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Nancy Schafer was named Librarian of the Year and Carole Ray as Staff Member of the Year during the Old Dominion University Libraries' annual awards program May 4.

Schafer joined Perry Library in 1988 on a temporary basis and later that year became the education reference librarian, a position she still holds. She served as acting head of the reference and research services department from March 2005 through February 2006, while performing her regular job duties.

Her service to the library also includes numerous committee assignments and a role as bibliographer for six subject areas (more than anyone else). She
was also credited for her leadership in acquiring Serials Solutions and Article Linker, software that, when combined, provides easy access to articles in the library's electronic journals.

Schafer holds a master's degree in education from Old Dominion and an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ray joined the university in 1986 as a staff member in the registrar's office, transferring to Perry Library in 1989. Administrative assistant to the administrative services librarian, she was nominated for 2006 Staff Member of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the library carpet project.

In addition to her normal duties, Ray was responsible for moving and relocating employees to accommodate the carpeting work, seeing that people had computers, keys and phones throughout the process. She also oversaw the movement of furniture on all four floors, as well as the movement of 118 microform cabinets, ensuring that materials were removed and replaced carefully on more than 1,000 shelves.

This article was posted on: May 15, 2006

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