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Margaret Mooney Receives Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award


UC Riverside’s Margaret Mooney is Recipient of Prestigious Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award

Mooney is coordinator and managing editor of the award-winning INFOMINE

(August 7, 2003)

UC Riverside's Margaret Mooney is a recipient of the prestigious American Library Association Government Documents Round Table Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award for 2003.

UC Riverside's Margaret Mooney is a recipient of the prestigious American Library Association Government Documents Round Table Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award for 2003.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- (www.ucr.edu) -- Margaret Mooney, head of the Government Publications Department at the UCR Libraries, is a recipient of the prestigious American Library Association (ALA) Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award for 2003.

The Hoduski Award recognizes a documents librarian who has made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or federal documents. The award honors those whose contributions have benefited the individual’s institution as well as the profession. It was named for Bernadine Abbott Hoduski who founded GODORT in 1972 and who served as professional librarian/staff member for the Joint Committee on Printing for nearly 25 years.

Mooney is only the second California government information librarian to receive a GODORT award. In presenting her with the award, GODORT recognized her pioneering work in automating the check-in and the cataloging process for U.S. Depository materials and her major role in developing INFOMINE, one of the first library-originated Web-based information services.

Mooney is the coordinator and managing editor of INFOMINE. In 1994, to fill the need for a focused index to electronic government information, she created a Web-based virtual library of government information sources with annotations and indexing terminology. Her creative vision, as well as her beginning database, became the basis of INFOMINE, created as separate subject databases and then merged into one database.

INFOMINE now includes more than a hundred thousand entries listing Internet resources in twelve different categories. Federal, foreign and international government information sites form the third-largest category. INFOMINE has grown beyond the UC Riverside library to include contributors from a number of academic institutions.

INFOMINE, which is librarian built, is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information. Librarians from The University of California, Wake Forest University, California State University, The University of Detroit - Mercy, and other universities and colleges contributed to building INFOMINE.

In addition to her automation expertise, Mooney is prolific in research and publishing. Her many contributions to government information processing and accessing have had an impact far beyond UC Riverside, providing many libraries with the tools needed to enhance access to their collections, and developing one of the largest library-developed information portals in the world.

UC Riverside’s Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in five facilities: the Tomás Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences); the Science Library; the Music Library; Media Library; and Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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