Awards and Honors

John Newbery Medal

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 Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, received the 2009 Newbery Medal, given each year to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. In a mix of murder, fantasy, humor, and human longing, The Graveyard Book, which was illustrated by Dave McKean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, tells the tale of Nobody Owens, a child marked for death who escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens.

“A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard, and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting, and sometimes surprising,” said committee chair Rose V. Treviño. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) awards the Newbery Medal, named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery.

Caldecott Medal

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The 2009 Caldecott Medal, given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the previous year, was awarded to Beth Krommes, illustrator of The House in the Night, which was written by Susan Marie Swanson and published by Houghton Mifflin.

Richly detailed black-and-white scratchboard illustrations expand this timeless bedtime verse, offering reassurance to young children that there is always light in the darkness. Krommes’ elegant line, illuminated with touches of golden watercolor, evoke the warmth and comfort of home and family, as well as the joys of exploring the wider world. The Caldecott Medal, named for 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is also awarded by the ALSC.

Coretta Scott King Awards

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Kadir Nelson, author of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, and Floyd Cooper, illustrator of The Blacker the Berry, were the winners of the 2009 Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

These awards, which marked their 40th anniversary in 2009, are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society. The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, published by Disney–Jump at the Sun, offers a narrated nonfiction account of the rise and decline of the Negro Leagues. Divided into innings, the narrator’s conversational tone informs the reader of the hardships, camaraderie, and joy of playing baseball. “Nelson’s evocative third-person narrative informs today’s readers of the issues African American baseball players faced prior to the 1950s,” said jury chair Carole McCollough.

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 In The Blacker the Berry, published by Amistad, Cooper uses an oil-wash-subtraction technique to portray the diversity of African American children in this uplifting poetry collection by written by Joyce Carol Thomas. From cover to cover, Cooper’s effective use of sunlight and moonlight illuminates the faces of children as they exalt in the natural world. “Cooper’s soft realistic style complements Joyce Carol Thomas’ celebration of the range of skin color in the African American community,” McCollough said. “Each child’s individuality is beautifully and respectfully shown in rich skin tones ranging from deep brown to raspberry black to cranberry red.”

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Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Bird, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, which is awarded only occasionally and offers visibility to a children’s book creator at the beginning of his or her career. In Bird, written by Zetta Elliott and published by Lee and Low Books, Strickland uses a range of media from pencil and charcoal to watercolor and gouache to depict a difficult time in the life of a young boy nicknamed Bird. Two styles of art—the illustrator’s nuanced mixed media and the main character’s pencil sketches—soar together as one.

 Michael L. Printz Award

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Melina Marchetta won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for Jellicoe Road. In the novel, 17-year-old Taylor Markham reluctantly leads the students of the Jellicoe School in their secret territory wars against the Townies and the Cadets. Marchetta’s lyrical writing evokes the Australian landscape in a suspenseful tale of raw emotion, romance, humor and tragedy. The annual award for literary excellence is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and sponsored by Booklist magazine. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Topeka, Kansas, school librarian, who was known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

Robert F. Sibert Medal

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Kadir Nelson, author of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, won the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in the previous year. This fascinating and well-documented history of Negro League Baseball, told in the voice of an “everyman” narrator, features dignified, riveting full-page illustrations that capture the spirit of the larger-than-life men who loved the game in spite of the prejudice they faced. The book is published by Disney–Jump at the Sun.

“Kadir Nelson’s eight years of research score a grand slam in his rookie writing effort,” said Sibert chair Carol K. Phillips. “This history of the Negro League entices fans and non-fans alike. His stunning oil paintings, based on archival photographs, illustrate grace, pride, and discipline far beyond what words alone might convey.” The Sibert Medal is awarded by the ALSC.

