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RU librarian receives distinguished service award from NJ Library Association

June 19, 2014

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Kayo Denda, Head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Women's Studies Librarian, who received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Library Association’s College and University Section/ Association of College and Research Libraries New Jersey chapter (NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ).  This honor is awarded annually to an individual who, by his or her outstanding contributions, has directly enriched the profession of librarianship in New Jersey.   

As a liaison to the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Institutes and Centers with focus on women, Kayo is an enthusiastic and dedicated instructor to students at all levels, while also serving as a vital resource for the Douglass Residential College mission course which is required for all first year Douglass students. In addition, Kayo also serves as an inspiring and nurturing mentor to library science graduate students, sharing her knowledge and encouragement with the next generation of librarians.

Kayo is a scholar in the area of taxonomies and metadata and a past recipient of the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Research Award. Kayo's research on the Japanese internment experience at Seabrook was particularly well-received and lead to her appointment to the New Jersey Historical Commission in 2007. Kayo’s recent activities include work on the Douglass Alumnae Oral History Project and presentations such as “Doing Digital Humanities and Expanding Undergraduate Research Capabilities through NVivo.”

Kayo is an active member of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and a recent past chair of the Women’s Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Kayo formally received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the College and University Section’s luncheon on Wednesday, June 4th, as part of the NJLA's annual convention in Atlantic City.

We commend Kayo on receiving this richly deserved recognition!