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ALA/ALTA Honor Roll Banquet Honorees, June 2000.



State Librarian, Karen Crane


Alaska State Library

The Alaska Library Association wishes to nominate the staff of the Alaska State Library, past and present.   The Library Association was reminded of the history of excellent staff at the State Library.   Among the roll call of those retired are: Dick Engen, Margaret Liebowitz, Phyllis DeMuth, Sheila Fuhrer, Audrey Kolb, Peggy Cummings Forcier, Judy Monroe, Jo Morse, Della Matthis and Mary Jennings.  Current state library staff, under the leadership of Karen Crane and George Smith, carry on our state's strong tradition of outreach, sharing, innovation, promotion of all libraries, and cooperation.  In Alaska, the State Library has provided strong leadership, helping in the development of libraries in communities without a tradition of library service, sharing expertise, providing training, facilitating discussion and paving the way for growth and expansion of services.  State Library staff have been and continue to be powerful and effective spokespersons for all Alaskan libraries.


Senator Ted Stevens

Ted Stevens has served Alaska in the U.S. Senate since 1968.   Recognizing the importance of libraries to a young and developing state, he has been a strong and consistent library advocate.   Senator Stevens supported the Library Services and Construction Act and was instrumental in helping to secure funding under LSCA for Title IV, Services to American Indians, Hawaiians and Alaska Native groups.  While an outspoken advocate for Alaska, Senator Stevens' support for libraries can be measured nationally.  He has served on and chaired the Committee on Governmental Affairs which has oversight of proposed legislation, budget and other matters relating to the Archives of the U.S., the Governmental Printing Office, the Postal Service and the Library of Congress.  While on the committee, Senator Stevens championed and protected special postal rates for libraries and provided exceptional support for the Library of Congress.  His interest in LC continues as he currently chairs the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.  Senator Stevens was also instrumental in development of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which provides strong language in support of libraries and their role in the provision of information.


Wilda Marston

Wilda Marston served on the Anchorage Municipal Library Advisory Board from 1978-90. For almost twenty years Wilda was the single most unabashed advocate and influential library supporter in Anchorage.   During the long years leading up to the construction of a new main library building in 1986, Wilda lobbied local governing bodies and the community.  As the moving force behind the new Loussac Library, the community honored Wilda by naming the library's theatre, the Wilda Marston Theater.  As Anchorage is Alaska's largest city with 43% of the state's population, Wilda's support of libraries has influence of libraries has been felt statewide.  In addition to serving the Alaska library community, Wilda served a term on the federal Depository Library Council with an appointment in 1993.  Wilda has been a critical factor in the growth and life of the Anchorage Municipal Library, indeed in Alaska's libraries.  She provides a wonderful example of the difference one person can make in the life of a community.


Elmer E. Rasmuson

Mr. Rasmuson has been one of Alaska's most consistent, visible and generous library supporters.   For many years he personally supported development of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Library.   He made annual contributions to the library and took an intensely personal interest in development of a collection, which has become internationally recognized.  Mr. Rasmuson's generosity and recognition of libraries extended beyond the academic community to public libraries across the State.  He and his family have been generous supporters of the Skagway Public Library and the Anchorage Municipal Library's Loussac Library.  In addition to his personal contributions to libraries, the Rasmuson Foundation encourages grant requests from libraries and supports efforts to improve library service to all Alaskans. Because much of Mr. Rasmuson's generosity has been carried out quietly and with little fanfare, it would be difficult to put a dollar amount on his support.  However, it is clear that he has been the single most generous and enthusiastic supporter of libraries in the State over several decades.  Libraries in Alaska have been blessed with good supporters, however, had we been able to select only one Alaskan for recognition, that person would be Mr. Rasmuson.


Arthur Robson

Arthur Robson is one of Interior Alaska's great champions of public libraries, perhaps the greatest since George C. Thomas financed the construction of the first Fairbanks library in 1907.   Art's leadership of the Council of Library Supporters was instrumental in moving Fairbanks' library out of the original log building into a spacious modern structure in 1977.   Art also used his influence to help have a branch library built in North Pole and to have it expanded twice, most recently in 1994.  Art's support goes far beyond construction.  He has been an active member of the Library Commission for over a quarter-century, providing pro bono legal advice, and devoting untold hours waiting to testify before governmental bodies.  Art has a strong grasp of library principles and standards, he has been a powerful advocate for intellectual freedom and a steadying influence in times of crisis.  Most recently, Art wrote the incorporation documents and served as treasurer for the Library Support Group, formed to help pass a bond issue for the recently completed expansion of the main library.  No library has ever had a more active, committed, and amenable advocate than Art Robson, who has supported Fairbanks' libraries with his time, his mind, his pocketbook, and, most importantly, his heart.




