The University Libraries’ Employee of the Month award is intended to recognize the special effort of faculty, staff, or student employees. The award is granted at the discretion of the Associate Director for Administration. To nominate an employee, please email a letter of support to John.Culshaw@colorado.edu.
July 2013 Employees of the Month:
John Culshaw's Direct Reports
Submitted by John Culshaw
For the last five years, I have had the privilege of honoring faculty, staff, and student employees with the Employee of the Month award. This month, as I make my final award, I would like to recognize those individuals who are my direct reports: Amy Arenson, Brice Austin, Deborah Fink, Yem Fong, Shelley Joy, Rice Majors, Carl Stewart, and Lucy Zellar. This hard working group of staff and faculty members have been fantastic colleagues and collaborators on the wide range of activities that fall under my portfolio. Some of their work is very visible and some is very much behind the scenes. But all of their efforts are critical in supporting the needs of the Libraries. I have been able to do my job better because of all of them and I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize them publically. I can only hope that I’ll have such a strong team when I arrive at Iowa in a few weeks! Thanks for all of the hard work!
Members of the Norlin Research Desk Team would like to nominate our fellow team member and outstanding colleague, Erika Klein, for her extraordinary efforts during the printing system transition implemented by OIT this semester. Erika has liaised with OIT, prepared educational trainings and materials for RD/IM Team members, coordinated and deployed communications and signage, and has been the main point-person for all trouble-shooting and problem-solving. Staffers of the Research Desk have all relied heavily on Erika for her grace and efficiency in guiding all of us as well as the users through the difficult transition and we could not be more grateful for her leadership. Erika has been the go-to person for issues related to the Norlin Research desk for a while, such as creating maps for way-finding, and the printing crisis is just one example of how she makes life easier for staff and patrons. Throughout all of this, Erika has even “kept us smiling.”.
I nominate Nicole Blechynden and Christine De Vries for Employees of the Month for their extraordinary work in the putting together plans for the M350B/AMRC renovation and the move of the AMRC and GMA materials from Macky and ARCE to Norlin. Christine's wisdom, calm, and tireless leadership, and Nicole's enthusiasm, boundless energy, and exhausting attention to detail were critically important in the successful completion of the proposal. Both Christine and (especially) Nicole will be helping with the move as well, but I feel like the proposal is a discrete project which deserves to be recognized in its own right. Both of them threw themselves into the project, and its success is owed in very large part to their participation.
April 2013 Employee of the Month:
Submitted by the RDA Task Force -- Diana Anderson; Tassanee Chitcharoen; Anna Ferris; Naomi Heiser; Bethany Levrault; Wen-ying Lu; Stephen Mantz; Jina Wakimoto; Meri Willett; Laura Wright.
We would like to nominate Windy Lundy for the Employee of the Month award for her outstanding leadership of the RDA Task Force over the course of the year 2012. RDA (Resource Description and Access) is the new cataloging standard replacing AACR2 and will be implemented at CU in January 2013. As the Chair of the Task Force, she monitored the national developments, followed up with numerous PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) documents, interpreted them and shared the mountain of information in a coherent way with the rest of the Task Force and the catalogers. She developed an implementation plan for the Libraries and planned the training. She has placed all the relevant and necessary documentation, including minutes of the Task Force meetings with local decisions, on the Metadata Services SharePoint in the RDA folder so that all catalogers can access them when needed.
Additionally, she led the NACO catalogers (those who earned the qualifications to create and edit Name and Series Authority in the national file) in creating RDA authority records and converting AACR2 authority records to RDA records. In a short period of time, Windy has acquired advanced knowledge in RDA and RDA-ToolKit and served as one of the primary resource persons in answering RDA-related questions during the NACO review process. She was so organized in coordinating our NACO record review process, both internally and externally, that it was easy for NACO catalogers to keep tracks of changes. The sheer amount of work Windy devoted to this task cannot be over-emphasized. Through her leadership and the efforts of all of the NACO catalogers, the Libraries recently attained clearance to create and edit name authorities without further review.
Not only has Windy instructed and led the Task Force in such an organized and knowledgeable way, she has done so with patience, kindness, and an always-open door so that we might ask questions at any time. She has been just outstanding in all aspects of leading us through this. The RDA implementation and NACO independent status could not have been achieved without Windy’s leadership. For this reason, we nominate Windy for the Employee of the Month.
