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Baker Library Staff Receive Award

Cynthia Churchwell, Mallory Stark and Debra Wallace win a 2012 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence.


October, 23 2012Baker Library staff members Cynthia Churchwell, Mallory Stark and Debra Wallace, received a 2012 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence for their book chapter, "Refocusing Distinctive Capabilities: Strategic Shifts in Harvard's Baker Library Services." The chapter was published in Anne Woodsworth’s (ed.) Librarianship in Times of Crisis—Volume 34 of the “Advances in Librarianship” book series published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


The series publishes chapters providing analyses of research and professional issues in the field of library and information sciences. The theme of Volume 34, printed in 2011, is the impact of challenging financial times on libraries and the resulting solutions and innovations. Churchwell, Stark and Wallace’s chapter outlines how Baker Library Services—a department of Harvard Business School’s Knowledge and Library Services—refocused its capabilities to become more integrated with research and course development.


Emerald Literati Network invited each of its book series editors to nominate an exceptional chapter from their series over the last year. Emerald editors commented that Churchwell, Stark and Wallace’s chapter “describes the kind of ideal and creative refocusing that can not only survive retrenchment and financial adversity, but can derive strength and closer ties to the parent organization's mission in times of crisis. The chapter not only points the way for other libraries and information services, but offers models for reorganization and restructuring client services.”


Churchwell, manager of contemporary collections and public services, joined Baker Library  in 2001. Prior to HBS, Churchwell served as the social sciences reference librarian and the business reference librarian at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Churchwell has an MLS, an MBA and a BS in accounting.


Stark, curriculum services specialist, has worked at Baker for more than 14 years. Before Harvard, Stark started the library at the Judge Institute at the University of Cambridge and worked as a reference librarian at MIT’s Dewey Library. She has an MSLIS, an EdM and a BS in business administration.


Wallace, executive director of knowledge and library services at Baker Library, has worked in the private and public sectors as an educator, information professional and consultant and  was named executive director of Harvard Business School’s Knowledge and Library Services in 2011. She was previously managing director of Baker Library Services. Wallace has a BSc from Moorhead State University, an MEd from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from the University of Toronto.


Read the chapter abstract here.


See the Emerald list of Outstanding Author Contribution 2012 Awards for Excellence here.