American Library Association honors Kentucky advocate Louis 'Buzz' Carmichael

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/24/2012

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Louis “Buzz” Carmichael recognized in Washington for support of libraries

Washington, D.C. — Library advocate Louis “Buzz” Carmichael, of Lexington, Ky., was recognized today with the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award for his commitment to supporting the nation’s libraries. ALA President Molly Raphael acknowledged Carmichael at the American Library Association’s 2012 National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

WHCLIST bestows upon a non-librarian advocate for libraries who participates in National Library Legislative Day, the annual federal library advocacy event, a stipend to travel to the D.C. event.

As a strong and tireless advocate for libraries, Carmichael has been a trustee of the Lexington Public Library in Kentucky for four years. He was appointed by Governor Steve Beshar to serve as the chair of the State Advisory Council on Libraries as a result of his strong work as a Trustee. As a dedicated advocate for library issues, Carmichael is a regular at library conferences and Kentucky’s Library Legislative Day.

“I enjoy all aspects of my library work and feel I can be a better advocate with [National Library Legislative Day] experience,” Carmichael said.

More information about the award is available on the ALA website.

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About the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce

WHCLIST was an effective force in library advocacy nationally following the White House Conferences on Libraries and Information Services Taskforce, which were held in 1979 and 1991. WHCLIST recently turned its remaining assets over to the American Library Association to fund the WHCLIST Award and spread the spirit of committed, passionate library support to a new generation of advocates.

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About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world,with approximately 60,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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