State Librarian, Gladysann Wells


Senator Edward Cirillo

Senator Edward Cirillo has demonstrated a significant interest in the development of libraries and archives in Arizona. He has been especially supportive of the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records. Senator Cirillo’s efforts to ensure the safety of employees, the public, and the collections in the State Library, Archives and Museum resulted in the reinstatement of a security staff in the rotunda of the Capitol.  During his first term as Senator, Edward Cirillo sponsored a bill to assist the preservation efforts of the State's library collections, research materials and historic public records. Currently he is sponsoring a bill to support the tripling of Arizona's State Grants‑In‑Aid program


Mark W. Killian

Mark Killian, as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Member of the Library Board, and now as Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue, has vigorously supported the Department of Library, Archives and Public Records. He facilitated improved interaction between the Department and the Legislature. That support led to the development of a dynamic electronic reference service for legislative researchers.   Mr. Killian continues to support the Department by encouraging staff of the Department of Revenue to become familiar with the electronic reference services available. He has encouraged them to volunteer to help with the annual Statehood Day celebration that has created a new Arizona tradition. A personal interest in preserving Arizona's history and providing access to its historical materials has resulted in support for the Department's efforts to improve its ability to care for these materials and assist clients who come to the Capitol to do historical and other archival research.


Harriet P. McIntosh

Harriet McIntosh has been a library volunteer for twenty‑three years. Some of her volunteer activities are: organized Friends of the Phoenix Public Library; organized Arizona Library Friends (ALF) state group; organized ALF State Legislative Secretaries Annual Luncheon; established Dial‑A‑Friend to Friends and libraries in state; served as member/chair/secretary/newsletter editor, Friends of the Phoenix Public Library; served as member/chair, Library Advisory Board; served as member of County Library Advisory Board.   Between 1981 and 1998, for her work as an advocate, Ms. McIntosh received ten awards representing recognition from Arizona city and state institutions, as well as library support groups on local and national levels. Some of her honors are: Arizona Library Association Rosenzweig Award for outstanding service to Arizona libraries; White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services Best Newsletter Award; Phoenix Friends Amicus Award for distinguished service; Phoenix 100 Award from the City of Phoenix for volunteer cooperation in developing the city; and Arizona Center for the Book Parnassus Award for inspired commitment to books, reading, libraries and literacy.


Gary Pease

Gary Pease is a staunch advocate of the public library in his community and in the state, and he epitomizes community support and volunteerism. For thirty years, Mr. Pease has promoted Arizona libraries, and has provided outstanding service to the city of Sierra Vista and the state. Of significance contribution, is Mr. Pease's assistance with the development of the new Sierra Vista library building project, and his support in maintaining the County Library District when an effort was made to disband it. For his 30 years of outstanding service to Arizona libraries, Mr. Pease was a recipient of the Arizona Library Association Rosenzweig Award.   Some of his volunteer activities are: served as member/chair, Sierra Vista Library Board of Trustees; served as member/president, Sierra Vista Friends Board; served as member/chair, Cochise County Library Citizens Liaison Council; served as member/chair, statewide Arizona Library Friends Board; served as member, Advisory Council to the State Library for the Arizona conference ‑ Second White House Conference on Library and Information Services.


Edwynne C. “Polly” Rosenbaum                      

Edwynne C. “Polly” Rosenbaum was the longest serving member of the House of Representatives in the country on both a state and national level ‑ serving 47 years from 1949 until 1994. “Polly,” known as the protector of our state's heritage, has clearly demonstrated throughout her years of public service, that her pet project has always been libraries. One of her overriding ambitions has been to ensure that every child has access to a public library.   As a member of the State Library Board from 1976 until 1994, Polly was a strong supporter of the Department and all libraries in Arizona. She created the Homebound Tutoring Program for sick children, launched and continues as the Coordinator for the Statewide Essay Contest for Arizona schoolchildren for Statehood Day, and was one of the founders for the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame. Polly remains tireless in her support of libraries in Arizona, and is truly one of Arizona's greatest – an Arizona treasure.





State Librarian, Barbara Will


California Public Utilities Commission

In early 1996, before the Federal government enacted a reduced telecommunications rate for schools and libraries, the California Pubic Utilities commission established a telecommunications discount of 60% for libraries statewide.   This discount now is complemented by the Federal e-rate program, allowing library users statewide to obtain access to electronic databases and Internet information resources.


Deirdre “Dede” Alpert

State Senator Alpert spearheaded the legislative initiative to establish multi type library resource-sharing in California.  Her efforts led tot he passage and funding of the Library of  California Act in 1998.  This legislation will link 8,000 libraries statewide and is the most farsighted of all library network laws nationwide, because it was able to build on current and emerging technologies,


Randy “Duke” Cunningham

At the time when the federal Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) was due for repeal or reauthorization, Congressman Cunningham led the initiative to shape a new program (the Library Services and Technology Act) that responded to the two key priorities for Library users in California; access to technology and services to special populations.   It was passed in 1996, due in large part to his efforts.                                            


James Dawe

Jim Dawe chaired the campaign for the recent Library Board Act, which voters approved on March 7, 2000 ad which resulted in $350,000,000 for public library construction and renovation throughout   California.


