On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations.
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 information throughout the United States. The Network is vital in NLM’s outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s many Web-based information services, coordinate basic Network services such as interlibrary loan, and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries. The goal is to provide access to accurate and up-to-date health information to health professionals, patients, families, and the general public, irrespective of their geographic location in an evolving information landscape.
NLM Awards 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements: http://1.usa.gov/1pQWngX
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