During the 150W History Project, we initiated this site, a modest beginning, to honor the legacy of women librarians since the library was founded in 1869. Branch librarians, reference librarians, acquisitions staff, archivists, oral historians, curators, information specialists, and many others support major research and instructional activities for Berkeley students and scholars worldwide. They connect students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars to a wealth of resources. From rare historical archives to digital collections, these professionals have pioneered open access for all scholars. Berkeley women librarians have been recognized with a variety of local, state and national awards, including the Distinguished Librarian Award for their service. See the entire list of recipients here.