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Our People: Congratulations to the Library Researcher Series Team

The Dean’s Award for Excellence, established in 2007, recognizes library employees for their exceptional demonstration of the core values of both the University and the library, and their exemplary service/work toward fulfilling the library mission.

The Dean’s Award for Excellence, established in 2007, recognizes library employees for their exceptional demonstration of the core values of both the University and the library, and their exemplary service/work toward fulfilling the library mission. The award may be made to an individual library employee and/or team. In 2015, the team award went to the Library Researcher Series team comprised of Angie Gerrard, DeDe Dawson, Tasha Maddison, Vicky Duncan, Carolyn Doi, and Maha Kumaran.

Demonstrating commitment to teaching, enthusiasm, energy, and personal motivation, these librarians from across the University Library have developed the Library Researcher Series (LRS) from its beginning as a science-oriented workshop series to a coordinated approach across the library. The brainchild of Tasha and DeDe, the series has matured through the vision, planning, and hard work of team members Tasha, Carolyn, Maha, DeDe, Angie, and Vicky. These librarians have built, and continue to build, a great library series aimed at graduate students and faculty that crosses discipline and college boundaries and demonstrates the value of librarian collaboration. During the series’ first two years, participation has grown over 50%.

The LRS team reflects all the library values, however, four should be particularly noted:

  • Respect: the team members have learned to work together in shaping the LRS program. They recognize the skills and abilities of each team member and when they need to move outside of the team for specific expertise.
  • Creativity: the series is a creative approach to providing information literacy to graduate students and faculty – in its collaborative structure, target audience, and delivery at locations across the library system.
  • Learn from failure and celebrate success: the team has regularly reviewed its activities, altered course, streamlined its approach to design, delivery and promotion, celebrated the growth in participation, and recognized where sessions are not meeting needs.
  • Cultivate an environment of collegiality and trust: the cross-library makeup of the LRS team helps to build a sense of collegiality and confidence in the abilities and knowledge of librarians throughout the library. The team members trust each other to deliver quality sessions, understanding that the work of each member reflects on the others, on the team, and on the LRS as a whole.

The Library Researcher Series team demonstrates the library’s leadership philosophy, where leadership is not about position but about using behaviour to influence others to willingly follow an idea for the common good. They have been, and continue to be, leaders in their collaborative approach to teaching, program design, and effective teamwork.

For more information about the Library Researcher Series, check out the Brainwork blogpost at http://words.usask.ca/ceblipblog/2014/09/09/the-library-researcher-series-a-team-approach-to-planning-and-teaching/ and the LRS guide at http://libguides.usask.ca/LibraryResearcherSeries

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