Mann to receive 2021 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Wendy Mann, Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, has been selected to receive the 2021 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. With this award, she is recognized for her professional accomplishments, her embodiment of the Libraries’ organizational values, and her tremendous support of the Mason scholarly community.

Mann received enthusiastic endorsements from her Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) colleagues, library and instructional faculty colleagues, and professional colleagues from external organizations – demonstrating her remarkable career and wide impact at Mason and beyond. All agreed that she has distinguished herself through her commitment to her role and her breadth of involvement within the Mason Libraries, around the university, and throughout the region.

Wendy’s contributions in the envisioning and implementation of the DiSC program at Mason, itself a leading development among academic research libraries, is a perfect demonstration of her innovation, collaboration, and leadership. In large measure, it is to her credit that DiSC has evolved into a multidisciplinary digital research hub that has quickly become the “go-to resource” for both student and faculty data support needs.

As one colleague wrote, “Through her knowledge of digital scholarship, and together with the team she has cultivated, Wendy has forged new relationships for the Libraries throughout the University, solidifying the Libraries as an essential partner in research and teaching. Deservedly respected by students, departmental faculty, university administrators, and library colleagues within and beyond Mason, Wendy embodies the qualities the Distinguished Library Faculty Award celebrates.”

The award will be presented officially at Mason’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence ceremony, hosted by The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning. The Center is working on plans for an updated recognition ceremony for all award winners, either in-person or online, for some time in April 2021. Please join us in congratulating Wendy!

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