Irina from New York, N.Y.

1. How long have you known the nominee and how did you come to know him or her?
I write as a full-time faculty member at the City College of New York. I have known and worked with Seamus Scanlon for close to three years.

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.
Seamus Scanlon is an excellent colleague who has filled a much needed position at the City College Center for Worker Education. We are the downtown campus of the City College of New York and for years had no on-site library or librarian. Seamus was explicitly hired as a full-time librarian for our students. Our students are non-traditional, working adult students, many who have interrupted their education and have not had much exposure to the library system. Seamus provides excellent classroom tutorials and one-on-one library services for our students. His expertise, humor, and imminent approachability have made him one of the most crucial faculty members in our department. He has also been an immense help for me in my teaching serving as a liaison with the uptown campus as well as helping me track down research material.

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 Scanlon has become an extremely important faculty member in our students' trajectory. He provides useful classroom tutorials and has the ability to work with both introductory level classes as well as advanced research seminars. He has also provided faculty research seminars that have been critical in keeping up with the ever expanding access to research materials now digitized through library services.

4. How does the nominee make the college, community college, or university a better place? Please be specific.
Seamus Scanlon links the City College of New York Center for Worker Education with the Uptown Campus through his library research services. Before his work at the Center students had very little access to the Uptown Library and library services and felt intimidated by the idea of online research as well as more "traditional" practices. Seamus Scanlon provides the expertise to put into practice what students learn in the classroom in their subject specific courses. As one student expressed to me, "He makes the Center feel like a research university."

5. How has the individual demonstrated leadership in the campus community or the profession?
Seamus Scanlon is not only a great colleague and instructor, he also continues to present his own research. The Center faculty (only 8) have to take on many service and administration tasks and Seamus is always ready to volunteer in multiple ways. He is a central force in our technology committee and has helped create best practices. We will inaugurate an MA program this spring 2010 and he will be an invaluable asset to our incoming graduate students. I nominate Seamus Scanlon with the highest possible recommendation.