LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year: Melissa Beck
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2011 Librarian of the Year
Librarian of the Year Award Presentation
UCLA Faculty Center
Remarks by Sharon Benamou
Hello, I am speaking to you on behalf the 2011 LAUC-LA Committee on Librarian of the Year Award, Michelle Gorospe from the Law Library, Russell Johnson from the Biomedical Library, and our faculty representative, the Immediate Past-Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate, Professor Robin L. Garrell.
The LOTY Committee solicits, receives, and reviews nominations for the LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year Award. The Award was established in 1993 to recognize excellence in librarianship at UCLA, particularly as it enhances library service and furthers the teaching and research mission of the University. Award recipients must also embody one or more of the following, as exemplified by achievements within the previous 12 to 18 months: creativity, innovation, intellectual or moral courage, leadership, and scholarship.
It was a difficult task for the Committee to pick and choose among the numerous well qualified nominees, with quite a diverse range of achievements. There are so many good librarians at UCLA, doing excellent work. Yet it was the task of the Committee to select one librarian whose accomplishments stood out among his/her peers this year. In the end we selected a librarian for the Award whose outstanding accomplishments illustrated the many ways that librarians can have a lasting impact on the Library, students, faculty, the University, scholarly communities nationally and internationally, and the general community. I am delighted to announce that the librarian who exemplifies these qualities is Melissa Beck from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library. It is my great honor to tell you about her accomplishments, drawn largely from the letters of nomination and support, as well as supporting documentation.
Melissa was nominated primarily for single handedly creating, implementing, and reviewing a systematic approach to cataloging and tracking electronic resources in the Law Library. She overcame "many technical, cataloging, and cultural obstacles to provide public access to over 2,000 electronic titles and many electronic packages. Many of those e-resource titles had been purchased years ago by the Library." The vendors had no standard organization, formatting or navigation of their sites and locating the individual titles was no easy task. She often worked with the vendors' IT departments to construct static URLs.
The nominators noted that Melissa created, implemented, and documented tracking methods for cataloging e-resources to systematically provide access. She developed methods for collecting necessary information about ordering, payment, licensing, and availability of titles in other packages before she began cataloging. She also organized procedures for identifying new titles added to e-packages and those that were dropped, since vendors do not have standard alerting services.
Melissa served on the UCLA Library's Electronic Resource Management System Implementation Team, which was charged to populate the newly acquired Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager with electronic holdings, and to present the library's licensed resources to users in a revamped public interface. Melissa's participation in implementing this project has profoundly impacted the entire UCLA community by making licensed resources widely available to all of our users.
However, Melissa's accomplishments were not limited to e-resources at UCLA. Her national contributions have benefited serials catalogers throughout the country. She co-authored the CONSER standard record training manual and was the sole editor of its 2010 revision. The manual is used to train serials catalogers to make decisions and choices about bibliographic structure, while adhering to national recognized standards for the CONSER standard record.
We thank Melissa for her exceptional accomplishments, and hope you will join us in congratulating her on an Award well deserved.
LAUC-LA is delighted to present an Award certificate outlining these accomplishments to Melissa Beck. LAUC-LA is also pleased to present Melissa an engraved clock, a plant, and an additional $250 in professional development funds.
Congratulations to Melissa Beck!
Chair, 2011 LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year Award Committee