Celebrating 10 Years of News and Notes!

In the early 2010s, we had a wonderful problem: too many resources and events from the NIDILRR grantee community and not enough ways to get them into the hands of people who could use them! We needed a way to get them out in a format that was engaging, easy to read, and ready to be shared. Subscribers to our REHABDATA Connection service had been enjoying brief email digests of our latest library additions for more than 15 years. Could we do the same to highlight all the great things the grantee community was doing? We created a new digest, News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond, featuring upcoming events, ready-to-use consumer and professional resources, opportunities to participate in studies and surveys, and grantees in the news, and emailed it out to the world. It was a hit right away: people opened it, read it, clicked the links, and shared it with their community!

NARIC Director Mark Odum reflected that News and Notes has become an important channel for the grantees want to connect with their stakeholders. “Over the years News and Notes as grown organically from a weekly collection of grantee achievements and events to a key resource in promoting the accomplishments and products of the NIDILRR community. At first, we spent considerable effort in gathering stories from various sources. Now a majority of the articles come directly from grantees submitting their own stories to be promoted. It is a ‘go to’ resource for a quick, informative snapshot of NIDILRR weekly happenings.”

So much has happened since that first issue debuted. Here are just a few examples of the changes we’ve seen in the intervening decade.

It’s been an incredible 10 years, and we’re looking forward to the next 10!

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