The highest honor the Duke University Libraries confers is the Florence Blakely Award, which recognizes extraordinary performance that far exceeds individual goals or expectations. It rewards the individual who is innovative, benefits the Duke community, effectively promotes access to information and represents significant savings in time and/or money. The Florence Blakely Award consists of a cash prize of $1000 and an inscribed keepsake. Any user or staff member may nominate staff, monthly and biweekly, in the Perkins Library system.
Florence Blakely spent 38 years of her professional life at the Duke Libraries. She started at Duke as a reference librarian in 1948 and became the Head of Reference in 1956. Among her responsibilities was that of assisting other staff in building a reference collection adequate to the needs of Duke students, faculty, and an academic research library. She, and the other reference staff, accumulated an extraordinarily fine reference collection, and in the process, also played a vital role in building the general collections. Her knowledge of the collections and the interests of the faculty led to her becoming the head of Collection Development in 1979. In January 1985 she was appointed as Acting University Librarian. During the following six months the Administration’s faith in her abilities were justified. After the new librarian was hired, she returned to her position as head of Collection Development, a position she held until her retirement on Dec. 31, 1986.
2007 Florence Blakely Award
Nomination Deadline: Feb. 17, 2007 5:00 PM. All nominators will remain anonymous.
Award Presentation: March 7, 2007
10:00 AM Refreshments
10:30 AM Program begins in the Mary Duke Biddle Room,
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Nominee's Job Title: _______________________________________
Nominee's Department: ____________________________________
What makes this individual's performance extraordinary? Take into consideration how the individual exceeds normal expectations for job performance. Note how the person meets some or all of the criteria listed. These criteria are suggestions, not requirements!
Be specific and thorough. Include details such as anecdotes, testimonials, and other information that support your nomination. Such as:
1. Promoting access to information through new and innovative means
2. Establishing a new program, process or procedure
3. Suggesting changes which result in more efficient and productive work
4. Making a significant contribution to improving morale
5. Taking on significant additional work to meet goals
6. Making significant long-term or recent contributions to the library
Please attach your nomination to this form.
Nominator's Name: ____________________________________________
Department or Affiliation: _______________________________________
Phone Number: _________________ Email: _________________________
Return this form via email to Lois Schultz at Lois.Schultz@duke.edu, or via campus mail to:
Staff Recognition Committee
c/o Lois Schultz
Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
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