Margaret A. Edwards Award

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 Laurie Halse Anderson , won theMargaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for young adults for her novels Catalyst, Fever and Speak. Through various settings, time periods, and circumstances, Anderson’s gripping and exceptionally well-written novels poignantly reflect the growing and changing realities facing teens. Iconic and classic in her storytelling and character development, Anderson has created for teens a body of work that continues to be widely read and cherished by a diverse audience. The Margaret A. Edwards Award is presented by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal. Established in 1988, the award is named for Margaret Edwards, a pioneer in young adult services who worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Alex Awards

Alex Awards 

The Alex Awards are given annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults. The 2009 winners are: City of Thieves by David Benioff, The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick, Finding Noufby Zoë Ferraris, The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King, Mudboundby Hillary Jordan, Over and Under by Todd Tucker, The Oxford Project, written by Stephen G. Bloom and photographed by Peter Feldstein, Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow, and Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck.

Pura Belpré Award

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Margarita Engle, author of The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom (Henry Holt), won the 2009 Pura Belpré Award for narrative, and Yuyi Morales, illustrator and author of Just in Case (Roaring Book Press), was the 2009 medal winner for illustration.

Engle’s hauntingly beautiful free-verse prose breathes life into this finely crafted story that illuminates Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain in the 1800s. Told from the perspective of four distinct voices, Engle intricately weaves a harrowing, heart-wrenching story of enslavement, survival, determination and heroism. “Engle’s prose breathes life into each character, and her rich use of language catapults the reader into the jungles of Cuba,” said committee chair Claudette McLinn.

just in case cover Morales’ vibrant, shimmering jewel-tone colors masterfully capture the exuberant and playful story of Señor Calavera’s quest to find the perfect birthday gift for Grandma Beetle. Part ghost story, part trickster tale, the book features motifs from Mexican culture that represent each letter of the Spanish alphabet. “Morales infuses humor with a bold and rich palette of color in this delightful, imaginative story to whimsically bring this intergenerational story to life,” McLinn said.

The Pura Belpré Award, named for the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is cosponsored by the ALSC and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA).

Stonewall Book Awards

Stonewall Award

ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table named the winners of the 2009 Stonewall Book Awards. Evan Fallenberg, author of Light Fell (Soho Press), won the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and William N. Eskridge Jr., author of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861–2003 (Viking), won theIsrael Fishman Non-Fiction Award.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Author-illustrator Mo Willems was the recipient of the 2009 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for his book Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Hyperion Books for Children). Administered by the ALSC, the Geisel Award is given annually to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

 Willems’s masterpiece is simply told through the use of dialogue, which melds perfectly with uncluttered pink and gray cartoon-style illustrations. Aside from the friendship theme that appears throughout Willems’s work, he continues to create astonishing emotional depth using the simplest of facial expressions on his characters. Are You Ready to Play Outside? tracks Piggie’s changing feelings about rainy weather and Gerald’s heroic efforts to help her grapple with her disappointments in a satisfying story arc.

“Mo Willems’s easily approachable text, captured in dialogue balloons, and bold, expressive drawing of friends Piggie and Gerald experiencing the ups and downs of a rainy day deliver laughter and love of story to beginning readers,” said committee chair Joan Atkinson.

Schneider Family Book Awards

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The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum, written and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker and published by Schwartz and Wade Books, won the award for the young children’s category. Jazz musician Art Tatum, who was born with limited vision and lost much of it as he grew, never felt sorry for himself. In this fictionalized biography, children learn that Tatum often forgot that “his eyes weren’t good” as he gave himself to his music because “with his piano, he had everything he needed.” Parker’s illustrations have movement and a musical lilt that flow easily and pay respect to a true American icon.

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor was the winner in the middle-school category. Addie has spent most of her 12 years waiting for “normal,” a stable family and a real home. Connor’s resilient heroine uses humor, creativity, and her “love of learning” to compensate for her dyslexia.Through music andgood friends, Addie discovers that she can accomplish anything. Waiting for Normal is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Jerk, California, written by Jonathan Friesen and published by Speak, was the winner in the teen category. After graduating from high school, Sam/Jack begins a cross-country quest to learn the truth about his dead father and embraces his inherited Tourette syndrome. With the help of an old family friend, a quirky car, and a girlfriend who has troubles of her own, he finds his way to maturity.

