From student support to relocation and committee work to increasing inclusivity, Carrie Kline has been a key contributor to the needs of the University Library and its users, earning her the 2022 University Service Award.
As the library’s circulation coordinator, Kline oversees circulation of the physical collection and the student employee schedule. She managed a staff of 25 students during the pandemic, often juggling ever-changing schedules due to quarantines, sickness and family matters. She stayed up to date on COVID-19 protocols to make sure students were trained on operating safe spaces for library clients.
“Carrie strives to see the best in everyone and accommodate their needs,” said one student manager. “She has been the best supervisor I could have ever asked for.”
Her knowledge of the physical collection has been invaluable during the relocation planning process to replace Albertson Hall. Kline’s expertise and leadership helped a team weed and organize materials, and she also trained students to help with the inventory and packing process.
“This has involved pulling 61,000 items and physically scanning and inventorying every remaining item on our shelves,” she said.
Kline serves on the Albertson Hall Building Committee as well as the Albertson Hall Relocation Communication Committee. She is also involved in university governance, serving the University Staff Council, Common Council, Title and Total Compensation working group and the Constitution and Handbook Review Subcommittee.
A key contributor to library initiatives related to equity, diversity and inclusion, Kline co-chaired the library’s EDI working group and encourages others to consider different perspectives. She coordinates the library book displays and is mindful to highlight representation of diverse voices.
“Overall, Carrie’s positive attitude, humor and strong work ethic make her an invaluable colleague to all at UWSP,” said Mindy King, library director.