Awards and Honors

John Newbery Medal

newberry medalwhen you reach me The 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature went to Rebecca Stead for When You Reach Me, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. In the book, 12-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man, and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future—seemingly random events that converge in a brilliantly constructed plot. “ When You Reach Me is an exceptionally conceived and finely crafted work of fiction that will engage and satisfy readers for years to come,” said Newbery committee Chair Katie O’Dell. The Association for Library Service to Children awards the Newbery Medal, named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery.

Caldecott Medal

caldecott medallion and the mouse Jerry Pinkney was the recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States during the previous year for his book The Lion and the Mouse, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers. In glowing colors, Pinkney’s textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends. The screech of an owl, the squeak of a mouse, and the roar of a lion transport readers to the Serengeti plains for this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop’s classic fable. “Pinkney’s stunning watercolors add new dimensions to an ancient tale in a book which is sure to become a beloved classic,” said Caldecott committee Chair Rita Auerbach.

Coretta Scott King Awards

coretta scott king award bad news for the outlaws Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, and Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrator of My People, were the winners of the 2010 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, is a biography of a legendary peace officer. Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard life and a strong sense of right and wrong. As one of the most feared and respected lawmen in the Indian Territory, Bass made more than 3,000 arrests but killed only 14 men during his career. “The winning title for text was selected because it is engaging, meticulously researched, and offers a riveting account of an unsung African American hero,” said award jury Chair Carole McCollough.

my people In My People—written by Langston Hughes and published by Ginee Seo books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers—Smith’s vibrant sepia photographs celebrate the beauty and diversity of African Americans; close-ups of illuminated faces filled with jubilant, loving expressions emerge from black backgrounds and capture the spirit of Hughes’s eloquent poem. “Charles R. Smith Jr. has carefully photographed and selected images that depict African Americans of all ages and hues,” said McCollough.

rock and the river The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award went to kekla magoon for The Rock and the River, published by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.In 1968 Chicago, Sam Childs is living in the shadows of two important people—his father, a civil rights activist working with Martin Luther King Jr., and his older brother, “Stick,” who has joined the Black Panther Party. These different approaches to achieving racial equality place Sam between the rock and the river. Occasionally awarded, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award affirms new talent and offers visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustrations at the beginning of a career as a published children’s book creator.

Michael L. Printz Award

printz awardgoing bovine Libba Bray won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for Going Bovine. In the novel Cameron, a 16-year-old slacker, sets off on a madcap road trip with a punk angel, a dwarf sidekick, a yard gnome, and a mad scientist in an effort to save the world—and perhaps his own life. Honor books were Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman; The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey; Punkzillaby Adam Rapp; and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973, by John Barnes. The annual award for literary excellence is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by Booklist magazine. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kansas, school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

Robert F. Sibert Medal

sibert medal Tanya Lee Stone, author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, was named the winner of the 2010 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2009. Published by Candlewick Press, Almost Astronauts tells the story of the women aviators and aspiring astronauts known as the “Mercury 13,” who in the early 1960s repeatedly proved themselves capable but could not overcome prevailing prejudices. Meticulously researched and handsomely illustrated with archival materials, Stone’s insightful, passionately written chronicle is sure to inspire. “Stone has a less-is-more approach that really packs a wallop,” said Sibert committee Chair Vicky Smith. “Readers will come away with their blood boiling.”

Margaret A. Edwards Award

edwards award The Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for young adults went to Jim Murphy for his books An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793; Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America; The Great Fire; The Long Road to Gettysburg; and A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy. Established in 1988, the award, presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by School Library Journal, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, who has been popular over a period of time. 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 2010 winners were: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff; Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.; The Good Soldiers by David Finkel; The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch; The Magicians by Lev Grossman; My Abandonment by Peter Rock; Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel by Gail Carriger; Stitches: A Memoir by David Small; and Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson.

Pura Belpré Award

pura belprebook fiesta Rafael López, illustrator of Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros, and Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, were the winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.

