Thad Garrett named as 2015 Belanger awardee

GarrettBelangerAwardThad Garrett, Instruction & Marketing Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2015.

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.

One colleague nominated Thad saying:

“Excellence in service” epitomizes Thad’s professional attitude and work ethic. He has been a significant leader, an innovator and a productive member of the staff. He has had many achievements in the short time that he has held the position. He has done all this with a “can do” attitude, a smile, and with respect for his colleagues, library users, and faculty. He meets or exceeds deadlines, thinks creatively, and is willing to “pitch-in” on any project. He also keeps abreast of changes in the field; he is flexible in his thinking; and a team player as much as he is a leader.

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