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May 3, 2010

University at Albany Excellence in Librarianship Award 2010 - Mary VanUllen

Mary K. Van Ullen, Associate Librarian, is the 2010 – 2011 recipient of the President’s and  Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Librarianship.


Ms. Van Ullen has been with the University at Albany/SUNY Libraries since 1997.  Her primary responsibility is to serve as the University’s bibliographer in the areas of business, economics, geography, urban planning, and law.  She works with UAlbany faculty and students in those fields, provides general reference service for all library patrons, develops research guides in her subject areas, and teaches components of several courses, including a course in our geography department that she helped develop with a faculty member from that department.  In each of these roles, Ms. Van Ullen carries out her responsibilities with professionalism, generosity, and skill.  She is respected by her peers, is appreciated by our faculty, and well-liked by our students.


In her thirteen years at the University, she has performed an outstanding job in serving our community. Her nomination packet contained letters from faculty and colleagues that testify to her passion for her job.  She is a skilled bibliographer whose research guides are notable for their usefulness and thoroughness.  She gives generously of her time to our faculty and students, frequently staying extra hours or preparing extra documents to assist clients with their information needs.  As with many library faculty, she teaches on information literacy topics in a number of our courses, but Ms. Van Ullen takes this a step further in teaching a geography course that builds on her knowledge of and interest in China.  In this latter course, an undergraduate general education course, she is a co-instructor and brings her scholarly expertise in such topics as China’s “one childâ€? policies and the comparative status of women in China vs. other countries to our students.  In 2005 she accompanied two faculty members and 23 students on a study tour of China, and then brought that experience back to our students in the classroom.  Finally, she is an accomplished scholar, with seven peer-reviewed articles, five book reviews, and numerous professional presentations.


The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship.  There must be positive evidence that the candidate performs superbly in fulfilling his or her librarianship duties. Consideration should be given to the candidate's ability to perform this function in a creative and innovative fashion that is of outstanding quality.  In providing librarianship services, the candidate must be generous with personal time and easily accessible. The individual must be flexible and adapt readily to the needs of the library, the institution and the constituents served.  The candidate must keep abreast of developments in the field and use relevant contemporary data in relation to that person’s work situation. Evidence in this category should include references to publications, membership and work in professional organizations, attendance at meetings, seminars, etc.


Candidates must hold full-time appointment as a librarian of any rank and must possess an MLS degree and must have completed at least three academic years in full-time appointment immediately prior to the year of nomination.

March 15, 2010

Call for Award Applications

Please announce and distribute in your department’s relevant classes.  Award applications are due:  April 5, 2010.


Please encourage and assist your students to fill out the brief application, which requires a faculty signature confirming the plan’s connection with University at Albany work.


The award:


Cash awards will be given to one (1) undergraduate student and one (1) graduate student who have submitted the following application describing their research project/class paper related to feminist social justice using materials in our Libraries’ M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.  The awards are $ 100 for undergraduate and $500 for graduate students.  Students are asked to list one or two possible uses of the funds such as books, copying, software, or travel to other archives, but the award is given as a check to the recipient, requiring no follow-up receipts or verification of how the funds are used.  A short final report on the impact of the award is requested at the end of the semester.  (Summer work will be considered in either fall or spring semesters.)   


Donors from the Women’s Studies and Biology Departments have established The Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries, to support and promote students’ interest in and use of primary materials related to the study of social justice, housed in our Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives.  (For example, primary materials from NYS N.O.W., Black Women’s Clubs in NYS, Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center, United University Professions labor union, history of higher education in NYS)



Criteria for selection:



The awards will be based solely on submitted applications.  Awards will be made on the basis of simple criteria:  clarity of work plan, relevance to feminist social justice, and proposed use of specified materials in the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.  Applications not listing materials to be used from Special Collections and Archives will not be considered for the awards.


 Selection of awards:


Applications will be reviewed by a small committee knowledgeable in the field of feminist social justice research.


History of award:


The Award is named to honor Professor Patricia Stocking Brown, who taught Biology and Women’s and Minorities’ Studies for 35 years at nearby Siena College.  Trained at the University of Michigan in comparative endocrinology, and a self-described feminist, Patricia Stocking Brown was the first female faculty member in the sciences at Siena.  There, she established an extraordinary career as a caring and rigorous teacher and researcher who promoted student research, feminist analytical thinking, and evidence-based medicine.

Professor Brown died in 2004 from metastatic breast cancer.  UAlbany’s department of Special Collections Archives and Manuscripts contains her papers along with those of the grassroots nonprofit Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) she co-founded in 1997 and the New York State Breast Cancer Network she also co-founded soon after, a coalition of grassroots breast cancer groups around New York State.


Contact Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee, 442-3574, azrl@uamail.albany.edu for more information.







Please apply here: Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries Award



October 13, 2009

Catherine M. Dwyer selected for NYLA government information librarianship award.

Catherine M. Dwyer, Head of Reference and Government Documents Librarian at University at Albany Libraries, is the 2009 recipient of the New York Library Association, Government Information Round Table Mildred Lowe Award for outstanding contributions to government information librarianship.

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