Recipients of the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship

 

Recipients
Awardees 1995-2004 Awardees 2006-2013
1995 Lucie Ellen Mayeux
1996 Linda Chia
1997 Thomas Reed Caswell
1998 Rosalind Lee Tedford
1999 Amanda Wakaruk
2000 Linda Reynolds
2001 Kristine Kasianovitz
2002 Laura Sare
2003 Naomi Frantes
2004 Mark Phillips
2005 Julia Tanis Sayles
2006 Kevin Reynolds
2007 Michael Schmidt
2008 Ray Walling
2009 Justin Joque
2010 Lindsay Braddy
2011 Laurie Aycock
2013 LiMin Hang

   

The first recipient is Lucie Ellen Mayeux who is currently working as a reference librarian in the "Technical Reference Service" (a.k.a. Library) for the Environmental Operations Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lucie performs literature searches and answers reference questions regarding environmental laws, regulations and technology using both print and electronic resources.

Lucie decided to pursue an MLS degree when "after working in my present library job for several months, I realized that I actually looked forward to going to work in the morning." Her career goal is to work in a library similar to the one in which she is currently working with an emphasis on government technical information. She states in her application that: "I would like to combine my past experience in journalism and public relations with my growing knowledge of government documents in order to help people to access the surprisingly useful and interesting government information available to the public."

Lucie will, thanks to the scholarship, be able to finish her MLS at Emporia State University in August 1995. Lucie was ecstatic when she got the news and wanted to extend her personal thanks to all those who have contributed to the scholarship fund.

by Jan Swanbeck, published in DttP, v.23, no.2 (June 1995)


   

The 1996 recipient of the David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Linda Chia, who is currently working as a Government Documents Associate at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Linda has spent the past 20 years working in documents and dealing with the full range of duties. She is in charge of processing the federal and Illinois government publications, answers reference questions, supervises student workers, provides bibliographic instruction, and works with installing and operating government CD-ROMS. In addition, she supervised the construction of the Government Documents Web page for Loyola University.

Linda's goal after graduation is to be a devoted Government Documents Librarian. The formal training acquired through obtaining a MLIS degree will complement her already-acquired practical knowledge. Linda will, thanks to the scholarship, to able to finish her MLIS at Rosary College in the summer of 1996. Linda was quite happy when she got the news and wanted to extend her personal thanks to all those who have contributed to the scholarship fund.

by Susan Tulis, published in DttP, v.24, no. 1(March 1996)


   

The 1997 recipient of the David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Thomas Reed Caswell, who is currently working as the Coordinator of Electronic Reference Services at the University of Florida Libraries. Tom began work as a senior library technical assistant in the Documents Department and has worked himself up through the ranks over the last seven years. During that time he has expedited streamlined procedures for online processing of federal and foreign/international documents, created instructional guides, taught classes and orientation sessions, and provided instruction on the use of a variety of online databases and CD-ROM products. He created and maintains the Documents Department home page and related files on the World Wide Web. In addition, he has made a number of professional presentations at various state library association conferences.

Tom plans to graduate this summer and hopes to become a professional documents librarian so that he can stay connected to government documents in some way because he "feels that they are a very powerful, yet underutilized resource." His one regret is not being able to meet David Rozkuszka, although he said that "David's inspiration and scholarship have certainly given me a jump-start and added dedication to my career in government documents librarianship."

by Susan Tulis, published in DttP, v.25, no.2 (June 1997)


   

The 1998 recipient of the David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Rosalind Lee Tedford. Rosalind has been working as the Microtext Supervisor/Government Documents Assistant at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, since July 1994. In this position she has been responsible for the Microtext Department, including the government documents microfiche. She also has worked on the retrospective Marcive conversion of the government documents holdings, now nearly complete; has created and maintained the web home pages for the Microtext and Government Documents departments; has developed and conducted training classes for a variety of software applications; and has served as a trainer for students, faculty and staff on the use of IBM Thinkpad laptops.

Rosalind notes that the pleasure she found in web page development, combined with her experience as a computer trainer for Wake Forest, caused me to consider a MLS degree. She has a MA in English and she hopes that the addition of an MLS will allow her to pursue her career goal of Internet Resources/Government Information Librarian. She sees a strong need for librarians to be familiar with not only the Internet but especially government information resources as few other fields in librarianship rely so heavily on the Internet. She wants to combine her skills at computer and bibliographic training with her knowledge and love of government information and Internet resources in a professional position. She plans to complete her MLS at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in August 1998.


   

The 1999 recipient of the David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Amanda Wakaruk, the Federal Government Documents Librarian Assistant at the Edmonton Public Library (Alberta, Canada) since February 1998.

