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University of Iowa News Release

March 30, 2006

Cancer Information Project Wins Award 

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information (NCLIS) recently announced the state winners for the 2006 NCLIS Health Information Awards for Libraries, which included the Patients' Library at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Patients' Library partnered with the Cancer Information Service in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI to offer educational opportunities to help people learn more about searching for information about cancer.

The effort focused on searching for cancer information on the Internet, how to find clinical trials and National Library of Medicine programs that provide cancer information. Individual participants received assistance in searching for specific cancer information.

Mindy Egeland, Patients' Library director at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Joan Felkner, Cancer Information Service director at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, led the project. The NCLIS will now automatically enter the program in its national competition.

The National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health funded this project in part with federal funds under Contract No. N01-LM-1-3513. Volunteer Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics also contributed funding to the Radiation Oncology Media Center. Plans are underway to also offer the service at the Iowa City Public Library.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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