EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

Mark Puente honored as 2015 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian


 image of Mark Puente receiving the award

             Leslie Campbell Hime with EMIERT's 2015 Distinguished Librarian Award recipient, 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

Mark provided the following upon receiving the award:

"My most humble and sincere thanks to the selection committee for the EMIERT Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award. I truly appreciate your consideration of my nomination and your recognition of what I hope others consider a notable contribution to the LIS profession in a relatively short span of time. I've received notes of congratulations via every communication platform imaginable from librarians all over the US, Canada, and some overseas! What I've expressed to many is that this important work cannot be done in a vacuum. It takes an extended community to ensure that efforts to diversify our profession are sustained and effective. If libraries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions are to develop climates of inclusion for all stakeholders - for employees and patrons alike - it will take a deep commitment from individuals and organizations to work deliberately toward that. Many thanks to the ALA EMIERT for recognizing how important this work continues to be!"


For Immediate Release  
Fri, 06/19/2015


John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
(312) 280-2140

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.

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.

For more information, contact:


EMIERT Awards Committee Chair:
Hazel Walker
East Carolina University
Teaching Resource Center
Joyner Library
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
T. 252.328.4994