Preston Library celebrated the retirement of Linda Covington, Head of Technical Services, on April 29. Linda worked in Preston Library for 42 years. Gen. Peay presented Linda with a VMI Achievement Award and Col. Samdahl commented on Linda’s contributions to Preston Library and presented her with gifts from the library staff. A large number of VMI staff, faculty, cadets, librarians, and Linda’s family celebrated and congratulated Linda on her retirement.
Throughout her career Linda enthusiastically took on greater responsibilities and advanced to become Head of Technical Services in 1996. In 1989, she earned her BS degree in Library Science from James Madison University and her masters degree in library science from the University of North Carolina in 1995. A year later, she assumed the duties of Head of Technical Services. Linda has made numerous contributions to Preston Library, including significant work to move acquisitions to the library’s first online catalog in 1991 and later to supervise the migration of acquisitions and cataloging to a new online system in 2004. During her tenure Linda worked methodically and quietly behind the scenes–but with energy and efficiency. She is known for her cheerfulness and “can do” attitude. Whenever a historical question arises about ordering materials, the response is “ask Linda”. No matter how busy she is with multiple projects, she always puts those matters aside to give her attention to the needs of cadets and faculty. Numerous faculty have noted Linda’s conscientious helpfulness in locating and ordering books for our collections. In 2009, VMI officially recognized Linda’s contributions with a VMI Service Award. We wish Linda much happiness in her retirement and many thanks for all her wondeful work to Preston Library. More photos…here.