Awards (Professional Recognition)

AT&T Michigan honored with United for Libraries Major Benefactor Citation

TROY, Michigan – United for Libraries, along with Troy (Mich.) Public Library and the Troy Communication Foundation, honored AT&T Michigan with a Major Benefactor Citation during an event at the library on June 29.

During the event, Troy Public Library (TPL) unveiled their Donor Wall to invited Endowment Fund donors. The TPL Endowment Fund first launched in September 2016 with a goal of reaching $20,000 by the end of 2016. The occasion marked how quickly that goal was surpassed and honored the first group of donors to ensure the endowment fund’s success.

Two groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

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.

Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System chosen as site for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture

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.

Amed Demirhan receives 2017 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

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.

Pilot Mountain Elementary School wins ALA school library award for program about cultural and historic preservation

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.

Nominate a librarian for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

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

AASL President recognizes Emily Sheketoff’s "ceaseless efforts" with Crystal Apple Award

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.

2017 PR XChange Award winners announced

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.

United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

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.