The National Library of Medicine (NLM), which coordinates the NN/LM program, conducted a mid-contract site visit at UCLA on October 21, 2008. The purpose of the site visit was to help the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR) and NLM understand how we are serving our Network members, learn how we can strengthen our program to meet current and emerging needs in the region, and gather ideas for how NLM can help us as we provide the types of activities and services needed in the region today and in the future. NLM visited all eight RMLs in the NN/LM in 2008 to learn about regional accomplishments, issues and challenges, and priorities.
Feedback from Network members about the NN/LM PSR program was solicited in two phases: through a regional questionnaire posted six weeks prior to site visit and through discussion at the site visit itself.
The site visit included a meeting with UCLA Administrators, a presentation by RML staff summarizing significant accomplishments in the region related to goals of the NN/LM, and an afternoon discussion with invited network members to hear their perspectives and input. These members represented a broad range of stakeholders, including resource libraries, hospital libraries, public and academic libraries, and community-based organizations.
Details about the site visit and the findings of the site visit team can be found at http://nnlm.gov/psr/about/sitevisit/index.html. We truly appreciate the helpful feedback you gave us during the site visit process and your continuing participation in the NN/LM PSR program. We will continue to support your efforts in the region in every way that we can!
<originally posted to Latitudes, the newsletter of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region by Heidi Sandstrom>