2016 LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year - Maria Jankowska

The UCLA Library is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year Award is Maria Jankowska.

 Maria is being recognized for her service to and support of sustainability at UCLA and furthering the role of academic libraries in sustainability initiatives nationwide through her research and publications. Maria has served as member of the Academic Committee of the UCLA Sustainability Committee over the past five years.

Maria serves as Editor in Chief of the Electronic Green Journal and she organized and led a panel on Sustainability Across the Academic Library: Best Practices, Initiatives, and Solutions in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at the ACRL 2015 Conference. She also edited Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, published by the Library Juice Press in 2014.

One of her nominators wrote, "Maria has educated me about the critical importance and future vision of the role of the Library in educating our students and faculty and advancing our understanding of sustainability and how we organize our thinking about this incredibly broad, often sprawling topic."

This award also recognizes Maria's efforts to support use of the Bruman Map Collection, this year enabling UCLA to keep its baseball stadium on VA property. (See news story.) To quote another of her nominators, "Maria was critical to UCLA Real Estate's research and analysis of historical land use to resolve issues regarding Jackie Robinson Stadium and its use of Federal VA land. Maria took the time to personally guide me through archives of antique maps and documents that I would have never known existed. Maria exemplifies how teaching can be augmented by having access to UCLA's vast resources. Many of the documents we found are pre-1900, which required specific expertise to locate."

The Librarian of the Year Award, established in 1993, recognizes excellence in librarianship that furthers the teaching and research mission of UCLA and responds to the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the university community. Candidates should embody one or more of the following: creativity, innovation, courage, leadership, and scholarship, as exemplified in achievements within the prior 12 to 18 months.