Susan Raybourn Honored
Friends of the OSU Library name 2011 Phelps Award Winner
November 22, 2011
Story by Emily Nielsen, OSU Library Communications Intern
For Immediate Release
STILLWATER -Susan Raybourn was named the winner of the 2011 Edna Mae Phelps Award. The award recognizes those who have performed exceptional work to increase the performance and effectiveness of the OSU Library.
The OSU Library has undergone major renovations both inside and out. Raybourn has played a leading role in both. After the plaza was renovated, Raybourn was the first donor to support efforts to improve the Edmon Low Library’s landscaping. These highly visible improvements inspired others to donate toward additional planters and outdoor seating.
Next, Raybourn and her husband Steve underwrote the transformation of the reference and circulation desks on the first floor of the Edmon Low Library. The service points were merged to improve both functionality and aesthetics.
Raybourn has served on the Friends of the OSU Library Board of Directors since 2003.
The award was established in 1994 and is named for Edna Mae Phelps, who served as the first president of the Friends of the OSU Library. Phelps was a strong supporter of the OSU Library, and while she served on the OSU Board of Regents she worked tirelessly to improve the budget for the Library.Susan Raybourn were presented with the award on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Friends of the OSU Library’s annual H. Louise & H.E. “Ed” Cobb Speaker’s Series.
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Last Updated: 22 Novemebr 2011