David H. Partington Award

In 2004, MELA established the Annual David H. Partington Award to grant public and tangible recognition to its members who have displayed a high standard of excellence and accomplishments in and contributions to the field of Middle East librarianship, librarianship in general, and the world of scholarship. Nominations are solicited from library administrators of libraries where MELA members serve.

The 2014 recipient of the Annual David H. Partington Award is Dr. Christopher Murphy:

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Left to right: award chair Ali Houissa (Cornell), recipient Chris Murphy (Library of Congress), prize donor David Partington (Harvard, retired); photo by Jonathan Rodgers taken at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room at the Estelle & Melvin Gelman Library of the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Left to right: award chair Ali Houissa (Cornell), recipient Chris Murphy (Library of Congress), prize donor David Partington (Harvard, retired); photo by Jonathan Rodgers taken at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room at the Estelle & Melvin Gelman Library of the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

In 2004, MELA established the Annual David H. Partington Award to grant public and tangible recognition to its members who have displayed a high standard of excellence and accomplishments in and contributions to the field of Middle East librarianship, librarianship in general, and the world of scholarship. Nominations are solicited from library administrators of libraries where MELA members serve.

Committee Members:

  • Jonathan Rodgers, University of Michigan (retired) (chair)
  • Lior Sternfeld, Pennsylvania State University
  • Evyn Kropf, University of Michigan

For more information or to submit a nomination, send email to the committee at partington.award@mela.us.

Past Partington Award Winners:

  • 2013 Joan Biella, Library of Congress (retired) (click here for press release)
  • 2012 Bruce Craig, University of Chicago (retired) (click here for press release)
  • 2011 Fawzi W. Khoury, retired Middle East bibliographer at the University of Washington
  • 2010 No award given
  • 2009 Jonathan Rodgers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (click here for press release)
  • 2008 Dona Straley, Ohio State University Library
  • 2007 James W. Pollack, Indiana University Library (retired)
  • 2006 Abazar Sepehri, University Libraries of the University of Texas at Austin (retired)
  • 2005 joint winners: John A. Eilts, Stanford University Library and Geoffrey Roper, Cambridge University Library (retired)