EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

Ghada Elturk honored as 2013 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian 

Ghada Elturk and Tess Tobin photo

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

Past Award Winners

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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. At the ALA Annual Conference, the award ceremony will take place at the scheduled membership meeting of EMIERT.

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EMIERT Awards Committee Chair:
Hazel Walker
East Carolina University
Teaching Resource Center
Joyner Library
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
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