Mayo Authors Database Rebuild Team Receives “Mayo Excellence Through Teamwork” Award on Sept. 19

October 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

The Mayo Authors Database on the Mayo intranet is a repository of current and archival references to Mayo Clinic scholarly publications from all sites.  It contains over 250,000 records from 1871 to date and is continuosly updated with approximately 6,000 new records of significant publications each year. The Excellence Through Teamwork Award “provides Mayo Clinic the opportunity to recognize individuals for their exemplary teamwork skills.  They are dedicated people who exemplify the values and excellence for which Mayo Clinic is known. Their efforts go beyond that of normal job responsibilities and obtain outcomes that have positive impact in the organization” (from Excellence Through Teamwork Employee Recognition Program – Mayo intranet).

The Mayo Authors Database Rebuild team consisted of the following Library staff: Mark Wentz, Dottie Hawthorne, Larry Prokop, Melissa Rethlefsen and Scott Vermeersch. Additional team members representing the multidisciplinary aspects of the project were Tom Suther, Usability Specialist; and John Schultz, Database Design. The exemplary teamwork award is for teamwork above and beyond staff normal efforts.


The Mayo Authors Team worked under time constraints to discontinue a commercial license and with the realization that no one individual or even several key individuals from the Library alone could bring the project to a successful conclusion. It took a team from a variety of organizational units and skill sets to accomplish. The value this team underscored was that intense collaboration and utilization of the talents and expertise of many can result in a fine product in support of Mayo – and be accomplished within a given timeframe.

Award consideration required submission of an application to the Excellence Through Teamwork Committee and multiple reviews including a 15 minute formal presentation followed by a question and answer session with the Committee.

Submitted by
Dottie M. Hawthorne

Outreach Librarian

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1 Comment

  • 1. Kurt Beaver  |  November 1, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Congratulations team! A well deserved honor.

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