University of Pittsburgh
April 25, 2002

University of Pittsburgh Librarians and Staff Win Award For Development of Allegheny County Labor Council Web Site

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Sharon Blake

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Cell: 412-277-6926

April 23, 2002

PITTSBURGH A group of University of Pittsburgh librarians and staff has been recognized by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for outstanding achievement in the creation of a Web site for the Allegheny County Labor Council (www.Pittsburgh.aflcio.org).

The six Pitt winners who made up the Web design group are Marian C. Hampton, instruction librarian; Jamie Hannigan, reference librarian; Amy Knapp, coordinator of library instruction; Gregory P. McCormick, senior building supervisor at Hillman Library; Thomas Twiss, government information librarian; and Eve Wider, reference area supervisor.

They have been awarded RUSA's John Sessions Memorial Award, a plaque given to a library or library system to honor significant work with the labor community and to recognize the history and contributions of the labor movement toward the development of this country. The award is named in honor of John Sessions, former cochair of the American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations/ American Library Association Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.

According to Amy Tracy Wells, chair of the RUSA awards committee, the new Web site "succeeds in providing a multifaceted outreach effort to serve the needs of the council, the local labor movement, and working people in the Pittsburgh region." Wells added that "the scope of this voluntary effort both in terms of content and audiences served impressed and inspired the committee."

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