UBC Library is pleased to announce that Sarah Blay, Katherine Hill, Paul Lesack and Lorne Madgett are the 2019 recipients of UBC Library Awards. Each year, the Library Awards Program shines a light on those employees who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, leadership, excellence and a dedication to customer service through their work.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on May 28, 2019. Congratulations Sarah, Katherine, Paul and Lorne, and thank you to everyone who participated by submitting nominations.

Sarah Blay

Sarah Blay (Program and Administrative Assistant, Koerner Library) is the winner of our newest award, introduced this year. The 2019 UBC Library Leadership From Within (aka the Gumption) Award recognizes employees who do not have supervisory responsibilities. Recipients of this award consistently demonstrate leadership through their ability to inspire engagement in others, while exemplifying the Library’s values. They step up to fulfill a need either themselves or by motivating others or teams.

Sarah brings a welcoming team approach and works from a place of inclusion. She ensures everyone in the Research Commons space knows each other and feels welcomed and included. She also stepped up to help out when others were unexpectedly away at a crucial time.

Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill (Circulation and Office Manager, Woodward Library) earned the Employee Excellence Award, which recognizes a Library employee who consistently demonstrates their commitment to making an impact on the Library by making it a better workplace for all through living our values and behaviors.

In everything she does, Katherine works to create an exceptional workplace environment. She is known as a go-to person across the Library, sharing her knowledge widely and helping colleagues in other units get up to speed. She brings patience, creativity, humour, and solution-oriented support to each workplace experience.

Paul Lesack

Paul Lesack (Data/GIS Analyst, Koerner Library) is the winner of the Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes a Library employee or team who keep our libraries running, delivering its services, collections and operations. Their efforts help UBC Library to effectively deliver the stellar service that users have come to expect.

Paul has become the backbone of critical support for UBC’s complex network of campus-wide interdisciplinary data need. His unsung work can be seen at the core of many research projects, including his work with the Vancouver Aquarium to create digital, manipulatable versions of the original paper maps. These maps have become essential to researchers who are currently working to daylight once hidden streams.

Lorne Madgett

Lorne Madgett (e-Resources & Access Library Specialist, Collections Services) is the winner of the Innovation Award, which recognizes a Library employee who has demonstrated new ways of performing existing processes or has introduced a new library service or program that is beneficial to Library employees and/or users.

Lorne has demonstrated the ability to work with people at all levels of the organization and supply chain, earning the respect and loyalty of his unit members, other technical services staff, branch liaisons and Library administration. His curiosity and desire to problem solve inspires an unhesitant quest to ask questions and find answers through peers, online tools and other experts.

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UBC Library is pleased to announce that Eleanore Wellwood, Wendy Traas and Anne Lama are the 2018 recipients of UBC Library Recognition Awards. Each year, the Library Awards Program shines a light on those employees who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, excellence and a dedication to customer service through their work.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on June 19, 2018. Congratulations Eleanore, Wendy and Anne, and thank you to everyone who participated by submitting nominations.

Eleanore Wellwood, University Librarian Susan E. Parker, and Anne Lama.


Eleanore Wellwood

Eleanore Wellwood

Eleanore Wellwood (Technical Services Library Assistant, Xwi7xwa Library) is honoured as this year’s Unsung Hero. Our Unsung Heroes keep the Library’s programs, services, and infrastructure running smoothly, and when they do their jobs well, their work is seamless and often goes unnoticed.

A clear example of inveterate dedication, Eleanore delayed her own retirement in order to help her branch catch up on major collections projects, and her efforts and knowledge have resulted in increased findability of materials within her branch.

Wendy Traas

Wendy Traas

Wendy Traas (Reference Librarian, Education Library) is the winner of the Innovation Award, which recognizes the achievements of Library employees who bring uncommon creativity to their work. Recipients of this award often apply new ways of thinking to existing processes or seek to expand or enhance the delivery of services and expertise across our campus community.

Through her work, Wendy demonstrates imagination and risk-taking, but also a pragmatic and strategic vision. She has innovation as the heart and soul of her DNA, and her desire for improvement in information literacy led to her award of a $18,000 TLEF grant.

Anne Lama

Anne Lama

Anne Lama (Conservator, Technical Services) earned the Employee Excellence Award, which is given to those whose track record for quality work is matched only by the kindness, compassion, and respect that make their contributions so effective.

An essential service partner in every major collections project the Library undertakes, Anne is also strongly committed to teaching, learning and mentorship. She takes every question as an opportunity to develop awareness of our individual and joint responsibility to care for our collections.

 

 

News Release from BCcampus:

 

BCcampus is a Canadian government agency that works with post-secondary institutions to help adapt teaching and learning practices to best serve students.