In Book Fiesta!—written by Pat Mora and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers—López utilizes vibrant colors and magical realism to show that the love of reading is universal. Through a series of fanciful images, the author depicts Latino children inviting children of other cultures to their book fiesta, leading the reader on a visual journey that shows that reading sparks the imagination across all cultures and has the power to unite us. “The outstanding illustrations, reminiscent of Mexican muralist art, are a feast to the imagination,” said Pura Belpré committee Chair Lucía González.

return to sender Julia Alvarez explores the thin line that separates American citizens and undocumented persons in her brilliantly told novel Return to Sender, published by Alfred A. Knopf. After Tyler’s father is unable to maintain the family farm, he hires undocumented workers, resulting in an interdependent relationship that mirrors current social and political conditions in the United States. Alvarez humanizes a situation by giving a voice to millions of immigrants experiencing similar hardships. “This is a remarkable and unforgettable story that transcends differences and borders,” said González.

Stonewall Book Awards

stonewall book awards Among the winners of the 2010 Stonewall Book Awards named by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table was the inaugural Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, presented to Nick Burd for his young adult novel The Vast Fields of Ordinary (Penguin Group). David Francis, author of Stray Dog Winter: A Novel (MacAdam/Cage), won the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and Nathaniel Frank, author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America (St. Martin’s Press), won the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

geisel award Author-illustrator Geoffrey Hayes was the recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for his book Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! (TOON Books). Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, 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.

benny and penny in the big no-no! Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! is a perfect example of a graphic novel designed just for young readers. Siblings Benny and Penny encounter trouble when curiosity about a mysterious neighbor leads them into unexpected adventures. The characters’ emotions are revealed in the rich artwork within each panel, and children will connect with the realistic dialogue and page-turning appeal of the story. “The real big ’no-no’ would be to miss this distinctive beginning graphic novel with perfectly matched text and illustrations,” said Geisel Award committee Chair Susan Veltfort.

Schneider Family Book Awards

djangoanything but typicalmarcelo in the real world 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.

Django, written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen and published by Neal Porter for Roaring Brook won the award for the young children’s category. Although musician Django Reinhardt was in an accident that severely burned his hands and threatened to end his career, through perseverance he became one of the world’s most recognized and appreciated jazz guitarists. “The book was chosen for its sensitive telling of Reinhardt’s life through the use of colorful oil paintings and lyrical free verse, and it demonstrated the power of one’s inner strength,” said award Chair Barbara T. Mates.

Nora Raleigh Baskin won the middle-school category award for Anything But Typical, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. While Jason Blake, who has autism, considers himself to be anything but typical, his life is that of a conventional 12-year-old boy: He wants a girlfriend, he wants to fit in, and he wants to be recognized for his creative writing. The book “was chosen for its sensitive portrayal of a preteen with autism and speaks to anyone who has ever chased a dream,” said Mates.

The teen category award winner was Francisco X. Stork for Marcelo in the Real World, published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic. The book tells the story of Marcelo Sandoval, who has Asperger syndrome. Pushed beyond his comfort zone when he is forced to take a job in his father’s law firm, Marcelo learns what it is to be a friend, to stand up for what he believes in, and that he can create a place for himself in the real world. It was “selected for its accurate portrayal of a young man with Asperger syndrome and its powerful statement that good could still be found in today’s world,” said Mates.

