The Library Awards and Recognitions Committee announced the 5th Annual Outstanding Civil Service Staff Award which is open to all civil service staff members. The award recognizes staff employees for their exceptional accomplishments and service to the University Library. The Civil Service Staff Award winners were announced at the Service Recognition Program. The presentation of Long Term Service Honorees can be found here. An active directory login is required.
Outstanding Civil Service Employees – 2016 Nominees are:
Stuart Albert, Literatures and Languages
Angela Gruendl, Mathematics Library
Gregg Homerding, Undergraduate Library
Kyle McCafferty, Central Access Services
Ben Riegler, Central Access Services
Click here for additional information about eligibility and nomination guidelines.Winners received $1,000 (after taxes) and a commemorative framed certificate. In addition, the committee will work with award winner’s nomination for submission for the Campus’ Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award. http://shr.illinois.edu/cdsa/
The Outstanding Civil Service Award winners are in alphabetical order:
Stuart Albert, Senior Library Specialist, Literatures and Languages
Stuart came to the Literatures and Languages Library in 2011, less than a year after it opened in 225. For a few years he was the sole staff person and performed all the duties pertaining to the unit. Stuart’s job changed radically this past summer when the Literatures and Languages Library was moved from 225 to 200 and the Classics Library was merged with it. Now, Stuart finds himself the captain of a much larger ship and overseeing one of the largest library spaces and user populations.
(excerpt from his nomination)
Stuart’s performance at the Literatures and Languages Library’s (LLL) circulation desk is truly beyond exemplary. Without a doubt he must be the friendliest, most service-orientated staff person working at a service point in the Library. When patrons enter the LLL, Stuart quickly approaches them and in a very friendly and engaging manner enquires about their needs. No one gets by Stuart without a warm welcome and brief interview. He feels deeply that each patron, no matter their status, deserves attention and consideration, even if they have happened on the LLL by mistake.
Gregg Homerding, Library Operations Associate, Undergraduate Library
Gregg Homerding and Dean Wilkin
Gregg Homerding is the Manager of Circulation and Staff Operations at the Undergraduate Library. In addition to supervising a dozen full-time staff and overseeing the circulation and loanable technology desks, he is a member of the UGL management team and is the unit liaison to several other Library departments. He’s been a Library Operations Associate in the UGL for almost 5 years and has worked in the University Library for 24 years.
(excerpt from his nomination)
Gregg’s interactions with staff, patrons and colleagues can definitely be summarized as “positive and supportive.” His previous training in human resources, supervisory training, communication patterns training, as well as other numerous training make him a definite resource for staff and an excellent “sounding board”. He maintains confidentiality, but also knows when to suggest other resources, depending upon need. Gregg went beyond an already demanding role as supervisor of circulation operations to also being the official supervisor of eleven staff members. He patiently learned the intricacies of their jobs, personality quirks, learning and communication styles, and the manner in which they prefer to be approached, and then helped shape their work to be more productive, streamlined, or consistent with needs of the unit.
Congratulations Stuart and Gregg!