July 2013 AAL SuperStar

Seminole CountyThis month, we are recognizing a library system that has played an outstanding part in the way Ask a Librarian operates. July’s AaL SuperStar recipient is Seminole County Public Library.  

Seminole County joined AaL in October 2011 and has incorporated it into their everyday reference service.  Librarians staffing reference desks in all branches throughout the county staff the Ask a Librarian desk as part of their desk assignment.  At minimum, one person from each branch is staffing the library’s local chat desk.  

Seminole County is committed to making themselves available to their users from a variety of access points – in-person, phone, email and live chat – all of the hours they are open.  The Ask a Librarian team would like to thank Seminole County Public Library for integrating the virtual desk into your daily workflow and helping the service grow in new directions.  

Please help me congratulate this month’s SuperStar winner, Seminole County Public Library System. 

North Branch: Seated: Barbara Michelson Standing: LaShawn Smith; Steven Sanders; Lynne Smith
North Branch:
Seated: Barbara Michelson
Standing: LaShawn Smith; Steven Sanders; Lynne Smith
West Branch: Gigi Oien;Joann Crepaz;Norma Medina-Ortiz;Karen Snead
West Branch:
Gigi Oien;Joann Crepaz;Norma Medina-Ortiz;Karen Snead
Central Branch: Front row: Aneseh Haeiahwazi; Sara White; Roberta Hendry; Caroline Quintanilla Back row: Therese Nearhoof; David Witter; Stacy Reyer
Central Branch:
Front row: Aneseh Haeiahwazi; Sara White; Roberta Hendry; Caroline Quintanilla
Back row: Therese Nearhoof; David Witter; Stacy Reyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Branch: Adriana Valencia; Louise Blackwelder; Silence Bourn; Sara Gonzalez; Lisa Laird-Smith
Northwest Branch:
Adriana Valencia; Louise Blackwelder; Silence Bourn; Sara Gonzalez; Lisa Laird-Smith

 

 

 

East Branch: Seated: Marie Delcher; Cynthia Sotka Standing: Barbara Rainey; Carol Melichar; Diane Keys
East Branch:
Seated: Marie Delcher; Cynthia Sotka
Standing: Barbara Rainey; Carol Melichar; Diane Keys

June 2013 SuperStar Award

Erick  Dominicis from Miami Dade College
Erick Dominicis from Miami Dade College

Each month, the Ask a Librarian team picks an outstanding member that has shown exceptional participation in the program. June’s AAL SuperStar recipient is Erick  Dominicis from Miami Dade College.

Erick Dominicis is the Campus Director of Learning Resources at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus. Erick has been with Miami Dade College for about 14 years. He has been involved with Ask a Librarian for several years, and since taking over as Site Coordinator for Miami Dade College in September 2011, has worked hard to revamp collaboration with the amazing staff at MDC to encourage participation, statewide collaboration, and increase local usage statistics.

His efforts to promote Ask a Librarian services and benefits to staff and students deserve hearty recognition. Erick, your dedication and effort has not gone unnoticed!

Please help me congratulate this month’s SuperStar winner, Erick at edominic@mdc.edu.

April 2013 SuperStar Award

DeboraStewartAALSuperstarAward-croppedEach month, the Ask a Librarian team picks an outstanding member that has shown exceptional participation in the program. April’s AAL SuperStar recipient is Debora Stewart from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Debora is a reference librarian at Warren Library in West Palm Beach. She has been at PBA since April of 2000. She is a past Exemplary Reference winner for a teaching chat in both April of 2010 and 2012. Debora has been nominated for this award several times.

Debora has been a strong supporter of the Ask a Librarian program since they joined in July of 2004. She staffs two Academic Desk hours per week for her library.

Debora’s dedication to the program is TERRIFIC! She enjoys finding information and helping AAL patrons get exactly what they are looking for. Her love for learning brings strength to the program for our students and patrons using the service.

Please help me congratulate this month’s SuperStar winner, Debora Stewart at DEBORA_STEWART@pba.edu.

January 2013 AAL SuperStar Winner

SuperstarEach month, the Ask a Librarian team picks an outstanding member that has shown exceptional participation in the program. This month’s AAL SuperStar winner is Mary Kuipers from LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library.

Mary is the Site Coordinator for LeRoy Collins Leon County Public library. She is a past Exemplary Reference winner of a teaching chat in May 2012. 

Mary has INFECTIOUS enthusiasm about the service and is always motivational to get her staff excited about AAL. She has shared messages from the librarians at LCLCPL that have used AAL for a question and their response has always been that the service is “always helpful”. When our new marketing campaign came out with the yellow badges, Chris an AAL staff member from LCLCPL, took some exciting photos promoting the service. Mary shared those photos with us and we promoted them on the AAL Facebook page. Just another way to get involved and promote the service!

Mary is a TERRIFIC supporter of Ask a Librarian and her dedication to the program is beyond wonderful! You are an inspiration Mary!

Please help me congratulate this month’s SuperStar winner, Mary Kuipers!

Chris-LCLC-AAL

December 2012 SuperStar Winner

Rhonda Kitchens, December 2012 SuperStar
Rhonda Kitchens, December 2012 SuperStar

Each month, the Ask a Librarian team picks an outstanding member that has shown exceptional participation in the program. This month’s AAL SuperStar winner is Rhonda Kitchens from State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota!

Rhonda is a Librarian with the State College of Florida (SCF) – Venice Campus. She is also a March 2010 Exemplary Reference Winner for a detailed chat.

Rhonda is an amazing promoter of AAL. She helped roll out SCF’s Instant Invite which became the first automated Click to Chat technology available to students in the state of Florida. She was awarded with the 2011 Learning Resources Commission Exemplary Practice Award for Library Services with the roll out of Instant Invite. Rhonda helped us test and launch the new In-Page Widget, localized text messaging and innovations within the program. She created this image for her students using the text messaging feature at SCF Library. SCF Text Messaging

Rhonda is a such an ENTHUSIASTIC member of the Ask a Librarian team. She is a recent member of the Quality Assurance Workgroup, assisting with the Exemplary Reference Winners each month.

Please help me welcome this month’s SuperStar winner, Rhonda Kitchens!

 

September AAL SuperStar Award

Susan Weiss, September AAL SuperStar
Susan Weiss, September AAL SuperStar

Each month, the Ask a Librarian team will pick an outstanding member that has shown exceptional participation in the program. This month’s AAL Super Star winner is Susan Weiss from Florida International University.

Susan is the Urban and Environmental Affairs Librarian for the Reference Department and the Site Coordinator for Florida International University libraries, Biscayne Bay Campus. Susan is also an Exemplary Reference Award winner for a brief chat in September 2010 and a teaching chat October 2007.

Susan is amazing, she frequently volunteers for shifts on both the Academic and Collaborative Desks. She regularly offers to help with shifts sent out by both AaL staff and those individuals emailing the listserv for last-minute help. It’s wonderful to have her support both colleagues on the Academic side as well as the collaborative desk. Susan is always encouraging new and existing staff at FIU to pick up weekly shifts.

Susan is a GREAT supporter of Ask a Librarian and her dedication to the program is MARVELOUS!

Please help me welcome this month’s SuperStar winner, Susan Weiss!