Friday, March 21, 2014

Tari Keller Selected as Recipient of Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award

I am pleased to announce Tari Keller as the winner of the Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award.

Perhaps our greatest responsibility as librarians is to ensure students, faculty, and members of the community have access to the information they need to study, teach, research, and grow intellectually.  As a cataloger and systems librarian in UK Libraries Tari has spent three decades doing just that.  She has been indispensible to the university and the Commonwealth of Kentucky as UK and other libraries transitioned from card catalogs to different versions of computerized catalogs and online searching.

In addition to the leadership, creativity, and innovation she has brought to her library career, Tari’s nominator highlighted her spirit of service, saying, “Along with being a consummate professional, and an expert Systems Librarian, I cannot say enough about what a thoughtful, giving, conscientious person Tari Keller is.  We certainly are lucky to have her at the University of Kentucky and the state of Kentucky has benefited greatly by her expertise, professionalism, and by her generosity of spirit.”

I hope you will all join me in congratulating Tari, and urge you to do so as well at the UK Libraries Annual Dinner April 11 where we will officially recognize Tari’s accomplishments.  The 2014 UK Libraries Annual Dinner will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate on the evening of April 11. A cocktail hour will be followed by a full dinner, punctuated by recognition of Intellectual Achievement Award winner Karl Raitz of UK Arts and Sciences Department of Geography in addition to recognizing Tari.

Tickets for faculty, staff, and their guests are available for the discounted price of $30. Contact Carrie Poll,, for more information.

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