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2014 Awards


Ted Chodock, College of Southern Nevada

Ted Chodock is one of the most diligent librarians. Every semester Ted balances his duties as a reference librarian (regularly assisting students in their research needs) with his duties as our campus library site coordinator (managing the Circulation staff and the desk schedules of the librarians) while still overseeing Instructional Services in the library, serving on and chairing college-wide committees, and finding time to teach a Philosophy class to college students. When the CSN libraries were in the process of hiring a new Director of College Library Services, Ted willingly stood in as our Interim Director and helped the library stay on target with its daily functions as well continue to work on future goals.

This year, however, Ted has even more reason to be nominated for the title of “Librarian of the Year.” Ted authored the library’s proposal that was selected by ACRL’s Assessment in Action program and has now been working with the national initiative to increase knowledge about how academic libraries impact student success. ACRL selected 73 institutions from 34 states to participate in the Assessment in Action program. Thanks to Ted, Nevada is now represented, which has created awareness for the library and the Las Vegas community on both a local and national level.

At the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas, Ted already attended a full-day meeting for Assessment in Action to focus on action learning, outcomes, and forming peer collegial relationships that will be key in measuring the impact of academic libraries. Ted is scheduled to attend multiple events both in person and through asynchronous online classes and webinars in the coming year.

Ted’s commitment to assessment has also facilitated the CSN libraries’ move toward more evidence-based initiatives as he led the way in reorganizing the process for scheduling instruction sessions with the library. Now faculty members can select 1-3 learning outcomes (drafted by Ted) for CSN’s instruction librarians to focus on when presenting to a class. Outcomes range from understanding how to use research databases for assignments to identifying when and how to cite materials in specific styles. With set outcomes, the librarians can track their own success and constantly improve their teaching so that students always leave a session with the knowledge they need. Having a sound instruction policy in place makes sure that the library is meeting its goals and that both librarians and students can grow. These outcomes will be used to show the library’s overall impact on student success in the future as well.

But even on a small scale, Ted is constantly serving the community, providing a positive experience for all who come into the CSN libraries. In the Spring 2014 semester, a patron asked for a comment card so she could relate one fact: “Ted Chodock made my day.” Ted provided her with insight and found the books she needed. While this is what librarians do every day, not all patrons go out of their way to make sure the experience is noted. And this quote is just one of many examples of positive feedback Ted has received throughout the year and throughout his career.

As a colleague, Ted is the best to work with. He manages staff without being demanding, listens to the ideas of others, pays attention to every detail of a project, and helps the whole library advance.

Special Citation 

Joy Gunn, Henderson District Public Libraries

Joy has tirelessly devoted herself to being NLA’s Webmaster. In 2014, NLA has requested quite a few changes on our Website in attempts to update it and correct errors. While doing so, Joy has worked on transferring our Member Management Software over to another product. This change will result in a great deal of savings in NLA’s overhead and allow us greater flexibility for future Website design.

Dorothy McAlinden Award

Judith Simon, Nevada State Council on Libraries and Literacy

Judy was outstanding in her service to NLA by representing the State during ALA’s National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. this year. Judy has been a longtime advocate for libraries in California and in Nevada. She served as a Trustee in the past, and continues to support Nevada’s libraries, particularly the Incline Village branch, today. She currently serves as the Chair for the Nevada Council on Libraries and Literacy. Judy brought a professional and passionate voice to D.C. articulating the State’s LSTA funding process. She was instrumental in making our visits to our State’s Congressmen and Representatives successful.