Sophie Brody Award

sophie brody awardbook of the unknown: tales of the thirty-six The Sophie Brody Award was given to The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-Six by Jonathon Keats (Random House). Keats’s engaging book, which pays homage to the rich tradition of Jewish folklore, opens with a fictional scholar’s quest to understand the meaning behind a list of names found during the excavation of a German synagogue—names based on a group of 36 virtuous people who justify human existence before God. Administered by the Reference and User Services Association and funded by Arthur Brody and the Brodart Foundation, the award is named for Sophie Brody, a philanthropist and community volunteer who held major leadership positions in the Jewish community; it is given to encourage, recognize, and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

alsc logo Kathleen T. Horning, past president of the Association for Library Service to Children, delivered the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, hosted by the Riverside County Library System and held at a partner University of California–Riverside Extension Center. The lecture, “Can Children’s Books Save the World?” featured a historical perspective on service to multicultural patrons.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

batchelder awarda faraway island Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States for A Faraway Island, originally published in Swedish in 1996 as En ö i havet. Written by Annika Thor and translated by Linda Schenck, A Faraway Island book tells the story of two Jewish sisters from Vienna, Austria: 12-year-old Stephie and her younger sister Nellie, who are sent by their parents to Sweden to escape the Nazis. Nellie adapts easily, but Stephie faces painful challenges. “Stephie and Nellie’s everyday hopes and fears personalize the effects of war on children’s lives,” said Batchelder committee Chair Annette Goldsmith. “This is the first book in a series so popular with readers that it was adapted for Swedish television.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

laura engels wilder award 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

william c. morris awardflash burnout Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan was the winner of the William C. Morris Award for the best book by a first-time author writing for teens. The novel centers on Blake, whose life is way too complicated. He’s a sophomore in high school with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl. One of them loves him. One of them needs him. Can he please them both? The award honors William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.

Odyssey Awards

odyssey awardslouise, the adventures of a chicken The 2010 Odyssey Award went to Live Oak Media, producer of the audiobook Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, written by Kate DiCamillo and narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Coadministered by YALSA and the Association for Library Service to Children and sponsored by Booklist, the award honors the best audiobook produced for children and young adults in the previous year. Louise, a French chicken with wanderlust, finds adventure in Kate DiCamillo’s comical picture book; whimsical sound effects, playful background music, and Barbara Rosenblat’s impressive repertoire of voices combine in this tour-de-force listening experience.

Honor recordings were In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber, written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and produced by Listen & Live Audio; Peace, Locomotion, written by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Dion Graham, and produced by Brilliance Audio; and We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, written by Kadir Nelson, narrated by Dion Graham, and produced by Brilliance Audio.

Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Thomas C. Phelps, director of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, received the Joseph W. Lippincott Award. Founded in 1938, the award is given annually to an individual for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship. As assistant director and then director of Public Programs at the NEH, Phelps essentially invented the idea of awarding grants to libraries across the country, in collaboration with ALA, to engage in humanities programming for the general public, beginning with the highly popular “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion program in all 50 states begun in 1984. A member of ALA for more than 40 years, Phelps had a long career at the Salt Lake City Public Library from 1968 to 1980, rising to the position of director of the Central Library; he joined the NEH in 1980.

James Madison Award

meredith fuchs Joint winners of the 2010 James Madison Award were Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to the National Security Archive, and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Named in honor of President James Madison, the award was established by the ALA in 1986 to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s “right to know” on the national level.

10 librarians receive I Love My Librarian Awards

Ten winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award each received a $5,000 cash award at a ceremony and reception hosted by the New York Times. About 3,500 nominations were received in 2009 for the award, which 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. The award is administered by the Campaign for America’s Libraries.

RUSA names notable books and reading list

rusa logo The Reference and User Services Association announced its 2010 Notable Books and the third annual list of winners for the 2010 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. For the complete list of titles for 2010, see The 2010 Reading List, a juried list of titles selected by readers’ advisory and collection development experts, represents the best writing in eight adult genre areas popular with readers. The year’s winners included Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child, Lamentation by Ken Scholes, Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell, Last Days by Brian Evenson, A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn, What Happens in London by Julia Quinn, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, and Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani.  For the short lists and read-alikes, see

75 students receive Spectrum scholarships

Seventy-five Spectrum scholarships were awarded in June 2010. Through “Reach21: Preparing the Next Generation of Librarians for 21st Century Library Leadership,” the Institute of Museum and Library Services funded an additional 45 scholarships in 2010. In addition, 10 scholarships were funded by proceeds from the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash; two were supported by the Medical Library Association/National Library of Medicine; and one scholar each was funded by the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), the American Association of School Librarians, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Service to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. For 2010, scholarships were awarded in honor of individuals Leo Albert, Ron Clowney, Gregory Calloway, Louise Giles, William R. Gordon, Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple, and Betty J. Turock. The Chinese American Librarians Association also contributed $6,500 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.

