Queens Public Library receives ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2005

Queens Public Library receives ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

CHICAGO —The Queens Library (NY) is the 2005 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Exceptional Service Award for its New Americans Program (NAP) LSTA grant project entitled “Bringing the Mountain.”

“Bringing the Mountain” is a collaborative grant project that provides materials to inmates under custody of the New York State Department of Correctional Services who do not read either English or Spanish.

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; and inmates, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research. The award is presented by ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

“The Queens Library’s ‘Bringing the Mountain’ LSTA grant project, part of the New American Program ( www.queenslibrary.org/programs/nap), presents an innovative multicultural, multilingual library service to inmates in the New York State Department of Correctional Services not found in such diversity elsewhere,” stated Barratt Wilkins, ASCLA awards committee chair. “The New American Program presents an exciting and relevant library service program to 8,320 foreign-born inmates from 123 countries, whose languages include Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Italian, Arabic, Korean, French.”

The award will be presented June 26, 2005, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the ASCLA President’s Program and Award Ceremony, “Advocacy Is Not Enough – Using Evidence-Based Outcome Measures to Demonstrate Library Impact,” during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.