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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 <http://eld.lib.ucdavis.edu/awards.php#homer>.
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