Thursday, March 4, 2010

MTSU library employees win awards for excellence

Two library employees will be presented with awards at the annual conference of the Tennessee Library Association (TLA) later this month.

Gwen Williams, secretary in the User Services department of the library, has won the TLA Support Staff award. Gwen communicates with faculty to schedule over 300 library instruction classes each year. She also schedules numerous Research Coach appointments for students, which are one-on-one appointments with librarians. These are both tasks that used to consume a lot of the librarians' time and energy. She always has a smile and something nice to say, and she is a great morale booster for everyone in the library.Gwen is the human gateway to the instructional services we offer, and her friendliness and organizational skills are highly valued.

Kristen West, our instruction librarian, has won the James E. Ward Library Instruction Award. She is responsible for managing our formal library instruction program, developing instructional web pages, tutorials, and guides, and building strategic partnerships with teaching faculty to advance information literacy. Kristen teaches a large share of our 300+ library instuction sessions each year, and she also leads the library's efforts to develop specialized training sessions for classes in several departments. Kristen's dedication to her craft is abundantly clear to those of us who work with her -- we often have to convince her to go home at night rather than staying here to perfect a lesson for the next day (which is already perfect, by the way). In addition, Kristen is very involved in statewide library service committees.

Please join us in congratulating Gwen and Kristen on their accomplishments.

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