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June 5, 2008

Library faculty recipients of Excellence Awards

Excellence in Librarianship
karen_brown.jpg Karen E. K. Brown*, University Libraries
Karen Brown is the Preservation Librarian for UAlbany. She has been a faculty member since 2001, and was recently promoted to Associate Librarian. Ms. Brown's work encompasses all facets of the preservation of library materials. She manages the preservation laboratory, repairs and conserves the Libraries' collections, and directs and coordinates broader preservation initiatives involving other departments within the University Libraries. Karen is also an active participant in digital initiatives, and she serves as the Libraries' resident expert on disaster preparedness and response. Ms. Brown has authored four book chapters and five articles, including two articles about preservation assessment published in Library Resources and Technical Services, a prestigious refereed journal. She also co-authored a special publication, "Integrating Preservation Activities," part of a series published by the Association of Research Libraries recognized as a reliable source for best practices and information on their topics. She is currently working on a six-part online workshop on the Fundamentals of Preservation. Finally, Karen's commitment to excellence is reflected in her service, at levels of the University, to the profession, and in the community. She is a wonderful representative for the institution in these many contexts.
*Chancellor's Award Recipient

Excellence in Professional Service
candace_merbler.jpg Candace Merbler*, University Libraries
Ms. Candace Merbler's contribution to the University extends over nearly three decades. Starting as a classified employee, she moved to the first of a series of professional assignments in the University Libraries in 1980, following receipt of her B.A. in sociology. Since 1993, she has been a Reference Support Associate. She is widely admired for her dedication and service to students and faculty patrons. She has also worked very hard to find solutions, resolve issues, and strengthen Library operations and services. Candy's career is also marked in unusual ways by a sustained pattern of campus-wide service in a variety of appointed and elected assignments, often in leadership roles. She has served on more than 100 committees and councils, including as chair for several. Among the most important of these is her service in the University Senate, her service as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Campus Safety, and her election as Treasurer, Vice President for Professionals, and President of the Albany Chapter of United University Professions. Ms. Merbler is a strong advocate for the University's faculty and professional staff, and a positive force for quality and fairness throughout the institution. In many respects her work has been held up as a model for other UUP campus chapters.
*Chancellor's Award Recipient

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