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Leadership recognition in 2022
Congratulations to Mara Bernstein, Advancement Associate for IU Libraries Development, on receiving the inaugural Queer Student Union’s (QSU) Outstanding Alumni Award for the 2021-2022 school year. The Queer Student Union focuses on empowering LGBTQ+ students primarily through community building and advocacy at IU. Mara expertly modeled such leadership. Her advocacy and support uplifted the students throughout the year. In addition, QSU dedicates itself to intersectionality and striving for healthy queer livelihoods. Active in multiple organizations such as the People’s Cooperative Market and Black Lives Matter, Mara has demonstrated how to live life to the fullest, creating community and ensuring diversity and justice all around one’s spaces.
Congratulations to Meghan Langford, a student employee at the Education Library, for being awarded the 2022 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity in the Humanities for her analysis of children’s books about native culture. Mentored by Education Librarian Christina Jones, Langford created a website of her findings entitled “Addressing the Modernity of Indigenous Culture in Illustrated Children's Literature Over Time,” currently only available on IU’s Google network. This Provost award honors exemplary work in research and creativity that typify the university’s academic mission. Such awards also point to the importance of such activity on campus. Meghan’s outstanding work documents the treatment of Indigenous culture in children’s literature from 1950 to the present.
Congratulations to librarian DeLoice Holliday, the Head of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library for being published in The Black Librarian in America: Reflections, Resistance, and Reawakening. Sponsored by the 52-year-old Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the book is organized into 4 thematic sections relating to Black librarians' contributions, competencies, and intersectional identities. Holliday, who is also the Multicultural Outreach Librarian and Collection Manager for African American and African Diaspora Studies, wrote her chapter with Michele Fenton from the Indiana State Library. “Leading While Black” addresses the obstacles, solutions, and future of Black leaders in the library profession. Holliday and Fenton ask the question, “Are we up for the Challenge?” and answer with a persistent “Yes!”
Congratulations to Lilly Library Public Services Librarian Ursula Romero on securing a Mellon Fellowship. The Rare Book School’s prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage is a 6-year program for a total of 45 fellows from diverse backgrounds who work “with collections that document minority, immigrant, and non-Western cultural traditions.” Hoping to build skills, forge new connections, raise awareness, and advance careers, this Mellon Fellowship includes courses, workshops, funding, and opportunities for events. Rebecca Baumann, Head of public services and associate curator of modern books and manuscripts for the Lilly Library, explains, “This will allow Ursula to take several Rare Book School Courses and host a future RBS symposium at the Lilly Library.”
Leadership recognition in 2021
Congratulations to Daemon Shell, the Facilities Operations Representative for the Herman B Wells Library. He has been awarded a Staff Merit Award for 2021. Presented by the Office of the Provost, the Merit Awards are for outstanding service to the Bloomington campus. Shell is a gracious, positive, and modest caretaker of the building. Having cared for the building and those in it for over thirty years, the IU Libraries is grateful every day for Shell’s kindness and hard work.
Congratulations to Rachael Stoeltje, Director of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive. She was elected President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). Rachael will start serving a two-year term November 19, 2021. The media professionals of AMIA are devoted to the preservation and use of moving image media among likeminded organizations. AMIA, an international nonprofit, supports both public and professional education. Rachael has been an active leader in the world of media archiving, serving and consulting with libraries around the nation. In addition, she has served on the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), working with films worldwide. In 2019, she facilitated the first Biennial Audio Visual Archival Summer School (BAVASS), a global event for emerging film archivists.
Meghan Langford was nominated by Christina Jones, Head of the Education Library. Meghan was chosen for her positivity, creativity, and service-ethic. According to Christina, Meghan’s “energy and passion are truly above and beyond what one would expect from an hourly position.”
Jason Steptoe was nominated for his dependability, accuracy, and coordination of a significant stack shifting project. Will Scharfenberger, his nominator, described Jason as a strong asset, engaging, and an active contributor to the Music Library.
Katherine Tilghman, kind and thoughtful, was nominated for her work in Document Delivery by Catherine Berndt. Having to work with staff from multiple departments plus patrons, Katherine shows patience and courtesy getting materials to everyone.
Each year the IU Libraries honors four Student Employee Recognition Awards. The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional employees who work for the good of the Libraries and display a combination of competence, a positive attitude, and helpfulness that is notable among their peers.
