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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

The initiatives outlined in the agreement will be carried out to the extent funds are available. The partners will collaborate to secure external funding for the efforts where possible.

About the partner institutions:

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a regional higher education center under the auspices of the University System of Maryland (USM) that provides access to baccalaureate and graduate degrees to residents in Montgomery County and the surrounding region.  Nine USM institutions bring more than 60 degree programs into the region.  These degrees programs include Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Health Care Management, Respiratory Therapy, Information Studies/Library Science, and Biology. Other programs in communication, simulation, and psychology have strong health specializations.  USG maintains strong partnerships with regional education, community colleges, businesses and community organizations to support its mission.    

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the world's largest medical library with more than 17 million items in its collection; and it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals, and the public around the world. NLM makes its information services known and available with the help of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, which consists of 5,600 member institutions, including eight Regional Medical Libraries. NLM conducts and supports research that applies computer and information science to meet the information needs of clinicians, public health administrators, biomedical researchers and consumers.

Founded in 1813, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (HS/HSL) is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the eastern United States, serving diverse constituents on campus, across the state and throughout the region. The HS/HSL supports the programs of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center and Shock Trauma Center.  Since 1983 the library has served as the headquarters for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine under contract to the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.

To accomplish its goal of serving the state through local and national engagement and worldwide impact, the University of Maryland, College Park exploits its advantages as the flagship of the University System of Maryland, its location in the resource-rich Washington, DC metropolitan area, its diverse community and its momentum. The College Park campus is home to 37,000 students in over 100 majors taught by 4,000 faculty members. Graduate degrees in over 100 fields are awarded. The University is supported in its academic endeavors by the University of Maryland Libraries, which is comprised of eight libraries and close to four million volumes. Electronic resources such as journals, databases and e-books now comprise over half the Libraries' annual acquisitions of new materials.