READ Program highlights library’s mission
In 2011, the Harrell Health Sciences Library READ Poster Recognition Award at Penn State Hershey was established. Individuals who received the inaugural award are strong library supporters who have helped advance the mission of the library. Faculty and staff, from within and outside of the library worked to have the award created. Each honoree had a poster created that included a picture of themselves with a book of their choice, and a quote about why they chose that particular book and what their involvement with the library is.
C. Max Lang, D.V.M., D.A.C.J.A.M., George T. Harrell Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine is pictured with a book he penned entitled The Impossible Dream: The Founding of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University. An avid reader, Lang had this to say about his support of the library, “The George T. Harrell Library is strategically located both architecturally and intellectually, between the basic and clinical sciences departments. This emphasizes the art of medicine which is based on scientific discoveries. It also subtly encourages the importance of continuing education to cope with the overwhelming amount of new information.
Victoria Schirm, Ph.D., R.N., director of nursing research, Department of Nursing, picked Notes on Nursing, by Florence Nightengale, who laid the foundation for professional nursing. “My Penn State nursing education instilled an appreciation for the library as a place to find best available evidence to support nursing interventions that are so important to quality patient care. Florence Nightengale’s Notes on Nursing, written over 150 years ago, is an early example of nursing knowledge development share in a book. For me, the library is an important gateway to books, journals, references, and a myriad of other resources that capture’s nursing’s unique and distinct contribution to patient care.”
The 2011 READ Program awardees is:
- Graham H. Jefferies, M.D., D,Phil, Professor Emeritus of Medicine Gastroenterology and founding chair, Department of Medicine
- C. Max Lang, D.V.M., D.A.C.J.A.M., George T. Harrell Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine
- Alphonse Leure-duPree, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, associate dean for academic achievement
- Harold L. Paz, M.D, M.S., chief executive officer, senior vice-president for health affairs, and dean
- Victoria Schirm, Ph.D., R.N., director of nursing research, Department of Nursing
- Tom Stapleton, project manager, facilities planning and construction