EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award
Mark Puente honored as 2015 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian
Leslie Campbell Hime presenting the award to Mark Puente
The award presentation occurred at the EMIERT President’s Program, Collective Cultural Competency: Promoting a Dia about Diversity in an Academic Library, Saturday, June 27, 4:30pm, Moscone Convention Center, 3012(W), during ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/06/mark-puente-recipient-2015-emiert-distinguished-librarian-award
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO – Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is the recipient of the 2015 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given annually, the Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and include improving, spreading and promoting multicultural librarianship.
Puente is recognized for his work to expand diversity efforts within the library profession, specifically toward developing strategies and programs that librarians in all types of libraries can use to enhance their collections and services to underserved users. His work with the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, the Spectrum Scholarship Initiative and individual libraries provides opportunities for librarians to share stories, related research, collection approaches and best practices for increasing workplace diversity and creating an inclusive workplace environment.
“We are impressed with Mark’s trajectory from ALA Spectrum Scholar to mentor to national leader in diversity advocacy” said EMIERT Chair Katherine Trouern-Trend. “We are honored to recognize Mark for his dedication, accomplishments and contribution to moving the needle on inclusivity in libraries.”
Prior to his work at ARL, Puente worked as coordinator of digital projects and special/gift collections and assistant professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as research assistant professor and music librarian at the University at Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to ALA, Puente is an active member in the Music Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries.
As recipient of the 2015 Award, Puente will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 honorarium to be presented during the EMIERT President’s Program, Collective Cultural Competency: Promoting a Dialogue about Diversity in an Academic Library, Saturday, June 27, 4:30pm, Moscone Convention Center, 3012(W), during ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.
For more information, please visit www.ala.org/emiert.
Founded in 1982, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information for recommended ethnic and multilingual collections, services and programs.
Ghada Elturk honored as 2013 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian
Ghada Eltruk (right) and Tess Tobin
From the ALA news press release (7/02/2013) as submitted by John L. Amundsen, Program Officer, Outreach and Communications, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
CHICAGO — Ghada Elturk, outreach librarian at the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, was honored at ALA Annual Conference as the 2013 recipient of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given biennially, the award recognizes a librarian for outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services and developing creative multicultural materials and programs.
As the outreach librarian for Boulder Public Library (BPL) Elturk takes leadership roles in numerous multicultural activities in Boulder. Her many accomplishments at BPL include the design and implementation of its community and cultural outreach program; implementing a wide variety of conversations programs (English, Spanish, Afghan, Arabic); establishing and implementing Cesar Chavez Day in Boulder; establishing diversity literature discussion groups (Arabic, Latino, poetry workshops for youth); and implementing diverse film festivals.
“Ms. Elturk is appreciated by peoples of all cultures in Boulder as they realize what she has done to get them to the library by offering access to all types of materials in their particular cultural, multicultural programs, and other library services,” said EMIERT Chair Tess Tobin. “She is a bridge-builder in a diverse society.”
Elturk received a monetary award of $500 from EMIERT as part of the award, which she is donating to the American Indian Library Association, Asian/Pacific American Library Association, the Black Caucus of ALA, REFORMA – the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, as well as EMIERT, all organizations which she has served as a longstanding and active member.
Celebrating its 36th year anniversary, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information for recommended ethnic and multilingual collections, services and programs
The EMIERT Multicultural Award
Standards for this award are any significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and that include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship.
- Persons in the library world are eligible to be considered for the award based on outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services, and developing creative multicultural materials and programs. Emphasis here is multicultural/multiethnic as distinguished from multilingual (cf. The Leonard Wertheimer Award).
- There will be an annual award. If no suitable candidate is judged to merit the award in a given year, the award will not be presented. If two candidates are considered very close in their qualifications, the award will be split between the two.
- The Executive Board of EMIERT (Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table) will select a committee of five to administer the award. The chair of the Round Table will be an ex-officio member.
- The deadline for nominations will vary depending upon the ALA Midwinter Meeting's dates. Decision about the award will be made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Publicity will be released announcing the results and the date for the award ceremony, to be held at the ALA Annual Conference.
- Screening of candidates will be based on submitted application forms that contain a detailed curriculum vitae with specific information and evidence of the candidate's outstanding achievement and leadership. The documentation for each nominee will be sent to the Awards Committee members who will rate the nominations. A formal ballot will be taken at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the results tabulated to pick a winner.
- At the ALA Annual Conference, the award ceremony will take place at the scheduled membership meeting of EMIERT.
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