Congratulations to Rachel Fenske – Recipient of the 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award!
Congratulations to Rachel Fenske, Information Services and Outreach Librarian, Assistant Librarian – Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama. She is the recipient of the 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.
The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award recognizes outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations. Michael E. DeBakey established this award to recognize contributions to medical education and librarianship. The award honors a practicing health sciences librarian who works in the tradition of the incredible advances and medical innovations of Dr. DeBakey to provide valuable health information to underserved and rural populations.
The NNLM SEA first recognized Ms. Fenske for her work on the U.S. Virgin Islands where she conducted outreach with the Virgin Islands Department of Health, Virgin Islands Community AIDS Resource and Education, Lutheran Social Services. She provided health information education to the community in the Virgin Islands at community health fairs and other community events to minority populations. Ms. Fenske continued community health outreach while working at the University of South Alabama. Her outreach projects included work with seniors in Mobile, AL to locate free, reliable health information and work at the Children’s and Women’s Hospital to help parents and families locate reliable health information appropriate for their reading level. The NNLM SEA is thrilled that Rachel’s health information outreach will be recognized by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.
Ms. Fenske will receive her award at the Friends of the National Library of Medicine 14th Annual Gala at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.