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Chemeketa librarian receives national honor

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Michele BurkeA reference librarian at Chemeketa Community College has been recognized by a national trade publication as one of the most influential and innovative librarians in the country.

Michele Burke was named a 2012 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal magazine. In particular, Burke’s work at collaborating information literacy between college libraries in the state of Oregon was highlighted.

“Her attitude of respect and willingness to listen has made her a major player among Oregon’s academic librarians in their statewide effort to create shared information literacy standards and desire to improve consistency across varied institutions and curricula,” the magazine profile said.

Burke, who is also the incoming president of the Oregon Library Association, was one of 53 librarians from across the country recognized by Library Journal in six different categories. Burke’s work was noted in the “Community Builders” category.

“I’m honored that our statewide work between librarians and other faculty members in Oregon is being recognized in this category,” Burke said. “The desire to build strong communities drew me to librarianship and is at the heart of Chemeketa and our mission as a community college.”

Library Journal was founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, the creator of the Dewey Decimal system of categorizing library books. This the 11th year the magazine has done the Movers & Shakers award. Each of the Movers & Shakers was prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and will be celebrated at a special luncheon in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Click here to read Burke’s profile.

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