Congratulations to Nicholas Wyant, former social sciences librarian, who won an honorable mention at the 2021 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) for the paper “Empowering Resignation: There’s an App for That.” The international ACM conference, held virtually for the first time this year, is highly respected in the fields of human-computer interaction and computer science. The paper, which Wyant wrote with four colleagues, addresses the resignation of privacy many people feel when offered digital convenience and other benefits. It also discusses the limits of using privacy tools.
Congratulations to Sarah Carter, Art, Architecture and Design Librarian, for being elected secretary of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). She will serve for two years. From 2011 to 2013, Carter served as the Education Liaison for the Society, the foremost art information organization. An active and engaged member since 2003, Carter has just finished a term as the Chair of the Midstates Chapter. Carter’s work focuses on increasing access to art information and facilitating the research needs of students in the arts and design.
Congratulations to Michelle Hahn, Sound Recordings Cataloger at the Music Library, for earning her MS in Project Management and Operations from Southern New Hampshire University. Having started in 2018, Michelle finished the online program at the end of 2020 in the middle of a pandemic. Hahn loved the online flexibility to take advantage of some extra time awake. Though the pandemic has delayed her graduation, she will happily attend when it does for several reasons. First, her military family can stand up when veterans are asked to rise. And second, she has her cap decorated and ready to throw in the air.
Congratulations to Ashante Thomas, Assistant Acquiring Editor for the IU Press, for earning her Master of Science in Strategic Management from the Kelley School of Business under extremely challenging circumstances. Not only did she finish up her master's during a pandemic, she did it while working full time. On top of that, her supervisor retired in 2019, so Ashante took on extra assignments, duties, and other responsibilities. Her colleagues are extremely proud of her and grateful to have her on their team.
Congratulations to Willa Tavernier, librarian in Scholarly Communication and Research and Learning Services, for her two new positions in national library organizations. Willa was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), a self-governing association of academic and research libraries focused on scholarly publishing. Along with LPC, Willa was elected to another three-year term as secretary of NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.). NASIG, too, is an organization concerned with scholarly communications, encouraging discussion and information sharing.
Congratulations to Erin Ellis, IU Libraries Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services, for being elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She will become president-elect in July 2021 and assume the presidency in July 2022 for a one-year term. Erin has been an active member of ACRL for 16 years, serving on many committees in various positions, including chair. Ready “to listen, work, and develop with this inspiring community,” Erin relishes the complex opportunities ahead.
Congratulations to Carrie Schwier, Outreach and Public Services Archivist at University Archives, who won the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) New Author Award for co-writing the article “Learning in Place: The Teaching Archivist and Place-Based Education,” which was published in MAC’s publication Archival Issues. The New Author Award, which is dispersed every other year, is given to outstanding writer-archivists who had not previously published articles in professional journals. Carrie demonstrated student engagement with primary sources using a case study of her work with jewelry design students and the legacy papers of former professor Alma Eikerman.
Congratulations to Carey Champion, Director of the Wylie House Museum, who won the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) New Author Award for co-writing the article “Learning in Place: The Teaching Archivist and Place-Based Education,” which was published in MAC’s publication Archival Issues. The New Author Award, which is dispersed every other year, is given to outstanding writer-archivists who had not previously published articles in professional journals. To explore the strengths of Place-Based Learning, Carey used examples of students using Wylie House Museum primary sources to understand the history of fashion.
Congratulations to Jennifer Chaffin, Director of IU Libraries Human Resources, for receiving a Bicentennial Medal. Being only one of five HR representatives from the Bloomington campus, Jennifer was chosen to serve on the Indiana University state-wide HR 2020 Steering Committee. Over the course of several years, the HR 2020 Steering Committee developed a dynamic and responsive vision for IU Human Resources, including building a more collaborative HR network and improving employee engagement.
Leadership recognition in 2020
Congratulations to Moira Marsh, librarian for Anthropology, Folklore, and Sociology, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her service to Indiana University. Besides delighting us all with wonderful tales from the past dealing with human and animal idiosyncrasies, she was the 2018-2019 Bloomington Faculty Council President. During her tenure, the Council adopted a number of amendments and policies to the Bloomington Faculty Constitution, expanding representation for non-tenure track faculty.
Congratulations to Erika Dowell, associate director and curator of modern books and manuscripts at Lilly Library, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her service to Indiana University. On top of her work at Lilly Library, Erika gave of her time and talent as President of the Bloomington Faculty Council for the 2009-2010 and the 2010-2011 school years. Presiding over multiple committees, Erika guided the Council to consensus on many issues, academic and non-academic. “Please know that all your time, effort, and contributions to Indiana University," Provost Robel wrote, "are greatly appreciated and do not go unnoticed.”