We would like to nominate Brittany Reed for Employee of the Month. As the first working group coordinator after reorganization, she has set a standard for how these important cross-departmental units should function. Pulling together organizationally dispersed yet similar people, functions, issues, and challenges, she has led the Service Points Working Group through unchartered waters. SPWG's many accomplishments include:
* Putting into place customized routing slips
* Getting USB port locks for the copy/scan machines
* Reviewing and suggesting changes to hours (from and with MT)
* Getting the Norlin Desk/IM hours and schedule compiled
* Changing the time-out length for the copy/scan machines (w/LIT)
* Revising signs for the copy/scan machines (w/Carl Stewart)
* Creating the Norlin Research Desk Team as a subgroup and getting it going
* Working with Norlin Security to create a student position assigned to assisting branches late in the evenings
Brittany has done this while maintaining her high standards in the Earth Sciences Library and continuing her participation in Sciences Department activities. By doing both, we believe she is showing what it means to be a citizen of the Libraries.
Submitted by Katie Lage, Ilene Raynes, Naomi Heiser, Jack Maness, Jennifer Knievel
I would like to nominate Brittany Reed for “employee of the month” for her great leadership as a coordinator for Service Points Working Group. Her organizational and political skills, and her encouragement and optimism leads the group on strategizing and unifying services offered at all University Libraries service points. Thanks to her leadership skills the group achieved several important goals within a short period of time of existence: security presence in branch libraries, circulation policies and procedures, some technology issues, recommendations for unifying hours, etc.
Here are some responses from SPWG members:
“Brittany has displayed patience, organizational skills and diplomacy in her role as coordinator of the initial working group. She has taken on a sizeable additional workload and modeled leadership for all the other groups in the reorg.
-- Stephanie Yuhas
“As the first Chair of the first Working Group to be formed, Brittany has provided crucial and outstanding leadership in an uncertain time. She skillfully prioritized a significant backlog of issues left for the Group by the disbanding of several other committees and groups, making the group productive enough to address matters critical to daily operations across the Libraries. Her facilitation skills were also key to new professional relationships formed by Group members and in the Group's approach to communication with MT and other units.”
-- Emily Fidelman
Submitted by Shelley Joy, Administration
I would like to nominate Rhonda Flaningam, Jacob Kidd and Mallory Galey for Employees of the Month. All three have cheerfully stepped up to fill in for the vacancy we had when Danielle Haas resigned. They also have gladly helped train Danielle’s replacement, Amy Bolton. All of this extra work has not been easy.
Rhonda has taken on purchases which Danielle would have normally made spending many hours taking care of office supply and library supply requests.
Jacob has stepped in to make sure the Supply Room was manned and walk-in supply requests were filled. He made sure orders were delivered and helped clarify order requests.
Mallory has filled the lead role in managing and scheduling the student workers making sure the mail runs were made every day, mail was delivered within Norlin on time, and mailing/shipping schedules were met for incoming and outgoing mail and packages.
These three individuals have gone “above and way beyond” their normal duties and need to be recognized. I know this transition time has been hard for many departments and I thank them for their patience. But we would have been in much worse shape if they had not worked extra hard for us these past three months.
Submitted by Ilene, Katie and Naomi, Map Library
The Map Library would like to nominate Tasha Funk as employee of the month. Tasha has worked in the Map Library for three years and was our only student employee this past summer. She is incredibly friendly and cheery and always does all the work we give her with a positive attitude and with a smile – no matter how tedious the assignment. She is extremely professional and gets all assignments done with little direction and with incredible efficiency.
This summer we have relied greatly on Tasha. She is always prompt and we counted on her for coverage if we needed to be away from the Map Library. We knew she would answer reference questions accurately and knew she’d give out the best possible customer service in our absence.
This summer Tasha completed a huge amount of outstanding projects in the Map Library. Tasha organized and assessed hundreds of gift aerial photos. She compared them to our current collection to avoid duplicates, she determined the locations of many of the photos (were they photos of Colorado or of some other state or country?), and she made a list of photos that we were not keeping in order to offer them to other map libraries. Tasha was also able to learn to do copy-cataloging very quickly, created hundreds of records for Colorado maps, and learned to work at the level of library staff in order to be sure the records were accurate and complete.
For us, the highlight of her summer work included creating a spreadsheet for our mining maps, so they are now more accessible to the public. Not only did Tasha create a spreadsheet, but she went a step further and made a Google map index to our Boulder County mining maps. She did this with very little direction. She researched how to create this index map and the results were amazing. We plan to showcase this index in Chinook and on our Map Library web page in the near future.
Our summer months would not have been nearly as productive without Tasha’s help. We are pleased to nominate Tasha for student employee of the month.