Distinguished Alumni Award Past Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given out each Spring at the LISAA Spring Awards Dinner.  All alumni, current students and faculty and staff are invited to this evening event.  Below is a list of past award recipients and keynote speakers for the event.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 

Miki Goral (MLS ’67)

Miki Goral has been a reference librarian since her graduation from the UCLA School of Library Science in 1967. Her career took her from UCLA to the Library of Congress and back to UCLA. Her focus was always on providing the highest quality of reference assistance to library users, in-person, on the telephone, by mail, and now through the Internet. Over the years, she mentored many library school students through her role as coordinator of Public Services in the Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL). She honed her skills as a generalist reference librarian working with the stellar staff of the YRL Reference Department.

Librarians at the University of California have the freedom to design their own career path in areas outside their primary job responsibilities. Miki chose to concentrate her professional involvement in two areas—academic and professional. She pursued a master’s degree in history, with an emphasis on African and African American topics. This resulted in her being one of the founders of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), held for the past 26 years in Los Angeles during Black History Month. PAFF has grown to be recognized as a major event showcasing independent films from around the world. She has also been active in the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association, holding a number of offices.

In the professional realm, Miki has been active in the Librarians Association University of California (LAUC), at both the local and statewide level. Following her term as statewide LAUC President, she was honored by her colleagues at UCLA as the 1997 LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year. Additionally, Miki recognized that the way for librarians to improve their working conditions and increase their compensation is through collective action. Hence, when the California legislature passed the Higher Education Employer Employee Relations Act she immediately saw an opportunity to advocate for her colleagues across the state. As a member and then Chief Negotiator of the Librarians Bargaining Team she has helped negotiate contracts since 1983. She is still actively working to protect the rights of librarians at the University of California and advocate for the profession.


2018 Distinguished Service Award Winner 

Christine L. Borgman

Christine L. Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 250 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. These include three books from MIT Press: Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (2015), winner of the 2015 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Computing and Information Sciences; Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (2007); and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (2000). The latter two books won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).

Professor Borgman is Chair of the Committee to Visit the Harvard Library and Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution. She is a member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council; a member of the advisor board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center; a Council Member of the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICSPR); member of the CLARIAH International Advisory Panel; member of the advisor board of Authorea; and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery. She previously served on the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information and the U.S. National CODATA. At UCLA, she directs the Center for Knowledge Infrastructures with research grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and other sources.

Her honors and awards include the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE, and the Research in Information Science Award from ASIST, and a Legacy Laureate of the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Oxford she has been an Oliver Smithies Fellow at Balliol College and a Visiting Scholar at both the Oxford Internet Institute and the Oxford eResearch Centre. At the Digital Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and the eHumanities Group in the Netherlands, she has been a Visiting Scholar hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Previously she served as a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary, and a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, U.K.


2018 LISAA Spring Dinner Keynote Speaker 

Su Kim Chung (MLS’ 98, PhD 2015)

Su Kim Chung (UCLA MLIS 98) has been faculty in the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries Special Collections & Archives since 1999 where she was hired as their first manuscripts librarian. She is now head of public services and oversees reference, instruction, and outreach for the SCA division. Chung also serves as curator for their entertainment, LGBTQ, and women’s archives. In 2007 and 2015 she was selected as the UNLV Libraries McPhee Librarian of the Year, and in spring 2012 received the UNLV Libraries Inspirational Customer Service Award. She entered UCLA’s IS doctoral program in 2005 while working full-time and earned her Ph.D in 2015.

As an active supporter of Southern Nevada’s cultural heritage, she is a member of Mob Museum advisory council, the Showgirl Legacy board, and the Women of Diversity advisory board. She currently writes a monthly photo history column for dtlv.com and has authored several editions of the photo essay book Las Vegas Then and Now. Chung is also past president of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, and past chair of the Reference, Access, and Outreach section of the Society of American Archivists.




2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 

Marianne Afifi (MLS ’93)

Marianne Afifi recently retired as the Project Librarian at the Oviatt Library at California State University Northridge (CSUN) where she was participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program working part time on projects for the Dean. Her last project was managing the expansion and remodel of Special Collections & Archives in the Oviatt Library. She was also the co-principal investigator at CSUN of a multi-organizational IMLS grant to train recently graduated archivists through a residency program.

In August 2014 Afifi retired from her position as the Associate Dean of the Library, a position she held since 2005, where she was responsible for the Library’s day-to-day operations, several access services departments, emergency planning, digital projects, and Special Collections & Archives. She recently led the team that created a new Learning Commons out of an outdated space in the Oviatt Library. Afifi also participated in strategic planning, decision-making, project management, and fund raising efforts for the Library. Prior to her position at Oviatt Library Afifi served as the Director of Electronic Resources & Special Projects Development in the Information Services Division of the University of Southern California from 2001 to 2005 and prior to that as Systems Development Librarian from 1993 to 2001. While at USC she managed electronic information resources access, delivery and development and was an active participant in digital library and systems projects as well as web and online learning development.

Afifi’s publications and presentations reflect her involvement in the library and information science community locally, nationally, and internationally and her articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Library Administration and Management among others. Marianne served on the UCLA LISAA Board from 1997 – 2000 and is a supporter of the Department of Information Studies. She also is the recipient of the GSE&IS 2011 Dean’s Scholar’s Award.  She served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Information Science & Technology  (2005 – 2007) and is a member of the American Library Association as well as the Association for Computing Machinery. Afifi holds an M.B.A. from USC (1981) and an M.L.S. in Information Systems Design from UCLA (1993).


2016 LISAA Spring Dinner Keynote Speaker 
John F. Szabo, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

John F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people—the largest population of any public library in the United States. He oversees the Central Library, 72 branches and the Library’s $162 million budget. In 2015, the Library received the nation’s highest honor for library service, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, for its success in meeting the needs of Angelenos and providing a level of social, educational and cultural services unmatched by any other public institution in the city.

Under his leadership, the Library’s major initiatives include those related to immigrant integration and citizenship, improving financial literacy and providing health resources and programs. He has expanded the library’s reach into the city’s diverse communities through partnerships with several community-based organizations.

He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public libraries, previously serving as the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Clearwater (FL) Public Library System, Palm Harbor (FL) Public Library and Robinson (IL) Public Library District. Throughout his career, Szabo has championed innovative library services that address critical community needs in areas including health disparities, workforce development, adult literacy, school readiness and emergent literacy for preschoolers.

Szabo received his master’s degree in information and library studies at University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from University of Alabama. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also participated in a Group Study Exchange with Rotary International, visiting libraries and archives in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of OCLC and the Board of Directors for California Humanities, Califa and the University of Southern California Center for Library Leadership and Management. He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council and as president of the Florida Library Association.