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NLM Issues Request for Information in Preparation for 2016-2021 Contract Award of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

Public Comments Invited by 3:00 PM ET, June 26, 2014


The National Library of Medicine is soliciting your feedback through a Request for Information (RFI) in preparation for the 2016-2021 contract award of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). NLM encourages health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and any interested individuals and entities, to submit recommendations on how the NN/LM can effectively and efficiently provide U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public's access to health information. The closing date to e-mail your comments is June 26 at 3 pm (ET).


The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. Among its many functions, the Library coordinates a 6,000+-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.


The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by: (1) providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information; and (2) improving the public's access to information, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health and healthcare.


The Network consists of over 6,000 member organizations. These include academic medical libraries, hospital, pharmaceutical and other special health sciences libraries, information centers, public libraries and community-based organizations with an interest in promoting access to health information. Eight Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), major institutions under contract with the National Library of Medicine, assist NLM with providing timely access to quality biomedical and health information.   In addition to the RML contracts, NLM funds contracts for three national centers, the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC), the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) and the Web Services Technology Operations Center.


In support of the Network, the RMLs plan, promote and implement programs, services and outreach within their geographic regions as well as cross-regional collaborative activities.


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You can submit comments on the entire request, parts of the request, or submit any comments that will aid with future planning.


The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.