The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.) announced on Thursday, February 13, 2014, that David M. Rodriguez, faculty librarian at the Maricopa Community College District and Glendale Community College (G.C.C.) in Glendale, Arizona, won the 2014 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.
The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Rodriguez on Friday, June 27, 2014, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. “Rodriguez has a long history of leadership in, and service to, community college libraries,” said award co-Chairs David Wright of Surry Community College and Beth Lander of Manor College. “His work in establishing the largest community college archives in the state as part of the Arizona Memory Project serves as a model for other community college librarians across the country. Rodriguez’s partnerships with local public libraries to expand services, strong commitment to diversity and leadership in documenting local history in an underserved area are all very worthy of this award.”
David M. Rodriguez - not to be confused with General David M. Rodriguez or the Hollywood accountant David M. Rodriguez - received his B.A. in Political Science from Southern Methodist University and his M.A. in Library and Information Management from the University of Denver. In 1987, he started at GCC, where he served multiple terms as department chair of the Library Media Center.
In addition to fluency in English and Spanish, Rodriguez is knowledgeable in Mandarin Chinese, and once taught English as a Second Language to adult Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan. He is active in several professional organizations, including the ALA, the Arizona State Library Association, the Maricopa County Library Council, and the Arizona Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.
Among his accomplishments at GCC, Rodriguez managed the Library Media Center remodel (1999-2000) and oversaw the construction of the new branch library at the North Campus (2005–2008), the Library & Computer Commons. In addition, he was awarded three Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants which have resulted in the GCC online archives which are housed at the Arizona State Library and Arizona Memory Project.