Sophie Brody Award

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Peter Manseau won the 2009 Sophie Brody Award for Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter (Free Press). The narrator, an American Catholic translator, tells the colorful story of an elderly Yiddish poet, covering a century of events in Israel, Poland, Russia, and the United States. The interwoven stories are a tour de force of writing styles demonstrating the power of passion and commitment to Jewish culture. The award is named for Sophie Brody, a philanthropist and community volunteer who held major leadership positions in the Jewish community. Administered by the Reference and User Services Association and funded by Arthur Brody and the Brodart Foundation, the award is given to encourage, recognize, and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

Walter Dean Myers, a two-time Newbery Honor and five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, delivered the 2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture on April 18. The lecture was hosted by the Langston Hughes Library of Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm, in Clinton, Tennessee. Administered by the ALSC, the award is given annually to an individual of distinction in the field of children’s literature. The awardee is chosen to write and deliver a lecture that will make a significant contribution to the world of children’s literature.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

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Arthur A. Levine Books was the winner of the 2009 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a foreign language and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States. The winning book, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, was written by Nahoko Uehashi and translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano. The book tells the story of Balsa, a skilled female warrior who accepts the task of protecting a young prince from otherworldly demons and his father’s assassins. Prince Chagum is the Moribito, the guardian of the sacred spirit. The country will suffer years of devastating drought unless Balsa is successful in protecting the prince, so together they must find the strength they need to prevail. The award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former ALSC executive director, and is administered by the ALSC.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award     Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan is the recipient of the 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The award is administered by the ALSC and is named for its first recipient, in 1954.

“For 40 years and nearly as many books, Ashley Bryan has filled children’s literature with the beats of story, the echoes of poetry, the transcendence of African-American spirituals, the beauty of art and the satisfaction of a tale well-told,” said Wilder Committee Chair Cathryn Mercier. “Generations of readers have seen themselves in the pages of Bryan’s books. He has inspired today’s children’s book writers and illustrators to tell, paint, sing, and weave their own stories for generations to come.”

William C. Morris Award

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A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce was the winner of the inaugural William C. Morris YA Debut Award for the best book written for teens by a previously unpublished author. This supernatural novel retells the story of Rumpelstiltskin, setting it at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and centering it around the life of Charlotte Miller. When the bank wants to repossess her mortgaged mill, Charlotte strikes a bargain with the mysterious Jack Spinner, a creature who knows the art of turning straw into gold, but then discovers she must free her loved ones from a generations-old curse. The award’s namesake is an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Morris was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

Odyssey Awards

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie and produced by Recorded Books, was the 2009 winner of the Odyssey Award. Co-administered by YALSA and the ALSC, the award honors the best audiobook produced for children and young adults in the previous year. With equal doses of humor and pathos, Alexie’s lilting narration places listeners squarely in 14-year-old Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit’s shoes as he expands his world beyond the reservation to attend a predominantly white high school. Alexie’s pitch-perfect voicing and dead-on pacing capture Arnold’s struggles.

Honorary Membership

Judtih Krug

ALA conferred a special posthumous Honorary Membership at the 2009 Annual Conference on Judith F. Krug, who served as director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation for more than 40 years, until her death in April 2009.

Krug was the founder of ALA’s Banned Books Week and was involved in multiple First Amendment cases that have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the recipient of many awards, including the Joseph P. Lippencott Award, the Irita Van Doren Award, the Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression Award, and the William J. Brennan Jr. Award.

