CUNY Librarian Seamus O’Scanlain (Scanlon) Receives Award

December 7, 2009 | News

December 3, 2009—At an award ceremony at The New York Times, CUNY librarian Seamus O’Scanlain (Scanlon) received the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian prize for his service to the City College of New York. Seamus, a librarian and assistant professor at City College’s Center for Worker Education Library, was one of the ten award winners selected from more than 3,200 nominations. The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college and university librarians. CUNY University Librarian Curtis Kendrick said that the award is a fitting tribute to Seamus’s excellent work in bringing library service to the Center for Worker Education.

New York Times senior vice president for marketing and circulation Yasmin Namini presided over the award ceremonies, which featured a presentation by Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and former president of The New York Public Library. Attendees included Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education; New York State Librarian Bernard Margolis and City College library faculty members Professors Rob Laurich and Charles Stewart.

CCNY Associate Dean and Chief Librarian Pamela Gillespie praised Professor Scanlon for his dedication to students. “He’s thoroughly involved in the educational process and because of that has a direct impact on students’ academic success. This award validates his efforts,” she said.  Sandra M. Marcus, assistant professor at Queensborough Community College and member of the award selection committee, noted O’Scanlain’s contribution to the establishment of the Center for Worker Education Library. The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education is widely known as a small, high-quality college program where working adults get a first-rate college education.