in Librarianship — 2005
The Award for Excellence in Librarianship
recognizes extraordinary achievement and dedication
in library science.
Mary Y. Osielski has served on the staff of the University Libraries since
the late 1960s. During her extensive career and many years of service to the
University, she has distinguished herself in a variety of roles, most recently
as a Special Collections Librarian in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special
Collections and Archives.
In her most recent work in special collections,
she is a resource for faculty and students in
providing research assistance and obtaining access
to original resources. She provides particular
support for the collections in the University
Libraries, most notably the German and Jewish
Intellectual Émigré Collection
and the General Manuscript Collection.
Her accomplishments as a scholar come through
not only in her own production of handbooks,
guides, and bibliographies, but also through
the scholarship of others she serves. Her colleague
David Mitchell captures this forcefully when
he says "… her consummate skill in
librarianship is by itself a demonstration of
her considerable scholarship and her continuing
In Osielski's varied career, she has served
UAlbany and its faculty with distinction and
professionalism. Whether she is providing editorial
support for publications developed by others,
supporting a grant proposal by colleagues, proofreading
exhibits prepared by the department, or conducting
a comparative analysis of the department's e-mail
reference queries, researchers receive excellent
support from Osielski.
M. Suzanne Turner began her service with the
University Libraries in 1990, and has served
head of the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
Unit since 1992. Under her tenure, the
increasingly important service of Interlibrary
Loan and Document Delivery has flourished.
In the words of Dean Meredith Butler, Turner
is "… a skilled and
and an accomplished professional who has provided excellent leadership to the
Department." As head of the unit, Turner has supervised the transformation
of this service from
a hand-written paper-based operation to an electronic system in which requests
are made over
the World Wide Web and documents are delivered electronically.
Turner is also a model of engaged scholar and
professional. Beyond the many conference and
professional activities in which she participates,
she publishes her scholarship in outlets that
enable her expertise to have wide impact.
The consummate librarian, Turner is skilled
in all areas of her field and exceptional in
several. She is a strong team leader, an organized
manager of successful projects, and an active
contributor to scholarship in her field. She
does all this with a "… smiling
face and willingness
to help, despite the stresses of her position." In the words of her nominator, "… her
supervising Interlibrary Loan, in maintaining this invaluable service for
community, and in upgrading its capabilities and access, is a highly visible
warrants an Excellence Award."