Stephanie Frontz Wins the 2017 Messinger Libraries Recognition Award

Stephanie Frontz Wins the 2017 Messinger Libraries Recognition Award

November 9, 2017

On the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library there is a beautiful, colorful gem known as the Art & Music Library. Leading it for the last forty-three years is Stephanie Frontz, Head of the Art & Music Library and Art Librarian. Frontz is also the 2017 winner of the Messinger Libraries Recognition Award for her service at the River Campus Libraries.

Frontz’s contribution to the River Campus Libraries’ educational mission, the strong faculty relations she has built over the years, and her support of students, have all been exemplary. For many years, she led the River Campus Libraries’ orientation program and Scare Fair, and her consistent participation in after-hour student activities hosted by the library serve as a testimony to her commitment and dedication.

“Stephanie has been a wonderful colleague and devoted member of the River Campus Libraries staff,” says Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost & Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean, University of Rochester Libraries. “Her initiatives over the years have not only had an extremely positive effect on the library, but have also raised the library’s profile on campus.”

Only this past year Frontz led two projects that exemplify her ongoing commitment to the River Campus Libraries. Together with Rush Rhees Library Art Committee, she coordinated and implemented the acquisition of the Gees Bend prints for Evans Lam Square. These seven prints have proven to be a perfect choice – both visually and symbolically – for this new space, as they beautifully encapsulate the idea of community and inclusiveness, and are a true delight for the eye.

Last April, Frontz organized a day-long conference on the use of video games in teaching, learning, research and design, and helped to connect scholars from the University of Rochester, RIT, and the Strong Museum of Play. In addition, over the past few years she has led the development of a video game collection for the Art & Music Library, and oversaw the renovation of two group rooms for video viewing to support research and learning. In turn, she coordinated special events for library staff to showcase faculty use of video games in their teaching and research.

"Stephanie is a creative and thoughtful outreach librarian who is always thinking about how we can remove obstacles for students and faculty so they can thrive," says Rochelle Mazar, Assistant Dean of Academic Engagement. "She has her fingers on the pulse, and keeps changing as patrons change."

“During my years in the library, I’ve loved working with my coleagues and especially with my staff in the Art & Music Library,” says Frontz. “I enjoy helping faculty and students discover the many resources and services available through the library, and welcome the challenges the future may hold. Winning the award indicates to me how dedication, creativity, and risk-taking are valued in the River Campus Libraries.”

The annual Messinger Award honors contributions that advance the educational mission of the library or the library profession. A longtime supporter of the libraries, Martin E. Messinger provided support for the 1998 restoration of the Periodical Reading Room and the creation of two graduate student study rooms in 2010. The Messinger family is a generous supporter of the Center for Jewish Studies, the Debate Union, and the Eastman School of Music, where Messinger and his wife, Joan, endowed the deanship. They also funded the building that houses the Eastman Community Music School, which is dedicated in memory of Anne Waltuck Messinger.

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