As the Federal Government Documents Librarian Assistant she is responsible for the processing and maintenance of the Canadian Depository Services Program shipments, for collection maintenance of the Federal and some provincial, municipal and private sector publications. A recent addition to her responsibilities include reference and collection services for a small United Nations publications collection. Amanda has participated in a project to catalog the library's historical collection. Her other duties include reference and instructional services for all areas of the Edmonton Public Library's collections, including government information, serials, and the general reference collection.

Amanda's interest in libraries is a lifelong one. She began working in libraries in elementary school as a volunteer and decided to investigate becoming a librarian when she was in high school and working as a page in the Fort McMurray Public Library. Her interest in libraries continued and she has tailored her graduate program to incorporate government and legal information resources and services as much as possible. From the inception of her graduate work, she was interested in legal and government resources. Her employment in the Edmonton Public Library working with government information has only increased her interest and commitment. She completed a practicum course in the Winter 1999 with a private law firm. She hopes that her experience will provide her with the background to work in a legislative library or as a Canadian depository librarian in a foreign depository library. Regardless of what shape her future may take, she says it will include working with government information.

Amanda outlined the issues currently facing documents librarians as 1) segregation versus integration of government publications within a larger collection; 2) the role of the documents librarian; and 3) the changing emphasis upon and challenges created by using electronic resources.

Amanda has a degree in Commerce from Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta. She expects to receive her Master of Library and Information Studies Program in December 1999.


   
Linda Reynolds photo

The 2000 recipient of the David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Linda Reynolds. The Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is currently working with government documents in a library and is trying to complete a masters degree in library science. Linda has been working as Reference/Documents Library Assistant at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas since April 1998. Prior to that she worked for several years as a Documents student library assistant at Western Illinois University while completing her Bachelors of Arts degree in history. At Stephen F. Austin she is responsible for processing Texas state government documents, maps, assigned federal documents, supervising student staff, and providing reference service. She is engaged in Web development work at both the departmental and library-wide levels.

Linda's motivation to become a professional librarian is rooted in an early childhood interest in libraries and adult experiences in helping people with their research. "I became interested in the library profession while working at a local Family History Center." After graduation from library school, Linda plans "to further my knowledge and education in government documents, law materials, and computers."

Linda believes one of the key issues facing government documents librarians is education and public relations. Documents librarians need to make the public "aware of the wealth of information in government documents by creating displays, setting up workshops on historical and political information, tax information, and health information. Basically, we must advertise and sell the idea that government documents are the best kept secret in the library."

Linda hopes to complete her degree at the University of North Texas in May 2002.


   

Kristine Kasianovitz photo The 2001 scholarship recipient is Kristine Kasianovitz. Kris is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Graduate School of Library and Information Science. While attending UIUC she is working as a graduate assistant in the Government Documents Library. Prior to enrolling in UIUC, she was a Library Assistant in the Government Information Department at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for 5 years, assuming ever increasing responsibilities. Her basic responsibilities were varied and many, including collection management, hiring, training, and supervising student workers, serving as liaison between the Technical Services Division and the Government Information Department, maintaining and assisting in the development of Web pages for the Department, and providing assistance at the Reference and Government Information Desk.

Kris' dedication to government information began during her tenure at UCI and has been reinforced by her studies at UIUC. When she first began working at the UCI Libraries, she did not know that she would choose librarianship as her future career. Her special interest is in public services and working with information seekers. "I find it satisfactory that I am able to take an active role in a person's pursuit for information and that I am working to uphold the basic tenets of free and open access to information to all." She also has a strong interest in increasing the use of government information. She states, "I feel that the wealth of primary source materials and research that the government produces are greatly underused. I would like to find a creative and appealing way to show students and community users from all disciplines and backgrounds how pertinent, relevant, just plain fascinating the world of government information is." Kris additionally is concerned about issues relating to archiving online data and publications.

Upon obtaining her degree, Kris states that she actively plans to "seek out a position where I can utilize my skills and knowledge of government information, be it in an academic or public setting." Further evidence of Kris' dedication to the field of government information can be seen in her e-mail address, "documentsdiva."

Kris plans to complete her degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in December, 2001.


   

Laura Sare photo The 2002 recipient of the David Rozkuszka scholarship is Laura Sare, who is a library assistant in the Government Documents Department at the Cornette Library of West Texas A&M University. She is responsible for all aspects of recording serials in the librarys online system, including working with electronic serials and cleaning up document serial records after the library ILS transition. She supervises students, tracks depository claims, and works at the main Reference desk. She is active in the universitys Staff Council and is the current webmaster for the Council.

While researching her masters thesis in history, Laura became very comfortable at the Cornette Library at West Texas A&M. She describes her documents position as the first job where she really looked forward to going to work, and a place where she really belonged. Laura was motivated to become a librarian in order to become more involved in management, in order to be part of the information loop and to help develop solutions to problems, both in the library and in the larger realm of government information at the national level.

