November 30, 2004

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center recently hosted a reception for UNM's Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Director Catherine McClain, M.D., recipient of the national Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award for Libraries.

The award was established this year by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) to recognize libraries across the country best promote a healthy lifestyle.

McClain was honored for linking large and small community libraries and tribal libraries to offer online the most comprehensive collection of disability resources throughout New Mexico, including books, journals, videocassettes and information kits.

"We have a responsibility to create a practical system that makes medical information accessible to our customers wherever they are in New Mexico," McClain says. "To be acknowledged for our efforts and successes is incredibly meaningful."

As part of the award process, each state library was invited to submit nominees to NCLIS, who would judge the entries. New Mexico State Librarian Richard Akeroyd, who presented the award, says there were three very worthy entries in the state, but the work of the CDD is exemplary.

The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at UNM's Health Sciences Center played host to the event. "As the state's largest medical library, we thought it an ideal venue for acknowledging Dr. McClain's vital work," remarks

Holly Buchanan, director of Health Sciences Library and Associate Vice

President for Knowledge Management and IT. "We're very proud of her accomplishments and how they serve all people in New Mexico."

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