Library Faculty Receive Statewide Recognition

Dr. Julie Todaro (in black) and Professor James "Red" Wassenich (center) were recognized at the July Board of Trustees meeting.

The Texas Library Association (TLA) has honored Dr. Julie Todaro, dean of library services, and James “Red” Wassenich, faculty reference librarian at Rio Grande Campus, for their work and service to students and faculty. Â The ACC Board of Trustees recognized Dr. Todaro and Professor Wassenich in July.

The TLA is the largest state library association in the United States. At the group’s April conference, Dr. Todaro received the TLA Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an exemplary career in librarianship. Dr. Todaro’s career spans more than 35 years as a public and academic librarian, library educator, consultant, trainer, and author. During her time as dean, ACC has seen a substantial increase in library services usage; in 2011, library usage went up 26 percent. | Read more about Dr. Todaro’s honor

“It’s been a privilege to work at ACC and serve the students and faculty,” Todaro says. “It’s been an incredible ride. It’s wonderful to have people know that ACC is one of the best community colleges in the country.”

Also recognized was Wassenich, who received the Outstanding Service in Library Instruction award. Wassenich has been with ACC for almost 28 years, and has taken the college to a new level in information literacy. ACC’s information literacy program has won a national “best practices” award for its design and delivery.

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