Her long-term goal is to work in an academic library in cataloging of government documents. She is especially interested in the archiving of government information through projects such as the Web Document Digital Archive Project and the Texas TRAIL project. She would also like to do retrospective cataloging to incorporate all documents in the online catalogs and to digitize important older government documents for their preservation and long-term access.

Laura is enrolled in the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library.


   

The 2003 scholarship recipient of the W. David Rozkuszka scholarship is Naomi Frantes, who is currently enrolled in the online Master of Library Science program at Southern Connecticut State University from her home in Bismarck, North Dakota. She serves as manager of State Document Services at the North Dakota State Library. Among her wide and varied responsibilities, she supervises all aspects of the State Documents Service Department, coordinates the North Dakota State Document Depository Program that includes retrieving documents from state agencies and distributing them to the state depositories as well as the Library of Congress, contributes name authority records to NACO, and promotes state documents to the public and state agencies.

Naomi's interest in pursuing an MLS degree began when she was an undergraduate work study student in a college library, increased with her work in a variety of positions at the North Dakota State Library and culminated in her choice of the area of government documents when she was offered a cataloging position. Naomi says, "At that moment, I realized I had already found my niche working with government documents and chose to remain in my current position." "I am passionate about the world of knowledge and want to assist people in gaining access to information."

Naomi is particularly concerned with the range of issues surrounding permanent public access to both paper and electronic government documents. To this end, at the State Library she is involved in an exciting project to browse state agency web pages for publications and secure them for her collection in either paper or electronic format. She will be responsible for the implementation of future phases of the project such as the use of a spider to gather the electronic documents.

Colleagues speak of her professionalism, intelligence, dedication, organizational abilities, and creativity. Of particular note, as part of her somewhat non-traditional library science education, she worked with another distance student to create a cataloging system and updated database for a music collection located in California. Her professor was so impressed with the success of their project that she uses it as an exemplary service project each term for other students.

Naomi expects to complete her degree in May 2004 and has as a long-term career goal of the management of both federal and state government information and involvement in public service.


   

While in school, Mark worked as the Digital Project Department Lab Manager for the University of North Texas Willis Library. As a digital librarian, Mark feels strongly that this new technology will provide better access to government information and also help to preserve documents. At North Texas he has been involved in designing standards for digital projects, worked with other departments to develop new digital projects, and managed projects in the Digital Lab. Recently they have digitized their collection of World War II posters as well as documents pertaining to the Annexation of Texas. Mark also worked with the Portal to Texas History, a web portal to information about Texas.

It seems very fitting that Mark should win the Rozkuszka Award. He is the son of two long time documents librarians both who have not only served as Regional Documents Librarians at Oklahoma State University but who have also been very active participants in GODORT, the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, and Regional Librarians Conferences. Mark has literally been brought up in "the business". He of all people knows the issues and problems confronting the free flow of government information and he is committed the preservation of born digital government information. By making government information available to the general public in an online format Mark advances the age-old concept of no fee access in the 21st Century. Mark takes us into the future with new technology like the Cyber Cemetery at the University of North Texas. He will help to lead the way for electronic methods to deal with multimedia files, dynamically generated websites, and content that itself is a database.

As one of colleagues has stated Mark's potential is boundless. He demonstrates a passion for his work and does research on technology or other issues on his own time. He has gained the respect of his colleagues at the University of North Texas for his innovative approach to his work.


   

The W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship was created in 1994 in memory of David Rozkuszka, a former Documents Librarian at Stanford University. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to an individual who is currently working with government information in a library and is trying to complete a masters' degree in library science. The 2005 scholarship recipient of the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Julia Tanis Sayles, who is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the Library and Information Sciences Department at the University of South Florida. She has been employed as the Senior Library Technical Assistant in the Government Documents Depository Library at the University of South Florida since January 2000. In this position she is involved in the processing, cataloging, and collection development of all the collections in the library, including the Patent Library, the State of Florida depository, and the U.S. Federal depository. She also provides reference service and supervises student assistants.

Julia has worked for the University of South Florida for 18 years---in the Media Center, Serials Department, Acquisitions Department, and, for the last four years, the Government Documents/Reference Department. It was the influence and dedication of Cheryl McCoy, her supervisor and mentor, and coincidently Head of the Government Documents/Reference, in providing government information to users, and the transformation of the depository and government information landscape, that led her to apply and be accepted as a graduate student in the Library and Information Sciences Department at the University of South Florida. She has investigated and followed the issues surrounding the transition to an electronic depository, some of which are the archiving of electronic information, the ability to easily suppress or withhold information, and the elimination of the depository program as it currently exists.

