Elizabeth Baber receives Fondren Librarys Shapiro Award

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 EMAIL: [email protected] ELIZABETH BABER RECEIVES FONDREN LIBRARY’S SHAPIRO AWARD Honor acknowledges Rice University staff member’s innovation Elizabeth Allspach Baber received the first Shapiro Staff Innovation Award from Fondren Library at Rice University in Houston for her efforts to improve library services. The award, which includes $1,500 and a plaque, is funded by an endowment from the late Beth Shapiro, who served as university librarian from 1991 until her death in 1995. Baber, head of Database Management, has co-chaired Fondren’s Collection Management Project Team since its inception in 1998. That team was charged with a number of tasks that are fundamental to library service, including verifying that materials are in call-number order, bar-coding each item for identification and efficient circulation, moving materials to best fit the library’s restricted space and comparing a physical inventory of materials to the online catalog to confirm the titles that are in the collection and itemize those that are missing. The project is nearing completion, thanks to a flexible master plan developed by Baber. Baber graduated from Rice with a degree in psychology in 1960 and then completed a library degree at the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Fondren Library staff as a cataloger in 1961 and has served on the staff for 40 years, except during a brief period in the ’60s when she worked for a book vendor in Germany. She has long served as editor of the library’s “News from Fondren.” Speaking at the award ceremony earlier this month, Fondren Library Director Sara Lowman paid tribute to Shapiro, crediting her with Fondren’s first strategic planning initiative, the creation of the User Services Division, the delivery of electronic and information resources and other significant developments for the library. “She was consistently open to contributions from staff and always looking for new talent,” Lowman said, adding that Shapiro was a “strong advocate for staff development.” This point was made even stronger at the award ceremony by Shapiro’s husband, Russell Barnes, who noted her enthusiasm for and interest in libraries, innovation and service.”[Creating] this award was one of the last things Beth did before she passed away,” he said. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img

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