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Library receives two service awards from Ohio Private Academic Libraries

A Muskingum College library staff member, as well as the library staff, have been recognized with service awards from the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL), a consortium of 21 private college and university libraries in Ohio.

ZELDA PATTERSONCirculation Supervisor Zelda Patterson received a service award for her work supporting OPAL.  She was among only three nominees for the honor in the state.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and joined the staff of the library in 1998.

In addition to Patterson, the staff of the library includes:  Brian Kern, head of technical services; Mary Williams, technical services librarian; Andrew Whitis, head of user services; Kate Wenger, reference librarian; Sheila Ellenberger, director of the library; Elaine Funk, library acquisitions assistant and Elane Day, library periodicals assistant.

The Muskingum College library staff members received an award for their service to the OPAL consortium through the wide variety of assistance on committees that they  provide,  and through their day-to-day assistance of their OPAL colleagues.

Library Director Dr. Sheila Ellenberger said of the honors, “Zelda’s service to our  library, OPAL and OhioLINK is second to none.  She motivates and prepares our student workers so they are ready to provide excellent services to our campus community.”   OhioLINK is the Ohio Library and Information Network, a consortium of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio.

She also pointed out the broad range of support the staff provides to colleague libraries across the state of Ohio and beyond.  She noted that a core group of eight staff members have served literally dozens of functions for OPAL, including committee assignments, presentations at conferences and other leadership positions in the library profession. 

Of the library’s staff Dr. Ellenberger said, “Everyone who works here shares in this award, obviously.  Our professional staff, though, simply does an outstanding job of reaching out to all of our students, faculty and staff here at the college, as well as our professional colleagues in Ohio and beyond.  They have a great deal to be proud of.”