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Awards & honors

Our amazing library staff are often recognized for their achievements locally and nationally. Highlights from the past several years are listed below.

Awards for the University of Arizona Press are too numerous to include here, but can be found on their recent awards web page.


  • Yan Han is selected for an IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant. The National Organizing Committee of the 82nd General Conference and Assembly of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), awarded Yan a $1,000 fellowship to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress, to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio from August 13-19, 2016.

  • Rebecca Blakiston is recognized as a Mover and Shaker "Tech Leader" in Library Journal for her user experience work and national leadership in the field. Read the Library Journal article.

  • Nicole Pagowsky receives the inaugural Outstanding Professional Development Award from the University Libraries Section (ULS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) due to her broad professional engagement, service, and scholarship. Read the press release.



  • Rebecca Blakiston is one of only 38 librarians selected from a highly competitive national pool to participate in Leading to the Future, a four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders offered in August by the American Library Association (ALA).
  • Kathy Tower, retired head of interlibrary loan at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, is the winner of the 2014 Georgia Reynolds Dedicated Service Award given by Arizona Health Sciences Center Staff Advisory Council.


  • Amy Haas receives an Emily Krauz Staff Endowment Scholarship to encourage and support career advancement and continuing education pursuits.
  • Bob Diaz is chosen to participate in the 2013 Western Archives Institute, an archival training program at UC Riverside.
  • Deborah Quintana, who had been selected for the University of Arizona's Management in Action Program in 2012, completed the program and received her certificate.
  • Our homegrown “Guide on the Side” (an innovative way to create interactive tutorials) receives one of the 2013 Cutting Edge Technology Service Awards from ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. It also wins the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award. Efforts to develop “Guide on the Side” were led by programmer Mike Hagedon and librarian Leslie Sult.
  • Teresa Hazen is accepted into the 2013 Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) Management Academy, a highly selective program that prepares mid-level library managers to manage complex and diverse resources.
  • Nicole Pagowsky is selected for ACRL's 2013 Immersion Program, a competitive professional development program for academic librarians.
  • The Libraries receives the "Above and Beyond" award for our participation in UA Cares, hosting more events than any other department on campus and raising $4,500 for charity.
  • UA Press author Richard Blanco is named the 2013 Inaugural Poet for President Barack Obama. Blanco is the first Latino, the first gay man, and the youngest person to serve in the role.


  • Dean Carla Stoffle receives the prestigious Joseph W. Lippincott Award from the American Library Association, for her distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.
  • Librarian Maliaca Oxnam wins the first annual Elsevier Library Connect Charleston Conference Award for first-time presenters. She also receives the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, in recognition of work that contributes to the advancement and development of excellence in engineering libraries.
  • Becky Senf, CCP’s Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography, is named Best Curator in The Arizona Republic’s 2012 Critics’ Picks.
  • Robyn Huff-Eibl is selected to participate in UCLA’s Senior Fellows Program, an executive management program for academic and research library leaders.
  • Librarians Yvonne Mery and Jill Newby are invited to write a book, Developing Online Courses: A Handbook for Instruction Librarians.
  • Librarian VerĂ³nica Reyes receives the Lois Olsrud Library Faculty Excellence Award.
  • Dean Carla Stoffle is honored with the Rangelands West Trailblazer Award from the Rangelands West Partnership.


  • Librarian Chris Kollen receives the American Library Association’s Map and Geography Round Table Honors Award, for outstanding achievements and major contributions to map librarianship and the round table.
  • Dean Carla Stoffle receives the Presidential Partnership Award from the UA’s Graduate and Professional Student Council.
  • Librarian VerĂ³nica Reyes is selected to participate in the UA’s 2011-12 Academic Leadership Institute.
  • Librarian Jeanne Pfander receives the Lois Olsrud Library Faculty Excellence Award.


  • Dean Carla Stoffle receives the Vision Award from the UA’s Commission on the Status of Women, honoring her for cultivating diversity and advancing CSW’s goals related to campus climate, career and professional development, and compensation and equity.
  • Librarian Maliaca Oxnam is honored for her leadership of the Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL) Project, which receives the LexisNexis/ALA/GODORT “Documents to the People” Award. Maliaca’s TRAIL Project also receives an Outstanding University Achievement Award from the UA’s Student Union Advisory Council.
  • Librarian Michael Brewer is selected to participate in UCLA’s Senior Fellows Program, an executive management program for academic and research library leaders.
  • Librarian Maliaca Oxnam is named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association.
  • Librarian Yvonne Mery is selected to participate in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups.
  • Robyn Huff-Eibl is one of only five library staff members from across the country invited to participate in the Association of Research Libraries’ “Envisioning Library Futures” workshop in Washington, D.C.
  • Librarians Atifa Rawan and Yan Han receive a total amount of $295,383 from 2005 to 2010 from Washington State University/USAID for Afghan eQuality Alliances: 21st century digital libraries for Afghanistan.
  • Librarians Maliaca Oxnam and Jeanne Pfander receive a $3,000 grant from the UA Office for the Responsible Conduct of Research & Graduate College to hold a seminar on “Ethical issues in the collection, management and accessibility of knowledge resources from Native American populations.”


  • Britt Salvesen, then Director and Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography, is awarded a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellowship.
  • Librarians Atifa Rawan and Yan Han are honored at the UA with the USS Arizona Outstanding University Achievement Award for their work on the Afghanistan Grey Literature Project.


  • Britt Salvesen, then Director and Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography, is selected for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Residency in Italy.
  • Librarian Doug Jones is given the first Trailblazer Award by the Western Rangelands Partnership “in appreciation of your visionary work in the early development of AgNIC Rangelands and the founding of the Western Rangelands Partnership.”
  • Travis Teetor receives a University of Arizona Staff Award for Excellence.
  • Librarian Michael Brewer wins an award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.
  • Librarian Ping Situ is co-recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Samuel Lazerow Fellowship Award for a research project on vendor-provided records and outsourcing cataloging service for Chinese language materials.
  • The Libraries receive the UA’s first-ever “Perpetual Motion” traveling trophy in recognition of their outstanding participation rate in the UA Cares fund-raising campaign and high level of contributions year after year. 
  • Special Collections is honored for preservation of literary treasures (the Morales de Escarcega Collection) by Ramses D. Stevens, Stevens International USA/Mexico Trade Specialists, and Tommy Hernandez, World Wide Logistics Enterprises.
  • Librarians Yan Han and Atifa Rawan receive a $299,431 + $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for Humanities for their project “Preserving and creating access to unique Afghanistan literature from the Jihad Period, 1989–2006.”


  • Librarian Yan Han is named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association.
  • Britt Salvesen, then Interim Director of the Center for Creative Photography, receives a Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship.
  • Librarian Jim Martin is co-PI for a $27,636 Library Services & Technology Act grant for the Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange Collaborative Project.

Last modified: August 3, 2016