The Water Institute Marks World Water Day in the Health Sciences Library

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March 17, 2014
June 30, 2014
Anne Dudley
Health Sciences Library
Columbia Street entrance of Health Sciences Library
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335 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) proudly welcomes an exhibit from The Water Institute to the cases near the Columbia Street entrance of the library. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between The Water Institute and the Library in honor of World Water Day on March 22. 

In 2010, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health established The Water Institute to provide global academic leadership for economically, environmentally, socially and technically sustainable management of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) for equitable health and human development. In a relatively short amount of time, The Water Institute has helped to address and raise awareness of the WaSH challenges facing North Carolina, the United States and the world.Water Institute Exhibit in the Health Sciences Library This exhibit highlights Water Institute milestones over the past three years, including:

  • Obtaining a better estimation of the number of people who don’t have access to safe water to 28 percent of the world’s population, far higher than experts previously thought
  • Working with practitioners around the globe; helping them to improve the results of their drinking water, sanitation and hygiene projects
  • Developing a ranking system by state and county in the United States to show the preparedness and vulnerability of drinking water systems to climate-related hazards, such as flooding or droughts
  • Bringing people together from diverse sectors and disciplines to tackle critical issues in water and public health with three conferences annually

The HSL provided information about water resources available at the library, including books, databases, special collections materials and journals (such as IWA Publishing’s Water, Science & TechnologyWater PolicyJournal of Water & Health; and Elsevier’s Water Research). The exhibit also features Daniel Alexander Okun, former department chair of Environmental Sciences in the School of Public Health at UNC, and a legendary figure for his work in water management and supply, pollution control, water reclamation and reuse, and watershed protection issues. Last, the exhibit introduces information on the HSL Liaison Librarian to the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Mellanye Lackey.

“We’re especially excited to highlight the work of The Water Institute at UNC in this exhibit, and the resources available in the HSL around this increasingly important topic,” said Dawne Lucas, special collections librarian.

Water Institute Exhibit in the Health Sciences Library According to The Water Institute’s website, “the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognizes that water is a linchpin of public health in the 21st century, and that we have both the unique opportunity and the responsibility to take our leadership role in water and health to a new level.” The Water Institute is led by Director Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Pete Kolsky, and Director of Research Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson.

The exhibit will be on display until June. For more information visit

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