Richard Rainey

State Senator Rainey successfully lead the legislative initiative for the library construction and renovation bond act (approved by the votes in March, 2000).   Some $350 million will now assist California public libraries in creating; new sites and updating older facilities.


Posthumous Honorees


Edith M. Coulter

The annual Coulter Lecture of the California Library Association is named in honor of Edith Coulter.   She was an outstanding reference librarian at the University of California, Berkeley and was one of the founders of the library school at Berkeley.   From 1927 to 1929 she taught at the school full time and established a reputation for her superlative courses in reference, subject bibliography, government publications, and the history of the book and printing.  Her influence was considerable.  Coulter also as an active historian with a specialization in California history and several of her scholarly studies were published by the Book Club of California and California Historical Society.


James L. Gillis

James L. Gillis was the California State Librarian (1899-1917) who initiated, supported, and urged the establishment of county free libraries throughout the state during the early 1900s.   He established the Department of Traveling Libraries, sending 200 libraries to rural communities of the state; the California county library law of 1911 is one his   accomplishments.  He established a books for the blind program in 1904 and opened a Library School in 1914.


Henry E. Huntington

In 1919 Henry E. Huntington deeded the estate, library, art gallery, and gardens to create the Henry E Huntington Library and Art Gallery.   This deed, and the endowment he left, created one of the great research libraries in the world.   It is located in San Marino, Los Angeles County.


Charles Lummis

Charles Lummis headed Los Angeles Public Library and helped lead it to its status as the premier public research library in California.   He also founded the ‘Southwest Museum” (and, in fact, coined the term “Southwest”) and focused attention on the Spanish-Mexican heritage of the state.       


Joseph C. Rowell

Joseph C. Rowell served as the long-time university librarian for the University of California at Berkeley and was also active in promoting the new state library association.   In 1875, he was appointed California’s first full-time Librarian (at UCB).   As university librarian he helped shape one of the nation’s great academic libraries by establishing bibliographic control over its collections, building its collections (especially its California history materials and university archives), worked on the planning of the new Doe library, and hired and developed an excellent staff. Upon retirement in 1919, he continued on as university archivist and developing the California collections until 1938. 




State Librarian, Nancy M. Bolt


Camila A. Alire

For ongoing advocacy for library service to ethnic minorities.   Dr. Alire took the lead in establishing a statewide Committee on Library Service to Ethnic Minorities in Colorado.   The work of the Committee includes workshops (at which Dr. Alire is a frequent presenter); a scholarship for a person who commits to working with ethnic minorities; and a mentoring program to pair ethnic minority librarians and potential librarians with Colorado library leaders. Dr. Alire was the first recipient of the Colorado Library Association's Award for Exemplary Services to Minority Populations and the first recipient of the ALA Elizabeth Futas Award.  She is also the author of Library Services to Latino Communities which gives encouragement and guidance to libraries seeking to provide library service to ethnic minorities.


Nancy M. Bolt

For leadership in support of libraries during her tenure as State Librarian in Colorado.   Ms. Bolt has been Colorado State Librarian since 1987.   During that time she has initiated the development of the Access Colorado Library and Information Network; initiated the establishment of the Colorado Library Card program, allowing Colorado residents to borrow materials from any public, school, or academic library in the state; acquired a new building for the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; established the Colorado Center for the Book; ensured that libraries are included in prominent state telecommunication legislation; established a successful e-rate discount education program; and invited Emporia State University to bring an ALA accredited library graduate education program to Colorado after an absence of 15 years


Evelyn Brewster

In her 24 years as the public library consultant at the Colorado State Library, Evelyn Brewster worked tirelessly for the development of public library services statewide through consolidating and forming new libraries, establishing county libraries, training librarians and trustees, establishing public library systems, implementing Library Services and Construction Act grants for local libraries, and developing the County Equalization Grant program. Mrs. Brewster traveled the state extensively representing the State Library, and her consulting was characterized by her congenial manner and remarkable ability to bring groups together in support of libraries. She was recognized by the Colorado Library Association as the 1976 Colorado Librarian of the Year and received the Mountain Plains Library Association Distinguished Service Award in 1978.


Donna Jones Morris

For unstinting advocacy on behalf of libraries, Donna Jones Morris, Executive Director, Arkansas Valley Regional Library Service System, Pueblo, Colorado, was selected.   She served as Co-chair of the Colorado Library Association Legislative Committee from 1995-98.   During this time she persisted in building better relationships with key legislators, particularly the members of the state's powerful Joint Budget Committee.  During her tenure as Co-chair, Morris coordinated the successful campaign that added over one million dollars in on-going State funds to support Colorado library programs.  Morris has also been President of the Colorado Library Association (CLA) and received three awards from CLA, the Career Achievement Award in 1998, the Project of the Year (Near Project) Award in 1996, and the Librarian of the Year Award in 1992.


