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Jen Salvo-Eaton Receives 2016 Outstanding New Librarian Award

Salvo-EatonJen Salvo-Eaton, Head of Resource Sharing and Graduate Student Services at the UMKC Libraries, is the 2016 recipient of the Missouri Library Association’s Outstanding New Librarian Award.  The award recognizes early career librarians who have made significant contributions to the improvement and advancement of library and information services.

“Jen is a fantastic candidate for Outstanding New Librarian – just shy of three years after receiving her MLS, she has taken on more than many librarians do throughout their careers,” wrote Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services at the UMKC Libraries.  “[She] has made incredible improvements to our interlibrary loan service, built a regional community of interlibrary loan staff and librarians, and built up a brand new set of services targeted toward graduate students.“

“I’m very honored to receive this award.  My successes would not be possible without my great team and supportive colleagues at UMKC,” stated Salvo-Eaton. “I know I tend to push the envelope sometimes, but I appreciate the freedom to initiate projects and experiment.” Salvo-Eaton is founder of the Interlibrary Loan Special Interest Group, a Midwest regional group for interlibrary loan staff and librarians from the greater Kansas City metro area.  The group encourages a strong sense of local community and provides multiple venues for professional development and training, including an annual conference.

Prior to Salvo-Eaton’s hire, UMKC did not have a librarian for Graduate Student Services.  While the position was new, Salvo-Eaton’s leadership and collaborative efforts with the School of Graduate Studies and the Writing Studio have already led to the major success of UMKC’s Graduate Writing Initiative.

“When I was first told over the phone that I had won, my immediate reaction was to think about reasons why I love my job. The biggest reason was because I get to make change happen: improving library services, starting an entirely new program, and changing students’ perceptions of libraries and librarians.”

Salvo-Eaton graduated with an M.L.I.S. from Long Island University and a B.A. with Honors in Art History from the University of Iowa.  She has also completed work toward a Master’s in Art History at New York University.  She is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of large reciprocal borrowing library consortia and is active in presenting at state and national conferences, including the ILLiad International Interlibrary Loan Conference.

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