Mercer Is March Employee of the Month

Posted: March 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sabrina Tillman

Eve Mercer, access coordinator of periodicals at Fenwick Library, has been chosen as the March employee of the month because of her initiative and leadership during the implementation of the partnership between University Libraries and the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC).

Mercer interacted with the staff and scientists of ATCC and served as manager of the project, which involved transferring three years of journals to the Prince William Campus Library (PWCL). This enormous task included taking inventory of more than 40 journal titles, preparing and processing these journals for binding, and adding these sources to the online library catalog.

“One of the biggest obstacles we needed to overcome was to convince the scientists to look for and give up the missing journals from their laboratories, and also to sign out any future journals taken from the reading room,” says Mercer.

The project, which required a very organized and detail-oriented leader, was completed in several weeks, thanks to Mercer’s efforts. “Her resolutions to possible hurdles allowed for the successful and timely completion of this project,” says Heather Groves Hannan, head of PWCL. “This partnership provides additional resources for faculty members and students in the biosciences, and establishes new ground in building a working relationship with the community. In addition, Eve has developed documentation to guide future partnership projects of this scope.”

Mercer is described by her peers as helpful, enthusiastic, and dedicated. Her devotion to the University Libraries system shows, because her promotion from circulation and journals coordinator at PWCL to access coordinator of periodicals at the Fenwick Library requires her to travel from her home in Prince William County to Fairfax. Despite the commute, Mercer says that she enjoys being in daily contact with students, faculty, and staff, and that “lasting friendships” have resulted from many of these everyday meetings. “Knowing so many diverse and interesting people is one of my proudest accomplishments,” she says.

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