

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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