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Connell & Lo win ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section Program Award

February 11, 2005


CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Kate Connell, reference/instruction and library exhibitions curator, and Suzanne Lo, reference/instruction and library program committee chair, both of the City College of San Francisco, have been chosen to receive the 2005 CJCLS/EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award for their work on the City College of San Francisco's Library Programs and Exhibitions Committee. The committee partners with a variety of instructional departments on campus and with community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to develop programs and exhibitions that offer co-curricular learning opportunities that enrich the intellectual, aesthetic and cultural life of the campus community.

"The outreach effort and success of this program is impressive and there are ideas here for all community college libraries," said award committee chair Alice Lubrecht. "The diversity of the programs offered shows a real interest in getting all members of the campus involved. This program demonstrates how a library can work to raise its profile on campus to more than a place where there are books and research is done, but to a vibrant campus entity that reaches out to people and engages them."

Connell holds a M.A. degree in Art History and has served as exhibitions curator at the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Library, and the Galeria de la Raza. She recently co-created a major, traveling exhibition "Our Work Life: Three Generations of Bay Area Work and Workers," http://ourworklife.com.

Lo has extensive professional experience at public libraries in the Bay Area, the most notable was her role in building the busiest branch facility and offering community programming to the Asian Branch of the Oakland Public Library in 1995. She is cited in Who's Who Among Asian Americans, 1994-95 (Gale Research, 1994), and has contributed to several publications, such as Harmony in Diversity; Recommendations for Effective Library Service to Asian Language Speakers (California State Library, 1998).

A citation and $500, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Connell and Lo during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago at the CJCLS Awards Breakfast, Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.