Jun 14, 2010
Toshie Marra is named 2010 Librarian of the Year
Toshie Marra, a librarian in the UCLA Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, has been named the 2010 Librarian of the Year by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles. This award recognizes excellence in librarianship, particularly as it furthers the teaching and research mission of UCLA, and meets the intellectual, informational and cultural needs of the university community. The association is the system’s primary organization for professional librarian and governance affairs.
Marra was recognized for her leadership, courage and perseverance on behalf of the UCLA Library in the purchase of the microform edition of the Gordon W. Prange Collection. The collection contains magazines and newspapers published in Japan during the Allied Occupation between 1945 and 1949. The magazines and newspapers collection is part of the Gordon W. Prange Collection at the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries.
In addition, by building on her relationship with the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Marra was also able to obtain additional support from the center, which also agreed to provide a visiting researcher fellowship to help outside scholars visit UCLA to use the Prange Collection. She also helped establish reciprocal library privileges between UCLA and Japanese universities.