Elaine Didier, John Szabo, and Larry Neal were honored by their peers at the annual Alumni Awards reception on Friday, Oct. 15, during the Michigan homecoming weekend.
Elaine Didier, director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes and honors alumni who have at least 25 years of professional service in the information professions and have made outstanding contributions.
Didier received her AMLS from Michigan in 1971 and her Ph.D. in 1982. Since 2005 she has been director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, located in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. In that role, she has introduced a broad agenda to expand the programs and feature exhibits and increase the visibility of the library and museum both locally and nationally.
Her professional career prior to the Ford Museum and Library includes 22 years at the University of Michigan in various capacities, including associate dean of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, interim director of Academic Outreach, and director of Information Resources at the business school.