Taras Zvir named 2022 Belanger Awardee

Taras Zvir, Theology & Religious Studies Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2022.

Library staff noted his willingness to take on a wide breadth of tasks for the better of the university: from the advanced research & instruction needed for our ecclesiastical programs to shifting collections because of facilities emergencies. Many library patrons have shared their experiences with the quick, courteous service provided by Taras and an appreciation of his deep subject expertise.

One library staff colleague wrote in their nomination:

The research requests he receives are often complicated and require the use and understanding of resources in several languages. … His library instruction is well-received, with many graduate students seeking his assistance for one-on-one consultations. … He politely and quickly responds to all inquiries, providing well researched answers, in plain language that the student or faculty understands. He assumes all assignments willingly and steps in, as needed.

Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he was 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. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

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