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 2013 for Excellence in Librarianship.

Gregory Bobish, University Libraries

Mr. Gregory Bobish is an innovative and approachable teacher, scholar and practitioner of information literacy.

He teaches 4-5 sections of UNL 205X each semester, cheerfully taking on a heavy workload of lecturing, grading and meeting with students. He has recently adopted Team-Based Learning (TBL) as his primary pedagogical method and he is consistently the highest rated library instructor at the University Libraries. At the same time, Mr. Bobish finds time to become proficient with new communications technologies. He has pioneered the use of these technologies in the classroom, both as teaching tools and as examples of information literacy concepts. He has advanced the concept of information literacy as a necessary lifelong skill in his classes and for his colleagues.

Mr. Bobish serves as the University Libraries' liaison to High School student groups. He oversees all of the arrangements for visits from these groups and has spent countless hours working with Albany High School's International Baccalaureate Program. He has served as Secretary/Chair Elect for the Library Faculty and Chair of the University Libraries' Emerging Technology committee. In this role, he helps the Libraries use new technologies to provide information resources to the University at Albany's tech savvy student population.

He also provides service to the State University of New York Librarians Association where he is the treasurer and worked with the Internal Revenue Service to ensure that the organization did not lose its non-profit organization status.

Nationally, Mr. Bobish is a member of PRIMO the Peer-reviewed Instructional Materials Online committee of the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. He provides examples of best practices in learning objects to his fellow instruction librarians across the country.

In his scholarship, Mr. Bobish explores new technologies for their use as instruction delivery tools to achieve expected learning outcomes. He provides practical examples of information literacy exercises for each outcome and his conclusions help to encourage instruction librarians to use social media and other interactive technologies in their classrooms.

Mr. Bobish presents sessions on information literacy and emerging technologies locally, regionally and nationally.


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