Awards (Professional Recognition)

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards announced - celebrating 50 years

CHICAGO — In honor of the 50th anniversary of the awards, The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have selected six recipients to receive the 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.  Biennially, representatives from ALA and AIA gather to celebrate the finest examples of library design by architects licensed in the U.S.

Ghada Elturk wins 2013 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Ghada Elturk, outreach librarian at the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, is the 2013 recipient of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given biannually, the award recognizes a librarian for outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services and developing creative multicultural materials and programs.

Pennsylvania Avenue School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Pennsylvania Avenue School, located in Atlantic City, N.J., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

New Augusta South Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — New Augusta South Elementary School, located in Indianapolis, is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes up to three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

RUSA Awards Reception at ALA Annual Conference honors top professionals and projects in reference and adult library services

CHICAGO — Celebrate this year’s winners of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) achievement awards in adult reference and library services at the RUSA Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party, which will be held from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room.

Swan Valley High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Swan Valley High School, located in Saginaw, Mich., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes up to three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

2013 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award winner announced

CHICAGO — Karen Doerksen, MLIS degree candidate at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies, has been named the winner of the 2013 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Brewster Kahle to be Honored with 2013 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

CHICAGO — Brewster Kahle has been named the winner of the 2013 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

Emergent leader Amy Jo Southworth receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO — Amy Jo Southworth, school librarian at Bay Shore High School in Sayville, N.Y., is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Established in 1986, the $1,250 award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators.

Colorado Association of Libraries wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — The Colorado Association of Libraries is the recipient of the 2013 ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries.

The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) won for its 2012 campaign “Literacy Through Libraries: A Dollar Does It.” The campaign was to restore state funding for libraries; although a funding mechanism in the state budget had existed since 2001, the line item had gone unfunded for years due to budget constraints. This left Colorado as one of only a few states with no direct support of libraries.

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