Awards (Professional Recognition)

Hilda Weisburg receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Hilda Weisburg, retired school librarian and editor of “School Librarian's Workshop,” is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

'Brotherhood' project from G. W. Carver Middle School receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Deborah Floyd, Stephanie Stargardt and Joshua Forbes from G. W. Carver Middle School in Chester, Virginia, are the recipients of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award for their collaborative project “Brotherhood, A Novel: Making Connections to Richmond from Reconstruction Through Present Day.” Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implantation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.

Kate Lechtenberg receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Kate Lechtenberg, school librarian in Ankeny Community Schools located in Des Moines, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award.

Kathleen Procopio receives AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award

CHICAGO – Kathleen Procopio, principal of Millville (N.J.) High School, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.

James Patterson recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Best-selling author James Patterson has been selected by AASL President Leslie Preddy as the 2016 Crystal Apple recipient. The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. A staunch school library advocate, Patterson has dedicated both time and funds to promote the ways school libraries transform a child’s educational career.

Michelle Reed wins the 2016 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO — Michelle Reed has been named the 2016 winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for her project entitled “Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights & Access.” The $3,000 grant supports innovative research that could lead to an improvement in library services to any specific group of people.  The award was donated by Eric R.

Steven A. Knowlton receives the 2016 Justin Winsor essay award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Steven A. Knowlton the 2016 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning essay will be considered for publication in "Information & Culture: A Journal of History." The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th century librarian, historian and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president.

2016 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected four winners and one honorable mention for the 2016 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

Baich and Steiner selected as 2016 interlibrary loan achievement award recipients

CHICAGO—The Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA has selected the winners of its two achievement awards honoring librarians providing exceptional service in the fields of interlibrary loan, resource sharing and document delivery.

Hammill named winner of Reference Services Section's Service Achievement Award

CHICAGO— Sarah J. Hammill, business and online learning librarian at Florida International University, was selected as the 2016 winner of the RSS Service Achievement Award. The award recognizes a member that has made exceptional contributions to RUSA’s Reference Services Section.