Thursday, March 23, 2006


It's not always that I do self-praise, but I've got to share this one.

Contact: Michael Dowling
American Library Association
International Relations Office
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2006

John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award winner announcedCHICAGO -

Sylva Natalie Manoogian is this year's recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contributions to international librarianship.

Sylva Natalie Manoogian received this award for her significant contributions in librarianship and community service worldwide. Manoogian is a PhD candidate in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Manoogian is being recognized for her tireless efforts to rebuild the Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem, her contributions as a consultant to libraries and librarians in Armenia, and the cooperative spirit she has fostered among librarians from the nations of the Caucasus.

“Ms. Manoogian's library career has demonstrated innovative approaches to public service in this nation and the international community reaching beyond the expected levels of community outreach and core programs generally associated with library services,” said Thomas Alford, chair of the IRC- John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award Committee.

Manoogian will be recognized during the International Relations Round Table Chair's Program on Monday, June 26, 2006 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

50 E. Huron Chicago, IL 60611

Monday, March 20, 2006


It's been almost five weeks since my last posting, but I haven't been in a very energetic mood. Can't really say why. Could be the weather, the persistent jet-lag, or the pre-spring blues (looking at the 40-some file boxes of documents, evidence of the archival breadth of cultural patrimony at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem). Anyway, today was an improvement after an all-nighter, vegging on the couch, channel-surfing. The spring quarter at UCLA is fast approaching, and I'm going to be back on the freeway, 50 miles round-trip to my university and my volunteer duties at the Western Diocesan Library.