Seamus Scanlon wins the 2014 President’s Award

May 12, 2014 | News

Associate Professor Seamus Scanlon won the 2014 President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service in the Library for his work as the librarian at City College’s Center for Worker Education ( The award, which carries a cash prize of $2,000, will be presented at a ceremony in Shepard Hall on Tuesday May 13, 2014.

This is his second major award for library service within City College having previously won a prestigious Carnegie Corporation / New York Times Award in December 2009. (

Scanlon is a native of Galway, Ireland. His professional library career started in the University of Cambridge where service excellence to Nobel prize winning faculty was expected.

His service philosophy includes being pro-active, innovative and flexible with a strong belief in the efficacy of one-on-one mentoring of library users – both students and faculty. He was the first person in his family to go to university so has a natural affinity with City College’s ethos of offering third level education to first generation college goers.

He is the subject librarian for the English Department at City College as well as the resident librarian at the Centre for Worker Education. He is also a writer whose first collection As Close As You’ll Ever Be was published in September 2012. (http://cairnpress/authors/scanlon). He earned his library qualification at the University of West London and is also a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway and City College, New York.