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Friends of the Library at Sewanee: The University of the South: Derek Waller Award

Award Winners

2015

Grace Priest, Access Services

Helen Bartlett, Instructional Technology Workshop

2014

Caleb Schaubroeck, Media Services

2013

Tiffany Boyd, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

Roshni Walia, Instructional Technology Workshop

 

2012

Nichole Osborne, Academic Technology Services

Brittany Phillips, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

 

2011

Andrew Patty, Learning Access Services, Circulation

Anna Tracy, Resources Management Services, Serials

 

2010

Eliza Epps, Learning Access Services, Circulation

Derek Waller Award

         In 2009, the Friends of the Library approved an annual award to be given to an exemplary work-study student in duPont Library.  This award was given in honor, and now in memory, of Dr. Derek Waller. The prize is in the form of a book in the student’s primary field of study, as well as a cash award.  Board members established this prize to recognize the diligence and dedication of Derek Waller during his years as Secretary to the Board of the Friends of the Library.  An original bookplate noting both Derek’s efforts and the selected student’s work will be placed in the book.  Prior to coming to Sewanee, Derek was Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  Besides his tenure as Secretary to the Friends of the Library Board, Derek was a tutor at Sewanee Elementary School.

 

   

 

Derek Waller Award Winners

2016 Winners

Sarah Brown, LITS Administration Office

Sarah Brown has worked in the Library and Information Technology Services office for four years.  She approached her work study assignment as a real job and we have greatly benefitted from her work ethic and eagerness to learn.  Even though Sarah’s official assignment has been in the LITS administration office she has worked across many departments in the Library and has helped with various projects for Cataloging, Acquisitions, Government Documents, Automation, and Circulation.  She is quick to learn new tasks and is interested in how each assignment works within the whole of our operation.

Sarah is dependable and accurate and her curiosity will serve her well as she goes on to graduate school in Forensic Anthropology.  She is personable and easy to work with and always ready to tackle a new project.  We believe that Sarah embodies the qualities of the Derek Waller award as an exemplary work study student and we heartily nominate her for this award. 

Tim Garner and Penny Cowan

 

Margaret McGuire, Access Services (Circulation)

Margaret has been a work-study employee for all four years of her college career. Though I can sort of recall a fuzzy time before her tenure here, I have a difficult time remembering how we managed without her. As manager of work-study students for the past seven years, I can surely tell you that a worker with Margaret’s maturity, capability, dependability and leadership is a rare and lucky find. She has become indispensable to me in running the Circulation Desk, especially on the weekends.

I don’t have breathtaking vignettes to share with you that will describe in grand or dramatic ways Margaret’s dedication to the duPont Library. Instead, the ways she’s earned my praise and admiration are quiet, with quiet demonstrations of consistency and character. Margaret has always chosen to work weekends; this is because she understands her role as a student, and wants to be fully engaged as both a scholar and a librarian, giving devoting resources and time to each. She’s always a little bit early to each shift and has never failed to complete that day’s tasks or ask what else can be done. You might come to the front desk on a regular basis and never notice her, but I see her, week in and week out, performing a thousand acts of scanning, shelving, counting and fetching—and all with a smile full of goodwill.  These are the not-so-glorious tasks that help make our Service Desk work with friendliness and efficiency.

There have been at least two dozen times when I have emailed her in the middle of a busy school day and asked her to take an odd hour here or there, help substitute for an ill worker, or lend a helping hand with an ongoing project, and I’ve found that she will say YES whenever it’s possible. There’s no drama, no worry, no I-partied-so-hard-last-night-sorry--I’m--late; there is only this: Here I am. How can I help? (and multiply that by one hundred, day in and day out). I also admire her calm way with our more challenging patrons; even with difficult questions and/or personalities, she stays calm, helpful and unflappable. Margaret has, it seems, much to teach me. And here’s another feather in her cap: if Wanda, Mary Ann, Shelby and I were simultaneously struck down with some debilitating, mysterious illness, I have no doubt I could call Margaret up and say, Could you run the department for a while? Her response would be the same: Okey-doke. I’ll be there in a minute.

I’d keep her forever if I could. If there’s one person who ought to be warmly thanked for her service to the library community, it’s Margaret McGuire.

Courtnay Zeitler

2015 Winners

Grace Priest, Access Services

With these nominations, I would usually trace a student's development as a worker: as a freshman, he or she begins with shaky skills and an uncertain attitude, but by the time they are seniors, their excellence and dependability are obvious and remarkable. Not so with Grace Priest. She came in excellent and will leave us, four years later, even more so. Let me explain.

 

Let me begin with what Grace is not. There's no drama with Grace: no excuses about being late because of boyfriend issues, no last minute calls on a Monday night because she forgot she had a study session and needs to miss her shift. She's never complained about her schedule or sought to offer an explanation for a task poorly done. She is welcoming and helpful to faculty, students, and community members alike. In fact, if you're a patron of the duPont Library, you might never notice Grace You will come to the desk, have a reference query or ask for help finding an item, and you will walk away from that encounter with exactly what you needed, ninety-nine times out of a hundred. She is welcoming and helpful to faculty, students, and community members alike.

