Barbara Opar, librarian in the Arts & Humanities Services Department of Syracuse University Library and liaison to the School of Architecture, contributed the chapter “Architectural Engineering” to Using the Engineering Literature, published by Routledge in 2006. The title was recently chosen as the 2007 recipient of the Best Reference Work Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Engineering Libraries Division.
In hearing of the award, editor Bonnie A. Osif praised contributors, saying “I don’t have the words to describe how happy I am for all of my wonderful writers. This is just an unbelievable honor. ”
Opar has been architecture subject specialist librarian at SU since 1975. She is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, in which she publishes a bi-monthly booklist. She also serves as a member of the EPIC (Education/Practice/Industry Connection) steering committee, a project of the American Institute of Architects, Continuing Education System. EPIC is a partnership of the academy, the design professions, and industry to provide quality continuing professional education in architecture.