2019 Innovation & Change Award Staff Performance Awards

Matthew Bright

University Library

The 13 libraries that comprise the Washington Research Library Consortia (WRLC) migrated to a new Library Management System, Alma, over the summer of 2018. With the move to Alma, all of the libraries merged together several million of their own bibliographic records for the first time. The merging of records brought a significant risk of losing unique and valuable institutionally created metadata.

Matthew’s tireless work to develop highly complex merge rules enabled all of the libraries in the WRLC to maintain the local metadata they had created, while updating bibliographic records with more complete and accurate information and metadata standards. This ultimately allowed more complete
cataloging of what the library owns and better access for users to library resources.

In recognition of his exceptional work and accomplishments, American University is pleased to present Matthew Bright with the 2019 Staff Performance Award for Innovation and Change.

2019 Innovation & Change Award Staff Performance Awards

Neisha-Anne Green

Academic Support & Access Center

Although the Writing Center was well run and very helpful before her arrival at AU, the changes Neisha-Anne has implemented allow the Writing Center to reach a larger and more diverse population of students more efficiently than
before.

Neisha-Anne’s initiative to automate scheduling and make tutoring services available online has allowed students to schedule their appointments and to access service hours that were previously unavailable. Her implementation of a fiveweek mandatory training for incoming tutors with topics that include social and linguistic justice as well as linguistic racism has helped to break down race, class, and language barriers between students and tutors and make the Writing Center a more welcoming place.

In recognition of her exceptional work and accomplishments, American University is pleased to present Neisha-Anne Green with the 2019 Staff Performance Award for Innovation and Change.