Larry Wilkinson

When Larry moved to Telluride, Colorado in the early 1970's, not only was there no ski area, but there was no library.   Deciding that something had to be done, Larry and his wife Betty established, on their own, Telluride Community Library, Inc. in an old, dilapidated Quonset hut. As they searched for a permanent home for the library, they found an old jail that was no more than a pile of rocks and bars.   Finally securing a lease from the town, they set about rebuilding the old jail while going to the voters to establish a legal San Miguel County Public Library District #1. Now, with the second new library under construction--some 30,000 square feet, the Wilkinson Library will be a jewel in the Telluride community. Larry went on to serve on numerous statewide committees, served as Chairman of the Board of the Pathfinder Library System for over 20 years, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1985 by the Colorado Library Association. He has been a continuing asset to Telluride as well as to the entire Colorado library community.


Posthumous Honorees

Gordon L. Bennett

Gordon Bennett led the Colorado State Library during a period of remarkable growth and change from 1944 to 1969. During this time, the budget increased from under $10,000 to over $1,000,000. The staff grew from 3 to 40. And the Library itself moved twice to obtain additional space. Services changed from books delivered in trunks, through a bookmobile stage, to a variety of service and development programs, including services to the institutionalized and handicapped, reference services to state government, and consulting services for school and public libraries. Statewide library cooperation, public library systems, long range planning, and networking of services all were initiated under Mr. Bennett's leadership. In addition to serving as president of the Colorado Library Association and The Public Library Association, Gordon Bennett was named 1980 Librarian of the Year by the Colorado Library Association in recognition of his second career as the head of the Park County (CO) Library.


John Irwin

For support of public access to information. John Irwin, member of the Colorado House of Representatives from Loveland, Colorado took the lead in sponsoring legislation to create the Access Colorado Library and Information Network (ACLIN). ACLIN provides integrated access to library resources of Colorado and selected information resources. Representative Irwin worked tirelessly to raise initial funds to begin the development of ACLIN.


Pauline A. Seely

Ms. Pauline A. Seely (1905‑1973) joined the Denver Public Library staff in 1948 as the Head of the Cataloging Department, and served as its Director of Technical Services from 1956 to 1970.   Seely was nationally recognized as an authority on the Dewey Decimal Classification system, as well as in the fields of cataloging and classification in general. A widely published librarian, she authored the ALA Rules for Filing Catalog Cards, co-­authored Bibliography of Place‑Name Literature, and wrote numerous articles in professional journals. She served on the Council of the American Library Association for several years, and was an active participant in the Mountain Plains Library Association and the Colorado Library Association.   Ms. Seely was the worthy recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation (1954) and the Nell I. Scott Memorial Award (1968) for outstanding and unique contributions to the library field. Upon her retirement from the Denver Public Library in 1970, she became Assistant Executive Director of Forest Press, Inc.


Clyde C. Walton

Clyde Walton's contributions to library programs and services in Colorado went well beyond his 13 successful years as the Director of the University of Colorado Libraries at Boulder. He provided leadership in establishing and developing the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries as a consortium for sharing resources and developing automated library systems and services.   The Alliance continues to be a highly successful organization. He also visited many libraries throughout the state to support and expand the University’s role as a statewide resource. His years in Colorado completed a noteworthy, professional career that included director positions at Northern Illinois University Library; and the Illinois State Historical Society.


Malcolm G. Wyer

Dr. Malcolm Glenn Wyer (1877-1965) was City Librarian of the Denver Public Library from 1924-51. Throughout his long tenure, Dr. Wyer was dedicated to advancing the role of the public libraries as a community adult education agency, rather than merely a recreational outlet or a collection repository.   His philosophy of continuing adult education was embraced nationally, and has become a major tenet of public libraries.   In addition, Dr. Wyer was the founder of the University of Denver School of Librarianship (1931), where he simultaneously served as Dean and Director of the University library for seventeen years. In 1934, he founded the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), the first of its kind in the nation, and the prototype cooperative for promoting library resource sharing.  He was responsible for establishing a number of special collections at the Denver Public Library, including the esteemed Western History Department (1935) which is still recognized as one of the four most significant collections of Western Americana in the U.S., and the only one of those major collections within a public library.  Dr. Wyer was President of the American Library Association (1936-37), the author of several books, a sought-after speaker, a constant contributor to professional journals and publications, and an indefatigable, life-long advocate for libraries.




State Librarian, Sharon Brettschneider


Faith Hektoen

The Children's Librarians' Librarian, Faith was the first State Consultant for Children's Services and served in that capacity for more than 20 years. During that time she crossed the path of many in the state. Her proteges include several of the most respected library directors in the state as well as a handful of past presidents of the state's professional association. She is so respected that an award was created in her honor to recognize an individual or group that has made an impact on library service to children in Connecticut at the local and/or state level.


Phillip James

Librarians think of the statewide trustee organization, they think of Phil James. For more than 20 years he has devoted himself to the effective development of the Association of Connecticut Library Boards. He criss-crosses the state to aid library boards at the drop of a hat. His unfailing good humor and innate panache have made him an effective advocate for libraries. He has created many local advocates through his Herculean efforts.  


