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
user training in southern
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.