Distinguished Librarian Award

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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, Cass Hartnett.

The 2017 Distinguished Librarian Award recipient is Mary St. Germain, Head of Near East Section, International Studies
Mary St. Germain

According to one of Mary’s nomination letters, “In a tireless career at the UW spanning five decades, Mary St. Germain has made continuous major contributions to the UW’s and the Libraries’ standing as one of the most important centers in the U.S. for international studies. Whether during her first decades as a cataloger of international studies monographs and serials, or in her role since 2000 as UW’s Near East studies librarian, responsible for collection development, reference and user instruction — in every position Mary has held, she has performed to the highest standards and achieved prodigious results visibly benefiting scholars at the UW and nationwide.”