Sara Zimmerman, associate director of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, was awarded the 2005 Louisiana Library Associationís Outstanding Academic Librarian Award at their annual conference held on April 26 - 28 in Alexandria. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to further the development of academic libraries, librarians, and/or librarianship within Louisiana. Saraís unselfish contribution and dedication to the goals and objectives of LOUIS, a department in the LSU Office of Computing Services, have had an enormous impact on library staff and patrons at all Louisiana academic libraries.
Some of Saraís accomplishments include working with key personnel from the State Library of Louisiana to implement a statewide delivery service for Louisiana academic and public libraries. She licenses $3M worth of electronic resources annually for Louisiana academic libraries and works with numerous statewide library committees to identify needs and potential solutions, which could be implemented by LOUIS. She is an active participant of the International Coalition of Library Consortia and works with SOLINET, a regional library network, and OCLC, a national library network, on a regular basis. She is a recent graduate of the LSU LEAD Emerge program, which was developed and conducted by the LSU Human Resource Management in an effort to assure excellence within the managerial realm of the University.