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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 2012 for Excellence in Librarianship.



Gerald BurkeGerald Burke, University Libraries

Gerald Burke is Bibliographer for Art, English, Philosophy and Theatre.  During his more than 12 years with the University Libraries, he has willingly taken on bibliographic responsibilities in other disciplines when positions were vacant or colleagues were on sabbatical. His responsibilities represent one of the heaviest workloads in the Division of Collections, touching many students and faculty members who describe him as knowledgeable, professional, and generous with his time. 

Mr. Burke provides reference assistance to library patrons who remark on his patience at the reference desk, particularly when assisting students. Students and faculty seek him out because of his in-depth knowledge of the library’s resources and his approachable style. He regularly teaches bibliographic classes that make a vital difference for students by enhancing their research proficiency and helping them to become library “regulars.”

Mr. Burke has served on twenty-two committees, including multiple search committees, several of which he chaired.  He served on the Undergraduate Academic Council and as a University Senator, and he is active in several professional organizations, including the State University of New York Librarians Association and the Eastern New York chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.  He has a strong record of scholarship in information literacy.  He co-edited a book on teaching information literacy, has published many refereed journal articles, practical articles for the library community, book reviews and fiction reviews. 

Mr. Burke sets high standards of excellence in his research and teaching. He keeps abreast of new developments and is indefatigable in his pursuit of professional growth. His dedication and enthusiasm are exemplary and he is a genuine asset to the University at Albany community.



Excellence in Librarianship

Gerald Burke  
Gerald Burke
University Libraries
Jane Kessler
University Libraries
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