Three Librarians Honored at Annual State Conference

Three librarians receive awards from the College and University Section of the New Jersey Library Association.

David Cupo (left), and Hao Zeng (right) accepting the NJLA 2017 Technology Innovation Award from Siobhan McCarthy, Co-chair of the NJLA Technology Committee.

Nancy Weiner holding her award at the NJLA Annual Conference.

Three librarians were recently honored at the annual conference of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) held in Atlantic City, NJ.

David Cupo, Electronic Resources Metadata Specialist, and Hao Zeng, Library Information Specialist, were awarded the 2017 Technology Innovation Award for their project detailing an enhanced platform for the Cheng Library’s online discovery system. The project was entitled “Customizing VuFind to Enhance Discoverability of Library Resources.” David and Hao created a new interface for the Library’s discovery system that modified the results screen to make it easier for the user to understand and interpret the selections. The new platform sorted the users’ search results by type of resource and displayed the items in clearly separated columns.

The Technology Innovation Award was created to honor a librarian (or group of librarians) for innovative use and application of technology in a New Jersey academic library. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished leadership in developing new technologies for academic libraries. This competitive award is presented by the College and University Technology Committee of the New Jersey Library Association.;

Nancy Weiner, Assistant Director, received the Distinguished Service Award at the same conference. Presented by the College and University Section of NJLA, this award is intended to honor a person who, by his or her outstanding contributions, has directly enriched librarianship in higher education in New Jersey. Nancy received the award in recognition of her ongoing and long-standing involvement with the Association. She served as secretary of NJLA for two years and has been active at the state level in other capacities since then.

Both awards were presented at the NJLA Annual Conference on April 26, 2017 during the College and University Section Awards Forum.

Congratulations to David, Hao and Nancy for these well-deserved awards!

September 12, 2017