Kenney honored by American Library Association

Anne R. Kenney, Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, has earned a top honor from the American Library Association: its Hugh C. Atkinson Award.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions to improve library services or to library development or research.

“Anne has made significant contributions to Cornell University Library since she arrived nearly 30 years ago,” said Provost Kent Fuchs. “She has led during a period of change and growth that has made Cornell a pioneer in digitization, access, preservation and deep institutional collaboration. We’re fortunate to have her clear vision and strong leadership at the library during this transformative time.”

The award, first presented in 1988, is sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, the Library Leadership and Management Association, and the Library and Information Technology Association.

“Anne’s peers describe her as a ‘fearless visionary,’ ‘a thoughtful, intellectual leader’ and a ‘digital library pioneer,’ noting that ‘Hugh Atkinson himself would be proud’ to call her a colleague,” said Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair. “Several colleagues who knew Hugh Atkinson shared examples of how ‘Anne Kenney brings Hugh’s spirit of technology-harnessing, tradition-busting leadership – with an additional dash of adventure as well.’”

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