The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region 5 under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through its Collection Equity Awards to fund collection development that amplifies diverse voices writing on health/medical topics or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme. Such collection development efforts are important to ensure equitable access to health information and promote health literacy and support programmatic outreach in under-resourced communities.
The Awards are designed to help build collections that are reflective of voices of the communities served which may be revealed through different genres such as graphic medicine, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, Young Adult, manuscripts (published and unpublished), oral histories and film. Expanding diverse voices in libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, or community organizations ensures collection equity and supports health literacy by illuminating health issues either common, or conversely, unique to underserved populations in the region.
Specifically, the Collection Equity Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 5 cooperative agreement and supports NLM’s mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.
Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 5. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership, find out your NNLM ID or to apply for membership, contact Outreach and Access Coordinator Emily Hamstra via email: email@example.com.
Funds from this award must be used for purchase of materials and resources from any genre that amplify diverse voices writing on health/medical topics or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme.
Funding Period: December 17, 2021 – April 30, 2022
Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 6
Step 1: Send an email stating your intent to apply by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 12, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the name of your library/organization and your intent to apply for the Collection Equity Award.
Applications will be reviewed by: NNLM Region 5 staff.
Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria.
REPORTING: The applicant agrees to the reporting requirement. This is an inclusion/exclusion criterion. Applicants lacking this element will be disqualified.
A final report is required no later than May 27, 2022, which consists of a bibliography of the resources purchased. The citation format will be provided to awardees.
Any resource developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:
“Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
Michele Spatz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, NNLM Region 5, email@example.com