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I’m very sorry to inform of the passing of Dr. Maria Chavez-Hernandez, associate professor at the College of Information , Florida State University.  For those of you who may not have known, she had a long fight with cancer and could not fight any longer to live.

Dr. Chavez-Hernandez was an active champion of library services and LIS education for minorities, and was recently honored by the Florida Library Association with an award bearing her name.

As posted in the College of Information website: “The Florida Library Association (FLA) announced an award honoring Dr. Maria Chavez-Hernandez of the FSU College of Information last week (January 8). The ‘Maria Chavez-Hernandez Libraries Change Peoples Lives Award’ will celebrate the ‘dynamic spirit of her work in expanding the opportunities of information access to under-served and immigrant populations’ by recognizing librarians who have ‘made a demonstrably positive and big difference in the lives of Florida ‘s library users.'”

Her family was with her and were able to say goodbye.  She will surely be missed by many.