Lillian Levin

A long time local library advocate, Lillian has become one of the leaders of the Friends of Connecticut Libraries. Her book on effective book sales has not only guided friends groups all over the country, but raises funds for the statewide Friends organization. She actively promotes the “Born to Read” program in Connecticut.


Virginia Mathews

Officially, she is a consultant to the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Unofficially she is one of the nation's premier library advocates. Relatively recently she received the first Herbert and Virginia White Award for Promoting Librarianship. Many years ago, she helped create National Library Week. Her activities promoting libraries in between are too numerous to enumerate. With over 50 years of active advocacy behind her, she continues to write, publish, and advise library advocates in Connecticut, the nation and the world.


John Short

Currently a member of the State Library Board, Jack has had many roles in the library community. For more than 30 years he has promoted the development of library friends groups throughout the state. Jack has written a book on library fundraising and lectures on the subject to library groups around the country. He has served nationally on the ALTA Board. Every library leader in the state has received a typical "Jack note" with compliments leading up to yet another good idea to try.


Posthumous Honorees

Target '76, Library Community


Adeline Mix, Philanthropic Community




State Librarian, Mary Chute


Action Agenda Implementation Committee (AAIC), Lewis W. Purnell, Chair

The AAIC was appointed by Governor Thomas R. Carper in April, 1993 to carry out the recommendations of the Action Agenda for Delaware Libraries.   This long range plan for improving Delaware's public libraries was the

result of a statewide effort, initiated as a part of Delaware's participation in the 1991 White House Conference on Libraries.   The AAIC was successful in achieving full implementation of the Action Agenda by the year 2000.


Susan Brynteson

Susan Brynteson, Director of Libraries, University of Delaware, has a distinguished record of service at both the state and national levels.   An innovative leader, she established the first automated library system in Delaware, encouraged her staff to be active in local and national library organizations, and made the University of Delaware Library a valuable resource for all Delawareans.   As Chair of the Delaware Library Association's Legislative Action Committee, she has led community initiatives to improve public libraries. At the national level, she has served on the Information Policies Committee of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries.  A former ALA Councilor, she has also served on ALA's Committees on Legislation and Intellectual Freedom and has been active with the Coalition for Networked Information.


Congressman Michael N. Castle

Congressman Castle was the recipient of the 1998 Legislator Award from the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) for his leadership in co-authoring a bi-partisan letter to support ESEA Title VI funding which supports public school libraries.   He was a strong supporter of LSCA (Library Services & Construction Act) which provided for significant funding for construction projects for public libraries in

Delaware. He has also been a key supporter of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and an advocate for affordable telecommunication rates for libraries and schools to access state, national, and international networks of information.   He received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Delaware Library Association in



Ada Leigh Soles

During her service as State Representative and as a member of the Joint Finance Committee, Ada Leigh Soles was chief sponsor of Delaware's first state standards law for libraries and championed the first state funding for public libraries.   The Delaware Library Conference and Technology Education Center was dedicated in 1997 in her honor for her leadership and service to libraries and all who love learning. 


Tom W. Sloan

Former Delaware State Librarian, Tom W. Sloan was the recipient of the DLA 2000 Distinguished Librarian Citation for providing a decade of outstanding leadership for Delaware libraries.   He provided leadership in organizing the library community to implement An Action Agenda For Delaware Libraries, the catalyst for a multitude of statewide library cooperative initiatives.  He provided leadership in advancing Delaware libraries into the Information Age through the automation and linking of libraries through the Delaware Library Information Network and through the creation of Delaware: The Digital Library of the First State.  He also provided learning opportunities for the library community through the establishment of the Librarian/Archivist Scholarship Loan Program and the Delaware Library Technology Education Center.


Posthumous Honorees

Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett was dedicated to the development and advancement of school library services and school librarians.   For 35 years, she was a high school librarian in Harrison, New York, and was appointed as the first Supervisor of School Libraries at the Delaware Department of Public Instruction, 1963-71.   She served on ALA's Council for many years, and on the ALA/National Education Association Joint Committee, 1970-71.   She was also a Regional Director for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in 1959.  She established a scholarship endowment and left her estate to the Delaware Library Association to support the training of professional school librarians.


Mary L. Hopkins

Mary L. Hopkins Was one of the book wagon pioneers in the early 20th century in Delaware. She was affectionately known as “Miss Mame,” her route was 48 miles and it took 3 days to serve her rural patrons. The Delaware Public Library Commission said of her, she “not only gave valuable library service but she gave of herself to the extent that her influence will be felt for many years in Sussex County.”


Florence Bayard Kane

First Delaware State Librarian, Florence Bayard Kane was appointed to head the Delaware State Library Commission when it was first established in 1901.   A graduate of the Drexel Institute Library School, she published pamphlets on “Free Libraries in Delaware,” organized rural routes for book wagons, and gave lectures around the state of Delaware regarding libraries.




