Western Carolina University – Librarian Feels the Love as He Wins ‘I Love My Librarian’ Award

Shamella Cromartie, associate dean of the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University and a driving force behind scholarship empowerment on campus and in the community, is the recipient of this year’s I Love My Librarian award, the recently announced l ‘American Library Association.

“I’m honored that my colleagues on campus thought of me enough to nominate me,” Cromartie said. “I have always been grateful to these colleagues who are happy to work with me and who are invested in my success, just as I am in their success. »

Cromartie has centered equity, diversity, and inclusion in his programming and service efforts at WCU, including in his development and implementation of the library’s faculty member program. Designed as a competitive application process, the program supports faculty in using inclusive pedagogy. It also rewards successful applicants with a stipend for their work and funding for inclusive school materials.

As one proponent noted, “Before he arrived, I had never thought of the library as a space that would lead to diversity and inclusion efforts. She cultivates the teaching capacity of faculty, while simultaneously ensuring that our collection is inclusive. »

Another nomination reads: “Shamella has a keen sense of observation combined with an in-depth knowledge of literature and resources. She uses all of her skills to provide the most student-centric experience. She is a champion of integrated learning and resource development.

An example of Cromartie’s diligence in helping research was provided by a professor who was researching an administrator of African-American schools in the 1920s-50s. She had sought out the Revolutionary Educator’s Master’s Thesis, only one copy of which is known to exist. After repeated stalemates, she said Cromartie “did the extra mile” to work with the detention institution. “About a month later she came into my office with the dissertation bound – as I read the pages I cried,” the professor said.

“WCU is a special place, it thrives on community, and I’m grateful to have found a community that supports me and the colleagues who nominate me,” Cromartie said.

Each of the 10 recipients will receive $5,000, as well as a $750 donation to their library. Some 1,300 nominations were submitted across the country.

The I Love My Librarian Award is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with support from the New York Public Library, and administered by the American Library Association’s Office of Communications and Marketing.

An awards ceremony will be broadcast live on the American Library Association YouTube channel on Saturday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m.

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