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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.



Jane Kessler, University Libraries

Reference Librarian and Bibliographer, Ms. Jane Kessler brings expertise and creativity to the development of reference collections at UAlbany. She is sought out by faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students alike for her skill in searching specialized databases. She transitioned the reference collection from a largely print-based resource to a hybrid environment of print and electronic holdings. She is known as an innovative early adoptor of library development tools, creating many research guides for the online reference collection and ensuring that the collection includes vital resources from all areas of study.  

Ms. Kessler has an outstanding record of service and leadership at the national, regional and local levels. She chairs the Online Public Interface Committee, which is charged with managing the display and functionality of online catalogs and bibliographic services, directly affecting patron access to library resources. Due to her excellent technical, communication and collection development skills she was recently appointed to chair a task force to evaluate how electronic books should be integrated into the Libraries’ collections. She is an active member of the American Library Association;  has served on the North American Conference Board of Directors of the Historical Novel Society and as editor for their journal; been secretary for the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries;  and President of the Capital District Business Librarians. She regularly serves on library governance committees, the Undergraduate Academic Council, and the Alpha Alpha of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Ms. Kessler is smart, business-like, and known for her intelligent wit which helps make even the most confounding professional circumstance humorous. Her scholarship assists the Libraries in deciding which databases they will purchase. She has co-authored several refereed journal articles and actively shares her scholarship in a broad variety of workshops, seminars, poster sessions and conferences.

She is an excellent colleague and deserving recipient of the President’s Excellence in Librarianship Award.



Excellence in Librarianship

Gerald Burke  
Gerald Burke
University Libraries
Jane Kessler
University Libraries
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