A Southeastern Louisiana University librarian has been recognized with a state award by the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Louisiana Library Association. Angela Dunnington, head of access services of Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library, received the 2019 Academic Award for Outstanding Librarianship at the LLA annual conference held recently in Baton Rouge.
A resident of Hammond, Dunnington was nominated by Sims Library Director Eric Johnson, as well as her peers.
“Angela has passion for librarianship, a strong desire to provide the best possible service that Sims Library can offer, the ability to work through thorny problems to find appropriate solutions, and an ongoing commitment to faculty and student assistance and instruction,” Johnson said.
Dunnington received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Southeastern in 1995 and a master’s degree in library and information science from LSU in 1997. She has worked at Sims Memorial Library in various capacities since 2001 and has introduced new technology to library collections, led information literacy assessment projects, written grants, improved policies, and created a student/employee training course.
Perhaps most importantly, Johnson said, Dunnington frequently shares her expertise locally, statewide, and nationally. She has published and presented extensively and frequently mentors new librarians.
“It is an indescribable honor to be selected as this year’s Outstanding Academic Librarian. It has been an incredible journey to be part of academic libraries and higher education spanning 22 years,” Dunnington said. “I share this award with Southeastern librarians, staff and fellow colleagues who mentored and inspired me throughout my career. It is not every day a librarian gets to spend the majority of her career working at their undergraduate alma mater.”