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Passion beyond words

Rhonda Allison Rios-Kravitz recieved the I Love My Librarian award after fellow faculty members nominated her. She received the award at a December ceremony in New York. Photo by Tamara M. Knox | [email protected]



A mentor,” “true hero,” “extraordinary,” “inspiring,” “a dynamo of energy and creativity” are just some of the ways colleagues and City College students describe Rhonda Allison Rios-Kravitz, dean of the Learning Resources Center.

According to fellow colleagues and students, it was Kravitz’s support for students and the community that earned her the national I Love My Librarian Award.

“Rhonda is a great role model, always helping in and beyond the walls of the library,” says Cultural Awareness Center Coordinator Victoria Henderson.

Only 10 librarians receive this award each year; Kravitz accepted hers at a Dec. 8 reception in New York City in a ceremony sponsored by the American Library Association, The New York Times and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Kravitz, who has worked as a librarian since 1979, started working at City College in 2007 when she took over the position of dean of the Learning Resources Center.

Some faculty members and students nominated Kravitz for the award after observing her passion and hard work.

Kravitz was unaware of her nomination until she received a call from the American Library Association.

Henderson cites many reasons why Kravitz was well deserving of the award.

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City College DREAM Caucus President Roberto Guzman, who nominated Kravitz, traveled to New York City along with Henderson to attend the ceremony.

“I wanted to go and support her in her great moment of recognition for all her work and support to the students,” says Guzman.

The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional librarians. Kravitz was praised for her involvement in student clubs, for filling the Learning Resource Center with student art and projects, and also for her involvement with other libraries.

For example, Kravitz is currently working with others to stop a school district Tucson, Ariz., from banning books by certain Chicano authors.

This latter project, Kravitz says, is an important issue for her.

“Libraries struggle — they are sometimes under attack, there are never enough resources — but when you see school districts start banning books, we need to speak to the importance of keeping these books in the libraries and speak to the importance of freedom of speech,” Kravitz says.

Kravitz didn’t originally plan to become a librarian. Instead, she says, she discovered her love for helping people while working with students raging from 5- to 18-year-olds during an internship at a library in an area with predominantly low-income families in Boston.

“I so loved this experience,” says Kravitz. “I saw what libraries can do for people to enhance opportunities for individuals.”

Kravitz says that this award has not changed much in her life, but she is humbled by the fact that she was chosen for it.

“It’s working for the common good,” says Kravitz. “It’s making sure you enhance the life’s of others. It isn’t ourselves. We are merely a reflection of the wonderful people around us.”

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