November 26, 2012 | News
The New York Library Association Government Information Roundtable (NYLA/GIRT) announced on November 6, 2012 that Jane Cramer is this year’s recipient of the association’s prestigious Mildred Lowe Award. Jane Cramer, who is government information specialist and associate professor at Brooklyn College Library, was honored for “her continuing leadership to the field, professionalism with ongoing impacts on government information users and service providers”.
“I am very humbled,” said Professor Cramer. “I found my niche when I started working with government documents and to be recognized for that work is humbling.” She also expressed gratitude to Stephanie Walker, head librarian at Brooklyn College. “A lot of special collections these days are being squeezed out, but we have a director who understands the importance of the documents collection and the people who work there. I am grateful to have a staff that cares about the collection as much as I do.”
At Brooklyn College Library, where she has worked since 1990, Professor Cramer collaborates with academic departments to provide statistical information and materials that support the research needs of the CUNY community, as well as of anyone using the documents collection. She is a frequent guest speaker at Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science and at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Her lectures on government information have drawn numerous library students to Brooklyn College to intern there as document trainees and conduct their exploration of the documents collection.
Through a cooperative program with the Department of Education, Professor Cramer teaches high school students from the STAR program, College Now and Brooklyn College Academy about the myriad uses of government information and gives them a chance to be researchers first-hand. “I always tell students that we paid for this information and we should take advantage of it,” she said. Helping individuals exercise their right to information drives her other projects as well, including an online resource guide on elections and voting that she designed with staff (http://library.brooklyn.cuny.edu/resources/?subject=Elections).
Professor Cramer has long been recognized as a leader in the library profession. She serves as co-chair of Metropolitan New York Library Council’s (METRO) Government Documents Special Interest Group. In this role she mentors other document librarians across New York State, assisting them with collection development and managing a depository library collection.
The Mildred Lowe Award recognizes librarians who have made significant contributions to government documents librarianship. It is given in memory of Mildred Lowe, Director of the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University and an indefatigable champion of public access to government information.