Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award Winner Selected

At its recent fall meeting the UK Libraries National Advisory Board selected Tari Keller as the 2014 recipient of the Paul A. Willis Award.  Tari began her career at UK in 1977 as a cataloger.  When the transition to an electronic library catalog began in the early 1980’s, Tari became UK Libraries’ first Systems Librarian.

In his nomination letter UK Librarian Kelly Vickery noted:

“Tari’s acumen as a systems librarian is recognized throughout the state of Kentucky and nationally.    During her career she has given over fifty-six presentations on Integrated Library Systems at state, regional, national and international meetings.  For the past fourteen years Tari has been the chair of the CPE Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) Voyager consortium which provides guidelines and oversight of the shared Voyager server for nineteen institutions in Kentucky. “

“Due to her extensive work and experience with KYVL, in 2004 she was invited by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) consortium as an advisory to provide guidance on their migration to a shared ILS.  She is recognized as an expert in the running of the Voyager Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC),  WebVoyage’ (a.k.a. InfoKat) and, in 2011 she was invited by the Ex Libris Southwest Users’ Group to give a webinar on OPACs during their regional meeting in California. “

Tari will receive her award at the 2014 UK Libraries Annual dinner to be held in April.  Thank you, Tari, for your contributions to the profession and for your service to UK Libraries.

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