The Medical University of South Carolina Library has been selected to receive the 2004 NCLIS Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award for Libraries for its Hands on Health-South Carolina project.
NCLIS, the US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, has recognized outstanding libraries in 37 states for their contributions to health awareness and health education.¬† A special task force of NCLIS commissioners judged the programs and selected the winners on the basis of potential impact, innovativeness and replicability.
‚ÄúThe purpose of the awards is to help increase awareness of healthy lifestyles,‚ÄĚ said NCLIS Chair Beth Fitzsimmons.¬† ‚ÄúMillions of Americans are diagnosed each year with chronic diseases, which in many cases could have been avoided, had the individuals followed healthier lifestyles‚Ä¶Libraries are a natural location for disseminating health information and the efforts of the Medical University of South Carolina Library, especially its Hands On Health-SC project, have been outstanding in carrying out this function.‚ÄĚ
The Medical University of South Carolina Library has been awarded the Distinguished Library Award for 2004 by the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS) in recognition of the success of Hands on Health-South Carolina, the library‚Äôs consumer health web site.
Hands on Health ‚Äúpromotes healthier lifestyles for citizens and healthier communities in South Carolina,‚Ä¶addresses the health issues of particular importance to the people of South Carolina and provides reliable health information for all ages, education levels, and reading abilities.‚ÄĚ
CONBLS is a professional organization of Biomedical Library Directors from the Southeastern United States. The award recognizes innovation, sustainability, and programs that contribute to the library‚Äôs mission of service to the academic institution or the community. It is presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association.
The Health On the Net Foundation (HON), created in 1995, is a Non-Governmental Organization under the aegis of the Direction g√©n√©rale de la sant√© D√©partement de l'Action Sociale et de Sant√© (DASS - R√©publique et canton de Gen√®ve, Switzerland). HON's mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable online medical and health information. HON provides leadership in setting ethical standards for Web site developers.
Watchfire¬ģ WebXACT has found our site compliant with section 508 guidelines from the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) of the U.S. Federal Government. The legislation referred to as "Section 508" is actually an amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The amendment was signed into law by President Clinton on August 7, 1998. Section 508 requires that electronic and information technology that is developed or purchased by the Federal Government is accessible by people with disabilities.
Hands on Health South Carolina is compliant with the W3C CSS2 Specifications. CSS is a simple style sheet mechanism that allows authors and readers to¬† attach style (e.g. fonts, colors and spacing) to HTML documents. The CSS¬† language is human readable and writable, and expresses style in common desktop¬† publishing terminology.
The World Wide Web Health Awards is a program that recognizes the best health-related Web sites for consumers and professionals. The program is held twice a year ‚ÄĒ spring and fall ‚ÄĒ with the goal of providing a "seal of quality" for electronic health information.