Elaine Coppola, Librarian for Government Information, Political Science and International Relations in the Social Sciences and Area Studies Department at Syracuse University Library has received the 2008 Syracuse University Library Distinguished Service Award.
Elaine’s letters of support were strong and eloquent in outlining her many contributions to Syracuse University Library. One colleague wrote:
“Because human relationships are central to effective academic librarianship, employees like Elaine are priceless. Her collegial nature, sense of humor, analytical ability, and overall sense of advocacy for individual librarians and the broad field of librarianship more generally, is demonstrated on a daily basis.”
Elaine is widely known for her skill in user support, faculty liaison work, reference, and government documents. She began her career at Syracuse University Library in 1979 as a Catalog Librarian Technical Services, a position she held for the next 10 years. In a portent of things to come, Elaine volunteered at the reference desk from 1984 until 1989, when she transferred to public services and joined the Reference Department.
Elaine served in a number of key roles in the ensuing period, including Social Sciences Reference Bibliographer, Reference Desk Manager, and Head of Reference from 1999 through 2003. Elaine assumed her present position in Social Sciences and Area Studies in 2005.
Concurrently, Elaine amassed an impressive array of publications, including her most recent article, “May Day, May 1” in the Spring 2007 issue of Documents to the People, reviews for Choice magazine, and the Political Science section of The Guide to Reference Books, 10th edition supplement.
Elaine’s commitment to SU Library is also evident in her extensive record of service, serving on or chairing library committees ranging from the current MetaLib Committee, to the Electronic Resources Advisory Group, the Library Cabinet, the Collection Development Committee, various search committees, SULA, and many others.
Elaine was previously honored by the Eastern NY Chapter of ACRL with its Librarian of the Year award in 1996 for her contributions to that organization. She has also been involved in a number of ALA committees and activities over the years.