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Janet Ames, Library Associate in MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library, is the winner of the 2008 Zacharias Award in the Technical/Paraprofessional category.

She has been employed in the Library's Cataloging Department for 42 years, and was originally interviewed by Library Director Dr. George Lewis in 1966.

One of the questions he asked Janet was if she could work for 3-4 years in the Library. Janet replied "Yes, probably," which turned out to be quite an understatement!

Since beginning her work in the Cataloging Department, Janet has seen many changes, particularly in technology. While her early work involved typing cards for the Library's card catalog, Janet saw the technology change in the mid-1970s with the introduction of computers and online catalogs.

She has successfully adapted to all of the changes in the cataloging profession and consistently serves as a positive role model to others, always happy to share her expertise.

Fortunately for the Library, Janet has no plans to retire in the near future.

Janet has been married to James "Dutch" Ames since 1962 and has two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.




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