2011 Service Award
LINDA R. MASSELINK, 1968
Linda R. Masselink earned a Bachelor’s degree in Group Science from Grand Valley State University in 1968. She also earned a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1969.
Masselink started her career working for the Library of Michigan in Lansing. After getting married and starting a family, she returned to Grand Rapids and accepted a position at Davenport College Library. She worked at Davenport for 18 years before beginning her librarian career at Grand Valley.
In 1999 Masselink accepted a position at Zumberge Library on the Allendale campus. A year later she was asked to assist with the opening of the Steelcase Library on the Pew Campus in Grand Rapids. Her guidance and dedication led her to a promotion as Senior Librarian in 2007.
An experienced writer and presenter, Linda has been a member of the American Library Association since 1989 and is also a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation Center for Community Leadership.
Masselink’s leadership and service shines through her long list of volunteer and community activities. She has been involved with Leadership Grand Rapids, United Way of West Michigan, served as a Schools of Hope tutor, and has been President of the GVSU chapter of Toastmasters International. Her passion for serving Grand Valley was strengthened when Linda took President Haas’ 50 hour service challenge for GVSU’s 50th anniversary. During her tenure Linda has assisted with the annual Alumni Freshman Move-In event and has been an annual GradFest volunteer for nearly 10 years. She is also a supporter and volunteer for the Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign, and is a consistent donor to university projects.
A recipient of several awards and honors, Masselink is a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society, and she was presented with the Community Service Award at Davenport College. Linda was most recently awarded Michigan Library Association Librarian of the Year in 2011.
Linda lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Bob. They have three children, and two grandchildren.