 

In 2012, it launched the BC Open Textbook Project and has since become a recognized world leader in open education. BCcampus embraced the concept that access to freely available content, information, and data is essential to students and instructors.

 

For its dedication to the Open agenda, collaborative practices, and willingness to share what works to make education more accessible, SPARC is honouring BCcampus with its January 2018 Innovator Award.

 

Read the full SPARC Innovator profile here

 

Read the full BCcampus press release here

 

 

 

Explore Open UBC here

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from BCcampus:

 

BCcampus is a Canadian government agency that works with post-secondary institutions to help adapt teaching and learning practices to best serve students.

 

In 2012, it launched the BC Open Textbook Project and has since become a recognized world leader in open education. BCcampus embraced the concept that access to freely available content, information, and data is essential to students and instructors.

 

For its dedication to the Open agenda, collaborative practices, and willingness to share what works to make education more accessible, SPARC is honouring BCcampus with its January 2018 Innovator Award.

 

Read the full SPARC Innovator profile here

 

Read the full BCcampus press release here

 

 

 

Explore Open UBC here

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):

 

Research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities people face in areas such as education, immigration and technology. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the work of our country’s social scientists and humanities researchers. The evidence they produce informs policies that improve our understanding of each other and our communities.

To support their efforts, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced today more than $265 million in funding for over 3,300 social sciences and humanities research projects across Canada.

 

The funding is being awarded through scholarships, fellowships, and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting researchers whose work helps fuel a stronger economy, healthy communities and a growing middle class.

 

Read the full press release

 

See the Award Recipients‘ list

 

 

Explore UBC’s Tri-Agency Open Access Policy here

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):

 

Research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities people face in areas such as education, immigration and technology. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the work of our country’s social scientists and humanities researchers. The evidence they produce informs policies that improve our understanding of each other and our communities.

To support their efforts, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced today more than $265 million in funding for over 3,300 social sciences and humanities research projects across Canada.

 

The funding is being awarded through scholarships, fellowships, and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting researchers whose work helps fuel a stronger economy, healthy communities and a growing middle class.

 

Read the full press release

 

See the Award Recipients‘ list

 

 

Explore UBC’s Tri-Agency Open Access Policy here

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

recognition awards

UBC Library is pleased to announce that Hyunjoo Eom, Felicia de la Parra and Barbara Towell are the 2017 recipients of UBC Library Recognition Awards. The annual Library Recognition Awards program was developed to acknowledge the many ways in which Library staff contribute to their workplace through creativity, innovation, excellence and customer service.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on June 27, 2017. Congratulations Hyunjoo, Felicia and Barbara, and thank you to their nominators!

employee awards

Hyunjoo Eom, Barbara Towell, interim University Librarian Melody Burton, and Felicia de la Parra.

 


Hyunjoo Eom


Hyunjoo Eom (Korean Collections Support Assistant, Technical Services) earned the Employee Excellence Award for her impeccable work ethic and attention to detail. All of her nominators emphasized the level of trust they have in her work, and her passion and commitment to the Library.

“It was remarkable to witness Hyunjoo’s total dedication to the daunting task at hand and to observe the grace with which she carried out her duties. She never complained, criticized or dramatized. Her competence as a cataloguer was sought after to solve the numerous cataloguing problems which arose,” says one nominator.

Hyunjoo worked diligently on a cataloging project over several years – inventorying thousands of materials, updating and fixing records, and helping move items. As a direct result of her work, UBC Library’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indic language, Indonesian, Tibetan and Persian collections have been greatly improved!

Felicia de la Parra

felicia
Felicia de la Parra (Library Assistant, Rare Books and Special Collections) is this year’s Unsung Hero. Felicia’s can-do attitude makes her a great team leader, and she is always striving to improve unit processes.

Felicia is a natural morale booster. She shows constant consideration and concern for colleagues, checking in to make sure they are thriving on both personal and professional levels,” says her nominator.

Always going the extra mile in contributing to the workplace, she has served on the various committees within the Library and is constantly working to make the workplace better for her colleague. Whether planning events or recognizing coworkers, Felicia’s care and understanding in her interactions with staff, students and community members make her an exemplary award recipient.

Barbara Towell

barbara
Barbara Towell (e-Records Manager, Records Management) received the Innovation Award for her work in educating colleagues in the Library and across the University. Barbara has consulted with units across campus to provide training in records management policies and procedures.

A colleague notes: “Even after my high initial expectations of someone in her field, I was impressed by Barbara’s focus, detail orientation, and organization. I have no doubt the same level of professionalism is shown to the units across campus Barbara meets with to consult on this same work.”

Barbara’s work on developing educational resources and training materials for records management procedures has established the Records Management Office as a key unit on campus. Her innovative ways of working with colleagues across campus make her a perfect fit for this year’s Innovation Award.

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