Seven Individuals Recognized at Fifth Annual Celebration Awards
Work to advance the Libraries mission was recognized at the fifth annual Library Celebration Awards hosted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at W. W. Hagerty Library. More than 40 people were in attendance to recognize work that helped to embed the Libraries across campus, expand the Libraries programming, showcase the resources of the University Archives, and reflect a model library organization.
In total, five members of the library staff and two student workers were recognized for their 2013 achievements at the annual awards event.
The Library Celebration Awards were established in 2010 to recognize individuals or teams who have advanced the values of the Libraries through exceptional accomplishments. This year the awards categories were made more specific to parallel the 2012-2017 strategic priorities. In addition to the Libraries staff, student worker(s) are also recognized with the Jane Bryan Student Worker Award, named for the Libraries’ previous director. The award recognizes a student’s dedication and services to the Libraries.
The 2014 Award Recipients Are:
Nancy Bellafante, Libraries Champion Award
Jay Bhatt, Exceptional Service Award
Anita Lai, Libraries Champion Award
Kevin Rabuck, The Jane Bryan Student Award
Ian Richmond, Exceptional Service Award
Holly Tomren, Professional Contribution Award
Jesse Weber, The Jane Bryan Student Award
The Jane Bryan Student Award: Jesse Weber & Kevin Rabuck
This year, the Jane Bryan student worker award was being given to of Jesse Weber and Kevin Rabuck, two long-time student workers who have accepted promotions this year to the rank of Evening Supervisor. Both have stepped up with professionalism, modeling good customer service for the student workforce and at times serving as the only library staff on duty. Their dedication truly represents outstanding service to Drexel and the Libraries.
Pictured: Jesse Weber
Exceptional Service Award : Jay Bhatt, Liaison Librarian for Engineering
Jay models the Embedded Librarian concept, taking his knowledge and talents to where his faculty and students congregate and offering coaching, guidance and services onsite. Through his participation and attendance in events and projects from Drexel Smart House meetings, to advising students on how to build a concrete canoe – Jay embeds in a variety of unique and innovative ways.
If you ask a group of engineering students about their liaison librarian – 9 out of 10 will be able to tell you that it is Jay Bhatt. Jay is dedicated to his work and passionate about learning. Last year he was recognized by the Graduate Student Organization for the exceptional service that he provides to researchers
Pictured: Jay Bhatt and Danuta A. Nitecki.
Exceptional Service Award : Ian Richmond, Systems Analyst
Ian Richmond has been a dedicated employee of the Libraries for many years. During the ceremony, Ian was honored for his exceptional service to keep the Libraries automated systems up and running when he assumed leadership for the department last February. Ian went far and above his responsibilities during the vacancy of two critical positions in the systems department. His dedication included quickly learning technical architecture and details of the Libraries information systems, understanding administrative protocols while also handling vendor relations. He spent 3 - 4 weeks worth of additional work to troubleshoot and resolve hardware problems that caused mission critical shutdowns – resulting in many late nights and weekends dedicated to the library. His work ethic, kindness and quiet dedication kept the libraries systems department running during a challenging time.
Pictured: Ian Richmond & Danuta A. Nitecki
Professional Contribution Award: Holly Tomren, Metadata Services Manager
Holly Tomren’s professional activities help the Libraries to develop and provide leadership in digital collections discovery. Holly is a member of numerous professional organizations and a recognized leader in her field, having been named an emerging leader by the American Library Association prior to joining Drexel. Last year as Head of Metadata Services at Drexel, she was asked to join OCLC’s E-Resource Advisory Council, which includes only 17 individuals from around the world. OCLC acknowledged Holly’s work by including a quote from one of her conference presentations in the publicity for WorldCat KnowledgeBase. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has also acknowledged Holly’s expertise by appointing her as a digitization grant reviewer.
Pictured: Holly Tomren & Danuta A. Nitecki
Libraries Champion Award: Nancy Bellafante, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning
Nancy Bellafante implemented the Libraries module in Blackboard Learn and the open-source Guide on the Side, providing innovative new ways for the Libraries to facilitate learning. Nancy has also deepened relationships with campus agencies such as the Writing Center and English Language Centers and built new partnerships with the STAR scholars program, IRT’s online learning team, and Residential Living, among others. Nancy has gone above and beyond the Libraries’ hopes for this position, and has been able to enhance her colleagues’ ability to serve the broader undergraduate community.
Pictured: Nancy Bellafante & Danuta A. Nitecki
Libraries Champion Award: Anita Lai, Archives Technician
Anita Lai’s work in the last calendar year has extended the Libraries’ impact across campus. She has built a successful exhibition program in the Main Building that has caught the attention of many individuals across campus. Anita created four exhibitions for the case, one per quarter, and each day hundreds of students, faculty, and staff pass by the exhibition cases, and several staff members have contacted Anita to ask for more historical images or information as a result of these exhibits. Recently, Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., the Founding Director of the Center for Hospitality & Sport Management asked if the Archives would permanently install Anita’s exhibit on the history of Drexel’s cookery program in the Academic Bistro. In adapting the Archives’ exhibition program and enhancing presentation of images and text through her impressive design skills, Anita has championed the Libraries’ mission to effectively foster learning outside of the classroom.
Pictured: Anita Lai & Danuta A. Nitecki
The award categories presented this year were:
• The Exceptional Service Award celebrates an individual who showcases dedication and service, going above and beyond their job to provide exceptional service.
• The Professional Contribution Award recognizes an individual who made significant contributions to the profession, positioning the Libraries as a leader in the field.
• The Libraries Champion award is given to an individual demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit through initiating a new program that extends the reach of the library to its stakeholders.