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 2007 for Excellence in Librarianship.

Jannette SwansonSharona WachsUniversity Libraries

Sharona Wachs is an associate librarian who has served as a monographic cataloger in the University Libraries since 1989. In 1995, she assumed an additional responsibility as the bibliographer for Judaic Studies. Cataloging is an essential component of librarianship. Properly catalogued materials, in all formats, enable researchers to locate relevant resources efficiently. In this function, Wachs is widely and highly respected among her peers, often the authority others turn to for advice and the resolution of complex problems. She has become the sole trainer for new cataloging staff. As the Judaic Studies bibliographer, Wachs selects materials and advises faculty and students interested in Judaic scholarship. One faculty member describes her as "one of the great assets to the intellectual life of the Judaic Studies Department and the University as a whole." Her commitment to excellence is further reflected in her scholarship and her service to the University Libraries, the University, and the Capital Region Jewish community. She is a wonderful ambassador for the institution in all these many contexts.


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