February 17, 2018

NCLIS to Recognize Libraries That Promote Healthy Lifestyle

By LJ Staff

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) has announced the NCLIS Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award for Libraries, which will honor library programs that do the best job of offering health information to their users. Each state library agency has been invited to submit nominees, which will be given to the individual library by the state library agency. NCLIS provides overall direction for the award, and a special task force of NCLIS members will organize the process and judge the entries. NCLIS hopes to be able to make the awards on an annual basis. NCLIS Chair Beth Fitzsimmons said, “Obviously we want to recognize those libraries that are doing good work in distributing consumer health information. And we want to collect best practices and be in a position to share those to the larger library management community. At the same time, though, we have to be true to our statutory responsibility, which is to address the information and learning needs of the American people.” By the closing date for entries, some 34 states had submitted entries.