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09/02/93

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Library supporters, staff receive awards

STANFORD -- Stanford University Library supporters Charles and Mary Tannenbaum and staff winners of the 1993 Weber Leadership Award and the Weber Librarian's Research Award were honored at a Faculty Club luncheon Aug. 4.

Charles and Mary Tannenbaum were presented with the Warren R. Howell Award for their outstanding contributions to the local world of books and libraries by Provost Condoleezza Rice and Vice Provost for Libraries and Information Resources Bob Street. The Howell Award was created in 1982 to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of Warren Howell's entry into the bookselling profession and the 70th anniversary of the founding of John Howell Books Inc.

Mary Tannenbaum, AB '36, has published widely on Chinese philosophy and art. In 1976, she established a special fund to support Stanford's acquisition of books in the field of Chinese art and related subjects. Her husband, Charles, a New York City attorney and book collector, for more than a decade has served as honorary curator of exhibits to the Stanford University Libraries and also has served on the libraries' visiting committee for two terms during the 1980s. In addition to their support of library collections, the Tannenbaums have established two grant programs: the Weber Research Fund and the David C. Weber Leadership Award.

Both programs pay tribute to the contributions of retired library director David Weber during his 20-year tenure at Stanford and acknowledge his sensitivity to staff development by providing staff members with opportunities for personal and professional development.

The 1993 recipients of the Weber Leadership Award are Victoria Reich of the serials and acquisitions department, Eleanore Stewart of the preservation department, and Lucretia Cerny of library technical services. Reich will use the award to attend the American Research Libraries' conference on Scholarly Publishing on the Electronic Networks; Stewart will attend a course in publisher's bookbindings offered by the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia; and Cerny will attend a two-year cycle of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers conference.

The Weber Librarian's Research Award was granted to Sharon Propas of the serials and acquisitions department, who is compiling a dictionary cum bibliography of Victorian things (e.g., bathing machines, crinolines).

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