State Librarian, Mary E. (Molly) Raphael


District of Columbia Library Association (as personified by Mary Feldman)

Since its founding in 1894 D.C. Library Association has been a strong advocate for all types of libraries in the D.C. metropolitan area.    One of its first efforts led to the establishment of a public library for the District of Columbia.   DCLA also initiated Library Legislative Day in 1975.   This annual event brings librarians of all types from across the nation to meet with legislators to discuss issues of crucial importance to libraries and is now primarily organized by the ALA Washington office, but DCLA’s Legislative Committee and membership are still intimately involved.  DCLA is a membership driven organization and has had many outstanding members.  Currently, one, Mary Feldman epitomizes the best of DCLA.  She has worked on a number of committees, most notably editing the monthly newsletter, INTERCOM for many years. The dedication of members like Ms. Feldman strengthens DCLA’s ability to advocate for librarians and library customers in the D.C. metropolitan area.


Federation of Friends (Lillian Wesley, Founding Pres.)

Lillian Wesley retired in 1987 and devoted herself to helping the District of Columbia Public Library – first through volunteering and serving as Friend’s President at its Woodridge Branch, and then as the founding president of the Federation of Friends of DCPL in 1990.   She served as Federation president for five years.   She successfully lobbied the Mayor, the Budget Office, City Council and Congress to restore library funding in the late 80’s.   She also engineered the reclassification of librarian salaries to higher level in 1989 so that they were more competitive with other area librarians.  The Federation’s primary mission is to advocate for DCPL services, programs, facilities and needs and to support the branch and central library Friends groups.  Mrs. Wesley continues to support Federation activities even today and served of DCPL’s Strategic Planning Committee in 1998-99.


Alice Hagemeyer

Alice Hagemeyer is a true pioneer of library services.   As a deaf librarian at the D. C. Public Library, she became convinced that public libraries were ideally suited to meet the informational needs of both deaf and hearing individuals who wished to learn more about deafness or deaf culture. In 1976 Ms. Hagemeyer became the first librarian for the deaf community at the D. C. Public Library and remained in this position until her retirement in 1991. She promoted an annual Deaf Awareness Week, which is now celebrated in libraries across the country, and other programs to raise public awareness of library and community resources on deaf history, deaf culture, and sign language.    Her passionate advocacy for the deaf community contributed to the formation in 1980 of a permanent unit within ALA for library services to the deaf.   In 1986 she founded the Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA).


Virginia (Ginny) B. Moore

Virginia B. Moore retired after 30 years as a school librarian and continues to participate in DCLA, DCASL, AASL, and ALA.   She is currently serving her 12th year as an ALA Councilor-at-large. Her enthusiasm for reading and literacy has connected children, youth, and adults with information resources through quality service and programs including author visits, art, and essay contests. She organized student library assistants and coordinated annual National Library Week Balloon Launch Day programs, established a partnership with the United States Postal Service for stamp collecting activities, and worked in cooperative endeavors with the D. C. Public Library, Gelman Library of George Washington University, and the National Agricultural Library. She continues her advocacy as a part-time adult services librarian at the Greenbelt Library of Prince George's County Memorial Library System and in volunteer church library service at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Washington, DC.


Dr. Elizabeth Stone

Dr. Elizabeth Stone is recognized as an enthusiastic champion of libraries and librarians, an advocate of continuing education and an innovative thinker.   She was Dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences at the Catholic University of America and president of DCLA, DCSLA and ALA.   Her creativity helped produce the National Library Logo and the library postage stamp.   Under her leadership the DCLA was revitalized and membership soared due to the creation of interest groups and more varied programs including co-sponsored programs such as the Joint Spring Workshop.  Dr. Stone’s devotion to continuing education (CLENERT) is her most powerful and lasting gift. She wisely advocated that continuing education was the best way to ensure that librarians would be empowered to provide only the best for their libraries and their patrons.


Posthumous Honorees

Citizen Advocates for Libraries (Charmaine Boyd)

In 1981, Charmaine S. Boyd, a college librarian, founded the D. C. Citizen Advocates for Libraries (CAL). In the 1970’s the D. C. Public Library budget was cut by 22%. Ms. Boyd saw that an organized lobbying effort was needed to increase support for the Public Library.   CAL was formed as a broad coalition of individuals and organizations. CAL organized rallies for library support, lobbied Congress on Library Legislative Day, engaged in crisis action campaigns to fend off severe budget cuts, worked behind the scenes to influence budget preparation, and coordinated citizen testimony before the City Council.   The group’s efforts resulted in better book inventories, additional children’s librarians, extended library hours and other improvements.   As more and more Friends groups formed, CAL could concentrate on education and training of library supporters and Friends organizations. This model of citizen advocacy remains the model for the Friends organizations today.


