Richmond, Ind. librarian selected for prestigious national public service honor

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/01/2014

Contact:

Heather Cho

Media Relations Specialist

American Library Association

(312) 280-4020

hcho@ala.org

Frances Yates named recipient of the Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK — Today, Frances Yates, director of the library at Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind, will receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Yates is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

Yates has been praised for her ability to engage students that are unfamiliar with library resources and services.  

The library can be an intimidating place to a student body composed of many first-generation students. Sensitive to those needs, Yates has made the library more welcoming by ensuring staff is friendly and patient and providing a reference librarian with the flexibility to accommodate each student’s schedule. Now, students feel more comfortable asking for assistance and also engaging with one another as well as with staff and faculty.

Yates’ innovative “Ask Us!” campaign gives students access to online library resources 24/7. This is important because the school serves students who must balance jobs and families with schoolwork. The school also has a growing distance education program. Yates places a high priority on offering exceptional service for all library users, whether on-campus or online.

Yates will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held this evening in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

As part of the award process, library users nominate librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year more than 1,000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who connect people with the information access and critical resources they need to support lifelong learning.

A complete list of the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

 

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

About The New York Times Company
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About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 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.

The ALA administered the award through the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.


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Contact:

Heather Cho
Media Relations Specialist
American Library Association
312-280-4020
hcho@ala.org

Celeste Ford
Carnegie Corporation of New York
212-207-6277
cfc@carnegie.org