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HNU’s Cushing Library Receives Collection Equity Award

Good news from the Paul J. Cushing Library: HNU has received a Collection Equity Award from The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region 5. This award will help fund acquisitions related to health and medical topics that better reflect Holy Names University’s racially and culturally diverse student population. The library will also curate resources that support curriculum-based inquiry and inclusion, uplifting diverse and historically marginalized voices in academia.

“The Paul J. Cushing Library is excited to receive an NNLM Region 5 Collection Equity Award. This award will help support the library’s efforts to build a collection of resources that reflects and meets the needs of the Holy Names community,” says Veronica Churchill, HNU’s Collections and Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Health and medical resources are a growing need for Cushing Library. The School of Science, Allied Health, and Nursing as well as the School of Business and Applied Social Sciences at Holy Names University are increasing in scope. For example, HNU has just launched a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

To best support students in these areas of study, the library aims to provide resources that will prepare them to be well-rounded in health literacy as well as health issues unique to underserved populations. This is especially important for students who work with underserved populations of the Bay Area and surrounding regions while completing their internships.

Stay tuned for updates on how the Paul J. Cushing Library builds out its collection with the Equity Award on social media, on the website, and in upcoming library displays. And congratulations to our library staff on earning an award that will both support our students and the populations they’ll serve.

About the Collection Equity Award

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region 5 under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), provides its Collection Equity Awards to fund collection development that amplifies diverse voices writing on health/medical topics or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme. Such collection development efforts are important to ensure equitable access to health information and promote health literacy and support programmatic outreach in under-resourced communities.

The Awards are designed to help build collections that are reflective of voices of the communities served which may be revealed through different genres such as graphic medicine, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, Young Adult, manuscripts (published and unpublished), oral histories and film. Expanding diverse voices in libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, or community organizations ensures collection equity and supports health literacy by illuminating health issues either common, or conversely, unique to underserved populations in the region.

Specifically, the Collection Equity Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 5 cooperative agreement and supports NLM’s mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

  • Advance health equity through national and regional partnerships and initiatives to ensure a variety of members and the public will have equal access to biomedical, health, and public health information and data.
  • Administer funding awards to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.