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Professors Amanda Izenstark and Mary MacDonald Recognized at Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference

RILA Awards Given to Amanda Izenstark & Mary C. MacDonald

Rhode Island Library Association Awards Given to Amanda Izenstark & Mary C. MacDonald

University of Rhode Island Libraries Professors Amanda Izenstark and Mary MacDonald received awards for their contributions to their libraries, communities, and the State of Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference on May 26, 2016.

Amanda Izenstark received RILA’s Outstanding Librarian Award, which “honors the career accomplishments of a librarian who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to both his/her library and to the library profession.” (http://www.rilibraries.org/RILA-Awards) Nominated by Professor Cheryl Foster of URI’s Philosophy Department along with members of the History, Computer Science, and University Libraries’ Public Services Departments, she was cited for her accessibility to students, support of faculty research, role in educating future librarians, and community impact.

Mary MacDonald was recognized for her substantial impact on libraries and librarians across Rhode Island with the Distinguished Service Award. Jenifer Bond, Associate Director and Research & Instruction Librarian at Bryant University, noted that “[Mary] builds bridges and encourages collaboration across library types, all with an eye toward preparing Rhode Islanders of all ages to successfully navigate and participate in the 21st century information environment.”

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