Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

About the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship
An annual award consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement honoring an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, and/or writing.

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2013 Winner(s)

Jeanette C. Smith

Grants and university relations officer at the New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces

As noted in the nomination submitted on her behalf, “Smith has given extensively to the library profession, and has now brilliantly promoted library history and librarianship through her book, "The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor," which truly is the first study of its kind.”  Published in 2012 by McFarland Publishing, her monograph examines the elements of humor in librarianship between 1876 and 2000.  It is described as illuminating different types of librarians – the collector, the organization person, the keeper, the change agent – and explores stereotypes attributed to the field.