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Media Advisory

Not for publication

March 4, 2005 -- No. 85

Health Sciences Library celebrates redesigned
space, enhanced technology on Monday (March 7)

Monday (March 7), 1:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Library
South Columbia Street (across from Rosenau Hall)
UNC campus

Members of the media are invited to cover the grand opening ceremony for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Health Sciences Library, one of the largest health sciences libraries in the Southeast.

Renovations and a redesign have enhanced the library’s technology base, among other features. New technology includes a total of 140 public computer workstations, wireless Internet access throughout the building, and "media kitchens" with specialized software and equipment for creating educational materials.

The library – and its new Friends’ Café – will serve the public, as well as the university community. The library will feature a medicinal plant garden designed to educate about the various uses of different plants and create a green space surrounding the library.

Speakers at the ceremony will include: UNC Chancellor James Moeser; University of North Carolina President Molly Corbett Broad; Carol Jenkins, director of the Health Sciences Library; Jennifer Solms, a student in the School of Medicine; Dr. Charles Hamner, retired president and chief executive officer of the N.C. Biotechnology Center and member of the Health Sciences Library Board of Visitors; and Glen Williams, senior director of manufacturing for Biogen Idec.

Officials will dedicate the Biogen Idec Classroom, located on the third floor, at 1 p.m.

Visuals and interview opportunities: Tours of the library (including its new technology) and café, as well as a cake cutting, will follow the ceremony. National library officials – including Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, director of the National Library of Medicine; Carla Funk, executive director of the Medical Library Association; and Dr. Joanne Marshall, Alumni distinguished professor in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science and president of the Medical Library Association – will be in attendance and available for interviews.

Parking: Members of the media who require parking will need to contact Kelly Wooten at (919) 966-1047 to make arrangements.

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