Info One - Fall 97

Fall 1997

Dr. Aileen Helmick Retires

The Department of Library Science and Information Services is losing its department chair. Dr. Aileen Helmick is retiring at the end of this semester after nineteen years of teaching. She joined the department in 1978 and became its chair in 1982.

"I really like my job," she said, and will especially miss the students upon her retirement. Her proudest achievements have included acting as advisor to three students who won the UCM Graduate Student Research Paper Competition award. In 1990 she herself won the American Library Association's Eli Oboler award, which is given annually by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table for the year's outstanding publication on intellectual freedom. She was also co-founder of the Educators of Library Media Specialists Section in ALA, and served as president in 1986-87. In addition, she has held various leadership positions in the Missouri Association of School Librarians, including president in 1984-85.

In addition to a Masters in School Administration from Kansas State University and an Education Specialist from Central, she has both an advanced Masters and a Ph. D. in Library Science from Florida State University.

Through the years Dr. Helmick has seen changes both in the role of the media specialist and at Central. The media specialist, she believes, must now more than ever deal with technology and with the increased need to support and defend policies. Changes she has seen at Central include the integration of technology with the classroom and responsiveness to accountability.

Thanks Aileen, your contributions to school media specialists have truly made a difference!

Mrs. Joyce Larson Retires

After thirty years of working in Ward Edwards Library, Joyce Larson is retiring from Periodicals on February 27, 1998.

Born in Eden, South Dakota, she began her education in a one room school house, and later attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, where she received a B.S. in microbiology. On September 1, 1967 she began work for Central Missouri State College at Ward Edwards Library. Her first job, in the Cataloging Department, included such labor intensive duties as the typing of catalog cards and assistance in reclassification from Dewey to Library of Congress.

In 1973 Mrs. Larson moved to the Periodicals Department, where she took care of binding items and the shelf list. In 1979 she moved to Public Services, becoming a library assistant in the Science and Technology area, a job she enjoyed the most because of helping the clients. During this time she completed (1982) an M.S. in Learning Resources. In 1989 she began what was to be her last position, Supervisor of Periodicals, which requires that the area runs smoothly so that materials remain accessible to students.

During her years with the library she has seen the building double in size, and many technological advances, which she feels have replaced a personal touch. Joyce says she will miss her co-workers and student workers, whom she enjoys being around.

She feels it is now time to move on to something else. Her retirement plans include her hobbies of sewing and needlework, and spending more time with her eight grandchildren. Thanks Joyce, for all your years of dedication, the library is a better place because of you.