Winners of the 2011 McGill Library Excellence Awards named


Trenholme Dean of Libraries Dr. Colleen Cook has announced the recipients of the 2011 Library Excellence Awards. The Dean offered congratulations to the recipients and nominees. "Since I have been here, it has become clear that the caliber of our people is one of the main reasons people are proud to work at McGill", says Cook. "The Library truly has the best of the best. I tip my hat to our nominees whose tremendous achievements exemplify excellence in their respective fields. Congratulations to our winners who have contributed significantly to the Library's continued success."

The winners were honoured, and their achievements celebrated, at an awards lunch scheduled on May 25th, 2011.  The awards and recipients are as follows:

The McGill Librarian Excellence Award | Amy Buckland, eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator

Amy's commitment to the Library's participation in research, teaching and learning, is second to none.  Amy began her career at McGill as a liaison librarian at the Howard Ross Library where she enriched the course integrated information skills program by implementing active learning and case-based teaching into her lessons.  She is an engaging teacher who continues to be a popular invited speaker in many courses on hot topics such as open access and author's rights.

In her current position, she has championed eScholarship @McGill and greatly raised awareness of the importance of our institutional repository. She has been instrumental in Print and Digitize on Demand initiatives as well as the Library's ground-breaking e-Publishing initiatives that include the journal Cuizine and the McGill Journal of Education. She continues to innovate through projects such as the investigation and development of virtual research environments in University settings.

Amy is a catalyst for change and truly a "21st century librarian". She has embraced the challenge in trying to strike a balance between new technologies and the ever-changing needs of library users.

McGill Library Staff Excellence Award | Peter Martinek, Library Supervisor, Howard Ross Library of Management

Peter Martinek has served McGill and the Library for over 25 years. Peter's has shown dedication to service delivery as well as great initiative, resourcefulness and innovation both at the Howard Ross Library and in the wider Library system.

In 2009-2010, Peter was instrumental in establishing a system for processing course packs as part of the Expanded Course Reserves Service. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of staff work flows, schedules and skill sets, Peter coordinated the work of the Library Assistants and collaborated with liaison librarians to process over one hundred course packs effectively and efficiently.

In December 2010, Peter's leadership was key in organizing the move of Howard Ross materials and staff to the Humanities and Social Science Library. In the Fall of 2010, Peter was called upon to assess and assist in developing a plan to reduce a backlog of materials to be shelved at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (all the while maintaining his regular work duties at Howard Ross). Peter began the task in December 2010 and the backlog was eliminated by mid-January 2011. Peter's positivity, resourcefulness, and acumen for problem-solving make him well-respected by his colleagues and a pleasure to work with.