Kentucky History Specialist, Prof. Nancy Baird is the recipient of the Sara Tyler Merit Award. A reception was given in her honor at the Kentucky Building on May 3, 2007. At the reception were her family members and colleagues in the University Libraries and on campus.
Library Media Education Professor Robert Smith presided over the event and gave his opening remark, Dean of Libraries Mike Binder presented the award to Nancy, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Miller spoke on behalf of Provost Barbara Burch, Head of Library Special Collections Timothy Mullin presented a scrapbook and a gift to Nancy, and Libraries Special Projects Coordinator Peggy Wright, a long-time friend of Nancy, told the audience what she knew about her.
Established by colleagues of Miss Sara Elizabeth Tyler following her retirement in 1975, this award is a tribute to her 42 years of service to Western Kentucky University as a teacher, Director of Library Services, and University Archivist. The award is given to a member of the faculty for outstanding dedicated service in the field of librarianship.
Here’s an album of the photos that documented the event. A podcast of the speeches is available, so you can either listen to it on your computer or subscribe to it and listen on the go using your favorite MP3 players.
For more information about Sara Tyler and a list of recipients in the past, please visit the Libraries’ the Sara Tyler Merit Award page.