Awards (Professional Recognition)

Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown wins RUSA's Zora Neale Hurston Award for leadership in promoting African-American literature

PHILADELPHIA — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown as its selection for the 2014 Zora Neale Hurston Award.

Susan Roman receives 2014 ALSC Distinguished Service Award

PHILADELPHIA – Susan Roman is the 2014 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.

Holley wins YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)  awarded the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award to Pam Spencer Holley. The $2,000 award, given every other year, recognizes a YALSA member who has demonstrated unique and sustained devotion to young adult services through substantial work in several initiatives.

2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Illinois Central College Library, East Peoria, Ill.; Lafayette College Skillman Library, Easton, Pa. and Cal Poly State University Robert E. Kennedy Library, San Luis Obispo, Calif..

Tim Bucknall named 2014 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Tim Bucknall, assistant dean of libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), is the 2014 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.

Ten librarians from across the nation receive prestigious public service honor

Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association announce I Love My Librarian Award recipients

United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Sarah Josepha Hale

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the trustees of the Richards Free Library in Newport, N.H., designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Sarah Josepha Hale on Saturday., Nov. 23.

Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

Deadline to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards extended to Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA – The deadline to apply for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26, 2013). Application materials are available at


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