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F.D. Bluford Library Award Winners, Fall 2020- Spring 2021

Every year, F.D. Bluford Library recognizes employees for their outstanding work and commitment to the department. It is with great pleasure that we announce those who won these awards for the 2020-2021 academic year. Peer-to-Peer awards are indicated by an asterisk (*).


This award is given to those who develop and implement a program which has significantly enhanced library operations, resources, access to resources, or direct service to library patrons.

David Rachlin – Fall 2020

Mr. Rachlin performed critical work that made the library’s Ask Us feature a success. He provided multiple trainings for the new feature and created a QR code for AskUs to assist library patrons in contacting the library. Moreover, his expertise in all things “data” allowed RIES to create a system and workflow that allowed the department to more efficiently gather and analyze transactional data. This data analysis is allowing the library to make data-driven decisions that will better serve patrons.

Harvey Long – Spring 2021

Mr. Long’s work as the Student Success Librarian exemplifies this award. He has increased student engagement and their learning experience with his ideas. One example is the Thursday Tea program, which launched in February and brought NC A&T alum and award-winning author, La-Donia Alford Jefferies to speak with NC A&T community. Moreover, his leadership as the incoming chair of the Community Engagement Committee has brought in new ideas to reach out to the (physical and digital) campus and outside communities.



This award is given for providing quality service to internal and/or external clients of the Library in a positive manner which significantly exceeds the expectations of the position and/or serves as a model for other employees.

Octavious Spruill, Fall 2020

Mr. Spruill played a tremendous role in getting and keeping the library safe during the pandemic. He has coordinated with facilities to ensure that the library received necessary signage, Plexiglas, and disinfecting supplies. He has also picked up mail and packages from the campus mail center, picked up student planners from Student Life, and coordinated laptop check outs for students needing laptops mailed to them. Mr. Spruill is always willing to go the extra mile for library patrons and library employees.

Sarah Smith, Spring 2021

Ms. Smith has worked far beyond her responsibilities as executive assistant to the Dean, processing requests and forms for department heads, assisting with planning events and activities, and demystifying a myriad of university processes, policies, and procedures, teaching us how to help ourselves and whom to contact where for help. During the COVID-19 crisis, she has served as an invaluable, and consummate, professional in navigating all kinds of unprecedented and unexpected issues, all while maintaining a friendly and helping attitude, which marks her as worthy of this award.



This award is given to those who volunteer to take on a particular task not normally assigned to anyone, including working for someone who is out, or for freely undertaking a task to help out whenever necessary.

Anna White, Fall 2020

Ms. White’s work with the Community Engagement Committee included not only assisting with Bluford Library’s Welcome Week programming (key to its success was aiding in facilitating activities), but also volunteering to serve as secretary. Moreover, Anna was instrumental in the onboarding, training and supervision of the RIES and shared student workers during the Fall 2020 semester. She was an invaluable resource to these students, Ms. Smith and Ms. Quick, and the library.

Brenda Lipscomb, Spring 2021

This year, Bluford Library launched a new Laptop Loan Program to support distance and online learners during the pandemic. Mrs. Lipscomb worked tirelessly to make this program a success. Expanding on her Reserves skills, she processed laptops quickly and efficiently in order to circulate them, acted as a liaison to Client Technology Services, and ran statistical reports regarding laptop circulation and inventory. Without her work this program would not have been as successful at serving students.



The Outstanding Employee Award will be presented to one employee selected by the Awards and Recognitions Committee. This employee’s performance will have demonstrated excellence throughout the year and will be recognized as a model for other employees.

Donna Royster

Mrs. Royster made substantial contributions to the Scholarly Communications Committee this entire year. This work included: learning two calendar systems and inputting workshop information into these calendars to advertise, creating templates for workshops, and providing excellent customer service to both the workshop facilitators and to the attendees. Further, she has served as a moderator and co-host for all of Scholarly Communications programs this year. Her attentive service made it possible for the facilitators to focus on teaching content.



Recognizes full-time employees of Library Services for their exemplary servant leadership to the personnel and/or the customers of F.D. Bluford Library. The outcome of the individual’s leadership will have resulted in a significant contribution to the workplace.

Stephen Bollinger

Mr. Bollinger is a strong advocate for Bluford Library both internally and across campus. As Faculty Senator he brings broad awareness to Library Services and events by regularly sharing this information at both Faculty Senate meetings and Library Faculty meetings. Moreover, in the library he has dedicated significant time to mentoring junior faculty. He informally advises junior faculty in their work and created a faculty development group to discuss librarianship, tenure and promotion, and workplace success. His success is reflected in how others at the library have learned how to do their job better because of his mentorship. He is a valued colleague and provides exemplary Servant Leadership.

Wednesday, January 19 to
Sunday, March 6, 2022 
Sunday 1pm to 1am
Monday through Thursday 8am to 1am
Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 7pm