NMSU Library Newsletter Fall 2004


Two borderland library health information projects have been honored with national

awards from the American Library Association (ALA). Both awards were written

up in the September issue of American Libraries magazine.


The Border Health Information and Education Network (BIEN!), a partnership of twenty-one libraries and health agencies, was named the 2004 ALA/Information Today, Inc., Library of the Future. The Library of the Future Award recognizes an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. Norice Lee, the first chair of the BIEN! executive board,

accepted a citation of achievement and a $1,500 cash award on behalf of BIEN!


An ALA Carnegie-Whitney award for $5,000 was received by BIEN!s first project

director, Sylvia Ortiz. Carnegie-Whitney awards provide support for the preparation

and publication of library resource guides. Ms. Ortiz, Norice Lee and Cindy

Watkins will prepare a guide to border health information in English and Spanish

targeted for use by community health workers, librarians, health educators, the

public, students and researchers. The guide will be distributed in the borderland

through BIEN! partners, and ALA Publishing will have first consideration for national



BIEN! was originally envisioned by Norice Lee and Carol Brey of the El Paso Public

Library. Its mission is to create opportunities to improve the health of residents of

the borderland by providing health information in all formats in English and Spanish.

The network has provided computers, electronic health information resources

and user training in southern New Mexico, west Texas and Palomas, Mexico, for

more than four years. Visit the BIEN! web site at http://www.bienhealth.org. For

more information, contact Norice Lee at the Library at (505) 646-5091 or Sylvia

Ortiz at (505) 646-7481.