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Libraries faculty and staff award winners recognized at annual celebration

Friday, October 9, 2015

The 2015 KU Libraries faculty and staff award winners were formally recognized at the Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, September 24.

This year’s award recipients are:

Becky Schulte: Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award

This award is presented annually to a library faculty member who demonstrates meritorious professional performance and service, and made possible by former Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen, longtime supporters of KU Libraries. The 2015 Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award recipient is Becky Schulte. In her role as University Archivist, Schulte serves a critical role on several university- wide committees by promoting the need for a university records management program, writing the first records retention and disposition schedule, and, in the process, raising the visibility of complex issues relating to archival electronic records preservation within the broader university community. One referee commended her exemplary service, noting her work as vital,for the future preservation of archival records and in education on archival issues.

Brian Rosenblum: Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award

This award is presented annually to a library faculty member who demonstrates outstanding initiative in recent professional performance, and made possible by gifts from the Anschutz Foundation and former Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen. The recipient of the 2014 Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award is Brian Rosenblum. Rosenblum has achieved a high level of accomplishment during his career, most recently in the newly established position as head of the Center for Faculty/Staff Initiatives and Engagement, where he worked with teaching faculty and librarians to develop assignments based in the digital humanities. He continues to serve as the co-director of KU’s Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), a collaborative partnership between KU Libraries, the College of Liberal Arts and Science and the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Lois Bauer and Courtney Foat: KU Libraries Staff Excellence Award

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes employees who demonstrate a standard of excellence in work and a significant contribution to the University of Kansas Libraries.

The first 2015 KU Libraries Staff Excellence Award recipient is Lois Bauer, accountant. Bauer’s nominators distinctly highlighted her hard work, attention to detail and pleasant demeanor, and she was praised for high level of adaptability. From taking on additional responsibilities following a colleague’s retirement to assisting with the Shared Service Center review and the blending process of the Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Departments, she handles transition with positivity and diplomacy.

This year’s second recipient is Courtney Foat, executive coordinator. Foat’s contributions to the Office of Communications & Advancement grow significantly with each passing year. As she continued to take on new roles and responsibilities throughout the year, she was elected to serve on the Organizational Review Team, and by all accounts brought thoughtful consideration and clever insight that propelled the libraries forward under the new strategic directions.

Jamie Rees: Sanders Scholars

The Sanders Scholars Program, created through a private gift from former dean of KU Libraries William J. Crowe, provides funding for a graduate or undergraduate scholarship for students working with a librarian mentor in the Libraries. The 2015 Sanders Scholar recipient is Jamie Rees, mentored by Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ community engagement librarian and exhibits program coordinator. Jamie and Sarah are developing the Traveling University Libraries Exhibit (TULE), a flexible, portable exhibition template for use in the KU Mobile Collaboratory (MoCOLAB). The TULE template will allow Haricombe Gallery exhibitions to be converted for display in the MoCOLAB and taken to appointed sites throughout Lawrence, increasing community access to KU scholarship, collections and resources. Working closely with Thiel and other members of the Exhibits Advisory Board, Rees is learning about the goals shared by museums and libraries and how these goals can be met through showcasing collections, providing instruction and engaging fully with the community.

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