Librarians Martin Brennan and Russell Johnson have received 2019 Librarian of the Year awards from the Librarians Association of UCLA.

Brennan is a copyright librarian in the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. He was awarded for his contributions in creating a group dedicated to protecting non-faculty academic appointees after realizing that academic freedom for University of California librarians was not contractually protected. Brennan was also recognized for his advocacy of open access, laying the foundation to establish UCLA as a leader in making teaching and research materials available to everyone.

Johnson is a curator of history and special collections for the sciences in the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. He was honored for his dedication to mentorship and outreach, helping students in the mlaster of library and information science program by providing practical and interactive experiences to supplement classroom coursework.

Brennan and Johnson will share $500 in professional development funds.