2012 Librarian of the Year: Jodi Poe

 Congratulations, Jodi Poe, Beta Kappa Chapter’s 2012 Librarian of the Year Award recipient!

From Carrie Steinmehl, Beta Kappa Chapter President, 2010-2012: 

It is my distinct honor as President of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Phi Mu to present the 2012 Librarian of the Year Award to Jodi Poe, Head of Technical Services of the Houston Cole Library at Jacksonville State University.

I first met Jodi at a Beta Phi Mu annual meeting, when she was the secretary of our Chapter.  I thought that she was so cool and she inspired me to want to do more for our chapter.  I was even more impressed with her when I saw how involved she was in the Alabama Library Association and I did not hesitate to vote for her to serve on the association’s executive council.  I am not the only one who recognizes her as being a true professional and leader in our profession.  Those who nominated her, Kent Snowden, Heather Cover, Dean John-Bauer Graham, Harry Nuttall, Tim Dodge, Bonnie Lee and Dennis Nichols, all attest to the fact that she is one of the most dedicated, hard-working, forceful and competent librarians in our state.

The Librarian of the Year Award recognizes and honors librarians who have made an exceptional contribution to the development of professionalism among Alabama librarians.  Jodi’s 67-page Curriculum Vitae details her roles as workshop presenter and attendee, as well as her roles in many professional organizations, such as the Alabama Library Association, Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries, Center for Intellectual Property Member Community, Higher Education Partnership, International Webmasters Association, the Library School Association (LSA) Board for University of Alabama School of Library & Information Studies, and Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, just to name a few.

Jodi has also provided professional services by speaking and writing on the subject of librarianship.  She served on the AVL Training Committee, as Editor of the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, and as a manuscript reviewer for Journal of Web Librarianship and The Southeastern Librarian.

In her nomination letter, Heather Cover described how Jodi took her under her wing while serving on the ALLA executive council and instilled in her the importance of giving back to the library profession, adding “[Jodi] has done the same for countless other librarians, not just one on one but by being an unknowing example of participation and dedication.”  Also, Dean Graham noted that Jodi is one of the few faculty members at Jacksonville State University who understands how commitment to service and attention to scholarship are supposed to work for the greater good of the University.  He adds: “She is selfless, diligent and completely unfaltering in her role as an academic librarian.”

For these and for so many more reasons, Jodi Poe truly deserves the 2012 Beta Phi Mu Beta Kappa Chapter Librarian of the Year Award.

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Founding Beta Phi Mu, the library and information science honor society, was founded at the University of Illinois in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators. The first chapter consisted of 12 students and their 13 sponsors. Today Beta Phi Mu has grown to over 23,000 members and has chartered 56 chapters. The Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Phi Mu was organized at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama. It was installed into the national organization in November, 1975.

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