P'Sack' April 2008 Awardee
Reference and Instruction Coordinator
P'Sack' Awardee of the Month
I love helping people learn more about using library resources. And
learn something new every day! I love genealogy and paper crafting,
including making paper and greeting cards. I
love the academic setting and the commitment that faculty and staff have
to providing our students a great learning experience. And I work with a
great bunch of people!
I was an English major, Library Science minor at my alma mater,
California State University, Sacramento. Received my MLS at BYU more years
ago than I like to admit. I've lived in Roy for 30 years and worked for
many years at Weber County Library before my move to WSU.
I belong to the Utah Library Association
and several local and state genealogy societies.
I just became a grandma (granddaughter born in March 2008). Am I really
that old? Yikes!
Thanks for the award. It's a great honor to be recognized by my peers!
All effective organizations have one person who’s at the center of
everything. At Stewart Library, that person is Fran Zedney. Her official
title is Coordinator of Reference and Instruction Services. Fran’s job
description says that she’s responsible for the physical environment of
the reference area and for scheduling library instruction. This
utilitarian description hides the fact that she makes the library
comfortable for students, faculty and staff who use our resources. She
helps people find what they need and does so in such a way that they ask
for her when they return. Fran doesn’t stop with extraordinary job
performance. She’s the heart and soul of library functions. The Library
won most creative use of theme at the 2007 Wildcat Block Party. We still
get comments about the eyeballs in the jars. Fran decorated the booth,
including eyeballs in jars. People came to stare and stayed to learn about
Stewart Library and Weber State.
Three words sum up what Fran has brought to Stewart Library: eyeballs
in jars. Not what you expected to hear, right? Fran’s not what you expect
to find when you hear the word librarian. No tight bun, no warning,
wagging, finger, no sensible shoes. Okay, maybe sensible shoes -she’s on
her feet passing her love of both the library and Weber on to others. She
makes sure that the Reference area and classrooms function well. She
teaches, both in a formal classroom setting, and one-on-one at the
Fran is the heart and soul of the library. Birthdays are celebrated,
brides showered, babies celebrated (her first grandbaby just arrived!) and
campus and community events attended, because Fran cares. Every group
should be lucky enough to have a Fran. Eyeballs and all.
The P'Sack' awardee was
chosen from a list of nominees as the
outstanding professional staff
member of the month.
Fran for being an
outstanding Weber State University employee.