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June 10, 2009

BEL Salutes Michael Halperin, Director, Lippincott Library at UPenn

Today marks a new type of salute: saluting other peers at the Top 50 B-School Libraries.

BELlog has learned Michael Halperin, Director of the Lippincott Library (affectionately known as the Wharton Library) at the University of Pennsylvania, is receiving Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship, an honor sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning and administered by ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

From ALA's website:

Award winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to the field of business librarianship. Halperin was selected most notably for his more than three decades of work as an innovator, teacher and mentor in the profession. The committee, chaired by RUSA member and Rutgers University Business Librarian Theodora Haynes, cited Halperin’s Business FAQ, a tool he designed and has shared with a consortium of institutions, as an invaluable resource that even now, a decade after its introduction, serves as the starting point for many researchers in business and economics.

The Business FAQ is noteworthy as BEL is one of 25 b-school libraries which share this invaluable service. BEL's is called Fast Answers and it is used frequently by our grad assistants who are librarians in training to answer questions.

The Wharton Library was also the first to enable end-user searching, training thousands of students and faculty on how to use Dialog, LexisNexis, CD-ROM, and now web products.

Halperin has authored many scholarly works as well.

On a personal note, I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Mike Halperin for this year's award. I met Mike at ABLD in 1990, and was guest visitor at his library, hosted by former AD Ruth Pagell, who won this award in 1995. Other ABLD colleagues who have been recipients were last year's honoree, Gary White of Penn State;Chuck Popovich of Ohio State (now retired); John Ganly (soon to be retired) of NYPL; Judy Nixon (Purdue); and Catherine Friedman, AUL at UC-San Diego.

Congratulations to Mike Halperin, the true Wizard in the provision of Business Information Services. You can see his picture here.

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Posted by Becky at June 10, 2009 1:48 PM Posted to BEL Salutes