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Cynthia Johnson Heads Langson Reference Department

The UCI Libraries recently welcomed Cynthia Johnson as the new Head of the Langson Library Reference Department.

Cynthia Johnson comes to UCI from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where the academic programs focus on art, design, architecture and the liberal arts. She held the position of Director of Reader Services for the Library, in charge of reference and circulation services. Cynthia also served as Acting Head of Libraries, which expanded her experience to include oversight for multimedia and visual resources services. She also taught introductory and advanced courses in reference in the Library School at Pratt for several years.

Earlier in her career, Johnson was a reference and instruction librarian at Barnard College in New York City, where she worked with students at both Barnard and Columbia University. She also served on several Columbia committees and task forces.

Johnson's professional distinction was recently recognized by her receipt of the 2006 Association of College and Research Libraries Women's Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Woman's Studies Librarianship. She and a colleague are being honored for having transformed the Women's Core Book Lists database into a major tool to assist librarians in building Women's Studies collections. She will receive $500 and a plaque during the 2006 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans this June.

Cynthia Johnson can be reached at cynthiaj@uci.edu or x40081.

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