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Gail Williams Receives 2020 Libraries' Living the Values Award

We're thrilled to announce that Gail Williams is the Libraries' 2020 Living the Values Award recipient.  She was notified of this award when Dean Postlethwaite presented her with the letter from Chancellor Agrawal.  The Libraries' Awards Committee (Emily Reeb, Garth Tardy, Cindy Thompson, and Gloria Tibbs) reviewed submitted library nominations for the new Living the Values Award and selected Gail’s according to an established rubric from a group of excellent nominations. 

The Living the Values Award recognizes a staff employee who exemplifies excellence in one or more of the University’s key values: Learning, Diversity, Integrity, Accountability, Respect and Collaboration. Nominees must have shown extraordinary adoption of one or more of the key values in a work-related situation and each unit at UMKC has one person receive the award each year. 

The strength of Gail’s nomination rested on her commitment to all of the University’s key values. Her work with the UMKC Libraries Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee on a number of projects including an upcoming conference for library workers of color, her practice of seeking multiple perspectives, and her contributions to interlibrary loan in building collaboration and serving students are just a few examples of her adoption of the UMKC values. One nominator put it especially well: “Gail is an extremely conscientious worker, approaching her collaborative work with humility, honesty, and a deep commitment to successful outcomes.”

Congratulations to Gail for exemplifying all that the Living the Values Award celebrates!  Gail and other recipients will be honored a ceremony on March 4.

Posted: February 11, 2020