Tina Adams, a library technician in the circulation department at D. H. Hill Library, has been honored by Library Journal, the preeminent publication for professional librarians, as the best in her profession. As the winner of the 10th annual Paraprofessional of the Year award, Adams is the subject of a feature article in the March edition of the magazine, as well as the recipient of a cash prize and a reception in her honor at the American Library Association conference in Chicago this summer. The 2009 award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service.
As course reserves supervisor in the access and delivery department at NCSU Libraries, Adams was instrumental in redesigning the reserves unit and merging it with circulation, resulting in substantially better service to library users. Recently, she was instrumental in delivering a program to provide a copy of every course book at NC State – approximately 4,500 books every year – for the reserve collection. This important program ensures every student continues to have access to information critical to their academic success in the face of the soaring cost of textbooks and the economic hardships of today’s economy.