George Atiyeh Awards Announcement
The George Atiyeh Prize Committee is pleased to announce three winners of
awards for 2004. Please join us in congratulating them. I am delighted
that all three of our awardees will be able to accept their awards and will
be at joining us at our San Francisco Meeting.
The awardees, in alphabetical order are:
Mr. Braune began studying the Middle East when he was an undergraduate at
Indiana University. He received a dual B.A. in Religious Studies and Jewish
Studies. In addition, he earned an area certificate from the department of
Central Eurasian Studies. His coursework included classes on Islam,
Judaism, Middle Eastern history and Middle Eastern culture. He also studied
Turkish and Biblical Hebrew. In the summer of 1997 he enrolled in
intermediate Biblical Hebrew course at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
After completing his B.A., he continued my academic study of the Middle
East at the University of Chicagos Department of Near Eastern Languages
and Civilizations. While a graduate student he was able to study as an
exchange student at Bilkent University in Ankara for an academic year. He
completed his M.A. in 2002.
During the summer of 1998 Mr. Braune was an intern at the Middle East
Institutes George Camp Keiser Library. It was this experience in
librarianship which ultimately influenced his decision to pursue an MLS
degree. During the 1999-2000 academic year he worked as a library assistant
at The University of Chicagos Eckhart Library where his job
responsibilities included circulation and reference assistance.
He is currently enrolled in the M.L.S. program at Indiana Universitys
School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) where he has taken a wide
array of courses related to librarianship and at the same time studied
Russian and Kazakh. He is also working part time at the Center for
Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) at Indiana University and is
currently developing a web site to assist distance learners of Kazakh.
After completing his MLS degree in Spring, 2005 he hopes to work in
collection development and reference. Mr. Braune eventually hopes to be a
subject specialist in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies.
Ms. Fazli's engagement with issues related to Middle East studies began
while still in school. As a Muslim woman living in California and
attending public schools, she became aware of issues of representation,
difference, and misunderstanding. She so much enjoyed the time she spent
in libraries as she pursued her personal research into these issues that
she concluded that librarianship was her chosen profession.
She is currently in the MLIS program at San Jose State University, where
she has taken courses in cataloging, collection development, and reference.
In addition, she is simultaneously pursuing a master's degree in humanities
at San Francisco State University. Her thesis topic will be a comparison
of libraries in the Muslim East & West.
In addition to formal study in library school, Ms. Fazli has taken
advantage of several internship opportunities to broaden her understanding
of her chosen profession. She has worked in the technical services
department at UC Berkeley, performing copy cataloging and basic
classification of materials acquired from South and Southeast Asia. At
Stanford University she worked with our colleague Dr. John Eilts to analyze
the web sites of major Middle East library collections in North America in
order to evaluate what works and what doesn't in terms of webspace design
for these collections. In addition she gained experience in online
cataloging of original-script materials. For the last two years she has
worked at the San Francisco State University's J. Paul Leonard Library,
where she works for Reserve Services. Ms. Fazli is currently collaborating
with the Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions Department to
compile a bibliographic list of Middle Eastern/Islamic acad!
emic resources in support of the Islamic Studies curriculum at San
Francisco State University.
Ms. Satterwhites first encounter with Middle Eastern studies began as an
undergraduate with an interest in comparative religions in the Middle East,
as well as sociology. She spent the fall semester of her junior year as an
exchange student at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, where she
studied Islamic Civilizations, Ethics and Moroccan Arabic. She graduated
cum laude from Beloit College in 2001 with honors in sociology and a minor
in religious studies.
Since the summer of 2002 Ms Satterwhite has been enrolled at the University
of Texas at Austin working towards a Masters of Arts in Middle Eastern
Studies as well as a Masters of Science in Information Studies. In
addition to studying Modern Standard Arabic, she has taken courses in
Language Politics and Language Planning in the Middle East, Demography of
the Middle East, Gender and Development and Women and Scripture. Her
coursework in both programs will culminate in a Masters thesis, which she
has decided will investigate how libraries in Morocco may become involved
to improve the Moroccan literacy rate.
Since Ms. Satterwhite has been at the University of Texas, she has had the
opportunity to gain additional work experience in libraries. She worked
first as a library assistant at the Engineering Library, and as a Graduate
Research Assistant for the Center for Transportation Research Library, a
research library supporting the needs of the University of Texas, the Texas
Department of Transportation and the general public. These two positions
at the University of Texas have supplemented her coursework in the School
of Information. Some of the courses she has taken at the School of
Information include: Introduction to Information Resources, Government
Information Resources, Information Resources in Business, and International
and Comparative Librarianship, among many others.
She is expecting to graduate with both Masters degrees in August of 2005.
She hopes eventually to join the State Department as an Information
David and Robin
Librarian for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
11360 Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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