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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1338 May 2007
Sheila Connor

Sheila Connor

Nancy McKeown

Nancy McKeown

Beata Panagopoulos

Beata Panagopoulos

Harvard University Library Notes / July 2007 / No. 1338

Connor, McKeown, and Panagopoulos Are Harvard Heroes

At the end of each academic year, the University surveys the Central Administration and, as of 2007, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and designates specific individuals and work groups as "Harvard Heroes."

Literature for the Harvard Heroes program notes that "it takes many people working in many different ways to support the University's mission of teaching and research. The people behind the scenes join Harvard's faculty and students in creating, sustaining, and expanding a worldwide reputation for excellence as they build and maintain the physical, financial, interpersonal, and collaborative infrastructure upon which the schools and the faculty depend. Each year, a select few staff members who make an extraordinary contribution to the University are recognized as 'Harvard Heroes.'"

For 2007, three members of the library community have achieved this distinction: Sheila Connor, horticultural research archivist in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library; Nancy McKeown, financial analyst in the Harvard University Library; and Beata Panagopoulos, head of technical services in the John F. Kennedy School of Government Library.

In conferring these honors, Interim President Derek C. Bok read the following citations for the library community's Harvard Heroes.

"Sheila Connor, your work has advanced the Arnold Arboretum's library into one the finest resources for studies in horticulture. But, you're not just a research archivist: you also put on a hard hat and took the lead in the award-winning renovation of the Hunnewell Building. You are currently driving a budding effort to transform the library's image collection into a digital resource. You have been essential in helping the Arboretum to bloom and grow. Thank you . . .

"Nancy McKeown, senior financial analyst, you demonstrate dedication to your colleagues and to Harvard on a daily basis. Your 'eagle eye' has found errors which have saved the University Library over a hundred thousand dollars. Whether you are handling day-to-day operational expenses, an endowment involving millions of dollars, or last-minute financial modeling, you are patient, exacting, and, above all, loyal. We thank you . . .

"Beata Panagopoulos, you are always on the lookout for ways to improve any environment—in the library and throughout the school. Although you're a thoughtful manager and an energetic learner, your colleagues most eagerly cited your untiring role as organizer, recruiter, and cheerleader for the KSG's ombuds program for the past 10 years. Your efforts have ensured that, when students, staff, and faculty need a safe place to talk, the ombuds program has been there."


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