June 2015 Employee of the Month:
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.
Christopher Yago, William Weaver, Kent Hiller, and Kathryn Ziegler
Nominated by: Barb Nichols.
May 2015 Employee of the Month:
Assessment & Processing, (AP), which is part of Preservation which is part of Special Collections has been working on a huge project for Archives which began over the summer and will continue on into the far distant future. We are sending the newspapers currently housed in Archives to PASCAL/SL@P (Special Location at Pascal). The newspapers are very brittle, very heavy, and very time consuming to process. I have three students who are working on this with me and each one of them is giving it their all. I would like to nominate all three of them for student of the month as we are working on this as a team, sort of an assembly line concept if you will. I see them each day lifting these fragile, heavy bundles without complaint.
The project started over the summer where my student, Chris Yago, measured each newspaper in Archives for height, width, and thickness. He entered the shelf location along with these measurements into an Excel database which gave us a good starting point as to how many Coroplast boxes would need to be handmade here in AP. Needless to say, this was an exhausting, dirty and time consuming endeavor. Chris worked very hard on this putting himself in some very dusty, dark places. Again, without a complaint to be heard.
We then began pulling newspapers from Archives and creating bundles about 4” thick. My student Will Weaver does this portion of the project. He loads the appropriate bundles onto a cart, uses the small cart elevator as the newspapers are housed on the 2nd level of Archives which makes retrieving them a little more time consuming. Will then creates bundles about 4” thick. He and Chris wrap each bundle in 20 point card stock for an extra layer of protection inside the box. A task that is definitely easier said than done!
Chris then creates the item record with all the appropriate coding and notes. The newspapers are passed along to Kent Hiller who has become proficient in making Coroplast boxes for these large heavy bundles. It takes him about 45 minutes to an hour to make one Coroplast box. He makes one after the other and seems to never tire.
There is a fourth student whom I feel needs some recognition as well, Katie Ziegler. She is helping me keep all the other projects we have going to SL@P moving. Although she is not part of the newspaper project she is just as essential as it frees the other three up to focus on newspapers.
I feel so proud that these four great people work here with me. I wanted to acknowledge their hard work and let them know how much they are appreciated. I thank them every day for all they are doing. I feel being awarded “Students of the Month” would have a greater impact than just my words of encouragement each day. It would make their families proud to hear how much they are appreciate for the good work they are doing here in Assessment & Processing.
Please join me in congratulating Christopher Yago, William Weaver, Kent Hiller, and Kathryn Ziegler. Thank you all for your dedicated service and hard work!
Melissa Harden, Rebecca Kuglitsch, Katie Lage, Kate Tallman, Phil Wrede, Barbara Black, and Mary Jane Campbell
Nominated by Jack Maness.
I would like to nominate Melissa Harden, Rebecca Kuglitsch, Katie Lage, Kate Tallman, Phil Wrede, Barbara Black and Mary Jane Campbell for Employee of the Month for their great work with the March Friends’ event: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's Centenary.
As you know, this panel event drew well over 100 people to CBIS on the evening of March 5th, 2015. What a fabulous turnout! The above people all had their hands in making this event a great success. There were many aspects of planning and preparation that went into this event such as choosing panelists, coordinating logistics and event mechanics, publicity, catering arrangements, speaking and more. I feel that this event was an amazing way to highlight the libraries collections to the public and to show us as a partner to the greater university community, by featuring panelists from various departments across CU.
Thank you to Melissa, Rebecca, Katie, Kate, Phil, Barbara and Mary Jane for all of their work!
March 2015 Employee of the Month:
My name is Kayo Takahata and I am currently a third year graduate student in the Japanese Department, scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2015. Before I graduate, I would like to acknowledge Adam Lisbon’s exemplary work as a librarian of the Asian collections department.
Before Adam joined CU, I did not know where to turn with questions regarding our collection; a librarian seemed like some obscure person who was behind the scenes and remained there. However, Adam changed my concept of a librarian drastically. He has devoted himself to making the library an accessible resource by hosting numerous informational workshops to help out my Japanese language students, issuing newsletters informing us of all that’s happening in the library collection, and he is always willing to answer a research question. My students have often expressed their gratitude for his kanji workshops in particular. He has also worked to form a connection between the library and the Asian Languages and Cultures department -- he not only attends our conferences and departmental events, but also our departmental social get-togethers, getting to know faculty, graduate students, and undergrads alike. Personally, I am very grateful to Adam for his assistance during my graduate thesis project. He made sure I received the resources I needed, even obscure texts that were difficult to procure. Moreover, he always made me feel like I had an ally at the library.
In sum, thanks to Adam, the library feels much closer to us all. Adam is visible, approachable, and reliable. He responds to our requests and answers our questions promptly, and is always willing to help. He goes above and beyond for the library and for the CU community, and he has given me a new appreciation for the work of a librarian.
Please join us in celebrating Adam’s contributions to the CU Community!
Nominated by Leanne Walther and Peggy Jobe.