Julia’s long-term goals are to incorporate her experience and skills with the changes that are occurring in libraries. She is interested in knowing how people find and use information in a changing environment and in finding a balance between creating physical library environments and virtual environments.

Supervisors and colleagues note that Julia is an accomplished member of the Government Documents/Reference Department. She possesses an in-depth understanding of the depository program, capably and confidently assists patrons in the use of the collections, manages the transition from manual processing to subscription tape loads efficiently, and supervises students in a complex shelf reading project. Her letters of support indicate a high regard for her talent, knowledge, interpersonal skills, curiosity, and thoughtfulness in all aspects of her work.

Julia expects to receive her degree in July 2006. Although she does not yet know what type of library setting she will choose, she looks forward to working in a library as a professional where she can be part of a dynamic setting that integrates the physical and virtual information environments.

   

The W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship award winner for 2006 is Kevin Reynolds. The Rozkuszka award provides financial assistance to an individual who is currently working with government documents in a library and is working to complete a masters’ degree in library science. Kevin, the 2006 award winner, is enrolled in the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences and expects to receive his masters’ degree in May 2008.

Kevin has worked in libraries for more than 12 years and was head of the government documents department at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee for six years. Currently, as the Assistant University Librarian for Learning and Access Services at the University of the South, he supervises Circulation, Reference, and the Archives and Special Collections and serves as the point person for the depository collections.

Kevin has been associated with government documents since he worked as an undergraduate student worker for Larry Romans at Vanderbilt University Library. It was this experience that made him realize that librarianship was where he wanted to work and that government information was of special interest. It was a surprise to many on the Awards Committee that Kevin did not already have his library degree because he has been active in national and state associations for several years.

He has served as chair of the Tennessee GODORT and the Tennessee Advisory Committee on State Documents, as chair of the GODORT Legislation Committee, and he currently serves as the chair of the ALA Committee on Legislation Government Information Subcommittee. GODORT members know well the level of commitment and dedication that is required in working with the legislation committees.

Kevin’s long-term goals are to obtain a position that provides him an opportunity to spend more time on government information policy issues; it could be in library administration or as a teacher. Wherever he works, he intends to spend some time as a practicing reference librarian as he believes that the experience will make him a better administrator or educator.

Kevin’s letters of support from GODORT and Tennessee colleagues applaud his dedication, commitment, intelligence, energy and enthusiasm for public access to government information and encourage his pursuit of the graduate degree in library science. It is a pleasure to award this scholarship to an individual who has been an active GODORT member for many years.

   

The 2007 recipient of the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship is Michael Schmidt M.A. candidate in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona. Michael currently serves as a library specialist in the Government Documents department at Arizona State University’s Hayden Library. However, his practicum at the Tempe Public Library demonstrates his interest in possibly using his skills as a Government Document specialist beyond academia in a public library.

Michael’s interest in librarianship stems from that same inner quality that drives the profession, namely a passion to serve the public. Whether it’s finding the answer to that elusive reference question or the thrill of teaching, Michael sums it up simply as, “I enjoy helping people.” His career aspirations build upon his principle commitment to broadly “connect library users with the information and services they need” and his fundamental belief that this connection will make “positive changes in their lives.”

Michael’s interest and commitment to preservation and his work with rare government documents is equally worth noting. However, it is his grasp of the complexity of the issues related to our emerging role in public service as our collections quickly move from tangible to intangible that is most impressive. It is a pleasure to award this scholarship to an individual who will join us in envisioning a new model of service in our emerging digital age.

   

Ray Walling, a student at the University of Michigan School of Information, is the 2008 recipient of the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship. He also works in the Government Documents Center at the University of Michigan. His interest in political science and public policy led him to a summer internship with the Government Documents Center and Numeric and Spatial Data Services, and the rest is history. As a result of his experiences in the School of Information and specifically with government information, he has changed his career goal of an advanced degree in history or classics to focus on a future in academic libraries. As well as his interest in teaching about government information, he has already started on his research agenda, and values the professional development opportunities that come with involvement in professional organizations.

During his time at the Government Documents Center, Ray developed an index of cities and their coverage in Census Bureau block statistics over the years: a unique guide to accessing statistics for the smallest geographic areas. He also created the Decennial Census Question Database, which searches questions by decade or by subject tag. These pages are linked from the Documents Center website. Ray has also done an offline inventory of all Decennial Census materials held in the University of Michigan Library in all formats, including preservation and purchasing recommendations, and has taught School of Information students and reference librarians about four online Census resources.

Rays’ colleagues also emphasize his enthusiasm about government information, the quality of his academic work, the quality of his answers to difficult reference questions, and his skill in training non-specialists to use government information. He has obviously been a valued asset at the Government Information Center and will be an important addition to the community of government information specialists.