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Linda Linklater of Library Staff
Receives Statewide Award of Excellence

Posted October 4, 2000

HOLLAND -- Linda Linklater of the library staff at Hope College has received the first "Award of Excellence" from the Michigan Library Association (MLA).

The award honors a staff member at a Michigan library "who has made an outstanding contribution to effective and improved local library service." Linklater, media services coordinator in the college's Van Wylen Library, received the award on Wednesday, Oct. 4, during the MLA's 2000 Annual Conference Awards' Banquet, held in Detroit.

She noted that while she was honored to have been recognized, she especially appreciated that one of her Hope co-workers had nominated her in the first place.

"I was so incredibly touched that one of my colleagues would recommend me for this award," she said. "I didn't expect to receive it. The recommendation for the award was enough for me."

Linklater was nominated for the Award of Excellence by Mark Christel, humanities librarian. In addition to respecting her professional accomplishments, he noted that he especially appreciates her work with others.

"It's the people that you see when you walk in the door that really shape your thoughts about an institution. Lin has been an outstanding representative for both the library and the college," he said. "Staff too seldom get credit for what they do. I think of Lin as a mentor in working with people."

Linklater has been a member of the Hope library staff since 1984. She was hired as the part-time coordinator of the department of education's curriculum library, located at the time in the basement of Van Zoeren Hall. From 1986 to 1994, she also directed the college's annual Young Authors' Conference.

She contributed to the new curriculum library's design as the college made plans for the Van Wylen Library, which opened in 1988. Her responsibilities have since increased to include oversight of the library's second-floor circulation and media services desk, instructional media center, computer laboratory and microform collection. She supervises one part-time paraprofessional as well as 14 student assistants.

"Everything we've asked Lin to do, she has done extremely well," said David Jensen, director of libraries. "She's done a wonderful job developing the Media Center from a windowless room in the basement of Van Zoeren to a high-tech facility and service for the entire campus. With the move into Van Wylen, she took on many additional responsibilities. She's done a terrific job of building the collection of curriculum materials and the children's literature collection," he said.

"But perhaps the most important thing she's done has been to work closely with the education faculty in helping them to integrate technology into their curriculum," he said.

Linklater has worked with Susan Cherup of the education faculty to explore the use of technology in the college's teacher education program. In addition to making presentations at professional conferences concerning the topic, they co-authored an article published in the "Journal of Computing in Teacher Education" this spring. Linklater also had an article, "From Hot Press to HTML," in the March/April issue of "Library Mosaics."

Prior to coming to Hope, she had been an elementary teacher in the West Ottawa and Charlevoix public schools, and at St. Mary's School in Charlevoix. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor of science and teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University.

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