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 Leslie J. Reynolds.
June 2014 Employees of the Month:
Digital Humanities Task Force:
Leo Arellano, Michael Dulock, Eric Harbeson, Erika Klein, Holley Long, Jacie Moriyama (formerly OIT), Viktoriya Oliynyk (OIT), Elaine Paul (Art & Art History), Esta Tovstiadi, Alex Watkins
Submitted by Thea Lindquist (Chair of the Digital Humanities Task Force)
In December 2013, members of the Digital Humanities Task Force successfully completed a herculean undertaking - to investigate and report on Digital Humanities activities and needs on campus and formulate recommendations for how these might be supported by the Libraries and other campus partners. Among their activities were an investigation of library-associated Digital Humanities initiatives at other institutions, environmental scan of campus facilities and services, campus-wide survey (345 responses!), in-depth interviews with 20 faculty, graduate students and other campus researchers, and the Digital Humanities symposium and workshop held in August 2013 with the support of the Libraries, CHA, ATLAS, OIT and several academic departments on campus. The members of the task force accomplished this work with a great amount of dedication and good humor, for which we are extremely happy to nominate them. Digital scholars on campus are grateful for your efforts as are your colleagues in the Libraries!
During the past two years Naomi has overcome significant obstacles to keep the Acquisitions Unit (the “Unit”) functioning and flourishing. In 2012, Naomi was asked to take over the day-to-day supervision of the Acquisitions Unit during the six-month sabbatical of the Unit’s faculty director, Charlene Kellsey. During that six-month period, Naomi assumed many of Charlene’s daily duties while continuing to perform her own job obligations as manager of the Order Fulfillment Team. What complicated the task at hand was the extraordinary turnover Acquisitions encountered during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. In addition to the absence of the Unit’s faculty director, several employees left the Unit or changed positions. First, the manager of the Monographic Ordering Team left to take a position in another department. This individual had been a strong member of Acquisitions for the better part of a decade. Naomi was responsible for training the new manager of the Monographic Ordering Team so that the position was functioning prior to the start of the fall semester.
The person that became the new Monographic Ordering Team manager came from Naomi’s Order Fulfillment Team. Another member of the Order Fulfillment Team, an exceptional employee who had been with Acquisitions for over ten years, left to pursue further education. Consequently, Naomi had to hire and train two new members of the Order Fulfillment Team. In summary, Naomi was responsible for training three new hires during the fall semester while assuming the responsibilities of the faculty head. This all occurred during the time when the University of Colorado Libraries made the switch from Millennium to Sierra.
It should be noted that the Board of Regents did not vote to delay the start of the fall semester in order to give Acquisitions time to get the new staff trained. School started on time in August. Naomi was responsible for making sure Acquisitions was ready to perform as usual at the start of the new academic year.
The 2013-2014 fiscal year has brought additional challenges to the Unit. Soon after the academic year began in the fall, N151, the home of Acquisitions, incurred water damage due to the “500 year” floods that affected much of the state. As a result of the damage, new homes for the Unit’s staff had to be found. Naomi was integral in coordinating the relocation of the staff to ensure the Unit continued to function with minimal interruption.
Attrition has continued to affect the Acquisitions Unit. Soon after the staff was relocated, the Unit’s faculty director, Charlene Kellsey, retired. Once again, Naomi has assumed many of Charlene’s daily duties while continuing to perform her own job obligations as manager of the Order Fulfillment Team. Naomi has performed at the highest level and has dealt with all of the vocational challenges in the most efficient manner.