Stacey Knight-Davis, head of Library Technology Services at Booth Library, has been chosen to receive the 2019 Illinois Library Association Reference Services Award, which is awarded annually for excellence in providing assistance to library users as they seek and use information.
One example of Knight-Davis’ dedication to assisting users is her work with STEP (Students with Autism Transitional Education Program), a specialized support program for students with autism. Knight-Davis began this project by interviewing autistic students to learn if the library was effective in assisting them with their informational needs. She then took the feedback provided in those interviews to improve library services and spaces.
Providing cultural and educational value, Knight-Davis has spearheaded a number of exhibits, including a Quidditch display for “Twenty Year of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon” and “Designs of Duty,” a traveling exhibit on Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos that received national recognition.
Students, faculty and community members rely on Knight-Davis technical acumen to assist in troubleshooting software, equipment and other technology-related services. Furthermore, she routinely visits courses to ensure students are locating the information they need, and she is always eager to provide support.
Knight-Davis has published a chapter in the book The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment on faculty-library collaboration without assigned textbooks. This publication speaks to the campuswide program she planned and developed called “The Flu Then and Now.”
Professional roles include committee work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Great Midwest Technology Working Group and serving as president of Health Science Librarians of Illinois.
The Reference Services Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Oct. 22, during the 2019 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.
Knight-Davis has been employed at Booth Library since 2002. In addition to serving as head of Library Technology Services, she is the subject librarian for Health Promotion and Nursing.
“On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond,” an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, as well as examining current and future space exploration, is on display at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., until Aug. 1. The exhibit was curated at Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
“On the Shoulders of Giants” includes a look at Apollo 11 and other Apollo missions; Astronauts who Walked on the Moon; Women in Space; Space and Literature, Movies, and TV; and more.
It was 50 years ago on July 20 that American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans ever to land on the moon. About six and a half hours later, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
For more information on “On the Shoulders of Giants,” click here.
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