Thursday, May 23, 2013

Susan Hendrickson Honored with Martha Ransley Staff Service Award for 2013

Susan Hendrickson (left) with Award Selection Committee
Chair Stacey Krim (right)
The 2013 Martha Ransley Service Award winner is Susan Hendrickson.  Below is an adaption of the remarks of Selection Committee Chair Stacey Krim in making the announcement recently:

Susan has been a library employee for 16 years, and has been described as “the face” of Jackson Library for a variety of library patrons the rest of the staff rarely sees.  She has greatly improved the efficiency of the interlibrary loan operation and has enhanced the reputation of the University Libraries and UNCG in doing so. This reputation for excellence extends not only throughout the state and the region; it extends both nationally and internationally as well.

Susan has recently embraced the challenge of additional public service work, adapting well to the demands of new technology and bringing a cheerful spirit to the new duties and public interaction.

She interacts with other Library staff members frequently, and is known for warmth and good humor. Susan trains and supervises students to meet high standards, but  also develops a rapport with the students that has led to a number of them keeping in touch with her after they graduate—and not just for job references.  To quote one of the nominations: “I see the respect and connection the students make with this person – she is making a positive difference as a role model for upcoming librarians, demonstrating to them a commitment to service.”

Susan is always a supporter of library events, showing appreciation to people throughout the library, bringing in baked goods to share, helping set up or clean up, and even supplying flowers for special Library occasions.

Before coming to work at Jackson Library, she managed a local bookstore, and has continued her interest in publishing. The Library collections are frequent beneficiaries of her expertise. Acquisitions staff members often ask advice about selecting books for the Current Literature section.  Susan makes trips to local bookstores to purchase books for the collection, and has also assumed primary responsibility for the development of the Library’s paperback collection. 

In summary, to extract from another nomination, “It’s delightful to walk into ILL daily and receive a warm welcome from Susan, always with a positive attitude and a sense of humor. She embodies the spirit of this award through her attitude and diligent service.”

The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 by Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department, upon her retirement.  The aim of the award is "to recognize and reward members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."  The Libraries continue to be grateful to Martha, who was present for the announcement celebration, for her support.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect New Officers

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting, which featured John Shelton Reed discussing his new book Dixie Bohemia, about the New Orleans literary scene in the 1920s. Outgoing chair Howard E. Covington, Jr. served as master of ceremonies at the event, attended by 248 members and other attendees.  Funds raised at the dinner support the University Libraries, and a special drive was initiated to renovate the landscaping in front of Jackson Library on the UNCG campus.

Ms. Billie Durham
The new Chair of the Friends is Billie Durham of Asheboro. She is retired from UNCG’s Library and Information Studies Program, which she joined in 2004 as an adjunct instructor, becoming an Assistant Professor and School Library Media Program Coordinator in 2008. She holds the MLS degree from UNCG. Durham’s background includes 17 years as a school library media specialist in Randolph County and five years as a public services librarian at Montgomery Community College. In addition, she served six years as English as a Second language Coordinator for the Montgomery County Board of Education. She has served as a member of the State Library's Library Services and Technology Act {LSTA) Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Trinity Music Academy.  Durham is married to Carey Durham, CFO/Director of Corporate Services of Hospice of Randolph County and they have one son.

Dr. Karl Schleunes

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Karl Schleunes of Greensboro, Professor Emeritus of History at UNCG, where he specialized in Modern German History and the Holocaust.  Schleunes taught for 45 years, including 39 years at UNCG.  Major publications include The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy toward German Jews, 1933-1939 and Legislating the Holocaust: The Bernhard Loesener Memoirs.  An avid library user and supporter, Schleunes is also a collector of travel accounts by American travelers to the Holy Land (Palestine) during the 19th century and the early 20th century (up to 1948).  He is married to the Brenda Schleunes, Founder and Director of the Touring Theatre of North Carolina.  They have one daughter and two grandchildren.  Schleunes notes that he has been a denizen of UNCG’s Jackson Library since the tower went up in 1973, and can often be found there working in his faculty study on the 8th floor.

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Kate Barrett and Mae Douglas of Greensboro.  Re-elected to a second term were Robin Sutton Anders, David Arneke, Ned Cline, Carol Douglas, Nancy Fuller, and Jim Schlosser, all of Greensboro.