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In Memoriam – Heather Tunender

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Heather Tunender, head of collections and processing services in the Pollak Library, died July 1 of cancer.

Tunender joined the University in 2006 after serving at Chapman University and UC Irvine.

“Heather demonstrated a mastery of the work of the unit and a capacity for implementing change and moving people in new directions,” said José L. Cruz, provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a letter to library staff. “She modernized the Pollak Library collection process by implementing new technology, investing in staff training and developing a data-driven approach to collection management. Her legacy endures in the faculty, staff, and especially the students, whose lives she touched through her tireless leveraging of technology to enrich academic and scholarly discovery.”

She received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, followed by a master’s in library and information science at the University of Missouri, Columbia.