Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Elaine Cox Receives Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship

Elaine Cox, Health Sciences Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library 
on the Denton campus, has been named the recipient of the 2014-15 
Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship.  Photograph
by Kristin Wolski.  October 20, 2014.
Citing her "dedication and passion for librarianship" and her "positive attitude and exuberance for helping students, faculty and staff of TWU," the Texas Woman's University Foundation has announced that Elaine Cox, Health Sciences Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship.  As one nominator puts it, "Elaine helps fulfill the mission of Texas Woman's University as one who 'ignites' potential and purpose in students."  

As a Health Sciences Librarian and valued member of the TWU Libraries Reference Department team, Elaine specializes in giving subject-specific research guidance in the fields of Dental Hygiene, Consumer Health and Evidence-Based Practice.  She teaches, volunteers for projects, attends conferences, and is a dedicated member of the Faculty Senate and various professional medical organizations.  "My favorite part of the job is the constant state of change," says Elaine.  "It's never boring!"  

With over 11 years of experience as a librarian at TWU, Elaine is admired by her peers as well as the students she serves.  "Elaine Cox is the librarian every institution of higher education wishes they had," says one colleague.  "She goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist all of the students, staff and faculty who seek her assistance."  "Elaine is a real treasure to have at TWU," says another.  "When I see Elaine teach library skills to students, it motivates me to do better at my own job and to be a better person.  She is the real deal."

Although Elaine's professional skills are unquestionably first-rate, to those who know her it is Elaine's kindness and giving spirit which distinguish her most.  "Students have a beaten path to Elaine's office door, and she is never too busy to stop her work and give them her undivided attention," reads one colleague's letter of nomination.  "Elaine's insight and guidance have been so helpful," adds another coworker.  "She is an asset not only to students and faculty, but to her colleagues as well."

The Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship was established in 2011 and named in honor of TWU Libraries Director Emeritus Elizabeth Snapp, who served at TWU for 33 years.  Each recipient of this annual award receives a cash prize and commemorative plaque presented at a ceremony held in her or his honor.  

From all of us in the TWU Libraries family, Elaine, congratulations for receiving this much-deserved honor. 

And thanks--for being the real deal.

~Sandy Cochran

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