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2016 Alumni Annual Spring Awards Dinner

May 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The UCLA Library & Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) and the UCLA Department of Information Studies cordially invite you to the 2016 LISAA Spring Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 26, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Plaza Room at UCLA’s DeNeve Commons.

The annual event will honor the graduating IS Class of 2016. In addition, the event will celebrate the achievements of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner Dorothy McGarry (’49; MLS ’71) and feature keynote speaker Emilie Ngo-Nguidjol Songolo (MLS ‘90).

To RSVP, please contact the GSE&IS Office of External Relations at (310) 206-0375 or via email at alumni@gseis.ucla.edu by May 19, 2016.

Cost: UCLA Information Studies Alumni and Friends: $25 | UCLA Students: $10.  Complimentary for the Class of 2016 with RSVP. Free Parking available in structure DD.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Dorothy McGarry
Dorothy McGarry served the UCLA Library for 25 years:  As UCLA Library Assistant, 1968-71; as Librarian, 1971-76, and as Head, Cataloging Division of the UCLA Physical Sciences and Technology Libraries, 1976-93.  Dorothy retired from the UCLA Library in 1993. McGarry has been a vital member of leading national and international library associations throughout her career, championing cataloging standards and rules. From the American Library Association (ALA), McGarry was given the Margaret Mann Citation Award (2005). She was inducted into Special Libraries Association (SLA) Fellows in 1994, as well as the SLA Hall of Fame in 2000. In addition, SLA garnered Dorothy with the John Cotton Dana Award in 1991, the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division Achievement Award, the Southern California Chapter Continuous Service Award, the Billie Connor Award, and an SLA Presidential Citation in 2015.  Dorothy achieved Librarian Emerita status following her UCLA retirement.

Following her UCLA degrees (B.A. degree, Anthropology, 1949; and MLS degree, 1971), Dorothy’s participation in ALA committees led to her involvement in major changes in cataloging rules that have occurred since the 1970s. Her work in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has tied McGarry with international cataloging events, such as being a member of the group that produced the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records and being on the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group for a number of years.  Dorothy co-edited (with UCLA emerita professor of information studies, Elaine Svenonius) a 2001 book on renowned theorist, Seymour Lubetzky: Seymour Lubetzky: Writings on the Classical Art of Cataloging. Recent interviews document McGarry’s admirable involvement in cataloging history:  Voices of SLA: Dorothy McGarry (SLA, 2009) and Dorothy McGarry – Testimony (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, 2014).


2016 LISAA Spring Dinner Keynote Speaker Emilile Ngo-Nguidjol Songolo

Songolo is Senior Academic Librarian for African Studies, Social Sciences, and Francophone Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Emilie enjoys local, national, and international renown thanks to her dedicated work in librarianship, African and Area studies, and community service. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the UW-Madison Academic Staff Assembly Commendation for Outstanding Service in the Community, the Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence, the UW-Madison Librarian of the Year, and the 2015 UW-Madison Outstanding Woman of Color Award. Emilie currently serves on the University of Wisconsin Press Committee, is Chair of the Africana Librarians’ Council Title 6 group, former Chair of the Africana Librarian’s Council, and is former President of the African Women’s Association of Madison. She has been a mentor to many students, librarians, staff, and to children and adults in the community.

Emilie’s love of storytelling led her to collect commemorative fabrics from Africa. Her donated, personal collection has been added to by others and preserves these fabrics that she calls historical documents that now form the digitized database, Images of Commemorative Fabrics from Africa. She founded AFRICaide, a grassroots non-profit organization that strives to reduce abject poverty in Africa through rural development projects.  Songolo’s interest in African cinema has produced book chapters on women in African cinema (1997, 1999), and she is an editor and on the Advisory Board of H-AfrLitCine, a forum for the discussion and exploration of African literature and cinema.

A native of Cameroon, Emilie earned her License Bilingue (B.A.) in French and English from the University of Yaoundé and attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, on fellowship. Emilie enrolled in the UCLA Master’s in Library and Information Science program, and is a graduate of the Class of 1990.


May 26, 2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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GSE&IS External Relations
(310) 206-0375


Plaza Room, DeNeve Commons
Los Angeles, 90095 + Google Map