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Spectrum Presidential Initiative

ALA President Camila Alire, Immediate Past President Jim Rettig, President-Elect Roberta Stevens, and ALA Past President Betty J. Turock announced the Spectrum Presidential Initiative in 2009 as a special one-year campaign to raise $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Through this initiative, ALA aims to meet a critical need by supporting master’s-level scholarships, providing two $25,000 doctoral scholarships, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future, and developing special programs for recruitment and career development. As of September 2010, more than $415,000 had been raised through the initiative.

Three win Diversity Research Grant awards

office for diversity logo Three research projects in the 2010 round of the annual Diversity Research Grants program each won a $2,000 award and a $500 travel grant: “Selecting Racially Diverse Literature for Elementary School Libraries” by Elizabeth Friese, University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education; “Promoting Equity in Literacy Instruction for Adolescent African American Males through the Use of Enabling Texts” by Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Casey Rawson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science; and “Helping Teens Help Themselves: A National Survey of Library Services to Juveniles in Detention” by Jennifer K. Sweeney, Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology. 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.

Stanton Biddle recognized for achievement in library diversity research

Stanton Biddle, director of Middle States Accreditation Review at Baruch College, the City University of New York, was named the 2010 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. Biddle’s contributions to the professional literature include titles on university planning and African American history and culture, as well as numerous presentations promoting resources for exploring the history and culture of underrepresented populations. He also served as editor of the proceedings of the first two National Conferences of African American Librarians. A lifetime member of both ALA and the Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA), Biddle has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2001 BCALA/DEMCO Award for Excellence in Librarianship and the 2002 BCALA Distinguished Service Award. Biddle received his master’s in library science from Atlanta University and doctorate in library science from the University of California–Berkeley.

Elementary school in Illinois wins Sara Jaffarian Award

The Jefferson Elementary School Library in Elmhurst, Illinois, was named winner of the 2010 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, presented annually by the ALA Public Programs Office in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians. Nicolette Vaillancourt, Learning Resource Center director at Jefferson Elementary School, developed and submitted the winning program, which focused on local history while incorporating several disciplines: art, technology, oral and written communication, and research skills. 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 June during the Auditorium Speaker Series presentation of Marlo Thomas at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

YALSA gives first Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

charles and emma Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman was the inaugural winner of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award honoring the best nonfiction book written for teens. In the book, after creating a list of the pros and cons of marriage, science-minded Charles Darwin chooses to marry his strictly religious first cousin. Little does he know that he is about to embark upon the most loving, creative, and intellectually important relationship of his life.

Margaret A. Edwards Trust receives YALSA Presidential Citation

YALSA awarded its first Presidential Citation to the Margaret A. Edwards Trust for its unwavering support throughout the years. The YALSA Presidential Citation recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contribution to either YALSA or the profession of young adult librarianship. The Margaret A. Edwards Trust is managed by Julian Lapides; trustees are Anna Curry, Linda F. Lapides, and Lanetta (Lanny) W. Parks.

YALSA member awards

yalsa logo YALSA awards to members included the Baker & Taylor Conference Grant, which went to Barbara Kinast and Carol Anne Geary; the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, which went to Amy Young and Jessica Neiweem; the Great Books Giveaway, which was won by Benjamin Banneker High School in Atlanta and runners-up Conley-Caraballo High School in Hayward, California, and the Farmington High School Library in New Mexico; the YALSA/VOYA/Frances Henne Research Grant, which went to Janet Newsum and Marcia Mardis; the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which was given to Susan Bohn; and the Greenwood/YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award, which went to Patty Campbell.

