Outstanding Service Award

Marcia Dick

Senior Library Specialist, University Libraries

Marcia Dick

Students with disabilities have a true friend in Marcia Dick.

Dick is the coordinator of services for students with disabilities at Founders Memorial Library; it was her innovation to hire undergraduates with hearing, visual and other impairments to staff the Information Desk.

She manages Room 102, home to many kinds of assistive technology, where she helps students with disabilities to conduct online searches.  Her work on a Center for Access-Ability Resources grant resulted in nearly $10,000 worth of computers and software for the library's new assistive technology room.

When Dick spoke about academic success to CAAR students, she put a name and face to the library's special services and decreased the group's hesitancy to use those programs.

In 2000, she won the Clogston Spirit Award for advocacy for persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, her creative scheduling and willingness to expand her many duties helped the library to weather the economic storm.  She serves on libary committees, the Operating Staff Council, the Athletic Board and the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

"Generally, a senior library specialist has a task-oriented position, and Marcia's is no exception," library colleague Sharon Campbell says.  "It is Marcia who has taken it from being a task-oriented position to one of commitment to library excellence, passion for mentoring the students she supervises and concern for library patrons of all ages."

Dick, who jointed NIU in 1986, is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a volunteer with the Barb City Manor garden walk and a participant in the local cancer walk.

April 2010