Theodore Noyes

Theodore Noyes is often referred to as “the Father of the library movement in Washington”.   It was his vision, his unselfish tenacity of purpose and his vigorous presentation of the need which in 1896 won from Congress the legislation authorizing the free public library in Washington as a supplement of the public schools and a “people’s free university”. He served as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Public Library from the date of its first meeting in 1896 until his death in 1946.   At his death the Trustees said, “It was the influence of his character, exercised with singular devotion to the welfare of the city, which contributed so generously to the healthy growth and the increasing value of the Public Library.”


Dorothy Porter

Librarian extraordinary, archivist, bibliographer, collector, historian, lecturer and prolific author, Dr. Porter-Wesley served as curator of the Moorland Spingarn Research Center at Howard University for over 43 years.   In 1930 she took charge of a small but significant collection of about 3,000 items relating to African American culture. Through her tireless efforts, the collection grew into a major repository of over 200,000 items that cover all aspects of the African American experience. Both as founding curator of the Moorland Spingarn Collection and as a writer she helped build appreciation for the value of resources for African-American studies and the importance of their collection, preservation, and dissemination.   Her work serves as a model for similar special collections.   Dr. Porter-Wesley was the quintessential scholar-librarian who devoted her life to sharing her vast knowledge with students, writers and colleagues.


Ainsworth Rand Spofford

As Librarian of Congress from 1864-1897, Ainsworth Rand Spofford persuaded Congress and the public that the Library of Congress was a national institution, and extended library services to residents of the District of Columbia.    Spofford obtained Congressional approval that secured a national role for the Library; passage of the great Copyright Act of 1870, and acquired a number of valuable special collections including the library of Peter Force.   He also led the 26-year campaign to build the monumental Jefferson Building to house the Library of Congress in its own structure.   In addition Spofford was a founding member of the D.C. Library Association and became its first president.  With Theodore W. Noyes, associate editor of the Washington Evening Star, Spofford led the movement for the establishment of a free public library and reading room for the District of Columbia.  An Act of Congress established DCPL in 1896 because of their advocacy


Elva Van Winkle

Elva Young Van Winkle, a distinguished storyteller, told stories to countless numbers of Washington children during her thirty-seven years as a children’s librarian with the District of Columbia Public Library.   As part of her work she trained several generations of children’s librarians as storytellers.   She also taught storytelling to high school and junior high school students.   These students who told stories to younger children called themselves “The Van Winkle Fablers.” She taught storytelling at The Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science and at the library school at the University of Rhode Island.  Miss Van Winkle was zealous in her belief that storytelling was key to bringing children to books.  “After they are told the story, they want to read the book. Simple as that,” she said. Through the Annual Elva Young Van Winkle Storytelling Festival, she is honored as the person who established storytelling as a tradition at DCPL.




State Librarian, Barratt Wilkins


Barbara D. Cooper

Barbara Cooper, of Fort Lauderdale, has been a tireless state and national advocate for the improvement of libraries. She was a principal advocate for the first Florida Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services and served as chair of the conference planning commission as well as chair of the Florida delegation to the 1979 White House Conference. Ms. Cooper was founder of the Council for Florida Libraries, a state citizens advocacy group. She was a principal advocate for establishing the Broward County Library in 1974 and was the first chair of that county's library advisory board as well as a founder and first chair of the Broward County Library Foundation. At the national level she was 1983‑84 ALTA President and a member of the ALA Legislation Committee and received the 1978 American Library Association Trustee Citation.


Jody Fitzgerald

Jody Fitzgerald, of Tallahassee, has been the legislative advocate for the Florida Library Association for twenty‑two years and is known as the principal lay spokesperson for libraries before the Legislature. She was persuasive in convincing the Legislature to the pass the 1983 and 1992 revisions to Florida's library law without a single change in wording as submitted by the library community. This is a feat that is still recognized as phenomenal by many. Ms. Fitzgerald has been at the forefront of every major library initiative that has been before the Florida Legislature including increases in funding for state aid, the confidentiality of library records law, the Florida Literacy Act, and the Florida distance learning initiative. She served as a lay delegate to the 1990 Florida Governor's Conference and the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services.


Roslyn S. Kurland

Roslyn S. “Robbie” Kurland, from Hollywood, Florida, has been very active both at the state and national levels in advocating for libraries. At the national level she serves on the executive boards of the Urban Library Council and the Friends of the Libraries USA and was chair of the ALTA Legislation Committee. She has served as chair of both the State Library Council and the State LSCA Council as well as chair of the Broward County Library Advisory Board. Mrs. Kurland was president of the Friends of the Broward County Library from 1984‑89. She was a lay delegate to the 1990 Florida Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services and an alternate delegate to the 1991 White House Conference. She received the American Library Association Trustee Citation in 1991      


Helen Muir

Helen Muir, from Miami, is recognized as one of the leading library advocates in Florida for several decades. She served as head of the campaign to create the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and then headed the 1972 Decade of Progress Campaign which generated $34.7 million to build library facilities in Dade County. She was a founder of the Friends of the Miami‑Dade Library. She served three terms as a member of the State Library Council and as its Chair. Mrs. Muir was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. She is the author of highly acclaimed book titled “Miami USA” (1953, rev. 1990). Mrs. Muir was awarded the American Library Association Trustee Citation.


