Anne Lesher named as 2014 Belanger awardee

Anne Lesher, Reference Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2014.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.

Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Excerpted from one nomination:

She juggles many hats and does it with a smile. She orders books for and physically maintains a large variety of collections. Her coordinating work involves a lot of training of a variety of library employees. She is a team player and flexible when changes in procedure are made or having to learn new technology. She works well with students and faculty at the desk and with faculty in her liaison departments. I find her to be a wealth of institutional history since she has worked for the University Libraries for over 20 years. When I need advice on how to tackle a project or just advice in general I find her.

Meghan Gates named as 2013 Belanger awardee

Meghan Gates, Stacks Inventory Project Manager, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2013.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.

Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Excerpted from one nomination:

Meghan exemplifies the attributes recognized by the award. She is committed to high quality work–especially in the service aspects of her work–being mindful of how her work affects both colleagues and patrons. She does this all with great dedication and an extremely positive attitude and cheerful enthusiasm. She always serves as a strong ambassador for the Libraries.

 

New Architecture & Planning Library to open Sept 11th

The University Libraries are very excited to announce the new Architecture & Planning Library will begin regular operations tomorrow, September 11th.

The Architecture & Planning (ARPL) Library is located in the lower level of the Crough Center and holds the core collection of materials which support the learning and research done by the students and faculty of the School of Architecture & Planning. Interdisciplinary materials related to fields such as engineering or sociology may be found in Mullen Library. The library also has study spaces which: support collaborative learning, relaxed reading, and scanning of library materials.

More detailed information regarding services and collections of the ARPL Library as well as hours, research guides and contact information can be found on the Library’s web page, libraries.cua.edu/archplan/

The ARPL Library staff is excited at the opportunities which will be enabled by the location within the School and looks forward to serving as an easily accessible resource for research materials and serving as a gathering and community-building space for the School.

WiFi upgrades in Mullen Library

Technology Services is installing new WiFi access points throughout Mullen Library this week. Library staff is continuing to work with them to fine-tune the configuration of the new units.

If you encounter troubles please be sure to ask at the information desk for help. If we are unable to help we will pass along all information to the technicians to aid in the proper configuration of the new network. We appreciate your patience and join you in looking forward to a robust, reliable WiFi experience in Mullen Library.

Mullen Library to reopen at 5pm Aug 28

The ruptured water pipe near McMahon Hall has been replaced and water has been restored to the Crough Center, Shahan Hall, and Mullen Library. Water dependent cooling systems in Mullen are being checked and reset. We expect the Library to reopen at 5pm.

In the meantime please visit our other campus libraries, libraries.cua.edu/about/collecs.cfm.

Engineering/Architecture Library to Close August 9th

The Engineering/Architecture Library is expected to close permanently at noon on August 9th. During the next two weeks library staff will perform a final inventory of the architecture & planning (ARPL) collections, prepare the collections for the move, and pack staff offices & equipment. We understand from Facilities Planning the move into the new ARPL Library in Crough should occur during the last week of August.

If you need assistance regarding ARPL collections, please contact Anne Marie Hules, hules@cua.edu or 202-319-5548. Depending on the stage of the transition, it may be possible to schedule appointments to retrieve ARPL materials. (libraries.cua.edu/archplan/)

Engineering materials have already been moved out of Pangborn. Most materials can now be found in Mullen Library though some interdisciplinary materials are now in the Physics and Nursing/Biology Libraries. For assistance with engineering research, please contact Kim Hoffman, hoffman@cua.edu or 202-319-6178. (libraries.cua.edu/scilib/)

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition.

Kimberly Hoffman awarded 2012 Belanger Award

Kimberly Hoffman, Coordinator of Science Libraries, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2012.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.

Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Excerpted from one of her many nominations:

“…her impact on the libraries and University as a whole is immense. She brings enthusiasm and expertise to her work that has a profound impact on our patrons. Her passion comes through in her dedication to re-creating the science libraries as an information hub that is incredibly useful to students. Kim is a joy to work with and I always look forward to meeting with her about projects and initiatives.”

Improved Article Searching

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the roll-out of SearchBox to improve searching in our online resources such as journal articles, e-books and dissertations. SearchBox uses the SerialsSolutions Summon search engine to search all these resources simultaneously.

For more information on what SearchBox currently does and how best to use it, please see our guide at http://guides.lib.cua.edu/searchbox.

Later this semester SearchBox will make it even easier to search the catalog of the CUA Libraries as well as the eight other WRLC partner university libraries.