Annual Staff Awards

Each year, the employees of the library have the opportunity to recognize the excellence of their coworkers by nominating them for a staff award.
The three award categories are:

Robert E. Kennedy Staff Award for Individual Excellence

The Robert E. Kennedy Staff Award for Individual Excellence is presented to a staff person who has made outstanding contributions toward fulfilling the Library’s institutional purpose or toward achieving a strategic goal. Award recipients have been nominated and selected by their peers for demonstrating their support or service provided to Kennedy Library goes beyond their assigned duties. Their meritorious service inspires others to provide the same level of service of a willingness to go the “extra mile” in service to patrons, faculty, students or co-workers.

Awardees have collaborated positively and effectively with others; contributed innovative or creative ideas that have improved the efficiency, productivity, or quality of work in the library; maintain excellent relations with others; and maintain a consistent record of outstanding performance.

2019-20 recipient

Mark Smith, Library Information Technology 

Mark has been unfailingly determined in his efforts and cheerful in his interactions as he’s helped all of us through the many bumps along the road to remote work. He was a godsend as the COVID-19 work-from-home situation evolved and has been so responsive and helpful, always going the extra mile to make sure our needs are met. No matter what he has going on he is willing to help others when in need of technical assistance. Mark is a caring mentor to LIT’s student assistants and always makes sure they feel supported in their roles. He has been a true star this year. 

Past recipients
Year
Recipient
Department
2019-20 Mark Smith Library Information Technology
2018-19 Katherine O’Clair Academic Services
2017-18 Chris Lee Information Resources & Resource Sharing
2016-17 Cathe Olson Access Services
2015-16 Sarah Sayeed Library Information Technology
2014-15 Conny Liegl Communications and Special Initiatives
2013-14 Laura Sorvetti
Nikki DeMoville
Special Collections & Archives
Information Resources & Resource Sharing
2012-13 Shelly Lucas Administrative Services
2011-12 Carl Hunt Library Information Technology
2010-11 n/a n/a
2009-10 Douglas Gates Reference
2008-09 Karen Beaton Acquisitions
2007-08 Tommy DeMoville Library Information Technology
2006-07 Lynda Alamo Administration
2005-06 Catherine Trujillo Special Collections
2004-05 Fran Edwards Administration

Good Humor Award

Robert E. Kennedy Library recognizes staff members, who, with their unshakable good humor, consistently and reliably lighten the mood, defuse conflicts, and make the library a more fun place to work.

Award recipients make us laugh, but more than that they use humor to get through challenging situations or to make others feel more comfortable; provide a morale boost, a big smile, a helping hand, an optimistic outlook; they can laugh at themselves, and they create a positive environment.

2018-19 recipient

Ashley Laguna, Administrative Services

Ashley is such a wonderful person and we are so glad she is the face of the library. She greets everyone with a joyful hello and is always kind and considerate, checking how colleagues are doing. Ashley is always there with a smile, an upbeat comment, or an uplifting idea. She adds a happy note to every meeting she attends and is always helpful and cheerful. 

Ashley consistently projects a positive attitude in everything she does. She helps out on all kinds of work across the library and is always a friendly face in the Administrative suite. She is the glue that holds us all together! It is always a joy to stop by the administration and see her, or to get an email from her. She definitely creates a positive environment for our library! 

Past recipients
Year
Recipient
Department
2019-20 Ashley Laguna Administrative Services
2018-19 Holly Richmond Information Resources & Resource Sharing
2017-18 Jeremy Hobbs Information Resources & Resource Sharing
2016-17 Linda Daguerre Access Services
2015-16 Carole Chapman Information Resources & Resource Sharing
2014-15 Michele Wyngard Special Collections & Archives
2013-14 Jane Worthy Library Information Technology
2012-13 Patrick Kammermeyer Library Information Technology
2011-12 Brett Bodemer Academic Services
2010-11 n/a n/a
2009-10 Michael Price Library Information Technology
2008-09 Jeanine Scaramozzino Academic Services
2007-08 Marya Figueroa Library Information Technology
2006-07 Greg Wilson Library Information Technology
2005-06 Denise Wessels Administration
2004-05 Johanna Brown Collection Development

Outstanding Achievement by a Team Award

Robert E. Kennedy Library recognizes team efforts in fulfilling the library’s mission or in achieving its strategic goals. The award is presented to a group that has meritoriously completed a special project, resolved a workflow problem, or responded to a particular library need in the last year.

