Distinguished Librarians William Benemann and Michaelyn Burnette

On December 3, library staff and faculty joined Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele in the Morrison Library to celebrate 2014 Distinguished Librarian Award recipients Michaelyn Burnette and William Benemann. Sponsored by the Berkeley chapter of the Librarians’ Association of the University of California, the DLA recognizes excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers the teaching and research missions of the University.

William Benemann has been with the UC Berkeley Library since 1989. Throughout the years, Benemann has been Head of Cataloging at the Bancroft Library and Head of Technical Services at Boalt Hall before settling at his current position as the Berkeley Law Archivist. He’s edited or authored three influential books that expose previously unexplored aspects of American history and life. His most recent book is Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade (2012).

Michaelyn Burnette’s tireless devotion to her profession and passion for knowledge are reflected in her many achievements. She has built an outstanding literature collection at UC Berkeley, showed leadership in the Literatures in English Section of the American Library Association and joined countless Library and UC committees.

Join us in offering our congratulations to Michaelyn and William!

Photo of William Benemann and Michaelyn Burnette at the Distinguished Librarian Award reception

Photo from the Distinguished Librarian Award celebration by Aisha Hamilton.