 

And so here's what we notice about Grace, and what ultimately sets her apart from most all of her work-study contemporaries: the three C's. She is calm, competent, and confident. Her quiet poise, efficient customer service, and attention to detail all translate into her setting the gold standard for work study proficiency. Her word is gold, and there has never been one time in four years that she's been late to a shift or missed one because of miscommunication with other workers or myself. This sort of diligence might go under some people's radar, but for us at the Desk, it's the key indicator of someone who's organized her life, made her priorities, and committed her energies to them without compromise.

 

Grace is perfectly named, and I admire her for her grace under pressure. She is involved in many worthwhile campus organizations, including being a fierce player on the women's soccer team. Because of the many and varied demands on her time, her schedule at the Library is piecemeal and scattered. I get no complaining and I get no excuses. Whether it is one hour here or there, and early morning shift or a couple hours in the dead of night, Grace is cheerfully at the desk, doing her work, week after week after week. She sets a superior example for my new workers, who need to see someone who can successfully fit the work-study program into their busy lives. Courtnay Zeitler, Supervisor

 

Helen Bartlett, Instructional Technology Workshop

Helen worked for me this past summer and this academic school year helping to inventory the Permanent Art Collection.  She is fabulous.  Helen is very detailed orientated, organized, dedicated to doing a wonderful job in uncovering Sewanee's hidden art treasures.  She works diligently organizing the database in ARTstor and our Excel sheet along with taking photos of works. 

Helen is one of the most pleasant, hard-working students I have had since I've been here.  She has a double major in French and Anthropology and is a honor student. Mary O'Neill, Supervisor

 

2014 Winner

Caleb Schaubroeck, Media Services

 

We have been privileged to have Caleb Schaubroeck in Media Services for the last year and a half.  Not only is he creatively talented but he also has a warm, open disposition.  He has worked with us on Wednesdays for his entire tenure.  He has been assigned the task of moving a lectern for the School of Theology Wednesday luncheon at Cravens.  Upon his arrival at the office, I know that without being asked he will get the van keys, spare batteries, and Cravens keys and go ensure that the lectern is in good working order and positioned correctly.  It sounds like a small thing, but it is not.  His second offering of the work day is to ask what he can do to be of service.  And he will genuinely and enthusiastically make himself available for even the most onerous task.

He has researched, written and illustrated job aids for classes who check out audio-visual equipment.  With his incredible artistic talent and Sewanee writing skills, he made the process for connecting a recorder to a video camera clear to even the most technologically challenged.  (Of course, he incorporated humor as well.  "If you turn on recorder before turning on camera, Sewanee Police will be notified and you may be put on social probation.")

For always being willing and ready to work at a moment's notice, for being situationally aware, for always smiling and being polite to everyone, for being a great example to the younger work study students, I nominate Caleb.  He is liked and respected by everyone in the office.  We very much appreciate having worked with him for the last year and look forward to the remainder of our time with him.  He will be missed. -- Joan Hurst, Supervisor

 

2013 Winners

Tiffany Boyd, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

 

"I don't know what profession Tiffany will aspire to in the future, but if asked, I will recommend her highly.  Someone will be very lucky to have her as an employee.  I've always considered this position as a 'real' job.  Tiffany's demeanor and ability have made it so." -- Odis Ellison, Supervisor

 

Roshni Walia, Instructional Technology Workshop

 

"Roshni is very bright, resourceful, diligent, dedicated, interested in technology, and very pleasant.  She is happy to approach any task and does it well along with bringing insight and suggestions." - Mary O'Neill, Supervisor


2012 Winners

Nichole Osborne, Learning Access Services, ATC Desk

"Nichole has a positive attitude towards work, and she has the initiative to go the extra mile. She consistently gives her work her full effort and attention. Thanks to Nichole, our services are not just offered, but enhanced." - Sharon Tomes, Supervisor

 

Brittany Phillips, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

"Brittany is a well-rounded individual with diverse interests. She is always willing to do whatever is needed. She is an asset to our department." - Misty Isbell, Supervisor


 

2011 Winners

Andrew Patty, Learning Resources Services, Circulation

“Andrew completes all assigned tasks with great efficiency, and also does a fabulous job of answering patron questions and meeting patron needs.”  -- Sarah Doyi, Supervisor

 

Anna Tracy, Resources Management Services, Serials

 


  “Anna cheerfully helps out her fellow students and the library staff with any task that needs to be done without being asked.” - Terri Limbaugh, Supervisor

 


2010 Winner

Eliza Epps, Learning Resources Management, Circulation

 

 

“Eliza Epps is more than a model student worker—she is a model University employee! As a supervisor of student work­ers, I am daily challenged to bal­ance student -worker expectations, the needs of our department, and the academic requirements for student workers. Eliza is one of those rare student workers who have mastered time management and are able, not only to excel in their studies, but to be an integral part of the week-to-week operations of the library. Responsibilities of a desk worker include interacting and provid­ing service to a broad range of patrons, and we have high expecta­tions for the desk workers. From older community users and chil­dren to faculty, staff, and students, Eliza represents the library and University in an excellent manner. Her patience and calm demeanor are perfect for interacting with problem patrons or stressed out students." --  Barbara Dykes, Supervisor

 

 

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