For more than 20 years, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) has worked to support and promote the NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library.
On May 18 of this year, the FNLM hosted its 2008 Annual Dinner, in conjunction with the meeting of the NLM Board of Regents. The awards dinner celebrated advancements in children's health research and treatment. Awards for excellence that were handed out at the dinner included those for public leadership, distinguished medical service, public service, and outstanding service to rural or underserved communities.
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, a longtime supporter of the medical research carried out at the National Institutes of Health, received the Excellence in Public Leadership Award.
National Library of Medicine Director Donald Lindberg, M.D., expressed his own thanks to the award recipients and to the assembled Friends' supporters and leaders.
Legendary country singer Randy Owen, formerly lead singer of the band Alabama, (with his wife Kelly) received the Paul G. Rogers Public Service Award. The founder of the fundraising effort known as "Country Cares" has personally helped raise more than $350 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D., comments at the awards dinner focused on the vital role medical research plays in improving health care for all Americans.
Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), presented the Distinguished Medical Service Award to Adel Mahmoud, M.D., Senior Molecular Biologist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Ellen Howard, M.L.S., received the Michael DeBakey Outreach Librarian award. As founding director of Onsite Library Service at the Harborview Medical Center, she spearheaded development of the EthnoMed Web site which provides medical and cultural information for immigrant and refugee groups in the Seattle, Wash., area.