Pat Nakouz Award


Health Libraries Inc (HLI) acknowledges the importance professional development and research play in the progress and ongoing viability of our profession. To encourage members to participate in such activities HLI has established this award.

The award is named after Mrs. Patricia Nakouz (1922 - 2003), whose memory we wish to honour after her important contributions to the profession. Pat Nakouz was an outstanding pioneer of health sciences librarianship in Victoria (refer Health Inform v.13 (1) April 2004, p. 15-17).

The award is a financial grant to enable the recipient to conduct research or other development activities relevant to the health library industry, and to report back to HLI members and the committee in an agreed manner within 12 months of receiving the grant. Part of this requirement will be an article by the recipient about the research/activity in Health Inform (the official journal of HLI).

Up to $2,000 is available annually to HLI individual members as a recipient of this award.


Applications and eligibility

Applications must be made via the Application Form and must demonstrate that the applicant's research project/activity will align to our mission to promote excellence in the health library industry and one or more of HLI's purposes as outlined below (see HLI Terms of Reference).

The purpose of Health Libraries Inc is to:

  • promote the continuing professional development of all who work in the health library industry
  • support health libraries and those who work in them
  • encourage discussion and disseminate information
  • provide the means for networking between members.

Applications must be submitted to the HLI Committee by September 30 of each year via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must include:

  1. career information / interests in brief resume style
  2. the research / activity proposal (title, abstract and brief methodology or protocol)
  3. a completed application form including two current references.

Eligibility for grant will be considered in terms of the research / activity's relevance to the health science library industry and how it will benefit HLI members.

Consideration will be given to:

  • originality and timeliness of the research/activity
  • appropriateness of the research/activity
  • professional development potential of the research/activity
  • quality and presentation of the application
  • previous or proposed contribution to the field
  • quality of the proposed Health Inform article.


Granting of the Award

Applications will be considered by the HLI Executive Committee. The final decision will be made by the HLI Excutive Committee. If no suitable applications are received, no grant will be given for that year. The HLI Executive Committee may choose to award the grant to more than one applicant in any year.

Non-Executive Committee members are eligible to apply for this award and will be subjected to the same eligibility criteria.

The winner/s will be announced at that year's HLI AGM.

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