Nancy Burns, Senior Bibliographic Specialist II, receives President's Achievement Award

Photo of President Eisgruber and award recipients

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, center, honored recipients of the President's Achievement Award at the annual Service Recognition Luncheon on March 21. From left to right: Marna Seltzer, Theodore Lewis Jr., Gale Sandor, President Eisgruber, Angela Francis, and Nancy Burns. Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy


Nancy Burns, Senior Bibliographic Specialist II on the Library's Serials and E-Resources Team, received the President's Achievement Award on March 21 in the Jadwin Gymnasium for her dedication and service to Princeton University Library and the University. 

President Christopher L. Eisgruber recognized Burns and four other award recipients at the annual Service Recognition Luncheon. Established by the Office of Human Resources in 1991, the award honors exemplary support and administrative staff with five or more years of service whose exceptional commitment and outstanding performance contributes significantly to their departments and the University. Recipients are awarded a framed certificate, an inscription of their name on a plaque displayed in the Office of Human Resources, and $2,500.

At the recognition luncheon, President Eisgruber recognized Nancy's achievement with the following remarks: 

Nancy is a senior bibliographic specialist who has served the Princeton University Library with distinction for 37 years. In this role, she works tirelessly to improve the experience of accessing the library’s vast resources. For example, much of Nancy’s day-to-day work involves troubleshooting access to electronic journals. She receives reports, meticulously follows up with each user, and provides clear instructions every step of the way. Her extraordinary attention to detail and creative problem-solving make a profound difference in the user experience. Peter Green, cataloging and metadata technology specialist, says that Nancy’s “deep institutional knowledge, brilliant analytical skills and reliable efficiency are truly unmatched, and her quiet and understated demeanor make her a pleasure to work with and an example to uphold.”

Nancy is also involved in an effort to better represent electronic journal titles in the library’s catalogue. Nancy has provided invaluable feedback and detailed documentation to Mark Zelesky, the primary developer of this new system. He says that Nancy “is a tireless worker with a keen eye for detail,” qualities that have made her the “go-to [person] for analyzing data.”

Amidst a rapidly evolving digital age, Nancy ensures that the library’s curation of printed serials and periodicals keeps pace as well. According to Engineering Librarian Willow Dressel, “It is not just that Nancy helps keep all these constantly changing things in order, but she is prompt, fastidious and pleasant while she does it.”

Nancy, through your generosity, attention to detail and extraordinary commitment, you have made a tremendous contribution to the University’s mission. I am pleased to recognize your outstanding service with this award.

For more information on the President's Achievement Award recipients and other staff recognitions, please visit the Princeton University story

Written by Stephanie Ramírez, Library Communications Specialist and Staff Writer

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director, Library Communications