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FMCC’s Battisti earns SUNY Chancellor’s Award

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College employee Patricia (Trish) Battisti is the recipient of the prestigious 2020 State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Battisti has worked at the Evans Library for 28 years in a variety of capacities, first as typist performing general tasks and currently as senior library clerk with responsibilities for a variety of library services to the campus community.

Over those years, Battisti has grown in her knowledge of the field of library services and become a valued and trusted employee who places service to patrons above all else.

During her tenure at the library, she has done essentially every job that needed doing — staffing the public areas, working with faculty to provide access to instructional materials, ordering materials, coordinating budget reconciliation with the library director, cataloging and processing new materials, training and evaluating student aides, and facilitating resource sharing services.

These responsibilities are undertaken with an attention to detail and a knowledge that her hard work is pivotal in providing students and faculty with the resources they need to succeed and thrive.

Battisti’s creativity is shown in her embrace of new library technologies. She has enthusiastically helped the library migrate from a manual circulation system to the first automated system in 1995 and through two additional migrations to the more sophisticated and complex library services platform implemented in Summer 2019.

Additionally, Battisti has participated in a variety of specialized projects and approaches each with a focus on excellence and awareness of how the final outcomes reflect positively on the Evans Library and the college.

One project of particular note is the digitization of regional history special collections into a state-wide historical repository. Her dedication made wider access to these unique resources possible.

On her nomination for this award, the final sentence read as follows: “The Evans Library is what it is today because of Trish.”

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