The Lewis University Library saw the departures of not one but two longtime staff members this month with the retirements of librarians Jana Fast and Robert Pruter.
Reference/E-Resources Librarian Jana Fast joined the library staff in 2005 and served the library in several capacities, including as interim library director. Jana was the longtime liaison librarian to the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Staff and faculty from throughout the University gathered for a party in her honor on July 20.
Reference and Government Documents Librarian Robert Pruter joined the library staff in 2001. Most recently, he served as a liaison librarian to the departments of History, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, and Political Science and Public Administration. In addition to his career as a librarian, Bob is also a scholar in the fields of sport history and African American music history. He has published several books, including Chicago Soul (1991), Doo Wop: The Chicago Scene (1996), and The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930 (2013). His essay “The National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament: The Crown Jewel of African American High School Sports During the Era of Segregation” will appear in the forthcoming book Separate Games (Univ. of Arkansas Press). Library staff, History department faculty, and others from the Lewis community celebrated Bob’s retirement at a party in the Library on July 26.
Congratulations on your retirements, Jana and Bob, and thank you for your years of service to Lewis and the Library. You’ll be missed.