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Perez-Stable earns Preservation Merit Award

May 28, 2002

WMU's Maria Perez-Stable, head of central reference services in University Libraries, received the 2002 Preservation Merit Award from the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Committee for her work as editor of the book "Kalamazoo: Lost and Found."

An experienced librarian, editor and reviewer, Perez-Stable received the award earlier this month. Published last fall, "Kalamazoo: Lost and Found," by Pamela Hall O'Connor and Lynn Smith Houghton, chronicles historic and present-day Kalamazoo architecture.

As the volunteer editor for the book, Perez-Stable spent approximately 700 hours working on the publication. According to O'Connor, who nominated Perez-Stable for the award, had the authors hired an editor, her services would have increased the overall cost of the project by $14,000.

"Maria undertook a huge job, one that none of us could have predicted the size of in advance," says O'Connor. "She handled her charge with professionalism, discretion and sensitivity. Maria helped us understand that our primary goal was to work for the good of the publication."

Perez-Stable, who holds the faculty rank of full professor, has been at WMU since 1979.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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