UGA Librarian Recognized for Service During Pandemic

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A University of Georgia librarian has received a presidential citation from the Special Libraries Association for her service to the organization during a challenging 2020.

Sheila Devaney, a research and instruction librarian at the Main Library, was recognized as a part of the 2020 Annual Conference Advisory Council for the group’s shift to providing virtual educational content when the pandemic forced conference plans to change. The committee worked to provide sessions on timely topics, including social justice and library responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic presented the most serious challenge to SLA and its members that we have faced since our founding in 1909, and we are emerging from it a stronger, more cohesive, and more dedicated community than we were before it hit,” SLA President Tara Murray Grove said in a press release about annual citations. “I am proud of what we have accomplished, and these citations reflect the breadth and depth of our many accomplishments during a very challenging year.”

Devaney, who has worked for UGA Libraries for 20 years, is a subject specialist for students and faculty in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Terry College of Business.

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