Congratulations to Molly Wittenberg, university records manager, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. Of the many ways the Archives supported IU’s Bicentennial, a key component was collaborating with faculty. During the years leading up to 2020, Molly became the very first University Records Manager, creating a system-wide records management program. Finding correspondence and other treasures in the papers and records --both physical and electronic -- of offices provides a fuller picture of the history of the University and the relationships between people, departments, and the University as a whole. In December, Molly joined her family in Colorado, where she will meet her next challenge in Records Management.
Congratulations to Brad Cook, photograph curator for the University Archives, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his work with the Office of the Bicentennial. Working for three plus years before the actual Bicentennial, Brad conducted research to find and make photographs accessible. Part of his research work involved the IU Escape Room “where images of various periods of IU history had to be found.” Brad was brought scripts for documentaries, objects, and ideas for articles. He had to provide the visuals and the research behind the images. As many in the Archives can attest to, Brad says they “were beyond busy.”
Congratulations to Carrie Schwier, outreach and public services archivist, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. Along with Terry Clapacs and Dina Kellams, Carrie helped research, write, and produce Indiana University: America's Legacy Campus, one of the first Well House books to be published for the Bicentennial. She contributed to 200: The Bicentennial Magazine, supported faculty in a myriad of ways, and brought the past to life for IU students through her work making primary sources accessible. Carrie animated IU history for students, staff, and faculty.
Congratulations to Mary Mellon, digital archivist, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. From collecting IU websites before they disappeared to curating exhibits on the 1968 Bloomington campus, Mary provided the Bicentennial with photos and unending support. Increasing the access and findability of thousands of letters, pictures, and other ephemera, Mary has increased the digital footprint of IU’s history. As Dina Kellams, Director of the University Archives, wrote when congragulating her staff, Mary and her co-workers "answered and assisted university staff with many, many research projects and reference queries."
Congratulations to Liana H. Zhou, director of the Kinsey Institute Library, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. Liana was honored with the medal for “her dedication to the protection of the archives and artifacts under her care, preserving a record of current and past human sexuality for future generations to study and understand.” Highly respected in her field, Liana has steered the notable and world renown collection through technical challenges and a disastrous flood; she has been at the helm for over 20 years, bringing the Kinsey Library and Special Collections into the 21st century.
Congratulations to Open Scholarship Resident Librarian Willa Tavernier for her outstanding service to the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). She was awarded a LPC 2020 Exemplary Service Award for her unwavering commitment and organizational excellence in the LPC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Willa’s nominators praised her for “helping us face uncomfortable truths while also guiding us to think and talk about concrete actions we can take to begin to fix these problems.” Honored upon receiving the recognition, Willa affirmed, “I advocate for the Library Publishing Coalition to make anti-racism, equity, and inclusion foundational principles of its work, and to spearhead transformational change in library publishing. I believe that the many unique and talented people in our community can make that happen.”
Congratulations to Pam Rude, senior artist and book designer for the IU Press, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. President McRobbie gave the deserved medal to Pam for her outstanding designs of many Well House Books, which focus on the people, places, and events that have spurred 200 years of IU accomplishments. In addition, McRobbie noted Pam's many years of service, creating beautiful books in general.
Each year, Storytelling Arts of Indiana rewards two recipients with the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship. Christina Jones, head of the Education Library, was awarded this year’s prize which fosters emerging talent in the art of storytelling. The resources made available to Christina gave her the support to craft “The Sunny Side of Virginia Street: Kitchen-Table Stories & Musical Memories,” which she performed with her mother on Storytelling Arts of Indiana’s Facebook Live page. Congratulations, Christina, for having your talent recognized!
Congratulations to Dina Kellams, director of the University Archives, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. It is difficult to separate the University Archives from the Bicentennial. Under Dina’s leadership, the Archives provided endless hours of research, photos, and documents for presentations, print materials, and projects for the University’s 200th anniversary. Dina contributed to several Bicentennial books and was a contributing writer to 200: The Bicentennial Magazine. She also spoke on panels and in seminars. As Kristin Leaman, Bicentennial Archivist, wrote “... it is no understatement to say the research, projects, and publications would not have been possible without the expertise of Dina Kellams.”