Young Adult Library Services wins third APEX Award

Young Adult Library Services, YALSA’s quarterly journal, won its third APEX Award for Publication Excellence in a row, this time for issues from 2010 edited by Sarah Flowers.

YALSA wins Carnegie-Whitney grant for new book

YALSA received a 2010 Carnegie-Whitney Publishing Grant to support a new book, Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: The Best of YALS. Planned for publication in January 2011, the book collects articles from YALS to help librarians plan for its annual reading and technology initiatives.“

“Books for Borrowing” program wins $3,000 grant

The Association for Library Service to Children, in partnership with Candlewick Press, chose the Fayetteville Public Library in Arkansas as the 2010 winner of the “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” grant to support its “Books for Borrowing” program. The $3,000 grant, presented in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree Kate DiCamillo, was first given in 2008 as a one-time award; through the contributions of Candlewick Press, the Light the Way grant will continue through 2014.

Margaret Bush receives ALSC service award

margaret bush The 2010 Association for Library Service to Children Distinguished Service Award winner was Margaret (Maggie) Bush, who served the profession for almost 50 years. Bush began her library career at the New York Public Library and went on to head the children’s department at the Oak Park Public Library in Illinois. Following her time at Oak Park, she held a variety of positions including children’s literature specialist, curriculum librarian, and instructor at the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois; assistant professor at Simmons College; bibliographer and reference librarian for the Children’s Literature Center at the Library of Congress; and network consultant for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress. Her service for ALA included four years on the ALA Council and numerous ALSC positions such as president, priority group consultant, and member of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder book award committees.

Outstanding school library programs receive AASL awards

The American Association of School Librarians recognized programs in two schools with its National School Library Program of the Year Award: New Canaan High School in Connecticut and Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis. Established in 1963, the award honors school library programs that exemplify implementation of the AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines. Each winning program receives $10,000 from donor Follett Library Resources.

LITA honors leaders in the field

lita logo The Library and Information Technology Association recognized current and future leaders in the field of library and information technology through a number of scholarships and awards. Among the year’s winners were Paula T. Kaufman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who received the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award; John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and founder of the Public Knowledge Project, who was given the Frederick G. Kilgour Award; and Marshall Breeding, director for innovative technologies and research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, Tennessee, and executive director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, who was given the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award.

ACRL names top librarian, libraries

maureen sullivan In 2010, 22 outstanding individuals and institutions received recognition awards from the Association of College and Research Libraries. The ACRL’s top honor, the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award, was presented to Maureen Sullivan, owner of Maureen Sullivan Associates and professor of practice in the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science PhD Program in Managerial Leadership, for her work in organizational development, strategic planning, and mentoring . The Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards—sponsored by the ACRL and YBP Library Services to recognize the staff of a community college, a college, and a university library—were given to the Bucks County (Pa.) Community College, Elmhurst (Ill.) College, and Indiana University Bloomington.

A full list of 2010 award winners is available at

PLA awards and honors

pla logo The Public Library Association recognized nine individuals and libraries for providing the best in public library service and innovation: Rebecca Vnuk, winner of the Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor; the Bailey Cove Branch Library in Huntsville, Alabama, recipient of the Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award Grant; Patrick Losinski, winner of the Charlie Robinson Award, also sponsored by Baker & Taylor; Emma Mejia and Kathy Smith, winners of the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant; Gilpin County (Colo.) Public Library, winner of the EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award; Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library, recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Award, sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC; Calcasieu Parish (La.) Public Library, winner of the Highsmith Library Innovation Award; Ellen Schmid, winner of the Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award; and Huntsville-Madison County (Ala.) Public Library, recipient of the Romance Writers of America Library Grant.

ALTAFF recognizes top trustees

robert bonam and margaret danhofmargaret danhof The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations named Robert O. Bonam and Margaret J. Danhof as the 2010 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.

