Library Brings Home TLA Project Award
The Texas Library Association recognized McDermott Library with the 2012 Library Instruction Project of the Year Award at its annual conference, April 17-20 in Houston. McDermott Library won by using new and innovative methods to promote resources. Reference librarian Chris Edwards (pictured above) accepted the award on behalf of the library.
Some of the innovations were a “Meet the Librarian” campaign, quick response code (QR) technology in the library catalog, and a virtual art tour that used the same QR technology.
In the “Meet the Librarian” campaign, photographs of various library staff were printed on large posters featuring a QR code. Each code linked back to a YouTube video in which the librarian answered questions about instruction, their role at the library, and the library in general. The posters were placed in strategic areas throughout the library and the campus.
“Special appreciation goes to Chris Edwards, Susie Kutchi, Loreen Henry, Iryna Shevchuk, Linda Snow, and many other participants who created the posters,” said Director of Libraries Dr. Ellen Safley. “The project enabled the librarians to develop skills in interviewing, using a camera, creating QR codes, and utilizing You Tube. The project fostered an understanding role as well as a more congenial atmosphere.”
The Meet the Librarian project videos are located on the Library’s Ask a Librarian page. The award was created and is presented by the Library Instruction Round Table of the TLA.
Library Copy Center Upgraded
In May the library installed four new black and white and two new color copiers within the Copy Center. Two of the machines will be coin-operated and all will have Comet Card readers. The new copiers are faster and more efficient than previous models.
New Faces at McDermott Library
Kristen Palmiere joins McDermott Library as the new Supervisor of Interlibrary Loan (ILL). She comes from the University of Central Florida Library where she worked for the last four years as an assistant in the ILL Department. Originally from Orlando, Fla., Kristen graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2007, and in December received her MLIS from the University of South Florida. She replaces longtime UT Dallas employee Vicki Bullock who retired earlier this year . . . New employees in circulation include Alex Rodriguez and Latia Whitley. A native of New York City, Rodriguez has a MLIS degree from Florida State University and a degree in history from Boston University. Latia Whitley is originally from Lincoln, Neb. and moved to Texas almost 15 years ago. She has 11 years of library experience. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management and plans on attending UT Dallas part-time in the fall of 2012.