Collections and Connections Fall-Winter 2012-2013 : Page 1

Fall-Winter 2012-2013 Collections & Connections After a comprehensive national search, Foster has been selected as Dean of the Libraries at WKU. She has been the Interim Dean since March 2011. “As Interim Dean, Professor Foster has amply demonstrated her ability to lead the WKU Libraries, including the formation of the Library Systems Office and the imminent opening of the Information Commons,” Provost Gordon Emslie said. “I am confident that she will continue to move the Libraries forward in this era of ongoing transformational change in the way that a university library serves both internal and Foster named Dean of WKU Libraries external constituents.” Foster came to WKU in 1978 as a data/book processing supervisor, working her way to Head of the Department of Library Technical Services and Serials Coordinator in 2002. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Library Technical Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from Belmont College in Nashville and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. “I am so very pleased to accept this key leadership position that has challenges and unparalleled opportunities to shape student-centered initiatives and to meet research needs for a dynamic academic community,” Foster said. “I look forward to engaging in strategic actions that will shape a 21st century library at WKU.” Book Fest received commendation On September 24, President of the Kentucky School Media Association, Tara Griffith presented Lisa Rice, Director of Warren County Public Libraries, Connie Foster, Dean of WKU Libraries, and Kristie Lowry, WKU Libraries Literary Outreach Coordinator, with a Certificate of Commendation for the Southern WKU Libraries Dean Connie Foster holds the Certificate of Commendation Kentucky Book Fest, an event that surrounded by WKU Library Advisory Council. empowers school librarians as promote the love of learning,” says Foster. knowledgeable educators. The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of The Commendation is awarded by the the largest in the Commonwealth and represents American Association of School Librarians, a a key partnership by WKU Libraries, Warren division of the American Library Association. County Public Library and Barnes & Noble “The Book Fest has an impact on the lives of Booksellers for promoting reading, writing, and children throughout the region and provides a lifelong learning. Book Fest is April 19-20, 2013. shared responsibility among educators to Jim & Darlene Johnson received state library award At the annual Kentucky Library Association Conference held on September 20, Jim and Darlene Johnson were awarded the William H. Natcher Award for their contributions to Western Kentucky University Libraries and the Warren County Public Library. Each year the Kentucky Library Association gives the award to an individual, organization, or corporation who has made a significant philanthropic contribution to Kentucky libraries. The Johnsons are the first to be recognized from Bowling Green, Kentucky. “Jim and Darlene have been longtime supporters of WKU Libraries,” says WKU Libraries Dean Connie Foster. “They have been a main supporter of the Southern Kentucky Book Fest for numerous years and other literary outreach events. We can’t thank them enough for their immeasurable support to library programs in South Central Kentucky.”

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