The award, which was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation department in Jackson Library, was created to recognize and reward members of the Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of University Libraries.
Coward, who has more than eight years of work experience in Jackson Library as the Special Collections Cataloging and Digital Projects Library Technician in the Technical Services department, has been an integral member of the team supporting NC DOCKS, as well as an important contributor to metadata cleanup projects from a cataloging perspective.
As part of the nomination process to receive the award, Coward’s colleagues commented on her level of expertise and commitment to collaborative projects, stating that a positive attitude and an amazing energy are some of her most redeeming qualities. Coward will receive a monetary award and have her name engraved on the University Libraries Staff Service Award plaque.
Coward received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from UNC Greensboro in 2010, as well as her Master’s in Library and Information Studies from UNC Greensboro in 2018.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Walsh