Brenda Reed is the inaugural recipient of the Liz Fox Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes the qualities for which Ms Fox was so widely admired: dedication to service, wisdom, kindness, and respect for others.
“My Queen’s library colleagues will know that it is difficult to express just how deeply I am honoured to be the recipient of the inaugural Liz Fox Distinguished Service Award,” says Ms Reed, learning and research services librarian at the Education Library. “Those of us who worked with Liz know what a brilliant, kind, dedicated, and just plain outstanding librarian and true friend she was.”
Ms Reed assists a wide range of people – from teacher candidates who have been placed in a kindergarten classroom to PhD students working on their dissertations. Her willingness to go the extra mile for faculty and students makes her an extremely valued librarian and a worthy recipient of the award.
She shares the praise with her library colleagues.
“The Queen’s University Library, and the Education Library in particular, is a wonderful place to work. You have the support of an extraordinary team of library staff,” she says.
Ms Fox began her career at Queen’s in 1974 and went on to serve as the Electronic Services Librarian and Head of the Library Systems Unit. Ms Fox and Ms Reed established high standards for the library’s web presence while working together as close colleagues and friends.
Queen’s University Librarians and Archivists (QULA) established the award after Ms Fox passed away in August 2009 due to complications associated with lymphoma.
QULA presented Ms Reed with the award at its meeting on November 10.