Engineering Librarian John M. Saylor wins service award


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Engineering Librarian John M.  Saylor wins service award

John M. Saylor, director of the Engineering Library at Cornell  University and the interim  associate university librarian for scholarly communications and collections, has  won the prestigious 2007 Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award.

This award is presented each year at the American Society for Engineering  Education (ASEE) Annual Conference by the Engineering Libraries Division (ELD)  to recognize work that contributes to the advancement and development of excellence  in engineering libraries.  The awards  committee cited Saylor’s more than 35 years of leadership in engineering  librarianship, his pioneering work in advancing the cause of digital libraries  and open access initiatives, and his record of presentation, collaboration and publishing.   In addition, Saylor’s professionalism and mentoring of numerous engineering  librarians and his significant contributions to ELD, including ELDnet-L and  Director and Chair of the J-stor Task Force, were cited.  Saylor's  nomination received support from many ELD colleagues including several  Bernhardt Award honorees.

“The Bernhardt award is a wonderful acknowledgement of John’s many creative  contributions to the development of engineering librarianship over the past 30  years,” said Jean Poland, associate university librarian for subject libraries.   “John is an acknowledged and respected leader in the expansion of digital libraries  in the sciences.  As an early adaptor, he has guided his colleagues at  Cornell and throughout the country into the digital age.  He is a strong  force in librarianship and the open access movement.”

Saylor has been the director of the Engineering Library at Cornell  University since 1988.  He  began his library career at Cornell as reference and collection development  librarian in the Engineering Library in 1973.

Homer I. Bernhardt was, from 1966 until his death in 1982, head of the  Bevier Engineering Library at the University  of Pittsburgh. Homer Bernhardt's  professional activities contributed to engineering and librarianship at Pittsburgh  and at ASEE. His commitment to the field is recognized in ELD's decision to  name its Distinguished Service Award in his memory.  For more information visit <>.

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