Law Library Recognizes Four Staff Members with Merit Awards

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Nicole Downing
Nicole M. Downing '12
Tiffany Evans
Tiffany Evans
Jesse Griffin
Jesse D. Griffin
Aaron Kirschenfeld
Aaron S. Kirschenfeld '15

Four UNC School of Law library staff members recently received the UNC Kathrine R. Everett Law Library’s highest annual honor, the Kathrine R. Everett Award of Merit, which recognizes staff who stepped up in significant ways to address the needs of the library and its users.

Nicole M. Downing '12 was recognized for successfully reshaping the Prep for Practice library instruction program to explore innovations in law practice technologies; for impactful posts on the national law library association’s blog; for service-oriented management of database passwords and vendor support; for initiative in teaching; and for excellent work overall. Downing is a clinical assistant professor of law and reference librarian.

Tiffany Evans was recognized for immersive and careful development of new human resources responsibilities; for improvements to the library’s financial management and reporting; for building both relationships with peers and expertise with systems; for thoughtful contributions to the library’s administrative team; and for excellent work overall. Evans is the library's business officer.

Jesse D. Griffin was recognized for creative, resilient, and collaborative management of storage and relocation of the library’s collections during library maintenance and renovation; for attentive supervision of student employees supporting collection management and digitization; for completion of a master’s degree in library science; and for excellent work overall. Griffin is the library's metadata and digital services manager.

Aaron S. Kirschenfeld '15 was recognized for expert development of the Carolina Law Scholarship Repository and digital collections; for mentoring librarians on repository expansion and on teaching; for commitment to teaching; for presentations about his scholarship on legal citators; for committee work at local, regional, and national levels; and for excellent work overall. Kirschenfeld is a clinical assistant professor of law and digital initiatives law librarian.

"Four law library staff members really stepped up this year to respond to changing circumstances, taking the library’s services forward, improving efficiency in library management, and meeting challenges with a spirit of creativity and purpose," says Anne Klinefelter, associate professor of law and director of the law library. "We have never had more than two honorees in the annual Award of Merit, and this year we have double that number. These library staff members contribute to a vibrant culture of service in the law library, with impact both locally and beyond. I am inspired by them and grateful for their productivity and for their enthusiasm for advancing the library’s mission."

-March 7, 2018

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