Cheryl LaGuardia received her B.S. in Literature from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and her M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Albany.
In July 2016, Cheryl LaGuardia was awarded the 2016 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor for her distinguished and multifaceted contributions to reference librarianship, sponsored by Credo Reference.
The 1998 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, James Rettig, describes her as “a catalyst for connections within the profession in multiple ways.” "Supporters describe her as ‘engaged’ and ‘innovative’ while her contributions are ‘thoughtful,’ ‘entertaining,’ ‘imaginative,’ and ‘constructive’. Faculty and librarians laud her effective innovations in instruction practices, and her willingness to mentor other librarian in these techniques,” said award chair Denise Beaubien Bennett.