Awards and Honors, Staff

Library Honors Outstanding Employees of 2010

Update, March 4: The Library is sad to note the passing of honoree Betty Meehan-Black on March 2. Read more about Betty.

The University Library has awarded its 2010 Outstanding Employee Award to Josh Hockensmith of the Art Library. Honorable mentions went to Aaron Bednar of Library Systems and Elizabeth (Betty) Meehan-Black of Monographic Services.

University Librarian Sarah Michalak (center) with Outstanding Employee honorees Betty Meehan-Black and Josh Hockensmith; Aaron Bednar

The award, presented at a Feb. 15 gathering for Library staff, honors a University Library employee for excellence in one or more of the following categories: Community Service Activity, Commitment and Dependability, Creativity and Innovation, and Teamwork and Leadership.

Jock Hockensmith, Library Technical Assistant (LTA) in the Sloane Art Library, was recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Employee for creating and contributing to programs, exhibitions, and public events in the Art Library. These include programs that feature the Library‚Äôs collection of artists’ books and the creation of permanent art installations in the Sloane Art Library. In Fall 2010, Hockensmith helped to organize a semester-long collaborative program with Duke University librarians about artists’ books called Book + Art, including a program and trunk show at UNC with Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. Hockensmith was also honored for his work mentoring student employees and for his leadership skills, which have earned him positions as chair of the Library’s SPA Forum and Branch Libraries LTA Group.

Aaron Bednar, Head of the Desktop Support Team, was nominated for his work coordinating the transition, training, and migration to the University’s new online calendar and Exchange email system. He helped manage IT preparations for the recent convergence of the University Library and the Health Sciences Library, and undertook significant cooperative projects with UNC’s Information Technology Services to seek efficiencies that further the goals of Carolina Counts. When not at work, Bednar serves as a mentor in the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocates program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Betty Meehan-Black, Head of Order Management, Approval Plan Coordinator, and Assistant Head of Monographic Services, was recognized for her leadership and vision during the Library’s change from a centralized collection development model to the current distributed model of subject librarians. Meehan-Black served as a member of the Liaison Planning Committee and its Collection Development Structure and Process Subcommittee. Her nominators praised her for keeping the ordering process seamless throughout the reorganization, establishing new approval plans with vendors, coordinating liaison training programs in the use of vendor databases, and laying the technical groundwork for the successful implementation of the liaison model.

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