"NLM & Maryland Institutions to Collaborate on Education Initiatives for Librarians"
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and three other institutions in Maryland are forming a new partnership. They will work together to enhance the training of librarians and improve the public’s access to, and understanding of, health information.
Representatives from the National Library of Medicine; the Health and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland at Baltimore; the University of Maryland at College Park; and the Universities at Shady Grove signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines their collaboration.
The partner institutions share an interest in health and medical education, advanced training, and information dissemination. They will develop and participate in curriculums and courses, training and internship opportunities, and other educational initiatives. They also will explore areas of mutual interest for research, and will develop initiatives to increase access to careers in medicine and health, with a particular interest in reaching students who are under-represented in the fields.
As an initial effort, the partners will work with the University of Maryland, College Park, College of Information Studies (known as the iSchool) to:
- design a specialization in health sciences information for the iSchools Master of Library science program to be offered by the iSchool at the Universities at Shady Grove
- assess the feasibility of a series of regular internship placements for iSchool students at the partner libraries
- identify areas of mutual interest for research or other collaboration
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.