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Laura Bush presents nationís highest library award

Laura Bush presents nationís highest library award to Health Science Center

May 2005

Graciela Reyna (second from left), outreach librarian for the UTHSCSA Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) Medical Library, and Flor Zuviri, a student at the South Texas High School for the Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes, accept the nationís highest award for libraries and museums from First Lady Laura Bush and Robert S. Martin, Ph.D. (far left), director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Mrs. Bush presented the Health Science Centerís Regional Academic Health Center Medical Library with the 2004 National Award for Museum and Library Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The awards are conferred annually by the IMLS to institutions that have demonstrated a perpetual, long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. One of those outstanding UTHSCSA RAHC Medical Library projects is the MedlinePlus Peer Tutor Project. Through this project, Med High students are trained to use a variety of Web-based health information sources. They go on to teach other students, their families and people attending shopping mall health fairs. Last year, more than 2,000 people were trained on how to access high-quality, Internet-based resources to learn how to take positive steps to improve their health.

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