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Library Awards and Achievements: 2010 - 2014

2010 - 2014

On November 6, 2014, at the Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony honoring the extraordinary contributions and service of our colleagues, the Pace 2014 Service Award was presented to Jindi Zhang, Head of Cataloging, and to Richard Bernsley, Reference Librarian, for their 20 years of excellent services, to Richard Castillo, Day & Weekend Circulation Coordinator, for his 10 years of excellent service, and to Alyson Carney, Public Services Assistant /ILL, for her 5 years of excellent service. Congratulations to all!

 

On October 15, 2014, Vicky Gannon, Reference Librarian and Head of Circulation, hosted a workshop for Yale Law School and Environmental Studies students on research strategies for accessing local land use and planning laws based on work she has done to assist students working at the Land Use Law Center at Pace. The workshop attracted over twenty five students and received very positive reviews from many of the students who attended as well as from Vicky’s counterpart from the Yale library. 

 

Lucie Olejnikova, Reference / Electronic Services Law Librarian, has been elected Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). FCIL-SIS's primary objective is to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on foreign, comparative and international law, and it represents members' interests and concerns within AALL. Congratulations, Lucie! 

 

Congratulations to Alice Pidgeon, Head of Technical Services, who was awarded the Spring 2014 GreenPace Award in a ceremony held on April 30, 2014. This award recognizes faculty, staff, and students who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. Congratulations, Alice! 

 

Lucie Olejnikova, Reference / Electronic Services Law Librarian, was awarded one of the AALL Registration Awards to attend the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this summer. Congratulations, Lucie! 

 

Taryn Rucinski, Environmental Law Librarian, was awarded one of the AALL Chapter Registration Awards and a grant from LLAGNY (Law Library Association of Greater New York) to attend the 2014 AALL Conference in San Antonio, Texas, this summer. Congratulations, Taryn!

 

Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services, presented a session on free and low cost legal research to 50 volunteer attorneys at the New York City Bar Association on April 1, 2014.
 
 
Congratulations to Vicky Gannon, Lucie Olejnikova, Cynthia Pittson, Taryn Rucinski, and Gail Whittemore, who have been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Contribution Team Award during the Employee Recognition Ceremony in the Tudor Room on March 6, 2014. The team was nominated by the Law Library for their excellent teaching services in the First Year Legal Skills Program.
 
 
Also on March 6, 2014, the Pace 2013 Service Award was presented to Sawsan Nosseir, a librarian, for her 30 years of excellent service, to Marie Newman, Director and Professor of Law, for her 20 years of excellent service, to Celeste McGuire, Technical Services Assistant, for her 15 years of excellent services, and to Taryn Rucinski, Reference / Environmental Law Librarian, and Lucie Olejnikova, Reference / Electronic Services Law Librarian, for their 5 years of excellent service. Congratulations to all! 
 
 
On December 6, 2013 the Land Use Law Center at Pace University School of Law held its 12th annual conference titled “Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future.” During the conference, Prof. John Nolon presented the Annual Distinguished Service Award to Vicky Gannon, Head of Circulation and Reference Librarian, for her continuous contributions to the work and mission of the Land Use Law Center. Congratulations Vicky on this well-deserved honor! 
 
 

The Pace Law School Class of 2013 honored Pace Law Library with the Outstanding Departmental Award during commencement on May 14, 2013.  Marie Stefanini Newman (pictured), Professor of Law and Library Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Library staff.  We thank the Class of 2013 for this honor. 

 

On March 7, 2013 the Pace 2012 Employee Recognition Ceremony was held at Pace Law School where Alice Pidgeon, Head of Technical Services, was recognized for her 30 years of excellent service.  The Pace 2012 Service Award was also presented to Vicky Gannon, Head of Circulation and Reference Librarian, for her 25 years of excellent service and to Shumei Han, Technical Services Assistant, and Gail Whittemore, Special Collections and Reference Librarian, for their 10 years of excellent service at Pace. Congratulations! 
 

Congratulations to electronic services librarian Lucie Olejnikova, who has been awarded not one but two prestigious scholarships from the American Association of Law Libraries. Lucie won the LexisNexis /John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship and the AALL scholarship for librarians pursuing a law degree.

