BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library Foundation and the Friends of Smyrna (Tenn.) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each group receives $1,000 and a clock from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements. The groups were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the Western Washington University and Whatcom County Library System to serve as the host site for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye. The lecture will be held in the spring of 2018.
CHICAGO — Amed Demirhan has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.
CHICAGO — Pilot Mountain Elementary School, a public school in Pilot Mountain, N.C., has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for Everybody Has a Story, a library program that taught third-graders about cultural and historic preservation both locally and globally.
As the recipient of ALA’s 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, the school’s library will receive $5,000.
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through Sept. 18 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.
CHICAGO – Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Audrey Church. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students.
CHICAGO — The PR XChange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s PR XChange Awards Competition, under the direction of the Public Relations and Marketing Community of Practice, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). Over 390 entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from over 100 institutions, including public, academic, school, state and special libraries. Entries were assessed by 8 in-person judges and 15 virtual judges based on the quality of content, format, design, creativity and originality.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 1, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Reed presented Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) with United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for his support of libraries during a special reception in the Hart Senate office building.
Sen. Reed authored key sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and seeks to fix the No Child Left Behind education law that was signed into law nearly 14 years ago.