Volume 26, Number 2, Summer 2004


2004 ASCLA Award Winners

The ASCLA Awards recognize outstanding achievement by members of the library profession. The awards honor librarians and libraries for significant achievements.

ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

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Helen Levine
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Doris Torreblanca

The Miami-Dade Public Library System is the 2004 recipient of the ASCLA Exceptional Service Award for its “Connections: Library Service to the Homebound” program.

The ASCLA Exceptional Service Award is a citation to recognize exceptional service to patients and inmates; the homebound; medical, nursing and other professional staff in hospitals; as well as recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research.

"ASCLA is pleased to present the Exceptional Service Award to the Miami-Dade Public Library System in recognition of the "Connections: Library Service to the Homebound" program," stated Tom Sloan, ASCLA president. "This extraordinary library program provides a wide range of library services to people of all ages who are unable to visit the library in person. ASCLA congratulates the Miami-Dade Public Library System on their exceptional services to persons having difficulty using traditional libraries."

ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award

photo of valerie wilford Valerie Wilford, consultant and former executive director of the Alliance Library System, Pekin, Ill., is the 2004 recipient of the ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award.

The ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award is a citation presented to recognize leadership and achievement in consulting, multi-type library cooperation, and state library development. The award recognizes sustained activity that has been characterized by professional growth and effectiveness, and has enhanced the status of these areas of activity.

“ASCLA is pleased to present the Leadership Achievement Award to Valerie Wilford, in recognition of her success at setting new standards in cooperation between all types of libraries and for developing a new model of system operations,” stated Tom Sloan, ASCLA president. “ASCLA congratulates Ms. Wilford for her exceptional work, creativity, and enterprise.”

ASCLA/National Organization on Disability Award

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, University of Toledo, Ohio, is the 2004 recipient of the ASCLA/National Organization on Disability Award for Library Service for Persons with Disabilities for its Regional Disability History Archive Project. photo of the staff of the ward m. canaday center for special collections

Donated by Aetna, through the National Organization on Disability, the $1,000 award and certificate is given to a library organization that has provided services for people with disabilities. The award is presented by Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

“ASCLA is pleased to present the National Organization on Disability Award to the Ward M. Canaday Center at the University of Toledo in recognition of their pioneering work to collect, preserve, and make available the historical records of persons with disabilities,” stated Tom Sloan, ASCLA president. “ASCLA congratulates the Canaday Center for expanding information about and to people with disabilities.”

ASCLA Professional Achievement Award

photo of amy owens Amy Owens, former state librarian of Utah, is the 2004 recipient of the ASCLA Professional Achievement Award.

The ASCLA Professional Achievement Award is a citation presented to one or more ASCLA members for professional achievement within the areas of consulting, networking, statewide service, and programs.

“ASCLA is pleased to present the Professional Achievement Award to Amy Owens in recognition of her extraordinary success at developing and promoting statewide library services and programs,” stated Tom Sloan, ASCLA president. “From her service as president of ASCLA, to her long tenure as director of the Utah State Library Division, Ms. Owens has generously and graciously contributed to ASCLA.”

ASCLA Service Award

photo of sara laughlin Sara Laughlin, consultant, Sara Laughlin & Associates, Bloomington, Ind., is the 2004 recipient of the ASCLA Service Award.

The Service Award recognizes an ASCLA personal member for sustained leadership and exceptional service through participation in activities that have enhanced the stature, reputation, and overall strength of ASCLA, as well as representation of ALA.

“ASCLA is pleased to present the 2004 Service Award to Sara Laughlin in recognition of her exceptional service to ASCLA,” stated Tom Sloan, ASCLA president. “From Ms. Laughlin’s support for the Interlibrary Cooperation and Networking (ICAN) Section, to her work as editor of Interface and other ALA publications, she has greatly contributed to ASCLA.”