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West Hartford Woman Honored with National “I Love My Librarian” Award

Rachel Hyland, librarian at Tunxis Community College, is one of 10 in the U.S. to receive award.

Tunxis Community College librarian Rachel Hyland was one of 10 librarians in the country to receive the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times “I Love My Librarian” Award on Dec. 18 during a ceremony at The Times Center in New York City. 

The annual award recognizes the contributions of exceptional public, school, college, community college and university librarians. Hyland received the honor for changing the way students, faculty and administrators think about information literacy at Tunxis, and her skill for finding relevant, authoritative material to share with the college community.  

“I am thrilled to represent community colleges, and specifically Tunxis Community College, in receiving this honor of a lifetime,” said Hyland. “I am grateful for the warmth and generosity of those in the Tunxis community who nominated me and all who support me and our students every day of the year,” she continued. “It is immensely gratifying and humbling to be recognized by my peers.” 

Hyland received a plaque and $5,000 cash award, which will be donated to charity, including the Tunxis Community College Foundation’s scholarship fund. 

Among her recent accomplishments during her 12-year tenure at Tunxis, Hyland leads information literacy collaboration with faculty, directed design of the Library’s interactive web site, and created a library blog. She heads collection development, and has improved the relevancy and vibrancy of the library’s collection by using a “just in time,” “just in case,” and “just for you” philosophy. She also leads a monthly short story lunch group for Tunxis faculty and staff. Hyland holds a master of library science degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

Full nominations for Hyland are available at http://atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian

The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association. 

Submitted by Tunxis Community College.

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