Team award recipients have demonstrated a willingness and ability to collaborate with their team members and with others to solve a problem, complete a project, and develop a work plan; the team has demonstrated creativity and innovation in the achievement of results and have shown exemplary performance.

2018-19 recipient

Change the Subject CommitteeCarole Chapman, Catherine Trujillo, Cyndee McLin, Jaime Ding, Nikki DeMoville

The work this team did in collaboration with the UMLS team is exceptional and allows our library to remove the racist offensive subject “illegal immigrants” from all relevant records in our catalog and all the catalogs across the CSU. It also established a working group to continue to further these efforts. 

This team is an example of initiative and collaboration that transcends departmental boundaries. Their work and subsequent action had a tangible, significant impact not only locally, but also across the CSU system.

Past recipients
Year Team Team Members
2019-20 Change the Subject Committee Carole Chapman
Catherine Trujillo
Cyndee McLin
Jaime Ding
Nikki DeMoville
2018-19 Sunshine Committee Linda Daguerre
Katy Fluitt
Tricia Kobielusz
Ashley Laguna
Mike Price
2017-18 Dean of Library Consultative Search Committee Mark Bieraugel
Katherine O’Clair
Cathe Olson
Jeannine Scaramozzino
Jesse Vestermark
2016-17 Access Services Cathe Olson
Judy Drake
Jia-Jia Wong
Katy Fluitt
Linda Daguerre
Margaret Adeogun
2015-16 CPIG (Cal Poly ULMS Implementation Team) Carole Chapman
Nikki DeMoville
Sheree Fu
Jeremy Hobbs
Chris Lee
Cyndee McLin
Cathe Olson
Mike Price
2014-15 EGG (Educated Guess Group) Mark Bieraugel
Andrew Bui
Nikki DeMoville
Jessica Holada
Patrick Kammermeyer
Karen Lauritsen
Cheryl May
2013-14 Stressbusters Chris Lee
Conny Liegl
Cyndee McLin
Kaila Bussert
Katherine O’Clair
2012-13 Banned Books Week Patrick Kammermeyer
Karen Lauritsen
Conny Liegl
Kristen Thorp
Michele Wyngard
2011-12 Science Cafe – DIY Physical Computing at Play Team Carl Hunt
Patrick Kammermeyer
Dale Kohler
Karen Lauritsen
Jane Worthy
2010-11 n/a n/a
2009-10 Rapid ILL Team Nikki Demoville
Anna Gold
Linda Hauck
Stephanie Lafferty
Michael Price
Holly Richmond
Janice Stone
2008-09 Library Faculty Navjit Brar
Lynne Gamble
Wayne Montgomery
Marisa Ramirez
Jeanine Scaramozzino
Frank Vuotto
2007-08 Moving & Shifting Team Sharon Andresen
Gayle Chipman
Marya Figueroa
Patricia Haberkern
Joan Kennedy
Cynthia McLin
Carol Schuldt
Jia-Xun Wong
2006-07 Birthday Fairies Judy Drake
Joan Kennedy
2005-06 Dean Selection Committee Linda Alamo
Navjit Brar
Johanna Brown
Judy Drake
Sharon Fujitani
Nancy Loe
Catherine Trujillo
Frank Vuotto
2004-05 Rise Team Mary Ellen Baker
Nicolette Bowen
Gayle Chipman
Sharon Fujitani
Douglas Gates
Carole Geile
Patricia Haberkern
Joan Kennedy
Joan Kunkler
Cathleen Matthews
Cynthia McLin
Wayne Montgomery
Carol Schuldt
Jia-Xun Wong