Dr. Patricia Oyler
is this year's recipient of the American Library Association
(ALA) International Relations Committee's John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award.
donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to international librarianship.
received this award for her
significant contributions to library development in Vietnam, including cataloging standards, modern services and new technology application.
As a result, her
teachings continue to apply valuable knowledge in many workshops, trainings and conferences.
worked to implement the translation of the Dewey Decimal Classification System into Vietnamese.
also helped to develop a bachelor's degree program of study in Library and Information Management at Can Tho University in Vietnam.
Dr. Oyler is a professor and associate dean of curriculum in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.
A devoted advisor and teacher, Dr. Oyler strives to allow students to excel in the library profession.
"Dr. Patricia Oyler has dedicated the past 16 years of her
professional and personal life to the development of a program for Vietnamese librarians to earn MLS degrees in library and information science at Simmons College
Creating an exemplary model for professional training for 21st century librarianship in transitioning countries, Dr. Oyler
has coordinated fundraising, teaching, consulting and many other logistics for the now 55 plus graduates.
also consulted on the grant-funded building of five major university libraries in Vietnam.
40-year career, she
has worked to automate and implement bibliographic control in Sweden, Brazil and Vietnam, once as a senior Fulbright lecturer.
has served on international committees in ALA and IFLA.
has lectured in Vietnam, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, India, and Thailand.
will be recognized during the International Relations Round Table Chair's
Program on Monday, July 13 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.