Holy Names University Professor Martivón Galindo, PhD, and University Librarian Karen G. Schneider were recognized for their outstanding contributions during a reception in the Cushing Library on August 21.
Professor Galindo is the 2014–15 recipient of the Irene Woodward Professorship, which provides an award for a faculty member to use in pursuit of scholarly or creative interests. The professorship was initiated by the Class of 1970 in honor of Sister Irene Woodward ’55, PhD, professor emerita of philosophy and president of Holy Names College from 1972 to 1982. Professor Galindo is the second recipient of the professorship, after Sister Sophia Park, who received the award for the 2013–14 academic year.
“It is a great honor for me to accept the Woodward award,” Professor Galindo said. “I am grateful to Holy Names for this opportunity to have some extra time to work on my creative projects in art and writing. Anything that makes us grow as human beings will come back to our students through our teaching.”
“Martivón is a true renaissance woman,” Lizbeth J. Martin, PhD, vice president for academic affairs said. “Since she has been on the faculty at HNU, she has brought her artistry, writing, literature, history, and language talents to each student she touches.”
Professor Galindo, who has taught at HNU since 1996, is a professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies. She began her professional life in El Salvador as an architect, but went on to earn a Licenciatura en Letras from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, in San Salvador, El Salvador and has been publishing both poetry and prose since that time. After immigrating to the United States, she received her master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American literatures from San Francisco State University and her doctorate in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is Para amuestrar un tigre, a collection of short stories.
University Librarian Karen G. Schneider was recognized for receiving the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award from the American Library Association (ALA). The award is a biennial recognition by the ALA to honor a librarian who takes action for positive change in the profession of librarianship.
“I’m very honored to be the second-ever recipient of this prestigious award from the American Library Association,” Schneider said. “Elizabeth Futas was a role model to me and many other librarians for her integrity, vision, and determination. Being able to carry her spirit with me in my role at HNU is immensely satisfying.”
In its statement accompanying the award, the ALA commended Schneider, “For being an articulate proponent of accountability, change, and action; being an outspoken leader and innovator, creative thinker and writer, librarian and technology expert; for her unusual combination of integrity, skill, intellectual energy, and commitment; and for taking risks and accepting challenges to make librarianship a stronger and more inclusive field.”
The University had been through two failed searches for a new university librarian when Schneider arrived on campus for an interview, and everyone on the search committee immediately knew the wait had been worthwhile, Martin said.
“We knew that the best was saved for last. Karen impressed us on that first day with her vision for the library of the 21st century and she continues to impress today. She identified herself then as a change agent, and her creativity, innovation, welcoming spirit, and technical skill have transformed the Cushing Library,” Martin said.
Schneider has been working at HNU since 2009. Her blog, Free Range Librarian was one of the earliest within the profession, and her second book, A Practical Guide to Internet Filters, resulted in her being selected as an expert witness in the Mainstream Loudon First Amendment case. She is earning her doctorate in managerial leadership in the information professions from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.