Alumni/ae Service Award – Reunion 2009

To call Linda Eaton Connors a long-time Drew librarian doesn’t say it all.  Her attachment to the Drew library extends back to her College days, and she has also devoted an appreciable part of her personal life to Drew’s benefit.  As she says, “the luckiest of us don’t have to leave.”

Linda arrived at Drew from high school in Cranford, New Jersey, after a childhood in Maine.  Her enthusiasm for study and research drew her to the library, where she soon convinced Library Director Arthur Jones to hire her as a part-time student employee.  After graduating cum laude with a history major, she returned to the library’s Order Department.  She began library school at Rutgers in 1966 and earned her M.L.S. degree in 1970.

Linda served as Catalog Librarian and Acquisitions Librarian before heading the Acquisitions Department in 1973.  She was named Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development in 1986, Associate Librarian in 1996, and Senior Librarian in 2006, still with primary responsibility for collection development.  She is celebrating her very recent retirement.

Andrew Scrimgeour, Dean of Libraries, remarked upon Linda’s career in the Spring 2009 library newsletter, Visions:  “Like works of art, superior academic libraries are . . . the cumulative triumph of careful choices . . . requiring the skills of a scholar-librarian-bibliographer-diplomat-economist-alchemist.  The Drew Library stacks . . . are eloquent testimony to Linda Connors’ persistent artistry over thirty-five years.”  Linda is proud of achieving a notable collection with limited resources, always working for the benefit of the library and the entire University.

Linda’s contributions go far beyond the library.  A devoted alumna, she has been part of the College Alumni/ae Association since 1994, and has served on its Executive, Nominating, and Admissions Committees.  She was instrumental in launching Alumni/ae College in 2003, has chaired its Advisory Board and recruited faculty for the Board and as session presenters, and has consistently advocated for its programming.  Alumni/ae College quickly reached a critical mass in 2004 and continues to draw graduates back to Drew.

Linda has not forsaken her love of history.  She earned M.A.(1981) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees in history from Rutgers, and has published articles and presented papers in her field of interest, the 19th-century British periodical press.  She and Mary Lu MacDonald, a Canadian historian, are completing a book on the role of early 19th-century periodicals in forming national identity in Britain and Canada.

Linda and Frank Connors were married in 1963.  They live in Madison, and enjoy their family:  sons Daniel and Martin, and Daniel’s wife, Anna, and their daughter, Victoria.