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Andrew Whitis receives service award from the Ohio Private Academic Libraries group

WHITISAndrew Whitis, head of user services at the Muskingum College library, has received the 2008 service award from the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) consortium.

Whitis received the award in recognition of his service to the 24-member consortium of private college and university libraries that make up the OPAL group, which includes Muskingum College’s library.

For the last four years, Whitis has been an active member of OPAL’s User Services Committee, as well as serving as its chairperson. Since 2005, he has been invited to present at each of OPAL’s annual conferences. In addition, he has represented OPAL as an elected member of the OhioLINK Cooperative Information Resource Committee for a three-year term.

Whitis, a resident of Zanesville, joined the library staff in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and earned his master of library and information science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, director of the library and media center at Muskingum, commented on Whitis’s recognition by saying, “All of us on the library staff are proud of Andrew for the way he integrates the newest technological advancements into academic library services, and the 24 OPAL-member institutions have shown their appreciation and respect for his outstanding accomplishments by giving him this award.”

This is the second time that the Muskingum College library staff has earned the recognition from its fellow academic libraries. In 2006, both Circulation Supervisor Zelda Patterson and the entire Muskingum College library staff were recognized to their service to the consortium.