The University of Kansas Libraries
Brenda Owens, Jayhawk of the Month for September 2009
For the inaugural flight of the Jayhawk of the Month, Dean Lorraine Haricombe chose Brenda Owens as the recipient.
"I was very surprised and honored," Brenda said. I’ve just been doing what I always do, trying to find books for patrons and staff. It was amazing that Dean Haricombe picked me to be the first Jayhawk of the Month. It is so nice to be recognized by my co-workers."
Dean Haricombe cited Owens' attention to detail and "Hawk Eyes" for finding elusive items as note-worthy attributes.
When it came time for Brenda to send the Jayhawk on its way, she chose Al Mauler as the next host.
"I’ve known Al Mauler for many years. I’ve always noticed that he always treats everyone with respect and good will and puts forth extra effort in everything he does," Brenda said. "Even before I transferred to Cataloging, he always had time to help me interpret a thorny computer record. The people in cataloging are really great at answering any questions I have about data entry and cataloging records. Without their help, I would have a much harder time finding items. Al has an awesome mind for details and accurately remembers events, titles and quirky records from years ago. Many times with the clues he’s given me, I find the book I’m looking for. We have a lot of staff working in the libraries who are really dedicated to doing the best job they can. Al is one of them. I couldn’t choose them all so I started with Al Mauler."Brenda Owens accepts the first Jayhawk of the Month Award from Dean Haricombe. (Photo by Sarah Kanning)