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NMSU Library receives $204,000 grant

The New Mexico State University Library has received a $204,000 information access grant from the National Library of Medicine for its Border Health Information and Education Network (BIEN!).

The NMSU Library is the lead agency for BIEN!, a consortium of 17 public and academic libraries, hospitals and health organizations in Dona Ana, Luna and Otero counties. The consortium works to improve health information resources in electronic and traditional formats, and participates in health and outreach activities in border communities.

"'BIEN!,' which is Spanish for "well," conveys the project's theme that health information can improve the quality of people's lives and expresses the energy and enthusiasm of the 17 partners who plan the health information activities of the network, " said Jeanette Smith, grant writer for the library.

The $204,000 grant will help provide reliable health-related online and print resources in Spanish and English to consumers, health professionals and educators in the border area. Public access computers will be installed for BIEN! partner institutions and training for use of the resources will be provided.

BIEN! partner institutions are: Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Dona Ana Branch Community College, NMSU-Alamogordo Townsend Library, NMSU's health science department, Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming, La Clinica de Familia, Southern Area Health Education Center, NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico Border Health Office, New Mexico Public Health Division's District 3, Hatch Public Library, Alamogordo Public Library, Marhsall Memorial Library in Deming, Border Epidemiology and Environmental Health Center, Memorial Medical Center and Valley Community Library in Anthony, Texas.

For more information, call (505) 646-7481.

Sarah Lautman
June 8, 2000