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Star Performer Award

Nomination Form


To recognize employees of the George A. Smathers Libraries who demonstrate exemplary work, make significant contributions, and/or perform outstanding service to the unit, department, library or university community.


Submissions are compiled and reviewed at Employee Recognition Committee meetings, which take place the second Thursday of each month..


"I would like to nominate Betsy Gould for the Star Performer Award, for her extraordinary efforts in launching our Document Delivery Pilot Service. Without Betsy's technical expertise in ILLiad, her understanding of document delivery workflow, her attention to detail, her willingness to explain and train, and above all her patience, this pilot service would never have gotten off the ground. We are already receiving some very positive feedback from faculty regarding document delivery and use of the service is climbing rapidly. That the launch has gone so smoothly and has been so well received already are testaments to all the hard work Betsy contributed up front, as well as her on-going commitment to make adjustments now that the service is up and running. Very well done!"

"Special Collections faculty and staff enthusiastically nominate Carl Stewart for his determined efforts on behalf of Special Collections. He played a significant role in safeguarding our collections in the face of leaking roofs and natural disasters. His work necessitated many long anxious hours and weekend monitoring which he took on without complaint. Carl worked closely with Elizabeth Newsom to monitor the stacks when rain and snow was in the forecast and was a communications link between FacMan and the Libraries. We appreciate his attention to detail and the department could not have weathered (no pun intended) this emergency without him. We appreciate that Carl Stewart is a colleague who can be counted on for the care and maintenance of the Libraries’collections and therefore nominate him for the Star Performer Award."

"This is a nomination for Anudas Schmidt for Star Performer Award. His work this week replacing a failing hard drive in our Exchange server highlighted his dedication and service to the Libraries. Within an hour of notification of an impending drive failure the Exchange server, he had given me a plan for what needed to be done. He voluntarily arranged to work all evening to make the repair to minimize downtime during the workday. Because of our almost total reliance on e-mail and calendaring, getting services restored quickly was crucial to the functioning of the Libraries. I canvassed others in the Libraries for comments to include in this nomination. The words I heard over and over included helpful, compassionate, reliable, knowledgeable, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done."

"Audra is always working hard to help out her staff and customers! She leads by example in customer service because she always puts the patient’s first no matter what. Anytime someone needs help she is right there to help. She is appreciated for all that she does."

Each "Star Performer" will receive the following:

Star Performer Award Winners

Justino Llanque Chana - Latin American Collection, Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
Rebecca Jefferson - Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
Christine Yip - Marston Science Library
Clinton Dailey - Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF)
Paul Losch - Latin American Collection, Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
Dan Reboussin - African Studies, Department of Special and Area Studies Collections

Colleen Seale - Humanities and Social Sciences
Brian Word - Facilities Planning
Christine Yip - Marston Science Library
Tina Pruitt - Human Resources
Lisa Bailey - Humanitities and Social Sciences Circulation
John Freund - Preservation
Randy Jewett - Cataloging and Metadata
Laurie Taylor - Digital Humanities Librarian for the UF Digital Collections (UFDC)

Chris McHale - Library West Circulation
Paul McDonough - Government Documents
Brad Hatch - Facilities Planning
Melanie Davis - Interlibrary Loan

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