KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo Librarian Diane J. Bever was honored for nearly 40 years of service, with the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Over the course of a long career, it is very rewarding to be recognized by my peers for a lifetime of achievement,” Bever said. “It is particularly gratifying as I will be retiring in February, leaving my profession with a sense of a job well done.”
The ILF Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a librarian who has given outstanding service to state libraries or media centers in his or her local community, state, or region.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated Bever on receiving the honor.
“Diane has served this campus, her community, and the state throughout her tenure at IU Kokomo, and we are most appreciative,” she said. “This is a well-deserved honor. We will miss her upon her retirement.”
Since 1979, Bever has assisted students, faculty, and staff, first as an assistant reference librarian, and later as reference and information services librarian, and also archivist and historian. She’s dedicated her career to preserving campus historical documents and artifacts, and making them available to Library patrons. She’s also served in many leadership roles, including as interim dean from 2008-2009.
A Forest resident, she gives back to her community as a member of the Clinton County Contractual Public Library Board of Trustees.
“Diane’s contributions to the IU Kokomo Library, to our campus, and to Indiana University are innumerable,” said Polly Boruff-Jones, dean of the Library. “She has a distinguished record of service to our profession, and we appreciate her leadership and service to our Library and our students.”
Bever, M.L.S. ’77, says active service in the ILF helped her stay current with updates and new ideas in library science so she could bring beneficial changes to the campus library. She served as the federation’s president from 1994-95, edited its newsletter for 10 years, and was its principal historian. She received its leadership award in 1992.
“I feel strongly in order to grow professionally and to grow the profession, it is important to play an active role in my state professional organization,” she said. “I have met many wonderful librarians from all over the state, who have helped me grow professionally. I hope my involvement has served as a model for other librarians. We all continually strive to make our libraries and our vocation the best we can.”
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.