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Our Colleagues


Published: May 3, 2012

Danielle Johnson, academic advisor in the Daniel Ackers Scholars Program in Cora P. Maloney College, has received the first annual Lavender Star Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Leadership at UB from the Buffalo Center Chapter of United University Professionals (UUP) and its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Committee.

The award was presented at the UUP Lavender Reception held on April 27.

The award selection committee said Johnson, who, in addition to being an academic advisor is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education, “has consistently demonstrated active leadership and has served the LGBTQ community with compassion, conviction and a research agenda that directly leads to understanding, tolerance and acceptance.”

Kris Miller, UB Libraries web developer/graphic designer, was awarded honorable mention in the 2012 American Library Association’s (ALA) “Best of Show” competition (Special Programs and Events category). This annual competition recognizes outstanding library public relations materials; winners are selected based on content, originality, design, format and effectiveness.

Miller’s award-winning poster announced a series of discussion programs focused on author Louisa May Alcott. Programs were co-sponsored by the University Libraries and UB’s English department.

The message from the judges notes: “Our panel of judges was very impressed with your work. With several hundred entries, the competition was fierce, so you should be very proud of this accomplishment!”

Award certificates will be presented on June 24 during the ALA annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

UB Associate Librarians Fred Stoss (biological sciences, geology and mathematics) and Christopher Hollister (education, library and information studies, and linguistics) are featured in The “Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private Business Dynamism into Professional Service” (McFarland, 2012).

The collected essays illustrate how librarians are infusing entrepreneurial principles in public, private, academic and special libraries.

Stoss is recognized for his “leadership, risk-taking, publishing, teaching and hard work.” The book’s editors describe Stoss as an “influential and inspirational sustainability advocate, educator and entrepreneurial librarian.”

Hollister is cited for launching Communications in Information Literacy, an open-access scholarly journal devoted entirely to information literacy. The editors comment that “academics with an entrepreneurial idea and a willingness to take on the risks involved in creating and launching an electronic journal are a growing phenomenon in the publishing industry.”