 

Pace Law Library is hosting Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibit from March 5 to April 11, 2012 on the third floor of the Gerber Glass Building. This exhibit is free of charge and open to public. Special thanks and congratulation goes to Jack McNeill, Associate Director, for submitting a winning grant proposal to the National Endowment for Humanities-Small Grants to Libraries, which brought this exhibit to us. Thanks to the entire Library Staff for helping to construct the exhibit. Reference librarian Taryn Rucinski prepared a research guide to accompany the exhibit.

 

Congratulations to Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services, who has been awarded the 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award during the Employee Recognition Ceremony in the Tudor Room on February 28, 2012. Cynthia was nominated by the Law Library for her excellent references services, teaching, and leadership. Also on February 28, 2012, Helen Choi, Cataloger, was presented with the Pace 2011 Service Award for 10 years of excellent service. Congratulations to Cynthia and Helen!

 

Congratulations to reference librarian Taryn Rucinski, who presented her guide on Environmental Crimes research to the ASTAR Judges’ Science School on Technologies for the Detection of Environmental Crimes. This conference, held at the New York State Judicial Institute Oct. 26-28, was attended by 55 judges from New York.  The goal of the conference was to improve judges’ understanding of the salient principles and technologies presented in prosecutions of environmental crimes.

 

Congratulations to reference/electronic services librarian Lucie Olejnikova, who was elected secretary-treasurer of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.  Lucie had previously worked on the FCIL Schaffer Grant Selection and Fundraising Committees.

 

Congratulations to Associate Law Library Director Jack McNeill, whose PEN-e blog was named as one of the top 50 environmental law blogs by LexisNexis.  PEN-e shares news, commentary, legal research sources, new books and articles, and legislation on Environmental Law, Energy, Land Use Law and related legal topics.

 

On May 8, 2011, the Pace Law School held its Thirty-Third Graduation Commencement. The Pace Law Library was honored with the Outstanding Departmental Award.  This is the second time the Law Library has been presented with this award.   Marie Newman, Professor of Law and Library Director, accepted the award on behalf of the library staff.  We thank the class of 2011 for this honor.

 

On March 18, 2011, the Pace 2010 Service Award was presented to Sunny Hlewicki, Office Manager, for 25 years of excellent serviceMaria Cuccurullo, Technical Services Assistant,  Jack McNeill, Associate Library Director, Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services & Adjunct Professor of Law, Michael Weston, Late Night Circulation Coordinator, and Wen-Xin Yao, Technical Services Assistant were presented the Pace 2010 Service Award for 10 years of excellent serviceRichard Castillo, Day & Weekend Circulation Coordinator, received the Pace 2010 Service Award for his 5 years of excellent service

 

On January 5, 2011, Sharon Harcharan, Evening Circulation Coordinator, gave birth to Brooke Priya Sharma.  The baby weighed 7 lb., 7 oz. and was 19” long.  The baby was born in an ambulance on the shoulder of the Sprain Brook Parkway, which was temporarily closed for the birth.  The baby’s first name commemorates the unusual circumstances of her birth, which were the subject of a story that day on the Channel 12 News.  Her mother couldn’t make it to the hospital in time to give birth there, and her sister, Pamela Harcharan, also working in the library as Collection Maintenance Coordinator, called 911 when Sharon went into active labor en route.  Mother, baby, and aunt are doing well. Click here to view the news report.

 

The Pace Law Library efforts to incorporate Web 2.0 technologies to create a more robust online presence have been highlighted in a recent LLAGNY newsletter article. See David Dames & Imtiaz Jafar, Using the Academic Law Library Webpages as a Marketing Tool, LLAGNY: LAW LINES (Law Libr. Ass'n of Greater N.Y.), Fall 2010, at 33. Read the article here

 

The PEN-e blog, created and written by the Associate Director of Pace Law Library Jack McNeil, has been nominated to be included in the 2011 LexisNexis TOP 50 Blogs for Environmental Law and Climate Change. Visit this website and vote for Jack's blog!

 

Reference/Electronic Services Librarian Lucie Olejnikova received the 2010 Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award at the 2010 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in July 2010.