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 2010 for Excellence in Librarianship.

Mary Van UllenMary Van UllenUniversity Libraries

Ms. Mary Van Ullen is an engaged, energetic, curious, and thoroughly professional librarian. For the past thirteen years she has served as our bibliographer for Business, Economics, and Geography and Planning. She generously shares her knowledge, time, and expertise with UAlbany's students, faculty, and library colleagues. Mary is very knowledgeable about all of the resources, print and electronic, in her subject areas and is an expert on using some of the very specialized and esoteric business databases. Her extensive collection of online guides to business resources, which she developed in response to questions she received as a reference librarian and teacher, are used not only by our own faculty and students, but also by patrons who access these tools via links from other research institutions, including the New York State Library. Mary has gone well beyond what is expected of her as an Associate Librarian, teaching our students in the classroom as well as in our libraries. She teaches classes and workshops on information sources to students in a wide range of disciplines, and since 2002 has co-taught a course on China in the Post-Utopian Age. Mary has made significant contributions to scholarship in the library profession through her many publications and presentations, and she has a strong record of service to our Libraries, the University and the profession. For her dedication to, and enthusiasm for, her work and vocation, we are pleased to present the 2010 President's Award for Excellence in Librarianship to Mary Van Ullen.


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