The Ralph E. Ellsworth Award Recipients
The Ralph E. Ellsworth Award, established by the University Libraries in 1990 to honor the former library director, recognizes a library faculty member for outstanding contributions to the library, the university and the library profession, and includes a $1000 award. Ellsworth was director of the University Libraries from 1937-1943 and again, after serving as University of Iowa Libraries Director, from 1958-1972. During his active career, Ellsworth published extensively, consulted on over 250 library planning projects, and served in state and national library associations. Ellsworth was honored during his career with a festschrift as well as several awards and honorary degrees. Often considered the father of modern academic library buildings, Ellsworth died in 2000.
See also: The Campbell Award
Steve Mantz, 2012
Stephen L. Mantz, Assistant Professor and Music Catalog Librarian in the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, was awarded the Libraries 2012 Ralph E. Ellsworth Award for Excellence in Librarianship. He performs original and complex copy cataloging, catalog maintenance, and reference and instruction as needed. Stephen also supervises the technical services unit of the music library. He was honored for his performance as Acting Faculty Director of the Waltz Music Library during the director’s sabbatical; installation of a new circulation desk; migration to audio streaming and from iTunes University to Kaltura. His professional service since he started in 2008 has been outstanding, especially on the Music Library Association Board of Directors, the Libraries Reorganization Team, and several Libraries committees and task forces. Comments in his letters of recommendation included: “A model of good teaching,” and one who “embodies the fundamental virtues of an outstanding librarian.”
Caroline Sinkinson, 2011
Caroline B. Sinkinson, Assistant Professor and Instruction Coordinator/Research and Instruction Librarian, was awarded the 2011 Ralph E. Ellsworth Award for her contributions to the Libraries, the University, and librarianship. She joined the Libraries' faculty in 2006 from the Maryland City at Russett Branch, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Laurel, MD. Sinkinson coordinates library instruction requests and coordinates and manages the Information Literacy component of the First-Year Writing classes, Program for Writing and Rhetoric. She designs online learning tutorials and develops instructional programming for the campus community. Award nominators cited her “genuine and lasting influence on how we teach in the library;" “collaborative decision making, leveraging and using Library funds across all disciplines;” and how "her understanding of students needs played an integral role in turning our commons area into the incredibly popular space it is today."
Eugene Hayworth, 2010
Eugene Hayworth was awarded the Libraries 2010 Ralph E. Ellsworth Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Hayworth joined the Libraries' faculty in 2002 as assistant professor in the Business Library and was awarded tenure and appointed associate professor in 2009. Hayworth was also appointed faculty director of the William M. White Business Library in 2009. He serves on numerous library committees and is an active member of the American Library Association. He has published and presented extensively in business librarianship and is a developer of the highly successful “BELL, Business Ethics Links Library” database. Hayworth’s scholarship on Coleman Dowell includes the 2007 Dalkey Archive Press monograph, Fever Vision. Hayworth is now teaching a business librarianship course at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science of Humboldt Universität as the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research scholarship.
Jina Choi Wakimoto, 2009
Jina Choi Wakimoto joined the Libraries' faculty in 2005 as the Faculty Director of the Cataloging Department. The department had been without a head for three years when she arrived, and her impact was immediate, profound, and far-reaching, affecting not just her own department but the Libraries' as a whole. Her accomplishments include: reorganization of the department; re-indexing of the Chinook database to remedy a variety of inconsistencies; drastic reduction of the routine cataloging backlog; increase in cataloging of Special Collections, Archives, international, digital, and East Asian materials; and outsourcing of authority control to free staff time for more complex cataloging activities. According to one of her recommendations: "Jina's reputation on a national level is having a positive impact on our ability to recruit good faculty … her management style has had a positive impact on the personnel in her own department, energizing them, encouraging them to exercise their own imaginations and to feel a part of an exciting and essential unit as well as part of the whole."
Deborah Hollis, 2008
Deborah Hollis joined the Libraries’ faculty in 1993 as State and Foreign Documents Librarian and has also served as Interim Head of Special Collections and Faculty Director of Special Collections. She is currently Interim Head of Reference. Hollis was cited for her outreach to faculty, students and patrons through classroom instruction, special exhibits and other events; her efforts to make special collections a world-class research facility for photo books and other materials; and her creative approach to enhancing online access to special collections resources by encouraging the use of new technologies.
