Message from the Dean

August 31, 2021

Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester. Stewart Library and the Davis Campus Library look forward to reconnecting with you after these 18 months of restricted access to our spaces and collections. We are back to offering:

  • Evening and Sunday hours.
  • Reserved group study rooms.
  • 3-D printing services.
  • Short-term checkouts for anatomical models, cameras, calculators, and other equipment.

We are also continuing popular services that we rolled out in the past year, including:

  • Reservable, socially-distanced study spaces for those who need to take extra care in public spaces.
  • Semester-long checkout of laptops and wifi hotspots.
  • Online requests and curbside delivery of library materials.

By spring semester, we hope to have self-serve lockers for 24/7 delivery of library materials as well as a One Button Recording studio and other technology rich enhancements to support digital fluency. For more information on returning and expanded services, see our Reconnect Campaign website.

We begin the semester with both hope and uncertainty in the context of COVID-19. To help us maintain a high level of face-to-face service and to support your fellow Wildcats, WSU encourages vaccination and wearing face coverings, especially if you are unvaccinated. In a gathering place like the library, it is especially important that we demonstrate mutual respect and public-minded behavior.

An equity framework underlies the new WSU Strategic Plan. In the library, we are applying an equity lens to all of our library operations. During the pandemic, this means that we are paying special attention to our most vulnerable students, including those who need access to shared resources to save costs, those with work and care responsibilities, and those with health risks. That is why we will continue to offer substantial online services, curbside delivery, and socially distanced study spaces in one section of the library.

Finally, I would like to publicly thank the staff, faculty, and student employees for their past 18 months of hard work and dedication to serving the WSU community. If you are in the library, visit the second floor to see a wall of fame that celebrates our outstanding team. If you can’t visit the library in person, please continue reading below.

With gratitude,

Wendy Holliday

Dean of the Library


Stewart Library Staff and Faculty, we thank you for your essential work!

 

SHAUN ADAMSON

Education Librarian

for her work to determine building and classroom constraints and safety protocols for reopening of the university during Covid-19.

 

MISTY ALLEN

Resource Sharing Specialist

for scanning physical materials and delivering electronic copies while the library and campus were physically closed due to the COVID crisis.

 

CHANDLER ANDERSON

Cataloging Manager

for making electronic resources work seamlessly during the COVID crisis and processing physical materials even with severely limited access to the building.

 

NICOLE BEATTY

Head of Teaching and Information Services

for leading faculty through the shift to remote learning and making sure that subject librarians were still available for research help.

 

HOLLY BOWDEN

Technical Services and Collections Manager

for keeping the back-end operations of Technical Services running smoothly, even with staff working remotely, and helping get more electronic resources to our students when the campus was shut down.

 

CATHY CHRISTENSEN

Administrative Assistant

for making sure that everyone had the PPE, cleaning supplies, and infinite snacks to keep us safe and cared for during pandemic operations.

 

DAVID CLEMENTS

Computer Support Technician

for helping to get HUNDREDS of laptops into the hands of WSU students who needed the equipment for remote learning.

 

ROXANNE DERDA

Head of Circulation Services

for joining Stewart Library in the middle of the pandemic and coordinating a safe re-opening of the library in Fall 2020 while she was still learning everyone’s names.

 

JASON FRANCIS

Health Sciences Librarian

for his collaboration with subject-librarians, WSU Online, and Disability Services to create services to help instructors make their course materials accessible.

 

KANDICE HARRIS

University Archives Coordinator

for flawlessly keeping projects going for both University Archives and Digital Collections staff and students to continue to work remotely and in the library as needed.

 

CHRIS HAUSER

Head of Access and Technology Services

or tirelessly coordinating with multiple departments to make sure we could check out laptops and deliver them curbside. He led the effort to stand up this service in a matter of days!

 

ERNESTO HERNANDEZ JR.

General Education Library Coordinator

for assisting with training concurrent enrollment and ENGL 2015 instructors, providing greater access to integrated information literacy instruction to students.

 

WAYNE HUXHOLD

Reference Coordinator

for rapidly shifting all research help services online and making sure that our student reference assistants could keep working and do well in their studies.

 

JENNIFER JASPER

Office Assistant

for making sure that orders were processed, questions answered, and ensuring that all library employees had what they needed to succeed in the building and at home.

 

CLEANN JENKINS

Circulation Specialist

for applying her wisdom, experience, and flexibility to policy creation and adaptation during pandemic operations.

 

MELISSA JOHNSON

Coordinator of Special Collections

for providing tasks and equipment for students so that they could continue to work from home and for providing virtual reference to patrons.

 

JUSTIN KANI

Business and Economics Librarian

Welcome to our newest library faculty member. You are making a great team even stronger!

 

MARINA KENNER

University Archives & Special Collections Processor

for actively scanning materials to keep students transcribing diaries and primary sources.

 

MIRANDA KISPERT

Science Librarian

for her continued outreach efforts to the College of Science by converting her in-person Library Outpost held in Tracy Hall to online research consultations.

