Gia Aivazian holds a B. A. (1966) in English literature, a Master’s in Library Science (1967) and a Candidate in Philosophy degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (1982) specializing in Armenian literature — all from UCLA.
She has been Librarian for Armenian and Greek at UCLA’s Young Research Library for many years and is the primary person responsible for the development of the large internationally known Armenian collection of that library. She is also a pioneer in the modernization of the cataloging and bibliographic control of Armenian materials in research libraries. She has mounted many Armenian history- and culture-oriented exhibits in the Research Library and in the community.
Ms Aivazian has lectured, taught and published articles and conference papers primarily in the areas of Armenian literature, folklore, the press and Armenian women. Currently, she is working on four projects two of which are 1) An Annotated Bibliography of Armenian Folk Literature and 2) The Armenian Satirical Periodicals in Constantinople, 1908-1915.
A member of numerous professional and Armenian cultural organizations, she is co-founder of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of Los Angeles and for many years was an active member of AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union), including serving on that organization’s Central Committee of America 1987-1990. At present she is in the Executive Committees of the Boards of the Friends (President 2006/7-present) of the Narekatsi Chair and of the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Arshag Dickranian Armenian School.
An award she is very proud of is the Hagop Meghabart Medal for Achievement in Armenian Bibliography and Librarianship bestowed upon her by the National Library of Armenia in 1991.
Gia speaks at Sara Chitjian’s In Service Program