Honorary membership is usually given to a living citizen of any country whose contribution to librarianship or a closely related field is so outstanding that it is of lasting importance to the advancement of the whole field of library service. The honor was bestowed on Krug posthumously upon the recommendation of the ALA Executive Board and by vote of the ALA Council.

Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Beverly P. Lynch, professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and director of the University of California–Los Angeles Senior Fellows Program and the California Rare Book School, was the 2009 recipient of the Joseph W. Lippincott Award. Lynch has served in various leadership positions and has made a remarkable personal commitment to providing widespread service to libraries, educational programs, and the profession. The award, founded in 1938, is given annually to an individual for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

James Madison Award

Thomas M. Susman

Thomas M. Susman, director of the American Bar Association’s Government Affairs Office, was the winner of the 2009 James Madison Award, which honors those who, at the national level, have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information. ALA President Jim Rettig said Susman, who practiced with the D.C. law firm Ropes and Gray for 27 years before being named to his current position at the ABA in 2008, has shown a long commitment to the cause of open access to government information. “Tom has stood shoulder to shoulder with our nation’s librarians in our efforts to make government information available to the public and our long, historic fights to protect library patrons’ privacy,” Rettig said.

SirsiDynix–ALA-APA Awards

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The ALA-Allied Professional Association honored the Anderson County (Tenn.) Library Board; Lynn Sutton, at Wake Forest University Library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Mohamed Ismail, of the Integrated Care Society in Cairo, Egypt, as winners of the SirsiDynix–ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. The Anderson County board received $2,000 for its successful campaign to boost salaries for library workers at every level, while Sutton and Ismail each received $1,500—Sutton for improving pay for librarians and library workers, revising job descriptions, and reviewing personnel classification schedules; and Ismail for increasing the monthly salaries of Egyptian librarians at 23 different libraries from 84 to 1,300 Egyptian pounds (a 1450 percent increase) and establishing a salary scale and incentive system used by most of the country’s public libraries. Leigh Estabrook, dean emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers Committee members Pamela Wilson, Jonathan Harwell, and Patricia Anderson also received special recognition for their work toward better salaries for library employees.

10 librarians receive I Love My Librarian Awards

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In the first year of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, 10 librarians each received a $5,000 cash award at a ceremony and reception December 9, 2008. Administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, the award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college, and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their communities. More than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian. In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded ALA $489,000 to support the award for five years.

Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

The Moline (Ill.) Public Library won the 2009 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant for using the Worlds connect @ your library theme to reflect the diversity of its city, where more than 50 languages are spoken by the 46,000 residents. Each event during the week featured a different themed program: a visit from Skylab, a traveling planetarium, author appearances by Chris Crutcher and James Loewen, and a jazz appreciation program for adults. In the spring, the library advertised on the city’s Metrolink buses and created a commercial that aired on three local ABC–TV affiliates throughout National Library Week. The grant is awarded annually to a single U.S. library that creates the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme.

ALTAFF recognizes top trustees

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The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) named Shirley Ann Bruursema and David H. Goldsmith as the 2009 winners of the Trustee Citation award, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development. The award symbolizes and honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 Americans who serve on library boards.

Bruursema is chairperson of the Kent (Mich.) District Library and president of the board of directors of the Michigan Library Association’s Trustees and Advocates Division. As a member of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (now ALTAFF), she served as president, division councilor, executive board member, chair of the National Honor Roll Banquet, regional vice president, and member of the budget and legislation committees. Goldsmith served on the Prince George’s County (Md.) Memorial Library board for 17 years and after moving to Baltimore County was appointed to the board of the Baltimore County Public Library, where he has served since 1995. He served as vice-president and president of both boards. He has been a member of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates for 30 years and has served on ALTA’s board as a regional vice-president, as well as on several committees.

ALTAFF honors five Friends groups

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Five Friends of the Library groups were recognized by ALTAFF and Baker and Taylor. Each group received a $1,000 check and an engraved plaque to honor its achievements. The five groups were Friends of the Florence County (S.C.) Library, Friends of the San Benito County (Calif.) Free Library, Friends of the Orangevale (Calif.) Library, Friends of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library, and Friends of Henderson (Nev.) Libraries.

