McDermott Library Staff Recognized for 130 Years of UT Dallas Service


McDermott Staff that have recently been honored for their service

Congratulations to McDermott Library staff honored for recently achieving milestone anniversaries at the University. They are: (Back row, left to right) Travis Goode, Jady Neal, Chris Edwards, Marna Morland and Slavko Ravlija and (Front row, left to right) Linda DePhillips, Merry Trujillo, Jean Vik and Susan Fisher.

 

The Eugene McDermott Library could not serve students, staff and faculty at UT Dallas without the help of its dedicated, loyal staff who are behind the library’s success. Nine McDermott Library staff members who have devoted significant periods of service to UT Dallas were honored recently at the University’s 33rd annual Service Awards ceremony.

The University honored nearly 400 faculty and staff members who achieved milestone anniversaries of five, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years with gifts bearing the UT Dallas seal including coin medallions, paperweights, plaques, coasters, clocks and watches.

The library had its own celebration on Nov. 12 honoring five-year employees: Travis Goode and Marna Morland, 10-year employees: Chris Edwards, Susan Fisher and Slavko Ravlija, 20-year employees Linda DePhillips, Jady Neal and Merry Trujillo and 30-year employee Jean Vik. All told, these McDermott staff members have devoted 130 years to the University!

“These staff members have dedicated their time to support student success and maintain a library institution that makes the University proud,” said Dr. Ellen Safley, dean of the McDermott Library.

Here is a little bit about these dedicated McDermott staff members:

 

5 Years

Travis Goode, Manager of the Interlibrary Loan Department

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 2014

Describe the work you do: I am the manager of the Interlibrary Loan department, library copyright specialist and reference librarian.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I was originally hired as the Interlibrary Loan librarian, which I still hold, but I have since been given the extra responsibilities in copyright and reference.

Where are you from originally? I was born in Kansas but grew up in Southern California.

What is your degree/degrees in? BA in cultural anthropology, Vanguard University; Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? I very much enjoy problem-solving and looking for ways to improve procedures, workflows, programs and services. It is a great feeling when you discover an issue, inefficiency or need that is not being met and make changes for the better.

 

Marna Morland, Special Formats Metadata Senior Librarian

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 2013

Describe the work you do: I chiefly work on cataloging Government Documents and I participate in other cataloging activities whenever possible. I also serve as the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Coordinator, making sure our library follows federal laws concerning the responsibility of serving the public as a Federal Depository Library.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? When I started at the library, I split my day cataloging both Government Documents and Special Collections materials. Currently I chiefly catalog Government Documents.

Where are you from originally? I am a native Texan born in Corpus Christi. My family settled in Houston when I was in the second grade. I lived in Houston until I moved to Dallas in 1985.

What is your degree/degrees in? BA in English and a minor in French, Stephen F. Austin University; Master of Education with an emphasis in Remedial Reading, Stephen F. Austin University; MS in Library Science degree, Texas Woman’s University.

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? What I like best is how we all work together to make this a great place for students to study and learn. I also enjoy seeing all the improvements to the physical spaces in the library which attracts students. The study spaces with the new furniture are amazing! I wish my university library had had such comfy seating; I only remember hard wooden chairs. The most rewarding part of my job is – everything! I’m not kidding. Cataloging is the best job in the library. If I have to decide on one favorite part of cataloging, it would be cataloging serials.


 

10 Years

Chris Edwards, Assistant Head of Information Literacy/Instruction Services

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 2008

Describe the work you do: I coordinate programming and instruction to help students, faculty and staff master research skills in the library.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I started as a reference and instruction librarian; my duties were split between reference services and instruction.

Where are you from originally? I grew up in Lubbock from the age of 12 and up. Before that, I was an army brat; we moved a lot until my dad left the service.

What is your degree/degrees in? BA (Summa cum Laude) in Theater Arts, Texas Tech University; MS in Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? My favorite and most rewarding part of the job is connecting with the students and faculty. It’s great to see students develop confidence to use library resources in unexpected ways.

 

Susan Fisher, Administrative Assistant

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 2009

Describe the work you do: I’m the AA for the library, taking care of building issues, travel, ordering supplies, hiring paperwork and overseeing time management. Also, I brought with me from my previous job the responsibilities of processing payments for fines and fees and other miscellaneous duties.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I started at the Circulation desk working 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday through Wednesday. After about three months, I became the evening supervisor working Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. After almost three years, I started working days processing fines and fees, doing the Circulation schedule and still working the Circulation desk.

Before the library, I worked part time for seven years at 75% Off Books, volunteered at my kids’ schools and was a mom.

Where are you from originally? I was born in Oklahoma City and lived there until I was 12 years old. I’ve lived in Orange, CA, Edison, NJ and Plano, and I’ve lived in Allen more than 40 years.

