Subject Librarian for History, Latin American Studies, and Romance Languages
University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, New York
Students and faculty alike have grown as researchers thanks to Jesús knowledge and enthusiasm. As one nominator puts it, “the University at Albany library is a better, more intellectually stimulating, and more inclusive place, when Jesús is there.”
Jesús is a leader in open access, striving to ensure that all students can find the materials they need for their coursework regardless of economic barriers. Before each semester, he seeks out instructors’ reading lists and finds electronic copies of as many books and articles as possible, so that students can access them for free through the library.
He has also made an impact through his teaching, equipping students with key information literacy and research skills. Jesús’s instruction style is highly interactive: For example, he starts a tutorial for history undergraduates by inviting students to reflect on their current research habits, then designs his lessons to incorporate their comments. He offers workshops in Spanish as well as English, to make sure as many students as possible can benefit from his courses.
Jesús’s reference expertise and dedication to service have made him indispensable to the academic research process. Jesús is keenly attuned to faculty research needs and interests, often finding relevant books or articles for professors without even being asked. He is such an asset to scholarship that faculty view him as a selling point for prospective hires: the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures arrange for job candidates to meet with Jesús during their campus visits, knowing his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm could sway them to come to Albany.