Dorothy Lockaby Named Outstanding Supervisor

Posted: July 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Dorothy Lockaby
Dorothy Lockaby
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The Staff Senate has announced that Dorothy Lockaby, coordinator, reference and instruction, Johnson Center Library, will receive the summer 2005 Outstanding Supervisor Award. Lockaby will be formally recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony on Monday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

Lockaby, who joined Mason about a year ago, supervises the Johnson Center Reference and Instruction Department staff, including classified staff and librarians.

Lockaby says she was “a little startled” when she heard about winning the award. “Usually awards come in the other direction—the supervisor nominates the people who work for them. I just feel really fortunate with the folks I work with. They make it pretty easy to decide what to do.”

In nomination letters, Lockaby received nearly unanimous accolades from her staff for her support and encouragement of their continuing education. “This fall, I will attend the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies,” says Miriam Bridges, library assistant. “Dorothy constantly encouraged me to apply until I sent in my application. She also allows flexibility in scheduling so that I and other library assistants will be able to attend graduate school and work full time.”

Rachel Kirkland, reference assistant, also appreciates Lockaby’s understanding of the needs of working parents. “Dot’s support and flexibility makes both working and being a mother a better experience for me. I am able to be there for both my children. In turn, I can mentally give more to my job, knowing that when things do come up at home, I am taken care of here at George Mason University.”

Lockaby gets high marks for her managerial skills as well. “Dot is a good listener and communicator,” says Andrew Lee, reference/liaison librarian. “Before making any decision on any issue, she always listens to each staff member’s opinion and suggestion, and always keeps us informed about what happens later.”

Not only does Lockaby support her staff on a one-on-one basis, but she also touts their achievements outside the department. “She has shown a genuine interest in her staff members and often brings individual staff accomplishments to Johnson Center Library management meetings,” says Ruth Kifer, associate university librarian and Lockaby’s supervisor. “Her advocacy on behalf of her staff and her demonstrated commitment to the library have made her extremely popular with staff, but more importantly, extremely effective as a manager and supervisor.”

Lockaby, who formerly worked as a library coordinator at the College for Lifelong Learning (now Granite State College) in New Hampshire, says she was attracted to Mason partly because of the uniqueness of the Johnson Center Library and its location within the center of student activity. Her two sons also live in Virginia.

Lockaby has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston.

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