Jeff Heck, associate director of the Reese Library, has been presented the 2012 Georgia Library Association’s (GLA) Bob Richardson Memorial Award.
Heck has garnered praise for his contributions as editor of the Georgia Library Quarterly (GLQ). Sarah Steiner, librarian at Georgia State University said, “As editor, he skillfully manages the journal, edits content, organizes a group of editors, secures readers for various submissions, ensures that deadlines are met, and… neatly ties up the final package for digital delivery.”
Prior to serving as editor, Heck served as associate editor of the publication and as an editorial board member.
“In all of these roles, Jeff has been highly attentive to and respectful of the needs of even the most demanding library readers. Jeff consistently makes a genuine effort to gain consensus and make user-centric decisions,” said Susan Cooley, former editor of the GLQ.
The award, which honors Bob Richardson’s dedicated service to the GLA, is given to an individual who has made significant contributions through unselfish, dedicated service to the organization, requiring extensive investment of time and effort.
Heck has served as chair and member of a number of committees within the university and in the state. Through his statewide involvement, he has helped lead Reese Library through technological enhancements to the GIL online catalog and GALILEO information system. As a member of GLA, Heck has been involved with New Members Round Table, the Handbook Committee, the Scholarship Committee, and GLQ.
He has written several articles and made numerous presentations. He also has served as both president and secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Uptown Augusta.
Heck currently serves on the ASU-GHSU Consolidation Working Group and is the co-chair of the Consolidation Governance Work Team. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.