TORONTO – Faye Abrams, Projects Officer at the Ontario Council of University Libraries, has been named outstanding Academic Librarian in a province-wide competition adjudicated by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Awards Committee.
Ms. Abrams, who has been the driving force behind the acquisition of consortium licenses for electronic resources across Ontario’s twenty university libraries, will receive the 2007 OCUFA academic librarianship award at a June 6, 2008 ceremony in Toronto.
Ms. Abrams is described by librarians and faculty colleagues as a “pioneer,” “advocate,” and “mentor” who leads “with good humour and patience, evident mutual trust, and boundless energy.”
“The OCUFA Awards Committee was impressed with the impact of Ms. Abrams’ work on the development and evolution of digital library services in Ontario,” said OCUFA President Brian E. Brown. She shares her expertise and passion for librarianship with students in library science, inspiring them to “to be risk takers, to salute opportunity, and to embrace change in the world of academic libraries in the 21st century.”
OCUFA has been celebrating outstanding achievement in teaching and academic librarianship at Ontario universities since 1973. The awards committee selects up to six teaching award recipients and one academic librarianship award recipient each year.
This year’s six teaching award recipients are: Psychology Professor Ken Cramer and Law Professor Donna-Marie Eansor both from the University of Windsor, History Professor Carolyn Kay from Trent University, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Herb Kunze from the University of Guelph, Professor Michael Pearce from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and Economics Professor Simon Power from Carleton University.