University at Albany

Excellence in Librarianship

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. One staff member received this tribute in 2002 for Excellence in Librarianship.

Mary Jane BrustmanMary Jane BrustmanUniversity Libraries

Associate Librarian Mary Jane Brustman, a bibliographer for social welfare and criminal justice at the Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy, has a versatile record of excellence in librarianship, scholarship, and service. “She is a model professional; she has an excellent command of her subject and she is an extraordinarily committed individual who is consistently helpful to faculty and students and their research undertakings,” wrote one colleague in a letter of support.

In terms of librarianship, Brustman is known for providing consultation services and instruction, as well as for her management of the social welfare and criminal justice library collections. She was selected Librarian of the Year by the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2001.

As a scholar, Brustman’s record is also impressive. Her research has appeared not only in library science journals, but also in prestigious scholarly outlets, such as Social Work Research and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She is also a longtime regular reviewer for Library Journal.

Brustman’s service record goes well beyond her job description. She has worked in support of students with disabilities, and she has been a member of the Women’s Concerns Committee. An active member of dozens of University and University Libraries committees, Brustman has also provided leadership in the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries Criminal Justice/Criminology Discussion Group.



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