Dear National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region members:
At the beginning of last week, I was planning on publishing an article about NNLM MAR’s annual report to our funding agency, the National Library of Medicine. NNLM MAR staff, subawardees and members have accomplished great things in the past year.
Between May 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020, NNLM MAR staff and subawardees provided 264 outreach activities for 10,222 participants. 54% of NNLM MAR’s 1148 member organizations were actively engaged in the work of the Network. You: ordered program kits and informational materials; applied for funding; updated your records; participated in resource sharing programs, such as NNLM Delivery; hosted us for site visits and trainings; and asked us questions about New PubMed.
As of March 16, 2020, NNLM MAR staff will be largely working from home until further notice. For now, orders of NNLM Reading Kits and informational materials will not be filled. We also will not be conducting in-person visits or trainings. I want to assure you that we are still available to our members. We have a slate of online trainings scheduled and many others available on YouTube. We will be extending the deadline for 2020-2021 funding applications to April 30. After that, we will review applications on a rolling basis until available funds are expended. Current awardees: We need a bit of time to look at what our/your options are for completing award activities. I will be sending some guidance to all by the end of this week or early next week.
For information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases websites to receive the latest updates on the virus, what you should know, what you can do to prevent the spread of the disease and more. You can also sign up for the CDC’s newsletter to receive weekly updates about COVID-19.
We look forward to seeing you all again in-person soon. In the meantime, I wish the best of health to you all.