MIT Libraries staff honored with 2019 Infinite Mile Awards

The MIT Libraries honored the outstanding contributions of the employees June 11 along with its Infinite Mile Awards. The motif of this year’s festivities had been “Treat Yo’ Self: Rest, Renew, chill.” An honors service in Killian Hall was followed closely by a celebratory luncheon featuring live songs because of the libraries’ staff band, The Dust Jackets, plus visitor appearance by Tim the Beaver. 

Director Chris Bourg provided prizes to people and groups in groups given below; award recipients are listed along side excerpts from award presentations.

Innovation, Creativity, and Problem Resolving

In June 2018, the team of Ben Abrahamse, Helen Bailey, Li Cheung, Mike Graves, Rhonda Kauffman, and Jeremy Prevost attempted to develop the MIT Libraries’ first API, an indexing system for populating searches/discovery, consolidating different origin metadata right into a single list. Nicknamed “TIMDEX,” the API has become getting used and will enable the libraries to advance discovery and accessibility, improve relevance and framework, and gather disconnected silos of content.

Collaboration and Inclusion

Shannon Hunt, Stephanie Kohler, and Sam Spencer had the trial of making and managing a staff-driven nominating and voting procedure the workforce Advisory Council, the very first of the kind into the libraries. The team kept fairness and transparency in the forefront associated with the process, had been an unlimited source of assistance and reassurance to those considering whether to participate, and demonstrated attention and commitment for the launch of the council. 

Results, Outcome, and Productivity

The team of Grace Mlady, Beverly Turner, and Kelly Hopkins ended up being recognized because of its awe-inspiring efforts to maneuver 70 personnel (representing almost 40 per cent regarding the total staff) from throughout the libraries to a different company place. Despite the knotty logistics, the team made every energy to include town, listen to hopes and hopes and dreams along with major issues, and make certain equity and equity ultimately results. The team approached the project with “grace and aplomb” and their colleagues with “poise, kindness, and joy.” 

Offering ideal Honor

Recruiting Generalist Cherry Ibrahim is commonly praised on her compassion, foresight, thoughtfulness, and can-do mindset. “She regularly models the caring organization we hope to-be,” said one nominator. Ibrahim has actually made use of her remarkable business and problem-solving skills to aid hire, hire, and onboard new staff; plan the yearly libraries staff break fast; and offer on fast-moving search committees, all with a look. 

Difficult Questions/Critical Thinker

Aeronautics/Astronautics and Physics Librarian Barbara Williams is not afraid to inquire of questions, particularly when they relate to the well being and professional development of the woman colleagues. Williams is driven by a sense of fairness and a respect for expertise and talent of others. Although the feedback she offers might be tough, she handles to provide it having a laugh and an sincerity that empowers her peers to really have the kind of uncomfortable conversations needed to live up to the libraries’ values. 

User Service and Support

Georgiana McReynolds, guide solutions and consumer experience librarian, obtained this award recognizing a staff member just who regularly keeps library people at heart whenever implementing services. Nominators highlighted the woman “tireless, exemplary work with resources and solutions that connect our communities on information they want.” Another blogged, “Any question managed by Georgiana is guaranteed to be dealt with completely, thoughtfully, and professionally. She takes enough time to understand and interpret users’ information needs and provides tailored techniques and solutions.”

Unsung Hero

Administrative Assistant Renee Hellenbrecht is just a treasured member of the MIT Libraries staff just who daily will make a positive influence in lots of ways. She’s got led Webex education on her peers, helps maintain cooking area products in supply, and also “MacGyvers” the manufacturing coffeemaker when it breaks. Together nominator penned, “she gets things done, often without people even recognizing that there was something which would have to be done.” 

Christine Moulen “Good Citizen” Award

Jeremiah Graves, accessibility solutions manager for Barker and Rotch libraries, ended up being acknowledged for their “relentless” support of their staff’s expert development. Praised for his power to anticipate and solve both large-scale issues and quick concerns, Graves is a co-chair regarding the recently produced workforce Advisory Council. Their efforts to build neighborhood through the libraries’ softball group, the Bibliotechs, were sustained and significant, in which he certainly shows the spirit of teamwork, courtesy, and generosity that characterized Christine Moulen ’94, the determination for this award.