Bonam has served continuously for 27 years as a trustee of the Rochester (Mich.) Hills Public Library. Currently the board’s treasurer, Bonam helped negotiate a creative purchase agreement during the sale of the old library, saving $75,000. He has also been involved in the management and structure of library investments, as well as with the establishment of a library endowment that has grown from $30,000 to $150,000.

Danhof has served as a trustee of the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois, for 15 years. Since being elected board president in 2003, she has helped oversee a space needs analysis and community survey, and she was part of an effort to successfully pass a $48.6-million referendum for a new main library and a $5-million branch renovation. A board member of the Prairie Area Library System from 2004 to 2008, Danhof has also served as acting chairman of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of ALTAFF's predecessor, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates (ALTA), as president of ALTA, and as co-president of ALTAFF.

Florida Library Association receives first advocacy award

altaff logo The Florida Library Association received the inaugural ALA President’s Award for Advocacy for its successful campaign to save state aid to libraries in 2009 by developing messages, urging members to contact representatives, and working with a public relations firm to get the word out about the pending elimination of state funding. Developed and sponsored by ALTAFF, the ALA President’s Award for Advocacy carries with it a $1,000 grant for the development of a program or programs for Friends and trustees at the state library association conference.

ALTAFF honors five Friends groups

Five Friends groups were recognized by ALTAFF and Baker and Taylor for outstanding efforts to support their libraries. Friends of the Johnson County (Kansas) Library, the Seattle (Washington) Public Library, the Nederland (Colorado) Community Library, the Castro Valley (California) Library, and the Fitchburg (Wisconsin) Library each received $1,000, and an engraved plaque.

ALCTS award highlights

association for library collections and technical services Peggy Johnson, assistant university librarian at the University of Minnesota, became the newest recipient of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and sponsored by EBSCO. Olivia Madison, dean of libraries at Iowa State University, was awarded the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding contributions to cataloging. Presidential Citations were awarded to Jeanne Drewes and Karen Motylewski for Preservation Week, Pamela Bluh for continuing education, Kate Harcourt for the LC Working Group report, Keisha Manning for establishing the New Members Interest Group, and Dina Giambi for outstanding contributions to the ALCTS.

ASCLA presents awards

ascla logo The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies presented its ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System/National Organization on Disability award to the Resource Library of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities for its project “Disability Etiquette Infusion Units: Changing Attitudinal Barriers at University of Wyoming.” Daniel Boyd, former director of the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library, received the 2010 Francis Joseph Campbell Medal for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped.

LLAMA sponsors emerging leaders

llama logo The Library Leadership and Management Association sponsored two emerging leaders: Darcel B. Jones from the Contra Costa County Library in California and Leo S. Lo from the Kansas State University Libraries. In addition, the LLAMA Human Resources Section Staff Development Committee sponsored an emerging leader project to transform the Staff Development Clearinghouse, a resource for individuals and organizations to share policies, manuals, and other information related to library staff development.

First awards given from Krug Fund

ftrf The 2010 Banned Books Week saw the first awards from the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Fund, which gave grants to seven libraries and organizations. The Iowa City Public Library received a $2,500 grant to hold the Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival, while the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Canisius College, Dayton Metro Library–East Branch, St. Catharine College, Santa Monica Public Library, and the Takoma Park Library all received $1,000 grants for their Banned Book Week programming.

Freedom To Read Foundation Awards

rober m. o'neil Robert M. O’Neil, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at the University of Virginia, was the recipient of the 2010 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. O’Neil, who also serves on the law faculty at UVA, has a storied history as an advocate for the First Amendment. He began his legal career as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. in 1962 and later held a number of positions in academia, including president of the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Aubrey Madler, an information specialist with the University of North Dakota’s Center for Rural Health, was the third recipient of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, which provides financial support to new librarians and library students who are engaged in promoting intellectual freedom and who wish to attend ALA’s Annual Conference.