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? I like the overall atmosphere and energy when the students are here, and I like being helpful to students and other staff.

What I find most interesting is working with the fines and fees most of all and I like digging into a fine that doesn’t seem right to see if it was staff error or legitimate. I also like having a list of things to do and getting the list completed.

 

Slavko Ravlija, Multimedia Library Assistant IV

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 2009

Describe the work you do: I work in the Multimedia Services Department and I check out laptops, cameras, calculators, headphones and movies to patrons. Recently, we opened two Virtual Reality Rooms and I check out headsets, controllers and keys for these rooms.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I have worked all these years in Multimedia.

Where are you from originally? Former Yugoslavia

What is your degree/degrees in? BS in Economics, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? To help patrons (students, faculty and staff) achieve their goals and projects


 

20 Years

Linda DePhillips, Statistical Analyst Librarian

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 1999

Describe the work you do: I keep track of usage for all of our databases and journals. We track usage throughout the year to determine if we want to keep specific library resources. I also keep track of reconciliation records in PeopleSoft and I compare our purchases in Alma to make sure everything is accurate.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I started out as a reference librarian and then I moved to Circulation. I also worked for Interlibrary Loan and I helped process payments for fines and fees. About five years ago, I moved to Technical Services to take the position of statistical analyst.

Where are you from originally? I’m originally from New Jersey and moved to Texas when I was 10. I lived in Houston and then I moved to San Angelo and worked at Angelo State University for four years. I moved to Dallas in 1999 when I got the job at the McDermott Library.

What is your degree/degrees in? BA in Humanities, University of Houston at Clear Lake; Master of Library Science, Texas Woman’s University

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? I like interacting with and helping students and I like being around students. You learn something new from them every day. Now that I’ve moved into another office, I’m on the third floor and get the interact with them much more, and I really enjoy that.

I also like seeing what our newest resources are and when they are available. Knowing what the new materials are in the library is so interesting to me.

 

Jady Neal, Acquisitions Lead Ordering Specialist

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 1998

Describe the work you do: I purchase, receive and invoice library materials, both in print and electronic formats, including downloading and invoicing batch loads of orders from a variety of vendors.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I started at the library as a part-time Stacks Maintenance staff member, and around 1999, I went full time, adding working the Circulation Desk and the Information Desk to my duties.

In 2007, I transferred to the Acquisitions Department of Technical Services. I serve as a liaison to Library Subject Selectors to assist with the ordering of their selected materials. I am Lead Ordering Specialist for faculty and student-requested materials and I also process, purchase and receive lost library resources.

Where are you from originally? I was born in McKinney and grew up in Plano.

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? What do I like most about working at McDermott? I get to see the books first! The most interesting part of my job? The diversity of subject matter that comes across my desk on any given week; it’s exciting for me. From history, art and classic literature one day to engineering, mathematics and computer science the next. You get the opportunity to soak up a little knowledge about everything.

 

Merry Trujillo, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 1998

Describe the work you do: I manage the electronic resources for the library which is not limited to, but includes obtaining prices for databases, datasets, electronic journals and eBooks, obtaining licenses, creating orders, paying and approving invoices, making sure that our resources work properly and when they don’t, figuring out why.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I started working part time under Kreg as the Government Documents shelver. Three months later, I moved to Interlibrary Loan, still part time. I went full time in 2004 when I moved to Circulation as the assistant head of that department and was head of stacks maintenance.

Where are you from originally? Utah, but spent my childhood on an Indian reservation in Arizona

What is your degree/degrees in? BA in Telecommunications, Texas Tech University

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? When I worked at Circulation, I really enjoyed interacting with the helping the students, whether it was helping them find a book or showing them how to use something. I miss that interaction.

What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? My motto for my current job is it is like “nailing Jell-O to a wall.” Every day is something new. It is always rewarding when the library can purchase something for someone who really needs/wants it and it is rewarding to make something work that wasn’t working so that faculty and students can use it.

I have learned something new in each department that I’ve worked in. I’ve made some lifelong friends through working here. It is amazing to see how the library and University have changed in 20 years!


 

30 Years

Jean Vik, Associate Library Director for Systems

Year my career at McDermott Library began: 1989

Describe the work you do: I manage the equipment, software, access, servers, cloud systems and most everything technology-related in the library.

What did you start out doing at the McDermott Library? I began as a reference librarian in 1989 and moved on to library automation in 1991.

Where are you from originally? I was raised in southern Illinois and came to Texas by way of North Dakota.

What is your degree/degrees in? BS in secondary education with a major in English and a minor in Library Science, Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota; MS in Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University

What do you enjoy most about working at the McDermott Library? What do you find is the most interesting or rewarding part of your job? There is a lot of challenge to my job and I find it rewarding to work out all of the details and provide a working product to enhance the experience of the University’s faculty, staff and students.

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