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NLM Needs Your Input for a New Strategic Plan!

Posted by on November 8th, 2016 Posted in: Advocacy, Data, General, NLM Products


A top priority for new NLM Director Patti Brennan is the undertaking of a Strategic Planning Process and soliciting input from NLM’s broad stakeholder community. To that end, the National Library of Medicine has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain public input on goals and priorities for its next strategic plan, with a January 23 response deadline. In the ten years since development of the NLM’s last long range plan, there have been significant advances in biomedical informatics; major new initiatives at the NIH in data science, precision medicine, and open access to biomedical information; and changes in the environment and infrastructure of our country’s health systems. NLM is committed to building a data infrastructure that will support the future of biomedical research. During the current strategic planning process, NLM will be considering priorities and future directions around the following four themes:

  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics.
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science.
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health.
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century.

For each of the four themes, NLM invites input on the most audacious goals and the most compelling questions that could potentially drive innovation in research and information systems for the next decade and beyond. Specifically, comments are invited in the following areas:

  1. Identify what you consider an audacious goal in your area of interest – a challenge that may be daunting but would represent a huge leap forward were it to be achieved. Include input on the barriers to and benefits of achieving the goal.
  2. The most important thing NLM does in this area, from your perspective.
  3. Research areas that are most critical for NLM to conduct or support.
  4. Healthcare systems and public health arenas in which NLM participation is most critical.
  5. New data types or data collections anticipated over the next ten years.
  6. Other comments, suggestions, or considerations, keeping in mind that the aim is to build the NLM of the future.

To respond to this RFI, visit the submission website. To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted by January 23, 2017. You are not required to provide your name with the response. Responses to this RFI are voluntary. This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the National Institutes of Health, or individual NIH Institutes or Centers. The NIH does not intend to make any type of award based on responses to this RFI or to pay for either the preparation of information submitted or the Government’s use of such information. For questions regarding the new strategic plan, please contact NLM staff.

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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