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McDuffee Lauded for Distinguished Library Service

On May 5, 2011, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Science Library Award of Distinguished Service was presented to Diana McDuffee, MLS. McDuffee is director of the NC AHEC Information and Library System Network.

Diana McDuffee and Carol Jenkins“Diana sets the performance bar high for herself and her staff, there is no doubt,” said Health Science Library Director Carol Jenkins, MLS, at the award ceremony (photo right: McDuffee and Jenkins). “Through her leadership, she has helped both NC Health Info and the NC AHEC Digital Library (ADL) be nationally-recognized portals for meeting health information needs of health professionals and the public. She has an uncanny ability to find creative solutions for challenges that includes successful grant writing, forging effective partnerships inside and outside the library, negotiating ADL licenses that save North Carolina hospitals lots of money each year, and a can-do vision that extends to her staff. She pushes us into new areas where our role may not yet be well defined, but where we know we belong – like the REC grant with AHEC to implement electronic health records in primary care practices in the state.”

McDuffee has held elected and invited leadership positions in local and regional library organizations including the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and LAUNCCH (the Librarians Association at UNC-Chapel Hill). “Diana has been called a consummate library professional, a valued colleague, and a visionary leader,” continued Jenkins. “She also is a compassionate person with a terrific sense of humor who gives her best and expects the best in return. Moreover, Diana has been one of the best library ambassadors I know, who extends her leadership skills, political savvy and diplomacy into our local community through her elected and volunteer service. She makes all of us look good by her example.”