Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Medical Librarian Wins International Award

Northwestern Medicine
News August 30, 2017

Nalini Mahajan, director and webmaster of the Medical Library for Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, has been awarded the Winifred Sewell Prize for Innovation in Information Technologies by the Special Library Association (SLA). The award is bestowed to an individual who has been a leader and innovator in the sharing or structuring of biomedical and life sciences information with the use of advanced technology.

“At Marianjoy, we have a community-wide digital inclusion initiative, linking libraries and communities, with library staff playing a lead role. I am pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award and to join five previous recipients, whom I have long admired and respected,” said Mahajan.

Mahajan, who has managed the Marianjoy Medical Library for 30 years, was nominated by Angela Killian, vice president of operations at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine.

“Nalini’s focus on developing and maintaining technology-based information that meet vital needs has made a lasting positive impact for many patients, parents, healthcare professionals and peers,” said Killian. “She is an inspiration, as she generously shares her time and expertise with her peers and those she serves.”

Mahajan has collaborated with key stakeholders to procure grants that have funded visionary websites and specialty programs. The websites include Information Connections, for parents of children with developmental disabilities and chronic disease, and Disability and Rehabilitation, which provides access to high-quality, up-to-date information on disability and rehabilitation. These web resources are accessible to people everywhere, free of charge.

In addition to maintaining the library, Mahajan is heavily involved in outreach frequently presenting at local and international conferences.

She received the award at the 2017 SLA All Sciences and Engineering Awards Reception in Phoenix. Mahajan serves as the SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division (DBIO) chair of the executive board.

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