Association of the Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries Gives Out Highest Honor
June 21, 2011
Ardis Hanson, former director of the USF Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library, was recently recognized for her service to the Association of the Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL). Awarded their highest honor, Hanson received the award for her long tenure, serving on the executive committee and as president of the association. The award is given to those members who have worked tirelessly to promote the spread of knowledge, camaraderie, and a free exchange of ideas among Caribbean librarians. Hanson has admirably represented the University of South Florida on an international scale for many years.
Established in the 1980s, the Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library is a part of the USF Libraries system. The library came under the directorship of Ardis Hanson in 1990, who focused on pushing it into the web-based era. Under her leadership, FMHI became the first USF library to have an online homepage. Soon thereafter the library had a fully functional search engine and streaming video content.
The Association for Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) was set up to create close relations among university and research libraries in the culturally and linguistically diverse region. Realizing the need to combine resources related to the Caribbean, the association gradually opened its membership to all kinds of libraries, from public libraries to specialized ones in government institutions. The association organized its first conference in 1969. The most recent conference, ACURIL XLI, was held in Tampa, May 30-June 3, 2011 and was hosted by president Hanson.