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Libraries faculty and staff award winners to be recognized at annual celebration

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The 2013 KU Libraries faculty and staff award winners will be formally recognized at the Celebration of Excellence on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Watson Library.

The public is invited join the libraries in honoring outstanding librarians, staff members and students and recognize the benefactors who are building a tradition of excellence at KU Libraries. This special event will begin with a cocktail reception followed by the awards presentation at 6 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Rachel Karwas at 785-864-8961 or rkarwas@ku.edu.

This year’s award recipients are:

Kent Miller: Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award

Kent Miller’s career is marked by 48 years of distinguished librarianship, culminating in his recent appointment as Co-Associate Dean of Libraries. His impressive record of innovation, management and service indicate an outstanding commitment to KU and the profession at large. Over a career that has touched almost every facet of library work, Kent has dedicated himself to improving KU Libraries to better serve its users, from providing access to collections, to designing the physical spaces of the libraries, to offering steadfast leadership through periods of great change. As his nominators eagerly assert, “We can think of no one in the libraries who merits having ‘lifetime achievements’ recognized as much as Kent Miller.” 

Whitney Baker: Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award

As head of conservation services at KU Libraries, Whitney Baker is an exceptional librarian and conservator who has the requisite strong, recent record of excellent professional performance, especially as it pertains to the creation and implementation of new initiatives or projects that advance the libraries’ vision and mission. The nomination letter and supporting references for Whitney outline many examples of her professional dedication, exemplary conduct, and grace under extreme pressure. As noted by Beth Whittaker, Assistant Dean of Distinctive Collections, “No one at KU Libraries needs to be reminded of the highest profile work Ms. Baker has undertaken in recent years: recovery from several water disasters of various scales that will leave their mark on the psyche of the libraries for many years to come.”

Marianne Reed: Unclassified Professional Excellence Award

Marianne Reed, digital information specialist at KU Libraries, has been named the recipient of this year’s Unclassified Professional Excellence Award. The impact and scope of her presence and duties extend far beyond her own department and even the libraries. Marianne’s work with Open Access, ScholarWorks, digital publishing, and faculty support is unparalleled. Her colleagues could not say enough good things about her communication skills, can-do attitude, unflappable nature, and her warm and generous personality. 

Ann Snow: Support Staff Employee of the Year Award

Ann Snow, recipient of the 2013 Support Staff Employee of the Year Award, is the ultimate team player at the libraries. The beginning of FY 2013 was a disastrous one for Ann’s home turf—the Art & Architecture Library. If anyone was around during August 2013, they were likely helping with the flood recovery efforts. So many pitched in during a time when KU Libraries shined amidst chaos and heartbreak. Ann was at the epicenter of efforts to restore the library and its contents. Her work home was falling apart, but she kept a cool head. She focused on the immediate concerns, asked for help, and aided in every effort to bring the Art & Architecture Library back from the brink of a terrible disaster.

Creighton Brown: Sanders Scholar

Creighton Brown has been named the 2013 Sanders Scholar. This program, created through a private gift from former dean of libraries William J. Crowe, provides funding for a graduate or undergraduate scholarship for students on the Lawrence campus who are working with a librarian mentor in KU Libraries. With John Stratton serving as his supervisor and mentor, Creighton will be responsible for providing instructional assistance and expertise for the KU Libraries Center for Undergraduate Initiatives and Engagement.  More specifically, he will provide instruction for a variety of KU for-credit courses, including English 101 and 102, First-Year Seminars, PRE 101, and Honors courses.  Emphasis will initially be placed on teaching the English courses in contribution to the libraries’ overall support of the First- and Second-Year English (FSE) Program. 



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