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NMSU Library receives planning grant

The New Mexico State University Library has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation of El Paso for planning the Border Health Information and Education Network (BIEN!).

NMSU's library is the lead agency in BIEN!, a consortium of 17 public and academic libraries, hospitals and health organizations. BIEN!'s goal is to provide health information and educational material to the residents of Dona Ana, Luna and Otero counties in southern New Mexico.

The planning grant will be used to conduct focus groups and surveys to identify the major areas of need, what types of information users are interested in locating and resources already in place, said Sylvia Ortiz, BIEN! project coordinator and head of reference at NMSU's Branson Hall Library.

The consortium has applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposing to develop BIEN! further, including supplying the member institutions with computers and training users to identify and use appropriate health information resources electronically. Organizers expect to learn the fate of the NIH grant sometime this spring.

Ultimately, BIEN! partners hope to improve the health of people in the border region by providing quality health information in electronic and traditional formats, and through health education outreach activities in border communities.

BIEN! partner institutions include the libraries at NMSU and its branch campuses in Las Cruces and Alamogordo; the public libraries in Las Cruces, Deming, Alamogordo, Hatch and Anthony; the health science department at NMSU; Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces; Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming; La Clinica de Familia; the Southern Area Health Education Center; NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service; the Border Epidemiology and Environmental Health Center; the New Mexico Department of Health's Public Health Division, District III; and the New Mexico Border Health Office.

For more information, contact Ortiz at (505) 646-7481 or via e-mail at sortiz@lib.nmsu.edu.

Dan Trujillo
Feb. 25, 2000