Date: 5/3/2012

Hospital Librarian receives National Honor

Medical Librarian Joan Zivich is recipient of the MLA Hospital Libraries Section Scroll of Exemplary Service for her contributions in advancing public health information.

Community Hospital Librarian Joan Zivich has been named to the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Hospital Libraries Section (HLS) Scroll of Exemplary Service. The award will be presented during the HLS Business Meeting at MLA this May in Seattle, Wa.

Librarian members selected for this award have made a difference in advancing the cause of hospital librarianship over the past year (June 2011 through May 2012) with activities such as leadership, publishing, service and/or management of special projects/events.

Zivich has been the medical librarian at Community Hospital in Munster since 1987. In December, 2011 she was appointed to the Project Advisory Committee for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The special advisory committee was formed to improve access of public health information and use of medicine during a national crisis to better meet the needs of children.

She previously served on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Greater Midwest Emergency Preparedness & Response Project following Hurricane Katrina, which was a committee formed to help medical librarians improve disaster preparedness.

The scroll is cumulative from its inception in 2002. Once a person has been awarded a place on the scroll, it is permanent as long as they are a member of HLS.

MLA is a non-profit, educational organization with more than 1,100 institution and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field worldwide. Twenty-three MLA sections represent the varied subfields and areas of specialization of the association’s membership including: Cancer Libraries, Consumer and Public Health Information, Hospital Libraries, Medical Informatics, Nursing and Allied Health Resources, Public Health/Health Administration, Research, and Veterinary Medical Libraries.

MLA members have access to educational opportunities; a knowledgebase of health information and an international support network to help promote quality health information to the healthcare community and the public.

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