Amanda Pellerin and Melissa Perez have been named the 2010 recipients of the Carolyn L. Robison Library Award. Both recipients represent the educational values and high professional standards of Dr. Robison during her years of service at the University Library.
Amanda, Archival Associate for Special Collections and Archives, has worked in the library for six years and will start classes this fall to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University. Bill Hardesty, Amanda’s supervisor, highlighted her many accomplishments and stated that “it speaks well for the University Library, and for librarianship in general, that a person of Amanda Pellerin’s abilities is electing to pursue a degree and career as an information professional.” Amanda enjoys working in the special collections and archives (she also has a Master of Heritage Preservation degree from Georgia State) but looks forward to broadening her understanding of how libraries function; she will be open-minded about her career path within a university library as she expands her knowledge base in graduate school.
Melissa has worked in the library for four years and is currently Library Assistant, Borrowing Receiving Coordinator in the Interlibrary Loan department. She is pursuing a Master of Library Information and Science at Valdosta State University in hopes that this degree will help her be more forward thinking and adaptable as libraries evolve. Melissa’s supervisor, Maggie McMillan, strongly supported her application and wrote that she “efficiently manages a deadline-driven, high-volume workload while also serving as our main public contact person,” and she “has demonstrated a genuine interest in library work” by attending workshops, serving on committees, and asking for specialized instruction to learn as much as possible. Melissa hopes to continue working for a university library or may consider moving into the public library field.
The Robison Library Award was established in honor of Dr. Carolyn L. Robison upon her retirement after a 31 year career at Georgia State University Library. The fund also strives to promote Dr. Robison’s long term interest in encouraging the development of library staff members. This award provides financial assistance to a staff member of the University Library or the College of Law Library who is pursuing further education for a career in libraries. All of us at the Library are most grateful of the steadfast generosity of Dr. Robison.