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. Two staff members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Librarianship.

Mary Y. OsielskiMary Y. OsielskiUniversity Libraries

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 professional growth."

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.

Excellence in Librarianship

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