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Jenny Garcia Earns Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award

April 28, 2011
Woman and man
UW librarian Jenny Garcia helps senior James Stauffer locate reference materials. Garcia received this year's Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award.

In recognition of her many contributions to education and librarianship, Jenny Leigh Garcia is the 2011 recipient of the University of Wyoming's Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award.

The Milstead Award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the UW Libraries through scholarship of librarianship, distinctive work with faculty and students in both teaching and implementing information resource use in academic curriculum, and improving the access to the scholarly record for University community, specific groups and state of Wyoming.

A UW librarian since 2003, Garcia serves as reference librarian for the College of Health Sciences, working with classes to develop modules tailored to meet the needs of pre-nursing, pharmacy and pre-medicine students.

"Ms. Garcia puts people at ease, and, honestly, I always look forward to my opportunities to interact with her," Janelle Krueger, director of the School of Pharmacy's Experiential Education Department, wrote in her nomination letter.

In her nomination letter, Mary Burman, dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, praised Garcia's "passion for helping students and faculty."

In addition, Garcia has developed a relevant collection of medical references and texts supporting the College of Health Sciences while helping to maintain the medical collection resources for the School of Pharmacy.

That's not all. Garcia also serves as coordinator of the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center's online resource center, which includes a comprehensive set of resources and online offerings.

"She is truly worthy of this award," says Maggie Farrell, dean of UW Libraries. "The impact on education for health professionals across the state is substantial due to her work."

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