Congratulations to Heather Sloan, media and map services assistant, winner of the 2020 Outstanding Percussive Arts Society Service Award. The Outstanding PAS Service Award was established to recognize an individual each year that has provided service to the organization through a significant project, cause, or cumulative service that has made a significant contribution to the Society as a whole. Heather was recognized with this award for her role as the initial Chair of the PAS Diversity Alliance and her continued service to PAS. Heather received her DMA in Percussion Performance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a Fulbright scholar with a specialization in Caribbean music, especially Afro-Caribbean folkloric expressions of the Dominican Republic. She presents regularly in the US and elsewhere; recent work includes a Spanish-language research presentation on the changing symbolic roles of women in Dominican bachata music at the Seventh Congress of Caribbean Music, Identity & Culture in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Heather is currently finishing a Master’s degree in Information and Library Sciences with a Specialization in Digital Humanities. She uses digital mapping and storytelling to explore intersections between socio-political, cultural, and ecological concerns in Afro-Caribbean music traditions.
Congratulations to Michelle Dalmau, head of digital collections, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial. Michelle, working with colleagues in Library Technologies and across the IU Libraries statewide, has been crucial to the success of multiple initiatives under the auspices of IU’s Bicentennial Archives Development and Deployment project. Among other accomplishments, Michelle developed and championed a plan to revamp IU’s digital infrastructure for support of archival collections description and access through the Next Generation Archives Online project, the first outputs of which are now available at archives.iu.edu. She has also led the design and management of the Bicentennial Student Newspapers project, which is currently working to digitize student newspapers from IUPUI and IU’s regional campuses to be preserved and made available online later this year.
Congratulations to Jon Cameron, digital media services manager, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his work with the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial. Jon, working with colleagues in Library Technologies and across the IU Libraries statewide, has been crucial to the success of multiple initiatives under the auspices of IU’s Bicentennial Archives Development and Deployment project. Jon has been instrumental in establishing workflows for processing, transcribing and publishing oral history interviews from the IU Bicentennial Oral History project and in making over 1300 oral histories available for listening and full-text search through use of Avalon and Aviary software at oralhistory.iu.edu. He has also been a key player in making audio, video, and film content from IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative in his role as service manager for Media Collections Online.
Congratulations to Kristin Leaman, Bicentennial archivist in the University Archives, who has received a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her work with the Office of the Bicentennial. She has assisted staff throughout Indiana University in their work to mark the Bicentennial, has led the expansion of the Bicentennial Oral History Project, and has been key in helping the campus archives across the IU system acquire the necessary tools to document and share their institutional histories.
Gary Arave, research and instruction librarian for Business/SPEA, and the BUS-X170: How Business Works team were honored with the Kelley School’s 2020 Innovative Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching philosophy and faculty teaching techniques. X170 is a new, hybrid basic course for first-year Direct Admit Kelley students and was first offered in summer 2019. Gary, with six faculty members from various functional areas of business, developed new course content, produced instructional videos and handouts, and co-taught the course.
Rivkah Cooke, head of electronic resources acquisitions, received the NASIG Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award furthers the NASIG mission to increase diversity and inclusion among the organizational membership, and includes travel to the NASIG Annual Conference and membership in the NASIG organization.
Kumiko Reichert, East Asian cataloging librarian, was selected to participate in the highly competitive 2020 Library of Congress – Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) Cataloging Internship Program. This nine-week program, which includes four weeks of onsite training at the Library of Congress, provides intensive metadata instruction and practice for metadata professionals working with East Asian language materials. Kumiko will use this opportunity to sharpen her skills with Japanese language materials and pursue an immersive learning opportunity in Korean language materials cataloging.
Stephanie Brown is the 2019-2020 IU Libraries Robert A. Oppliger Scholarship Award Winner. Respected for her professionalism, calm demeanor, and knowledge of resources at the Scholars’ Commons reference desk, Stephanie, a former teacher, is a second-year master’s student in Library Science. Besides working the reference desk, Stephanie has interned with University Archives and worked at the Lilly Library.
Each year the Libraries honors four Student Employee Recognition Awards. The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional employees who work for the good of the Libraries and display a combination of competence, a positive attitude, and helpfulness that is notable among their peers.
Julia McClung was nominated by Julie Marie Frye for her role as a Circulation/Shelving Assistant in the Education Library where she has worked since August 2019.
Chloe Hovind was nominated by Anna Marie Johnson for her job as a Public Services Assistant in the Scholars’ Commons since August 2018, as well as Julie Marie Frye for her jobs as an Outreach Assistant (November 2019) and a Circulation/Shelving Assistant (January 2020) for the Education Library.
Alexis Murrell has held two jobs with the Libraries since September 2019. She was nominated by Sarah Hare for her role as a Digital Publishing Assistant in Scholarly Communication.
