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Long-time librarian retires


Carolyn Tassie proudly shows off her Transylvania julep cup, a gift from the University upon her retirement.


Public services librarian Carolyn Tassie retired in June after 23 years at Transylvania. In addition to answering thousands of reference questions and teaching thousands of students how to conduct research, Tassie led the library’s efforts to create the Education Resource Center and worked to establish Transylvania’s Interlibrary loan program. She also served as a mentor for University 1111, Transylvania’s  academic career skills course.

“Faculty repeatedly tell us how much they appreciate her help with their students’ research and their own,” said President Charles L. Shearer.

A tireless advocate for interlibrary loan for the college and the state, Tassie served on statewide committees and most recently chaired the committee writing the policy that allows Kentucky’s academic libraries to share their resources.

She has edited the state-wide journal Kentucky Libraries, served as president of the Kentucky Library Association and as chair of the Academic Section of KLA, and will serve on the Council of the American Library Association through 2010.

    Tassie's Cake
    Tassie's retirement cake featured playful reading titles.

Tassie has had a positive impact on many students’ lives, including Helen E. Beaven ’04, instruction and outreach librarian at the Camden-Carroll Library at Morehead State University. “I can’t tell you how many times I came to the library during my four years and received Carolyn’s help searching the electronic databases,” Beaver said. “Her help in the library was so influential to me, I became a librarian.”

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