For immediate release | February 24, 2012

Laun receives ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Laun, dean of library services and library director at the Shatford Library at Pasadena City College, has been chosen to receive the 2012 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Laun during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

“Mary Ann Laun has demonstrated a dedication to community college libraries for over 30 years,” said award Chair Amy Gonzalez Ferguson of the Richland College Library. “Her service as co-founder and chair of the first California Community College consortium, as an editor of Choice and as a member of Infopeople advisory committees, among other roles, benefit not just Pasadena City College students, faculty and staff, but also community colleges across the state and nation-wide.”

Since 1980, Laun has served Pasadena City College in various capacities, including coordinator of technical services; coordinator of reference services; and faculty liaison, bibliographic instruction and acquisitions librarian. She has also been involved with numerous committees including the Eureka! Leadership Institute (2011), the OCLC Members Council (2005-2009) and the Infopeople Advisory Committee (2005-present).

Her numerous publications include “On-ramps to PCC Digital Highways: Digitization Activities and Trends in California’s Community College Libraries” (2007), and “California Community College Consortium from Electronic Research Purchasing,” with Tamara Weintraub (2000).

Laun earned her M.L.S. in 1974 from the University of California-Los Angeles and received her Master’s of Education and Instructional Technology at California State University-Los Angeles in 1995.

For more information regarding the ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit


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David Free