At the LIBRAS Annual Meeting on May 24, LIBRAS President Larry Wild announced that Ted Schwitzner of North Central College has been chosen as the 2006 recipient of the Melvin R. George Award. This is the first time the award has been given since 2003.
The award is given to a LIBRAS library, librarian, or other individual currently or previously affiliated with LIBRAS who has made a significant contribution within LIBRAS to library service with special emphasis on library cooperation. A recipient can only receive the award once. The Award honors Melvin R. George, second president of LIBRAS. He along with the other LIBRAS founding directors, by their example, have made a significant contribution to the development of interlibrary cooperation.
Ted Schwitzner's involvement in LIBRAS has been outstanding. He has always been motivated by a keen desire to help the organization accomplish its mission. He has served LIBRAS in the following capacities:
2005-present Past-President/Continuing Education Coordinator
2005 Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson
2004-2005 National Library Legislative Day Delegate
2003-2004 Vice President/President-Elect and Program Coordinator
2002-2003 Communications Director (worked with a web host company to design and launch a consortial web site, and implemented an online election process)
2002-2003 Web and Technology Special Interest Group Chairperson
1998-2000 Technical Services Special Interest Group Chairperson
1995-1998 Technical Services Special Interest Group Participant
POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERLIBRARY COOPERATION:
Ted has been an enthusiastic supporter of and made many positive contributions to interlibrary cooperation. In addition to his activities in LIBRAS, he has been involved in the Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO). He served as Secretary (2002-2003) and Technical Services Representative (2000-2003) of the ILCSO Users’ Advisory Group, and has been chairperson of the Voyager Implementation Steering Committee Acquisitions/Serials Task Force (2002) and Technical Services Forum Planning Committee (1997-2000). Ted also participated in the IUAG OPAC Customization Task Force (2002-2004) and the DRA Serials Pattern Record Task Force (1999-2002) and was a Voyager Trainer (2003-2004).
POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON LIBRARY COLLEAGUES, SUPPORT STAFF AND THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY:
Ted’s positive influence on library colleagues, support staff, and the academic community has been recognized in a variety of ways. In 2005, Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science honored him as one of “Seventy-five Notable Alumni”. The Illinois State Library selected him as a participant in Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative” for 2003-2004.
NOTABLE LEADERSHIP, BOTH IN LIBRAS AND THE LIBRARY COMMUNITY AT LARGE:
Ted has displayed outstanding advocacy leadership. He has participated numerous times as a delegate to the Illinois Library Advocacy Day in Springfield, Illinois, and in National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. He was chairperson of the Brookfield Public Library’s Referendum Committee and coordinated a successful campaign. Currently, he is serving on both the Illinois Library Association’s Public Policy Committee and the DuPage Library System’s Advocacy Committee.
SUPPORTIVE CONCERN FOR NEW MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSION:
Ted is extremely service oriented and very supportive of new members of the profession. Not only has he mentored new Technical Services support staff at North Central College, he has also actively encouraged new members of the profession to participate in LIBRAS, ILCSO, and Synergy. Moreover, he has been instrumental in promoting greater involvement of support staff in LIBRAS.
Congratulations, Ted, on this well-deserved recognition.