Anya Zach was nominated by Edwin Cheek for her job as a Public Services Assistant in the Scholars’ Commons where she has worked since August 2018.
Leadership recognition in 2019
Sarah Carter, Art, Architecture and Design Librarian, was recognized by the American Libraries Association's Library Instruction Round Table Top Twenty. This national committee of librarians reviews scholarship related to library instruction and highlights the most significant articles published each year. Carter and her co-authors received a citation for: Crossing the studio art threshold: Information literacy and creative populations. Communications in Information Literacy, 12(1), 36–55.
DeLoice Holliday, head of Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library and collection manager for African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS), is the winner of the 2019 Janice Wiggins Staff Mentor Award, recognizing a faculty member at IU providing superb mentoring and support to undergraduates involved with AAADS.
The National Library of Korea accepted Wen-ling Liu to participate in the 2019 Overseas Korean Studies Librarian Workshop and present information about Korean studies here at IU. Wen-ling Liu has served as Librarian for East Asian Studies since 2001 and as Librarian for East Asian and Tibetan Studies since 2012. She works closely with students and faculty members in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Tibetan Studies in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, and the East Asian Studies Center.
Michael Courtney, outreach and engagement librarian, won the Division of Student Affairs Gordon Faculty Award, honoring a faculty member at IU who contributed to the division’s goals. One of 10 awards that recognize contributions of students, faculty, staff, and community partners to the Division of Student Affairs, division staff members nominate candidates for committee selection. As an active participant in the instructional initiatives of the Teaching & Learning department, Mike provides leadership and direction for librarians and graduate instruction assistants in the effective design and teaching of information literacy education.
The 2019 Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society to Moira Marsh, Indiana University Libraries collection manager and liaison librarian for Anthropology, Folklore, and Sociology. She is also manager of the Modern Language Association Folklore Bibliography Project. The AFS Executive Board bestows the McCulloh Award to recognize extraordinary contributions in service, over the course of a career, that advance the visibility and success of the American Folklore Society or the field of folklore studies.
Selected for a highly competitive Society for Scholarly Publishing fellowship, Willa Liburd Tavernier, visiting assistant librarian, gets the chance to develop her early career skills for an entire year within the scholarly publishing community. As Open Scholarship Resident, Willa works with staff of the Scholarly Communication Department and the IU Press to advocate for and assess the impact of policies and practices that make research, educational materials, and data, openly accessible. Willa’s current research interests are investigating the underlying theoretical basis for open scholarship, and critical information literacy.
The IU Bloomington Professional Council awarded Doug Sanders, paper conservator for IU Libraries, a professional development grant after giving a talk covering the history, manufacturing, and use of gilt leather in Japan at the International Netsuke Society Conference in Paris, France.
At the 2019 American Library Association Conference, Abigail Godwin, Graphic Designer, accepted a PRXchange Award for her collaborative work with the Lilly Library's Rebecca Baumann to design exhibition materials for: "Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster.” A panel of 12 in-person and 38 virtual judges reviewed 440 entries from across the US for this annual design competition. This is the second year that IU Libraries has been recognized at the PR Xchange Awards.
After receiving a Council on Library and Information Resources grant, Theresa Quill, map and spatial data librarian, worked to digitize and publicize IU Libraries’ Russian maps collection. In May 2019, the Indiana Geographic Information Council recognized IU Libraries with an Excellence in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) award for their outstanding achievement in incorporating GIS technology into the grant project. Team members for Eastern Bloc Borderlands: Digitizing Russian Military Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, 1883-1947, included:
Conner Capik, GIS Specialist
Michelle Dalmau, PI
Alexis Fain, Digitization Specialist
Ardasher Khashimov, Metadata Specialist
Matthew Leetz, GIS Specialist
Theresa Quill, Co-PI
Veronika Trotter, Metadata Specialist
Sarah Ward, Image and Metadata Quality Control Specialist
Leadership recognition in 2018
As the co-founder of De Pueblo A Pueblo, Luis González, librarian for Latin American, Iberian, Latino, and Chicano-Riqueño studies, received the 2018 Latino Faculty and Staff Council Distinguished Group/Program Award on behalf of the disaster relief non-profit organization based in Bloomington.
In 2018, the Central Eurasian Studies department at IU and the American University of Central Asia awarded Akram Habibulla a grant for his fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan. As the Librarian for Middle Eastern, Islamic and Central Eurasian Studies, Akram works with students and faculty in those departments as the collection manager and library liaison. He supports the research and curriculum needs of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), Department of Central Eurasian Studies, and related academic units in the College of Arts and Sciences.