UMMS LIBRARY AWARDED NATIONAL CONTRACT RENEWAL
Lamar Soutter Library to provide New England states with National Library of Medicine services 

May 25, 2006 

WORCESTER, Ma. - Speaking to the expertise of its staff and the breadth of its resources, for a second time, the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library has received a $6 million, five-year contract designating it as the Regional Medical Library for New England by the  National Library of Medicine (NLM) . The library received its first NLM contract in 2001, and is only one of eight health sciences libraries in the country to achieve the Regional Medical Library status, according to Director of Library Services Elaine R. Martin, DA. 

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NLM has worked to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing health professionals and the general public with equal access to biomedical information. As New England's Regional Medical Library, the Lamar Soutter Library is vital to NLM's outreach efforts. The library will continue to offer NLM services to New England's underserved health professionals in rural and inner city areas, the public health workforce, and special populations through the year 2011. "This library program mirrors the foundations on which the UMass Medical School was built, with an emphasis on serving the citizens of the Commonwealth and the broader New England community," said Dr. Martin. 

The new contract will provide the library with additional opportunities for cross-regional and national collaborations. As a Regional Medical Library, the Lamar Soutter Library develops collaborations among NLM's National Network of Libraries of Medicine members, community-based organizations and other institutions. The library will also be responsible for improving electronic access to health information for all U.S. citizens and promoting awareness of biomedical resources with a special emphasis on contributing to the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating health disparities. 

About the Lamar Soutter Library 
The Lamar Soutter Library, named for the Medical School's founding dean, is the only publicly supported academic medical library in the state. Established in 1970, the library serves the medical information needs of the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing excellent resources for medical education with subscriptions to 2,200 journals, a number of electronic indexes, abstracts, and bibliographical databases, and more than 250,000 volumes, including 2,250 volumes in its Rare Book Room. For information, go to
 www.umassmed.edu/library . 

About UMMS 
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $174 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.
 

Contact: Nicole Soucy
(508) 856-2000;
 ummsnews@umassmed.edu