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April 1, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 14

University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky won the 2004 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, considered the most prestigious honor for an academic library director. (Photo by Suzanne Camarata)

Yavarkovsky Earns Top Librarian Award

University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky has been named winner of the 2004 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the American Library Association, considered the most prestigious award for an academic library director.

The award, according to the ALA, honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson, one of the major innovators in modern librarianship, and recognizes outstanding achievements by academic librarians that have contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management, and/or library development and research.

"I am immensely proud to be honored in this way by the colleagues who have contributed so much already to the satisfaction and success I have enjoyed throughout my career," said Yavarkovsky.

The award is jointly sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, the Library Administration and Management Association and the Library and Information Technology Association. The award will be presented to Yavarkovsky at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando in June.

Under Yavarkovsky's leadership, Boston College Libraries was invited to join the Association of Research Libraries, which represents more than 120 of the major research libraries in North America. Membership in the major university category is extended to libraries that support comprehensive research collections and contribute to scholarship beyond their own universities. In 2003, the Boston College Libraries reached a milestone with the acquisition of the University's two millionth book, a first edition of Galileo's seminal work on sunspots and inertia, published in Rome in 1613.

Yavarkovsky, who has headed Boston College Libraries since 1995, originally planned a career in manufacturing, and received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. But through his love of books he became intrigued with the changing field of librarianship. He earned a master's degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in library service from Columbia University.

Prior to coming to BC, Yavarkovsky held major administrative library positions at Columbia and Adelphi universities and was the director of the New York State Library.

He serves on the board of directors of the Boston Library Consortium and on the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration, and the journal portal: Libraries and the Academy.

-Kathleen Sullivan

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