Sixth Annual Library Celebration Awards Recognize Staff Accomplishments
Work to advance the Libraries mission was recognized at the sixth annual Library Celebration Awards hosted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at W. W. Hagerty Library. More than 40 people were in attendance to recognize work that helped to streamline the Libraries efforts, engage with the professional community, innovate access to archival materials and showcase the engagement of the Libraries staff.
In total, four members of the library staff and one student workers were recognized for their 2014 achievements.
The Library Celebration Awards were established in 2010 to recognize individuals or teams who have advanced the values of the Libraries through exceptional accomplishments. In 2013, 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 and each year the Bryan family joins the Libraries to congratulate the recipient.
Jane Bryan Student Worker Award
Cherina Miles, Graduate Student, Queen Lane Library
A graduate student working at Queen Lane Library, Cherina has become an integral part of the Queen Lane Library team, providing friendly and dependable services at the circulation desk. Cherina takes initiative, remains focused on the patrons and is diligent in keeping track of the library statistics. Cherina’s strong work ethic and exemplary customer service makes her a model student worker.
Exceptional Service Award
Chris Clement, Library Applications Developer
Chris’ work on the Legacy Center’s Doctor or Doctress site represents the best of what libraries can do with technology. The site is an incredibly ambitious repurposing of multiple components – archival content, Islandora & Drupal platforms, web development and multimedia. The project was recognized externally by the chair of the Islandora Foundation and awarded this year’s ABC CLIO Online History Award from the American Library Association.
Through this great work, Chris is now able to translate the experience to improve the Libraries’ Islandora platform, raising the University's visibility and access to our collections and providing leadership to the library community on how to create a useful interface for browse objects through finding aids.
Professional Contribution Award
Gary Childs, Liaison Librarian for Nursing & Health Professions
Gary has served as the Treasurer of the Philadelphia chapter of the Medical Library Association for the past three years and is on the Quality Committee of Drexel’s Online Learning Council. Gary has been invited by Drexel faculty to attend national and international conferences as a valued speaker. Last fall, he presented at the DUCOM Women in Medicine and Science Brown Bag Seminar, sharing information that connects faculty with library data and services and furthering academic partnerships between the Libraries and the Drexel Community.
Gary consistently engages students and faculty with a warm and respectful manner that fosters good relationships and a significant portion of this work takes place in the evening after a full day’s work in the library. Specifically, his role in library online education over the past year can be seen in the reference statistics. In 2014, he had the greatest number of online classes among all librarians.
Change Champion Award
Kenneth Fisher, Print Resources Access Management [PRAM] Specialist
Kenneth innovated the PRAM team workflow by introducing a rotating schedule of responsibilities, delegating sub-projects and employing sound management practices thereby increasing efficiency, productivity, accountability, and responsiveness to the Libraries’ need.
He also reconfigured the Hahnemann Leisure and Current Periodical collections – improving workflows and workspaces while improving the turn around time for getting materials to patrons. A reconfiguration of the staff workspaces also improved ease of access.
Libraries Champion Award
Nancy Spedding, End User Tech Support Specialist
For the past three years, Nancy has championed the Libraries WHY I GIVE efforts – raising participation each year until her last year when she managed 84% participation, well above the campus average of 47%. Nancy exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit though her unflagging enthusiasm for the campaign, her many ideas for communicating to staff the importance of involvement and encouragement for participation and her boundless energy and dedication for reaching the goals set. The evidence of the Libraries increasing participation rate helps to convey the value of the Libraries to both internal and external stakeholders.