Susan Anthes, 2007
Susan Anthes was recognized for four decades of outstanding librarianship, service, and dedication to the profession. Within the University Libraries, Antes has served as acting head of the Science Library, Reference Department, Map Library, and Government Information. She was appointed Associate Director of Public Services in 1991 and supervises fourteen departments. Anthes was cited for contributions to a variety of initiatives, including offsite storage, space planning, the learning commons, faculty salary equity, and strategic planning. Her roles in bibliographic instruction and bibliographer for Integrative Physiology were also noted. Anthes serves on numerous national, state, university, and library committees.
John Culshaw, 2006
John Culshaw, Associate Professor and Faculty Director of Systems, has been a member of the library faculty for 14 years. He was recognized for his management of the Systems department through major changes in information technology; his solid scholarship and recent co-authored book, Managing Information Technology: a Handbook for Systems Librarians; his service on campus committees; and the training and development opportunities he has provided for hundreds of colleagues in the Rocky Mountain Region through the Innovative Users Group.
Harriet Rebuldela, 2005
Harriet Rebuldela, Associate Professor and Head of the Acquisitions Department was recognized for her extensive career, remarkable for her financial skill, procedural innovations, and fulfillment of extra responsibilities, such as preservation activities. She was also cited for providing opportunities for diverse staff in her department. Rebuldela will retire this year after 47 years in the library, 33 of which have been in Acquisitions.
Suzanne Larsen, 2004
Suzanne Larsen was recognized for her professional contributions in librarianship, research, and service, which are as numerous as they are notable. In addition to being the Faculty Director of the Earth Sciences and Map Library, Suzanne is the Acting Director of the Lester Mathematics and Physics Library. She is the bibliographer for five academic disciplines, a master at navigating electronic databases, and has a broad record of teaching and publishing. Suzanne has been active in the American Geological Institute, the Geoscience Information Society, the Geological Society of America, the Colorado Digitization Program, the National Digital Science Library, the University Consortium for Geographical Information Science, and the ground-breaking Alexandria Digital Library. Suzanne is the Chair of the Collections Standing Committee of the Digital Library for Earth Systems Education. In April 2004 Suzanne received a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for the “exceptional” help that she gives the users of her library.
Peggy Jobe, 2003
Peggy Jobe, Faculty Director of the Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering Library, was recognized for the breadth and depth of her professional activities, including creation of the Government Information Library’s award-winning web site, founding of the Central Colorado Library System newsletter Midnight at the Internet Café, development of the Colorado by the Numbers database, active involvement with the CU School of Journalism, participation on the Rocky Flats Virtual Museum Group, and varied publications and presentations. She has served as Government Information Librarian for International Documents, Acting Department Head of the Oliver C. Lester Library of Mathematics and Physics, and Acting Head of the Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering Library.
Nancy Carter, 2002
Nancy Carter was cited for her professional accomplishments, leadership in the profession and accolades from employees, peers and patrons alike. Carter was Assistant Music Librarian from 1982-1992 and Acting Music Librarian in 1988-89. In 1992, Carter became head of the Oliver C. Lester Library of Mathematics and Physics. This year, she stepped down as a department head and is serving as a part time assistant to the Associate Director of Public Services. Carter has been a contributing member of the American Librarian Association, Special Library Association and Colorado Library Association. She has served on numerous professional committees at the state and national levels and was frequently chair of those committees. She has served on many library and campus committees. She was co-editor from 1990–2000 of Colorado Libraries, which won the H.W.Wilson Library Periodical Award. Carter has authored professional articles, presented papers locally and nationally, been a moderator, and participated on professional panels. She is also a volunteer at the Boulder Historical Society and a consultant to the Colorado Historical Society.
Marcelyn D'Avis, 2001
Marci D’Avis has worked in various capacities in the Libraries since 1993 and has been at the Music Library since 1996. She was honored for her groundbreaking work in digitization, including development of a method and set of guidelines for use in the Howard B. Waltz Music Library until national standards become available. D’Avis supervised the scanning of 3,000 pieces of sheet music for international access. She was also cited for her scholarly record, including a paper on digitizing music scores presented at the Mountain Plains Music Library Association conference which won second place in the Best of Chapter Contest.