Sen. Barbara Boxer honored for work to keep EPA libraries open

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ALTAFF gave its 2009 Public Service Award to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) during ALA’s National Library Legislative Day in May 2009. Boxer was noted for her lead to stave off a proposed closure of the Environmental Protection Agency’s libraries. Her work to keep the EPA libraries open ensures that the public has access to their collections at a time when the United States and the rest of the world face challenges to protect the environment.

Outstanding school library programs win AASL awards

In 2009, the American Association of School Librarians recognized programs in three schools with its National School Library Media Program of the Year Award: Livonia (N.Y.) Central School District; Robert E. Clow Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois; and Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. Established in 1963, the award recognizes exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum. Each winning program receives $10,000 from award sponsor Follett Library Resources.

ACRL honors top librarian, institutions

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In 2009, 22 outstanding individuals and institutions received Association of College and Research Libraries awards recognizing their accomplishments. The ACRL’s top honor, the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award, was presented to Gloriana St. Clair for her contributions to academic and research librarianship, in particular her record of scholarship and scholarly contributions. The award, sponsored by the ACRL and YBP Library Services, was presented during the opening keynote session of the ACRL 14th National Conference.

The ACRL also continued to present the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to recognize the staff of a community college, a college, and a university library for exemplary programs that deliver outstanding services and resources to further the educational mission of their institution. This year’s recipients were the Moraine Valley Community College Library in Palos Hills, Illinois, in the community college category; Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, in the college category; and the library of the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, in the university category. The award, sponsored by the ACRL and Blackwell’s Book Services, included a presentation ceremony on the campus of the award-winning library.

ALCTS awards

Cindy Hepfer, electronic resources librarian at the University at Buffalo in New York, became the third recipient of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and sponsored by EBSCO. Ann Russell, retired director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts, received the Cunha/Swartzberg Preservation Award, sponsored by LBI: the Library Binding Institute, for distinguished contributions to preservation. Brian Green, director of the international ISBN Agency, won the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award for outstanding achievement in serials librarianship.

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Madison (Ohio) Public Library was the recipient of the 2009 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant for its 2009 summer reading program “Be Creative @ Your Library.” During each week of the six-week program, children focused on a different artistic form, such as patterns and percussion for the preschoolers and textiles and sculpture for the school-age children. The $3,000 grant is donated by Book Wholesalers Inc.

Jane Botham receives ALSC service award

Jane Botham

The 2009 ALSC Distinguished Service Award winner was Jane Botham, an ALSC member since 1957. Botham received her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science, then went on to work at the New York Public Library, the San Francisco Public Library, the New York State Library, and the Milwaukee Public Library; she retired in 1998. Botham has served on numerous ALSC and ALA committees and served a term as ALSC President.

ASCLA awards and honors

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies presented the 2009 Francis Joseph Campbell Award to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, recognizing his leadership and advocacy benefiting the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped digital talking books transition. The ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS)/National Organization on Disability Award went to Margaret Kolaya, director of the Scotch Plains Public Library, and Daniel Weiss, director of the Fanwood Memorial Library, both in New Jersey, for the development of “Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected.”

