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Yavarkovsky ’60 Earns Library Award

Jerome Yavarkovsky ’60

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Jerome Yavarkovsky ’60, university librarian at Boston College, was presented the 2004 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the American Library Association, considered the most prestigious award for an academic library director. The award recognizes outstanding achievements by academic librarians who have contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management, or library development and research.

Yavarkovsky, who originally planned a career in manufacturing, received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer. Through his love of books he became intrigued with the changing field of librarianship. He earned a master’s degree in management from MIT and a master’s degree in library service from Columbia University. Prior to joining Boston College in 1995, he held major administrative library positions at Columbia and Adelphi universities and was the director of the New York State Library.

He serves on the board of directors of the Boston Library Consortium and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Library Administration and portal: Libraries and the Academy.

In 2003, the Boston College Libraries reached a milestone with the acquisition of the university’s 2-millionth book, a first edition of Galileo's seminal work on sunspots and inertia, published in Rome in 1613.
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Rensselaer Magazine: Summer 2004
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