Gum named Employee of the Year at Glenville State College

Photo Provided Jason Gum, Glenville State College Staff Employee of the Year, with John Beckvold, vice president of business and finance at the college.

GLENVILLE — The staff librarian and archivist at Glenville State College has been named the 2019 Staff Employee of the Year.

Jason Gum’s nominators called him friendly, respected, humble and a skilled collaborator.

“I was grateful for being acknowledged by my colleagues in such a meaningful, professional way,” Gum said. “Glenville State College serves an important purpose in a very unique region, and I am humbled to be recognized as a significant part of its operations by my peers.”

Gum came to the college as a student in the fall of 2000. He began working at the Robert F. Kidd Library that December as a student assistant.

He received a bachelor’s in English and a minor in business in December of 2004 before returning to the library where he served in a temporary capacity during the extended absence of a full-time staff member. In 2008, he joined the RFK Library staff full time.

More recently Gum completed a master’s in information science from the University of North Texas.

Throughout his time at Glenville State, he increased not only the number of items in the college archive, but also the accessibility of those items. With the implementation of finding aids and an extensive and ongoing digitization effort, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are now able to view and enjoy more of the archives than ever before, the college said.

He organized a forum of campus authors, hosted several comic book seminars and has been part of the on-campus Higher Learning Commission committee.

Gum is a member of the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Gilmer County Public Library Board of Trustees. In 2016, he received a History Hero Award from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History based on a nomination from the Gilmer County Historical Society.

The Staff Employee of the Year was created in 1986.