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Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service 2008

Date: 05/27/2008
Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service 2008 Linda Absher
Linda Absher, assistant professor, Humanities Reference Librarian, and Interim Public Access Services Librarian, has served the University for six years. The nomination portfolio for the Butler Award is a testament to her outstanding performance as a member of the Library faculty. She has a commitment to collaboration and service which is evident in her interactions with colleagues as well as in her engagement with library users. Professor Absher is responsible for collection development, library instruction, and faculty liaison in the departments of foreign languages and literature, communication studies, applied linguistics, English as a Second Language, and related subjects. During the last year she also has served as Interim Public Access Services Librarian, managing Millar Library hours, and the Circulation, Shelving, and Interlibrary Loan units in the Library. She supervises ten full-time employees and sixty student assistants in this position. In the Library and on campus, Professor Absher contributes as a member on a variety of committees. Active in the Special Libraries Association, she has served as Secretary and President of the Oregon Chapter. She is a member of the statewide Oregon Reads program planning committee. “The Lipstick Librarian!” is a web site she created as a lighthearted tool to promote awareness about librarians and librarianship, and it has become a focal point in library research articles that document the social commentary of the profession. Her more traditional scholarship focuses on technology and diversity, and has been presented at national and regional academic conferences. Professor Absher earned her A.B. in English literature from the University of California, Davis, and her masters in library and information science from the University of California, Berkeley. The Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service is given annually to recognize excellence of library service to students, faculty, and other patrons of the Portland State Library. The award was established through and endowment by Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Butler and his wife, Elsie W. Butler.

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