Awards (Professional Recognition)

PLA awards recognize 15 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 15 2015 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

Brian Schottlaender wins 2015 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — Brian Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel university librarian at the University of California-San Diego, has been named the 2015 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Schottalender will receive a cash award and citation during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management, and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

Robert A. Seal named 2015 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Robert A. Seal, dean of university libraries at Loyola University Chicago, is the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

Seal will receive a $5,000 award during the keynote session at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Putnam County Library receives 2015 Light the Way grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named Putnam County Library in Cookeville, Tennessee the recipient of the 2015 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved Grant. As the winner of the grant, the library will receive $3,000 for its Books to You! Summer Outreach project.

Winner of 2015 Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African-American Literature announced

CHICAGO — Carolyn Garnes, founder and CEO of Aunt Lil’s Reading Room, is the 2015 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by HarperCollins.

Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing names Brad Hooper of Booklist as winner

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Brad Hooper of Booklist as the recipient of the 2015 Louis Shores Award, which recognizes outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.

The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in reviewing materials for libraries.

Kathleen T. Horning is 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award recipient

CHICAGO – Kathleen T. Horning is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

Horning is the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and in her work there has been a long-time advocate for multiculturalism and diversity in literature for children and teens.

2015 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Santa Fe College Lawrence W. Tyree Library, Gainesville, Florida; Amherst College Frost Library, Amherst, Massachusetts; and Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, Indiana.

PLA to recognize the Ferguson Public Library and Scott Bonner at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) with support from Library Systems and Services, LLC (LSSI) will present a special recognition to the Ferguson (Missouri) Public Library and its director Scott Bonner at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Gerald Holmes named 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity honoree

CHICAGO — Gerald Holmes, reference librarian and diversity coordinator, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), has been named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize him for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.

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