Texas Tech Librarian Receives Award from American Psychological Association

Award recognizes outstanding contributions to psychology and behavioral sciences.

Written by Cory Chandler

Brian Quinn, social sciences librarian at the Texas Tech University Libraries, will receive the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Excellence in Librarianship Award for 2010.

The award, in its fourth year, recognizes outstanding contributions to psychology and behavioral sciences in areas including instruction, project development, publications, research or service.

The APA’s award committee noted Quinn’s “excellent record of scholarship and extraordinary and proactive professional service” as keys to its decision.

A subject librarian at Texas Tech since 1995, Quinn described the honor as the pinnacle of 15 years of service and research, which focuses primarily on the psychological and sociological aspects of libraries; for example, studying how people seek out and evaluate information.

“For me, receiving this award is probably the most exciting thing that could happen in my career,” he said. “It is a national award from what many people feel is the premier professional organization in the field. For a social sciences librarian, I can’t think of many accomplishments as important as winning this award.”

Quinn will be honored June 26 at the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section Research Forum of the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: Brian Quinn, social sciences librarian, University Libraries, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2238 ext. 294, or brian.quinn@ttu.edu.