By Rachel Terlep
A late IU Southeast librarian’s legacy will live on as part of a distinguished service award given out by Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations (INDIGO).
In honor of her associate librarian Jackie Johnson’s passion for and devotion to access to government information and information literacy, INDIGO announced the creation of the Jacqueline Fessard Johnson INDIGO Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes distinguished and exceptional service to INDIGO or to the government information community in the state of Indiana.
Johnson was coordinator of collection development and special collections at the IU Southeast Library. She was described by her peers as an “active and vibrant member of INDIGO,” having written an article about using government information in teaching. Johnson also helped organize the first Louisville Bloomsday celebration and brought the Greater Louisville Region of the Jane Austen Society of America to new heights by expanding its annual Jane Austen Festival. She passed away on Dec. 14, 2014, following a battle with cancer.
Johnson herself was the first-ever recipient of the distinguished service award in her namesake. After a unanimous vote at a meeting in July 2015, INDIGO sent a package to Johnson’s family that included an award plaque and a collection of memories and stories from INDIGO members.