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Robeson Library staff person wins campus service award

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Teri McNally, Supervisor/Dept. Coordinator of Access & Collection Services at the Paul Robeson Library, who was selected to receive the 2012 Rutgers-Camden Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence in Service.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett annually presents up to five (5) awards to full-time employees on the Rutgers-Camden campus who consistently exemplify high levels of effective and friendly service to the Rutgers-Camden community as well as to external constituents. Teri was notified in May that she is one of the 2012 recipients of the award.

In her letter nominating Teri for the award Vibiana Bowman Cvetvokic, her immediate supervisor, noted:

"The Paul Robeson Library is consistently rated as one of the top libraries in the Rutgers system for user satisfaction by students and faculty. Ms. McNally, who is responsible for supervising nearly all of the staff people and the student workers at the library, is instrumental in the excellent reputation that we enjoy among our peers.

I bring her to the committee's attention this year because of the extraordinary work which she accomplished in spearheading a major reconstruction project - a project which has implications not only for the library but also for the citizens of the City of Camden. In order to accommodate the new Camden County public library, which opened in our lower level on April 3, the Paul Robeson Library had to undergo radical changes with regard not only to physical space but also in reorganizing and restructuring our collection of books, microfilms, and print journals.

The timetable for accomplishing these tasks was grueling to say the least. We had less than three months to move tens of thousands of book and to accomplish a major weeding and removal of thousands of periodical titles. Ms. McNally worked seamlessly with me and the other librarians. In order to accomplish this task she organized the staff and kept the work on schedule. She also worked with her colleagues on all three campuses to make the necessary transition of materials happen. It is hard to convey in words the difficulty of the working conditions here during that time period; there was a lot of tension and anxiety. Ms. McNally's considerable analytical skills, her extraordinary knowledge of the library system, and her rapport with the student workers (who were responsible for the bulk of the physical move) were essential factors in our not only completing this project but completing it ahead of schedule.

The final result of this work benefits the students and faculty of the Camden Campus. The collection of the Paul Robeson Library is now housed in state-of-the-art storage system, the periodical collection has been streamlined, and the library catalog throughout the system is being updated to more accurately reflect our holdings."

The Libraries congratulate Teri on this well-deserved award.

Posted May 25, 2012