Congratulations to Kimberly Pendell, Assistant Professor and Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian, the winner of the 2013 Butler Award for Library Faculty Service.
The Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service is awarded annually at commencement to recognize excellence in Library Faculty service to students, faculty, and other patrons of the University Library. The award was created through a charitable gift annuity that provides endowment support created by the late by Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Butler and his wife, Elsie W. Butler. Faculty winners are considered when nominated by a member of the PSU community, and the selection committee includes the Chair of the Faculty Senate Library Committee, a student ambassador, a local alumna, and the Butler's daughters, Gillian, Margaret, and Catherine.
Professor Pendell, who joined the PSU Library in 2010, provides high-quality, impactful work in her extensive and multi-faceted areas of responsibility. She has brought creativity, professionalism, and an astute sense of strategy to the navigation of an increasingly complex information world, and increased ease of access to our educational community. Her successes include research on usability of the library mobile website, creating an open access research web page supporting both current students and alumni, and focused instruction on information literacy.
Professor Pendell's dedication and responsive demeanor are a testament to the spirit of the Butler Library award. Her work exemplifies innovative ways to truly allow knowledge to serve the city. She extends the vibrancy, relevance, and excitement of digital literacy through knowledge applications for a new generation of academic colleagues and students, via online teaching formats. As many PSU faculty members begin to plan and engage with new online teaching formats, Professor Pendell has helped to mobilize literature, practice frameworks, and other resources to assure that the exploration of these teaching formats is effective, efficient, and ethical.