Keith Gresham, 2000
Keith Gresham, appointed to the Reference and Instructional Services Department in 1993, was recognized for his many contributions to the Libraries instructional program. In addition to coordinating and teaching the Libraries three-credit, upper-division, undergraduate research skills course, Gresham provides an additional 1500+ contact hours annually in course-integrated library skills sessions . He has significantly revised the course over the last six years and consistently earned A rankings from his students. Gresham is the creator, curriculum designer, and project director of the Secondary Schools Outreach Program, an innovative program that makes available the information resources of the Libraries to secondary school students and teachers. In addition, Gresham is actively involved in professional activities on a national level.
Yem Fong, 1999
Yem Fong, Head of the Colorado Technical Research Center and Interlibrary Loan, has significant accomplishments in all aspects of librarianship within the University Libraries and at the state and national levels. Soon after she started at the Libraries, Yem revitalized the fee-based services of CTRC and successfully integrated it and ILL into a new and economically viable unit. During the Colorado State University flood, her response was immediate, unstinting, and extremely sell organized. Yem has also taken strong leadership in promoting electronically initiated interlibrary loan services. She is enthusiastic in promoting diversity and has an active presence on campus in that regard. She is also the first Libraries minority faculty member to achieve tenure.
Bruce Montgomery, 1998
Bruce Montgomery was cited for single-handedly developing an international research archive on the contemporary worldwide human rights movement and for, within six years, making the university one of the pre-eminent archives in North America.
Joan McConkey, 1997
Joan McConkey, retired Associate Director for Administrative Services, was acknowledged for her outstanding service as manager of the Center for British Studies and her “day-to-day diligence and extraordinary attention to detail” in her stewardship of the Libraries system, including fiscal, personnel, and building operations.
Laurie Sampsel, 1996
Laurie Sampsel was nominated for her contributions in librarianship, service, and research. Hired in 1993 as the cataloging librarian for the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, within a year she was serving as acting head as well. She was recognized for fulfilling both positions, and, in the midst of bringing up the Innovative Interface automation system, implementing new projects which vastly improved the service offered by the Music Library. Sampsel has also been active in music librarianship on both the regional and national levels, and, along with several articles and reviews, she is currently working on a bio-bibliography of British composer Cyril Scott.
Carol Krismann, 1995
Carol Krismann was honored for her 14-year service record to the Libraries and the University. She is an active member of the Colorado Library association and has been an editor with Colorado Libraries for over 10 years.
William Garrison, 1994
William Garrison came to the University Libraries from Stanford in 1990. He led the Cataloging Department from a local service unit to an active provider of national bibliographic and authority records equivalent in quality to those of the Library of Congress. His research and service activities are distinguished: speaker and workshop leader at national and regional conferences, chair of Libraries and state committees, and lecturer for Bibliography 3010.
Gloria de Alfaro, 1993
The nominating letters for Gloria de Alfaro are enthusiastic and unanimous in their praise of her long term dedication and her excellent record of consistent service to the Libraries and Libraries patrons. Raised in Chile and drawing upon an extensive background in European languages and culture, since 1981 de Alfaro has brought unique resources to her Reference responsibilities and has come to be respected by her colleagues in the University community as a distinguished foreign languages expert. She manages collection development for Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Germanic languages and literatures as well as Spanish American and Comparative Literatures. She has been instrumental in building at CU a collection of 20th-century Spanish and Spanish American literatures worthy of national recognition. De Alfaro was also cited for active professional involvement at the local, national, and international levels.
Tim Byrne, 1992
Timothy L. Byrne joined the Libraries in 1985 as Head of the Government Publications Library, following five years at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tim worked to streamline, update, and revitalize this important area. He is now considered the primary resource person in the region for government publications. He revitalized the Colorado depository community through his work within the Colorado Library Association Government Documents Roundtable. He has planned and presented workshops, instituted a regional newsletter, and worked with the state library to develop a state plan for document dissemination. Nationally, on ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable, Tim has worked to enhance access, administration, and control of government documents, particularly in the area of electronic services. His many publications, workshops, and panel presentations have greatly influenced the field and mark him as one of its leaders.
Janet Swan Hill, 1991
Janet Swan Hill, Associate Director for Technical Services, received the first Ralph E. Ellsworth for Excellence in Librarianship. Hill was cited in particular for her contributions to librarianship on a national and international level.