Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York Times Honor USC Librarian Shahla Bahavar
USC librarian Shahla Bahavar was honored today with the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Bahavar, a director within the USC Libraries' public services division and head of USC's Science & Engineering Library, was one of ten librarians to receive the national award this year—and the only honoree from California.
Professor Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering nominated Bahavar for the award.
"Dr. Shahla Bahavar has provided exceptional leadership in the provision of student focused instruction and services within the USC Libraries, with initiatives and impact that extends to the greater library profession," Meshkati wrote in his nominating statement. "Shahla’s professional career has been built around being on the leading edge of connecting users to the information services they require."
More than 1,100 library patrons nationwide submitted detailed stories about how their librarians had improved their communities and lives.
The other recipients this year were:
Covington (Ky.) Branch of the Kenton County Public Library
Buckeye Library, Medina (Ohio) County District Library
Kathy Meulen Ellison
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Harold M. Forbes
West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries, Morgantown, W. Va.
Caroline "Xiaofang" Han
Cleveland Public Library
Atlantic City (N.J.) High School
Sweet Briar (Va.) College
Missoula (Mont.) Public Library
Charlotte Carr Vlasis
Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts