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NLM’s Reznick Honored by the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS)

ALHHS also recognizes symposium on Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries, supported in part by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

Journal Cover featuring an image of a skull on a book on a background of ones and zeros.

The ALHHS award-winning special issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage.

Cover illustration designed in part by the NLM’s Roxanne Beatty.

On April 30, 2015, the professional association Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) awarded NLM’s History of Medicine Division Chief, Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, with the 2015 ALHHS best article award for “Embracing the Future as Stewards of the Past: Charting a Course Forward for Historical Medical Libraries and Archives,” which appeared in the RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (fall 2014 volume 15, number 2). Co-edited by Dr. Reznick and Michelle DiMeo, PhD, Curator of Digital Collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, this special issue contains the proceedings of the December 2013 symposium Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age. Contributors to the issue include Nancy Cervetti, Simon Chaplin, Michelle DiMeo, Jacalyn Duffin, Mary Fissell, Christopher Lyons, and Jeffrey Reznick.

Dr. DiMeo also received the 2015 ALHHS best online resource award for her editorship of the special issue, which included negotiating open access rights with RBM’s editor and its publisher, the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. In conferring the award, the ALHHS recognized Dr. DiMeo for her leadership in organizing the associated symposium, which was sponsored in part by a Library Project Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM-MAR). The event offered a rare opportunity for library professionals and researchers to discuss collectively the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age, and to articulate the pedagogical, intellectual and public outreach potentials offered by physical library spaces and material texts.

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Noon EST, Dr. DiMeo will present an NNLM-MAR-sponsored webinar about the symposium Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age, including an overview of the project, outcomes, and lessons learned. Details will be announced soon through the NNLM-MAR’s Lunch with the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) Schedule.

The ALHHS is an association established exclusively for educational purposes to serve the professional interests of librarians, archivists, and other specialists actively engaged in the librarianship of the history of the health sciences, by promoting the exchange of information and by improving standards of service.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine https://www.nlm.nih.gov has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world's largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals and the public around the world use NLM services every day.

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