LLAMA awards

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The Library Leadership and Management Association’s mentoring committee received the LLAMA Group Achievement award for its work piloting a highly successful program offering opportunities for LLAMA members to serve as mentors and to be mentored. The Diana V. Braddom FRFDS (Fund Raising and Financial Development) Scholarship was given to Alicia A. Antone, director of development for university libraries at the University of Florida. The Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award—jointly sponsored by LLAMA, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, and the Library and Information Technology Association—was awarded to Ray English of Oberlin College, Ohio. And LLAMA sponsored two emerging leaders: Jennifer Falkowski of the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, and Emily Symonds of the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Three win Diversity Research Grant awards

Three research proposals in the 2009 round of the annual Diversity Research Grant program each won a $2,500 award: “Library and Information Center Accessibility: The Differently-able Patron’s Perspective,” by Clayton Copeland, University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science; “Bringing the Library to the People: Addressing the Job Related Information Needs of Day Laborers,” by graduate Diana Tedone and master’s candidate Zoe Jarocki from the University of California–Los Angeles Department of Information Studies; and “ICT Readiness Index: Measuring the Preparedness of Libraries to Serve Patrons With Disabilities in the Context of Economic Challenge,” by Stephanie Maatta Smith, University of South Florida’s School of Library and Information Science, and Laurie J. Bonnici and Muriel K. Wells, of the University of Alabama. The Office for Diversity began sponsorship of the program in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science and as part of ALA’s continuing commitment to diversity.

PLA awards and honors

The Public Library Association recognized individuals, programs, and libraries through its annual awards, grants, and scholarships. Given this year were the Advancement of Literacy Award, the Allie Beth Martin Award, the Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award Grant, the Charlie Robinson Award, the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, the EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award, the Gordon M. Conable Award, the Highsmith Library Innovation Award, and the Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award. In addition, the PLA selected winners of PLA Leadership Fellowships and recognized the authors of the best feature articles published in the previous year’s Public Libraries. The complete list of 2009 winners is available at

Carroll Academy for International Studies wins Sara Jaffarian Award

The library of the Carroll Academy for International Studies in Houston was selected as the winner of the 2009 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, presented by the Public Programs Office in cooperation with the AASL. Sally Rasch, librarian at Carroll Academy, developed and submitted the winning program, entitled “Learning about the World with a Global Perspective.” Working with the Carroll Academy’s curriculum requirements on international studies, the library’s “Learning about the World” program offered students a creative, hands-on study of world regions, languages, governments and the immigration experience. Named for a retired school librarian who has been an ALA member for 63 years, the Sara Jaffarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize and promote excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school (K-8) libraries. The $4,000 award was presented in July during the Auditorium Speaker Series presentation of Gregory Maguire at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

RUSA’s notable books and reading list

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The Reference and User Services Association announced its 2009 Notable Books and the second annual list of winners for the 2009 Reading List. The Notable Books Council makes available a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader. The complete list of titles for 2009 is available on line. The 2009 Reading List, a juried list of titles selected by readers’ advisory and collection development experts, represents the best writing in eight adult genre areas currently popular with readers. The 2009 winners included Blue Heaven by C. J. Box, Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins, The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara, Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow, The Garden of Evil by David Hewson, The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne, Hunter’s Run by George R. R. Martin, and Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy. Again, a complete list is available on line.

RUSA introduces Zora Neale Hurston Award

RUSA honored the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston, a prominent voice in African American literature, with a new award. The Zora Neale Hurston Award recognizes the efforts of a RUSA member who promotes African American literature through a program, readers’ advisory project, or similar efforts in their library community. The award also covers costs to attend the Annual Conference and provides tickets to the Literary Tastes breakfast and other literary events. Sponsored by Harper Perennial Publishing, the award also includes a set of the Zora Neale Hurston books published by Harper Perennial.

YALSA member awards

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Young Adult Library Services Association awards to members included the Baker & Taylor Conference Grant, which went to Kate Toebbe and Laurie Amster-Burton; the 2009 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, which went to Lexie Robinson and Wini Ashooh; the Great Books Giveaway, which gave the Lincoln County (Mont.) Public Libraries more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks, and other materials donated to YALSA in 2008; the YALSA/ VOYA/Frances Henne Research Grant, which was given to Amy Alessio, teen coordinator at the Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library and Marc Aronson, author, editor, and blogger for School Library Journal; and the 2009 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which went to Valerie H. Nicholson of the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex, North Carolina.