LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year 1995: Esther Grassian
LAUC-LA 1995 Librarian of the Year Award
May 15, 1995
The Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles (LAUC-LA) is pleased to announce that Esther Grassian is the recipient of its 1995 Librarian of the Year award. LAUC-LA honors Ms. Grassian for her creativity, leadership and extraordinarily successful efforts in developing a campus-wide Internet training program and her visionary role in stimulating the development of an information literacy curriculum at UCLA.
As Founding Chair of the Internet Training Group, Ms. Grassian has established a model program to prepare instructors to teach UCLA faculty, students, and staff how to utilize the popular resources of the Internet such as Gopher, WorldWideWeb and the Bruin OnLine system. She used innovative electronic advertising of the Internet workshops to reach more campus faculty, staff and students.
Colleagues recognized the ideal, supportive learning environment Ms. Grassian established. She held rehearsals for librarian instructors of new Internet classes and developed scripts, handouts and overhead transparencies that others could use. She organized "debriefing support sessions" for new and experienced Internet instructors, offered private rehearsals and arranged for backup trainers and team teaching along with supportive evaluations. This helped librarians gain the confidence to become fledgling Internet instructors and then develop the skills to learn sophisticated technologies and teach more advanced classes. Colleagues deemed her "phenomenal in her approach" and commented on the "remarkable quality of her contributions."
The campus-wide impact of Ms. Grassian's many educational initiatives, her originality, widely-respected expertise and dedication to excellence have prompted her peers to refer to her as "UCLA's most important bibliographic educator."
Esther is a Librarian at UCLA's College Library and a member of the American Library Association's Association of College and Research Libraries and Chair of its Instruction Section and Library Instruction Round Table. Esther is an alumna of UCLA's Graduate School of Library and Information Science.