Greg Argo of Concordia University, St. Paul, won the CLIC User Service Award. This award is presented annually to an individual within CLIC who has done the most to improve service to users during the past year.
One nominator wrote in support of Greg: "His grasp of library and web technology is very sophisticated and he often notices things that could easily go unnoticed. He recognizes possibilities and takes the initiative to help make it happen. He has the ability to take complicated problems, break them down and analyze them and then proceed to explain the issues or problems to the greater community in a manner that is understandable to the rest of us. He has the dual gift of technological expertise and communications skills to solve the problem and then bring the rest of us along. He demonstrates great tenacity and patience in grasping, working through, and then explaining the issues and the solution." Another nominator wrote: "'What is this guy, a Swiss Army knife?' Well, he has proven himself to be so versatile and helpful that I think he really might be, in part!"
The Conference Planning Task Force won the CLIC Group Effectiveness Award for their stellar work in planning and hosting the CLIC annual conference, "Hush the Shushing! What Are Users Saying?" This award is presented annually to a group within CLIC which has best exemplified group action for the benefit of CLIC and its mission. Task Force members included: Augsburg College – Missy Motl, Bethel University – Erica Ross, Concordia University, St. Paul – Greg Argo, Hamline University – Siobhan DiZio, Macalester College – Jesse Sawyer, St. Catherine University – Emily Asch, University of Northwestern-St.Paul – Linda Rust, and University of St. Thomas – Kari Petryszyn.
One nominator wrote in support of the Task Force: "The 2013 Conference Planning Task Force is one of the most pleasant, collaborative, and hardworking committees that I have encountered. From day one, the group coalesced, set their goals, and worked well together throughout the process. The members were generous in allowing everyone to contribute to the decisionmaking process, and as a result, there was a high level of creativity in putting together a conference that was both fun and informative."
Our luncheon speaker was Joyce Sutphen, the Poet Laureate of Minnesota. Joyce gave a delightful talk on poetry and stayed afterwards to sign books.
For more photographs taken at the luncheon (with thanks to CLIC photographer, Steve Waage!), see CLIC's Facebook page.