The Excellence Awards - 2001

Excellence in Librarianship
Laura Cohen

Associate Librarian Laura Cohen is both the network services librarian and webmaster for the University Libraries. Her record demonstrates continued excellence in librarianship, scholarship and service, but her strength and expertise relate to the use of the Internet for bibliographic and information retrieval. She has developed and maintained an award-winning Web page.

Cohen was appointed as the network services librarian in 1996 after a national search. She was promoted to senior assistant librarian in 1998 and became an associate librarian in 2000. The driving force behind the University Library’s presence on the World Wide Web, Cohen practically built its Web site all by herself.

Also a scholar and writer of note, Cohen has written four refereed articles, five invited articles, six unrefereed articles and two book chapters. She was guest editor of The Reference Librarian. All librarians and future librarians should read her four Choice essays from 1997–2000 to learn more about the Internet as a research tool.

Beyond her scholarly output and reference work with the Web, Cohen also has a strong record of service, including assignments on the Personnel Policies Committee, the Web Site Advisory Committee, the SUNY Libraries Association and the SUNY Connect Advisory Council. She has volunteered to be an exam proctor for Disabled Student Services, and serves on several State University of New York Librarians Association committees. Cohen shares her skills and knowledge with colleagues, students, and faculty.

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