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Yale Librarians Honored for Contributions to the Profession

Two Yale librarians have recently been honored by their peers by election to office in an international professional organization and inclusion in a list of innovative librarians.

Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs, has been elected Chair of Division II (Library Collections) of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. Division II focuses on specific types of information and materials such as rare books, serials, newspapers, and government publications, as well as services such as reference and interlibrary loan. IFLA'S five division chairs also serve as members of the Governing Board, the elected body responsible for the Association’s managerial and professional direction. Founded in 1927, IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession. Okerson came to Yale in 1996 following a career in academic library management, the commercial sector, and as Senior Program Officer at the Association of Research Libraries.

Joe Murphy, Science Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction & Technology at the Kline Science Library has been named one of Library Journal’s 2009 Movers and Shakers. Movers and Shakers is an annual Library Journal feature that identifies “librarians, vendors, and others who are shaping the future of libraries.” A self-identifying “Millennial and digital native who lives in online social networks,” Murphy was identified as a trend spotter who has developed and promoted Web 2.0 services and technologies in Yale’s Science Libraries, including an iPhone-based text messaging reference service. This is the first time that a Yale librarian has been included in the Movers and Shakers feature. Murphy has been at the University since 2007 and completed his master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.