Clark from New York, N.Y.

1. How long have you known the nominee and how did you come to know him or her?
The City College Center for Worker Education is a unique facility offering B.A. degrees for working adults. In our old facility, we never had a library, and our students are so busy with work, school and family it was difficult to get to one during their "time off." When we moved to a new facility a couple of years ago, our Dean left space for a real library and asked for a librarian. Wonder of wonders, we got Seamus. He started that library in an empty room, all by himself. We had a lot of donated books and he has bought more with budgeted funds. They are all now properly cataloged.  Best of all, Seamus is on site to help our students understand the value and techniques of real research. His library is a bustling place--and it is "his" library--he is the only one to staff it and see that all its needs are met. An incredible man and a wonderful colleague. The students love him too.

2. Please list a few ways in which the nominee has helped you and others and made your experience of the library a positive one.
Many of our students didn't know what a library was when they came to Center for Worker Education! They are often the first in their families to graduate from high school, let alone go to college. Seamus not only helps students meet all of their needs, he has helped me many times in the course of my own research.

3. How has the library, and the nominee in particular, had an impact on students and faculty and the teaching and learning process? Please be specific.
Seamus visits classes and gives mini-seminars on what libraries have to offer. He gives both students and faculty (in a variety of formats) the most up-to-date information on databases. He attends all orientation meetings to introduce himself and his library to incoming students. He staffs the library himself (and its hours are long) and helps students and faculty members individually.
  
We knew from our Middle States assessment process that we were weak in the research area. Seamus is single-handedly helping us turn that around. 
  
He also thought to have his library acquire multiple copies of books assigned for courses being taught each semester. Many of our students are on very limited budgets and their kids come first. It does my heart good to see students sitting in class with a copy of the novel we are reading stamped as owned by our library. We never had that before he came.

4. How does the nominee make the college, community college, or university a better place? Please be specific.
I think of the above speaks to this question. Ours is a unique situation. Our new librarian was handed an opportunity to make a huge impact or none at all, and everything in between. Seamus is the kind of hard-working visionary we needed to make the biggest change possible. To walk by his bustling but quiet library after 4pm or so (all of our classes run from 6-9pm) makes the hearts of all library lovers sing.

5. How has the individual demonstrated leadership in the campus community or the profession?
He took this project on all by himself. He may have had some verbal support from the folks at the main campus uptown, but it was up to him to do the legwork of getting furniture, computers, bookshelves, etc. and getting the many boxes of books still unpacked properly cataloged and on the shelves. Then he had to do a PR campaign to let the students know he was there and what he could help them do and learn. Then he actually had to start teaching that stuff to an audience of library newcomers. All this and more he did with ample good grace. Amazing! He deserves an award--and so do the students at Center for Worker Education as new library "converts."