Reference Librarian Emma Gibson Honored With 2005 Hart Award

Reference Librarian Emma Gibson Honored With 2005 Hart Award
Emma Gibson, reference librarian and president of the campus California Faculty Association, is the recipient of this year's George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership.
President Michael Ortiz and Sandra Baldonado, Hart's widow, present Gibson with the award during Fall Conference.

The ninth George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership was presented to Emma Gibson, reference librarian and president of the campus California Faculty Association, during the university's Fall Convocation on Sept. 19.

The Hart Award, now in its ninth year, recognizes faculty members who are regarded as role models and leaders, both on campus and in the community.

“The one word that is most frequently mentioned in our winner's nomination materials was 'leader,'” said President Michael Ortiz. “She has been recognized as a role model in the University Library, taking the extra effort to make a difference in the lives of our students. This is reflected in the countless number of students who come to the reference desk and ask for her by name.”

Gibson has been a librarian for 24 years. She began her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona in May 1989, and is currently reference librarian and the head of Reference and Instruction Services.

At Fall Convocation, Gibson said she was “appreciative of this honor to be the recipient of the George P. Hart Award.”

“I feel very, very humble,” she said.

Gibson introduced her husband and son (a Cal Poly Pomona student), who attended the event to recognize her accomplishment.

“Family is so very important to me. From family, you get sharing, supporting, caring. I have a home family and I also have a library family, campus family and community family.”

Gibson said that she has made various connections through these families. “Those connections help us to grow, to embrace change and individuals, and help us also to be what we are today.”

She encouraged other faculty and staff to make connections on campus  either by joining faculty/staff/student organizations or attending university events.

Gibson is deeply involved with the campus and in her community through numerous activities. She is a part of the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center Advisory Board, California Teacher Association State Council and the Honors Program Advisory Committee. She was elected a National Education Association representative to its national conference. She serves as president of the campus chapter of the California Faculty Association. In addition, she was part of the founding team to start a chapter of the freshmen honor society Alpha Lambda Delta on this campus. She is currently faculty adviser for Alpha Lambda Delta, and in the past was faculty adviser for the National Society for Black Engineers. Previously she served as an academic senator, and was a member of the Academic Senate executive board from 2002-2005.

The Hart Award was established in 1996 following the death of George P. Hart, a well-respected 30-year member of the Political Science department and an associate dean in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. Hart had also served on the Academic Senate for 15 years.

Hart's widow, Sandy Baldonado of Claremont, attended this year's Convocation to honor Gibson and past award recipients.

Previous Hart Award winners are:

  • Peggy Perry, 1996
  • David Speak, Political Science, 1997
  • Laurie Shrage, Philosophy, 1998
  • Phillip Rosenkrantz, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 1999
  • Arthur Parker, Food, Marketing & Agribusiness Management, 2000
  • Dorothy Wills, Anthropology, 2001
  • William F. Girouard, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 2002
  • Gary Allen Cretser, Sociology, 2003
  • No award given in 2004