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Distinguished Librarian Award

This annual award recognizes a librarian whose contributions advance the mission of the Libraries and the University in the areas of teaching, learning, research, and innovative approaches to practice.

Librarians at UW Seattle, Bothell/Cascadia, Tacoma, and the M.G. Gallagher Law Library are eligible.


Nominations are typically accepted in the fall. The award is announced in the spring and the recipient is honored at the annual University Recognition Reception in June.

Questions concerning the Award and award process should be sent to the Selection Committee chair, Mary St. Germain.

The 2018 Distinguished Librarian Award recipient is Leslie Hurst, Literature & Humanities Librarian, Head of Teaching and Learning at UW Bothell/Cascadia Library
Leslie Hurst

For University of Washington Distinguished Librarian Leslie Hurst, “fake news” is the latest skirmish in a battle librarians have been waging for years under the banner of information literacy.

As part of their jobs at the University of Washington Bothell Cascadia College Library, librarians routinely work with faculty to conduct information literacy workshops. They specifically teach new students how to use the library and generally how to conduct valid research. In the wider view, they teach how to recognize what is true and what is not.  - more