 

WADE KOTTER

SBS and Music Librarian

for ensuring that no student was left behind in his courses during the shutdown by maintaining contact with students.

 

SARAH LANGSDON

Head of Special Collections

for providing engaging and educational programming on the history of northern Utah to people all over the US stuck at home.

 

DIANA MEISER

EAST Librarian

for collaborating with subject-librarians and updating the LIBS 1704 textbook and making it accessible for WSU students, as well as her leadership on the library organization project for the Vuya District School in Fiji.

 

SHELA MERRILL

Technical Services Specialist

for gracefully shifting to remote work and getting back into the building to process physical materials for our patrons as quickly as possible.

 

MIKE MIDDLETON

Davis Library Coordinator

for always looking out for our Davis campus students and faculty, especially when we had to close the library, and for safely re-opening the library again this summer.

 

FAITH NOWLIN

Circulation Specialist

for her incredible teamwork and flexibility that ensured smooth laptop and hotspot checkout, all while starting her first full time job in the library!

 

ALEXANDRA PARK

Digital Collections Coordinator

for willingly providing oversized printing services for library signage and student projects.

 

SARA POMEROY

Circulation Specialist

for amazing pandemic operations teamwork and sharing professional development opportunities with staff.

 

LUDWIG POSSIÉ

Systems Administrator

for working long hours, night and day, for keeping our data systems operational and secure.

 

LORRIE RANDS

Manuscript Processor

for working on metadata for the United Methodist Church digital collection and coming into the office when needed for processing of collections.

 

MARIE RICHARDS

Information Literacy Exam Coordinator

for quickly placing students in new information literacy courses when the Testing Centers closed and for making sure that students had access to online sections so they could graduate on time.

 

MCKELL RICHARDSON

Digital and Web Design Specialist

for providing up-to-date information on library operations during the pandemic through quick communication on our website.

 

ERIK RUSHTON

Circulation Specialist

for making sure that the book stacks were safe and accessible for library staff so that we could make curbside delivery quick and seamless and for designing library signage that helped keep everyone safe.

 

ERIKA SISNEROS-WOOD

Manuscript Processor

for stepping up and starting to process digital collections while working from home.

 

ANDREW STAPLEY

Course Materials Specialist/Circulation Specialist

for helping to keep library spaces as safe as possible and for jumping right into a new job finding ways to reduce course materials costs for students.

 

ALEXIS STOKES

Digital Collections Processor and Oral History Coordinator

for generously stepping in and managing Digital Collections students and processes while continuing to process and work with Oral History interviewees remotely.

 

MICHAEL THOMPSON

University Archives Processor

for diligently providing digital access to primary sources for researchers and interlibrary loan requests.

 

JON TURNAGE

Interlibrary Loan Specialist

for seeking out electronic options for library materials when print Interlibrary Loan services were down across the country and ramping ILL services back up quickly this summer.

 

CHRIS VILCHES

Circulation Specialist

for facilitating effective communication with student employees and co-workers that kept everyone safe during a time of ongoing change.

 

JAMIE WEEKS

Head of University Archives and Collections

for coordinating a remote scanning operation that processed thousands of pages of materials and ensured that our student employees had productive and meaningful work that they could do from the safety of home.


Special Thanks to our Student Assistants! We couldn’t do anything without you!

 

INNO ABRAHAM & NATHAN SEFFKER

Technical Service Assistants

for performing essential work that kept library operations moving, 20 hours a week in the building.

 

BREAUNA MACK, KATIE TENNEY, MOHAMMAD SALE, & IAN WELCH

Student Reference Assistants & Peer Research Consultants

for maintaining high quality research assistance service online during the pandemic.

 

ANGELYN SNYDER

Lead Circulation Assistant

or providing excellent customer service and morning support as well as coordinating communications with peer circulation students during the pandemic.

 

RACHEL YEI

Lead Circulation Assistant

for providing excellent customer service and assisting with the furniture plan for post-pandemic services.

 

NUTE RANDS, AMY PERRY, ALYSSA DOVE, & RAEGEN BAIRD

Special Collections Student Assistants

for scanning materials for digital collections and creating the metadata to make them publicly accessible.

 

SHANIA EMMETT, HAYLEY FREEMAN, SARAH HEINER, RACHEL SEFFKER, & JAZMIN VILCHES

University Archives and Digital Collections Student Assistants

or relentlessly transcribing handwritten diaries, alumni memorabilia, and Polk directories in preparation for online access and searchability.

 

ALYX HIGGS ALYSSA HIGGS ARIEL KROGUE AUDREY CHRISTENSEN BRITTANY SHULTZ DIXON TRUMBO ERICA ANDERSON KELSEY BUXTON LANDYN HINOJOSA MAKAYLA EGBERT MAKAYLA MARTINEZ MAKENZIE JOHNSON MELISSA HENRICHS NATALIE SWANSON OLIVIA WETZEL REBEKAH ANDERSON RYAN RANDS

Circulation Student Assistants

for providing excellent customer service, project assistance, and curbside pickup service during the pandemic.