The Health Sciences Information Management Award recognizes an
outstanding GSLIS student who shows excellence and has an expressed
interest in this area of professional practice. The award was
established in 1992 by Dr. Prudence W. Dalrymple; a member of the
GSLIS faculty from 1989-1991. This award honors the memory of her
father, Victor L. Ward.
This year, there are two recipients of this award: Marie
Sienkewicz and Lisa Wallis. Unfortunately, Ms. Wallis, now a
resident of California, is unable to attend today's festivities.
Happily, Ms. Sienkewicz is here to accept this award.
In the fall of 1999, I had the good fortune to have both of these
students in a course that examined emerging trends in health
information services. The final project for this course involved the
student's individual creation and presentation of an information
needs assessment of a specific occupational group in the health
In each of their outstanding presentations of their assessments,
Ms. Sienkewicz who examined the information requirements of
veterinarians and Ms. Wallis who was concerned with the requirements
of epidemiologists, both Ms. Senkeiwicz and Ms. Wallis made us all
aware of their significant interest in each of these areas of the
health sciences and their relevance to professional practice in the
field of library and information science.
Ms. Mitsuko Williams, Veterinary Medicine Librarian and Associate
Professor of Library Administration, had the following to say about
Marie and I quote: "I think Marie Sienkewicz is one of the most
deserving persons of this award. Her genuine interest in the quality
of health care information is evident in her day-to-day work in the
Veterinary Medicine Library, whether it is cataloging or reference
serviceI am indeed honored to have been associated with her for the
past two years."
This is my final semester serving as a member of the faculty here
at GSLIS. Among other things, I will miss classroom interaction with
GSLIS students as well as that opportunity to learn and acquire
knowledge that the classroom provides all instructors.
As one of my last official acts in this capacity and on behalf of
my faculty colleagues, it is both an honor and my pleasure to
present this year's Health Sciences Information Management Award to
Marie and Lisa.
Congratulations to both of you and may you each have continued
success in the years ahead.