CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 26, 2000
Libraries name Martin first winner of Arthur Benton
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- J. David Martin, head, Marvin Pomerantz
Business Library, has been named the first recipient of the Arthur Benton
Excellence in Reference Services Professional Development Award.
The $1,000 award is given biennially to a University
of Iowa Libraries professional staff member who has demonstrated outstanding
commitment in providing reference services for the UI community. The award
will support the winner's professional development activities related to the
advancement of reference services and may be used to pay for attendance at
conferences or workshops in that field.
Martin, considered an expert in business reference
and electronic databases, was nominated by several faculty from the Henry
B. Tippie College of Business. He was selected by a committee of librarians
Nancy Hauserman, associate dean, College of Business,
commented that Martin tolerates and seriously considers suggestions from students
and faculty alike in the business information course that he teaches at the
"Dave's work with the wireless LAN system at the Pomerantz
Business Library has drawn praise and recognition from users and other constituencies
on campus. Without Dave's forethought and recognition of its potential, this
system would not have been possible," says Scott Fuller, senior computer consultant,
Henry B. Tippie College of Business.
The UI Libraries will honor Martin at a reception
planned for 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Main Library North Exhibition Hall.