February 2015 Employee of the Month:
On the Thursday before Thanksgiving break, while Kate and I were covering the Research Desk, I received a phone call from the Earth Sciences Library. They had been working with a student from the Environmental Writing class to try to help guide him to some sources for a literature review. One of the staff members called the Research Desk and asked if they could refer the student over to us. Both Kate and I are familiar with the course and have helped teach a research session for the class. The Earth Science staff felt they had helped the student as much as they could and that he would be further served by consulting with one or both of us. The student arrived at the desk a short while later. He is visually challenged and legally blind. He had taken an incomplete in the class during a previous semester and is now hoping to complete the class by the end of this fall semester. To do so, he needs to finish a literature review.
The student did not have a well-formulated topic when he approached us, nor could he read the read the computer screen at the desk. Kate immediately took him aside and started working with him one-to-one. She was patient and respectful as she worked with him to formulate his ideas, develop keywords, and search some of the environmental databases. She also helped him with the technology to make the screen readable to him, as well as coming up with strategies so that he could read the pdfs of the articles they had identified. Kate carefully explained all the steps she had taken, making sure he understood the process. It was a collaborative process, as they refined and reworked his topic. She definitely developed a rapport with him and, after about an hour, I could tell the student was gaining more confidence and enthusiasm about his research and finishing his paper.
I think Kate should be acknowledged for her skills and abilities working with this researcher, who was clearly frustrated and anxious by all the challenges he was facing in trying to do his research and finish his class. Kate really smoothed the way for him. She worked with him in a way that empowered and inspired him. His face was beaming when he left and he chatted excitedly with me about what they had found. This represents a level of service beyond providing information. Sometimes, our real impact comes in the way we provide research service. We talk about how important connection is as an organizational value, and I think this represents an exceptional example of a connection that made a real and lasting impact on one of our clients.
Join us in celebrating Kate’s example of exceptional service!
Nominated by Lauren Stapleton and Christine De Vries
January 2015 Employee of the Month:
We would like to recognize Barb Nichols’ commitment to the Libraries as shown by her endless hard work, organization, and dedication to improvement.
Barb has been working through some very challenging projects that are helping the libraries in our long term goal of transferring more special material collections offsite. One of those projects is the Archives Newspaper Project to send some 4,000 linear feet of rare and brittle Colorado newspapers (ca 730 titles) offsite with proper enclosures and cataloging. Barb, with her team of students, creates oversize, sturdy and light-weight archival boxes from scratch and other custom made enclosures to protect these fragile materials for transfer offsite. This project is very labor intensive yet also requires a detail oriented person to accurately collate issues, create item records, and to coordinate with Serials Cataloging for much needed updates to the bibliographic records. The rate at which this monumental task is being accomplished is astounding.
Barb is also working through a number of other large collections from both Archives and Special Collections to prepare them for transfer offsite with appropriate preservation protection. To juggle all these projects to the degree of accuracy and the speed at which she accomplishes them deserves recognition of going above and beyond expectations.
Barb is also highly resourceful and innovative in resolving the challenges presented by her responsibilities. She always makes the most of her space to accomplish her tasks, store raw materials, supervise students, and to maintain smooth and efficient workflow. She conscientiously uses scrap materials and used furniture to improve work flow while reducing costs.
Barb has to work with a number of other departments to accomplish her objectives. She is always friendly and is a pleasure to work with and many people in the library have commented on this. She treats everyone equally from her student employees to department heads. She is respectful, friendly and kind.
For Barb’s exceptional efforts we believe she should be recognized as employee of the month.
Nominated by Christina Howard, Jennifer Davis, Svetlana Stepanyan, and Anna Ferris.
Matt has worked for Norlin Library since graduating high school and has reliably and diligently worked on short- and long-term projects that although often tedious and detail-oriented, approaches these projects with a focused enthusiasm. This has resulted in helping to keep the Norlin database up-to-date with the correct codes and information when global updates simply can't be done. Aside from his daily duties, he assists colleagues with projects large and small. Examples of his work has been helping to clean up the move from shelf list cards to the database, shelf reading and sorting, materials retrievals, processing materials for Pascal, error identification and analysis of errors in collection lists, etc.
As his immediate manager, I find the hardest thing about working with Matt is trying to convince him to take a well-deserved occasional vacation. He's better than the postal service for neither snow, rain nor heat nor will hurricane winds keep Matt from doing his job with pride and dependability. For the last several years, Matt has been helping me as needed. I put work out for him every day on his “Matt” cart, and he always make sure to finish ALL of it before he leaves for the day. In fact, he checks several times each day in case additional work has cropped up for him. Matt pages items for me from various areas of Norlin Library. He also does the physical processing of withdrawn serials. In addition, he returns items to Circulation and also picks up items from Circulation, not just for me but for everyone in Serials Cataloging.
For years now, Matt has been 100% dependable for any data entry projects that require tireless focus and repetitive application. His good humor is also an asset in our department and, while he may “hate snow,” he still manages to bring a ray of sunshine into each interaction with me and other colleagues. Finally, I consider him a true gentleman and friend. He deserves some recognition for all he has done for the Metadata Services Department.
Matt is a joy to work with. He’s always enthusiastic, and his good cheer is infectious. He’s the embodiment of an excellent employee. Please join us in recognizing Matt for his loyalty, hard work and dedication to his job!