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Mobile, Ala. ( April 3 , 2003)

Got a Medical Question? Get the 4-1-1 from Your Medical Librarian. The Medical Library Association Establishes 4-11 as Medical Information Day

Tap into the 4-1-1 on medical information, on April 11, 2003 when the Medical Library Association (MLA) celebrates Medical Information Day in recognition of the invaluable information and vast range of services medical librarians provide for their institutions and local communities.

"We hope 4-1-1, Medical Information Day will encourage everyone to get to know their local medical librarian, because quality information is essential for good health," said MLA President Linda A. Watson, AHIP. "Many of us, even within the health care community, do not take advantage of medical librarians' extensive medical knowledgebase and training in finding and quickly disseminating information. Best of all, these expert services are usually free."

Located at the University of South Alabama, the Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library is inviting people in our area to visit the library to learn more about how medical librarians can help you. We will have treats available for you. Also, visit the USA Biomedical Library virtually at

The Medical Library Association's nearly 5,000 members are trained to assist physicians, medical students, nurses, patients, and consumers by providing them with the most accurate medical information available. Whether it be the most current information on research, medical procedures, diagnosis, or treatments and outcomes, their expertise is critical to quality health care.

The Biomedical Library was named for Charles M. Baugh, former two-time dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs. Baugh began at USA in 1973 as a professor and chair of Biochemistry. He was named Associate Dean for Basic Medical Sciences in 1976 and dean of the College of Medicine in 1987. He retired in 1993, but in 1998 put his retirement on hold and returned to USA as dean. Dr. Baugh was involved in the creation of the Health Services Foundation, the South Alabama Medical Sciences Foundation and PrimeHealth. He was also instrumental in obtaining the building and remodeling for the current location of the Baugh Biomedical Library.

MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 900 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field, committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to the world's health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all. MLA aspires to be the association of the most visible, valued, and trusted health information experts with a proven positive influence on the quality of health in the world.

Judy Burnham, USA Biomedical Library, 251-460-6888

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