Eugenie M. Suter                  

Eugenie Suter, from Jacksonville, was one of the first legislative advocates for the Florida Library Association. She initiated “Florida Library Day” in the Legislature during the 1970 session – the first such day by any association in the State and one of the first in the nation. It was a model for the annual ALA Library Day. Ms. Suter is credited with securing the initial $12.5 million appropriation in 1972 for the R. A. Gray Building, the first permanent home for the State Library of Florida and the State Division of Library and Information Services. She served on the State Library Council and was its chair for several years. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale now and currently serves as a member of the Broward County Library Advisory Board.


Posthumous Honorees

Quintilla Geer Bruton

Mrs. Quintilla Geer Bruton (1907‑1989) of Plant City, was one of the two people credited with establishment of the Tampa‑Hillsborough Public Library and securing funding for it. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Tampa‑Hillsborough Library, and was president of the Friends group when the multi‑million dollar downtown Tampa public library was dedicated in 1968. Mrs. Bruton was instrumental in securing state and federal assistance to build the first rural library in Florida located in Ruskin. She also served simultaneously as chair of the Plant City Library board, the Tampa‑Hillsborough Library Board, and the State Library Board. As such, she was a strong advocate for securing a permanent building for the State Library.


William Thomas Cash

William Thomas Cash (1878‑1951), of Tallahassee, was Florida's first State Librarian and held that position for more than twenty‑four years. As a former teacher, newspaper editor, and state legislator, W. T. Cash was able to persuade the 1925 State Legislature to create a modern State Library. He envisioned many of the progressive programs that were to take hold in Florida, including the State's library development plan which was to culminate in library service in each of Florida's 67 counties by 1997. Mr. Cash worked and advocated for a permanent facility for the State Library and State Archives, which eventually became the current R. A. Gray Building. He was instrumental in saving many of the earliest historical records of the state which became the foundation of the modern Florida State Archives. Mr. Cash also created a circulating collection for the State Library which brought library books and reading to many areas in Florida without establishing local public libraries.


Dorothy Dodd, Ph.D

Dorothy Dodd (1902‑1994), of Tallahassee, was a noted historian and library leader. Although she was the last State Librarian to hold the position without a professional library science degree, she made the State Library a statewide force for library development. She established what was to become the Bureau of Library Development and staffed it with consultants to assist local governments in the establishment and extension of public library service. Dr. Dodd was the first State Archivist and established the State Library's highly noted Florida History Collection. She was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Dr. Dodd was author of a well‑known history of the State of Florida.


Sylvia H. Shorstein

Sylvia H. Shorstein (1931‑1995), of Jacksonville, was best known for helping her city's library grow and improve. She was a founder of the Jacksonville Library Foundation and as chair of the Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees, organized the first system‑wide volunteer plan when libraries were facing reduced funding. She served as a member of the State Library Council and on the executive board of the Urban Libraries Council and was an active advocate before the State Legislature and the Congress. In 1993, Mrs. Shorstein won the Florida Times Union EVE Award for volunteer service. Former Governor Bob Graham once commented on Sylvia Shorstein that, “There are certain people whose spirit on Earth exemplifies all the best in humanity. Their special quality is so pervasive that everyone who knows them loves them. Sylvia had this quality.”


Simeon L. Townsend

Simeon L. Townsend (1898‑1968), of Bell, Florida, was among the pioneers establishing Florida's first multi‑county regional library system, the Suwannee River Regional Library. Through great effort and perseverance he was able to put the new system on a firm foundation. He was a tireless advocate – talking, writing, and working – for libraries because he completely believed in there worth. During 1961, as the Florida Library Association's advocate in Tallahassee, he is credited with securing passage of the State Aid to Libraries law, the fundamental principles of which remain to this day. He received the American Library Association Trustee Citation.




State Librarian, David Singleton


Charles Beard

Charles Beard has been the driving force behind Georgia library development for the past twenty years. He has worked at both federal and state levels with U.S. Senators, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and three governors to tirelessly promote library development. Among other things Charles was the president of the Georgia Library Association from 1981‑83, an organizer of Georgia Legislative Day, editor of the Georgia

Librarian 1975‑79, ALA Councilor 1991‑95, member of the ALA Executive Board and a candidate for the ALA presidency.


Leon Duke

Leon Duke is a Trustee of the DeKalb County Library System. Mr. Duke brought his lobbying expertise to the Georgia Library Association and served two terms as chair of the Georgia Library Trustees and Friends Association from 1997 through 1999. As chair he revitalized the section and spearheaded the development of the ongoing Community Library Advocacy Project to mentor library friends and trustees in local advocacy techniques.


Ralph Russell

Ralph Russell (retired) has been a quiet voice of reason in the Georgia Library community for over twenty years. Ralph served as Head Librarian at Florida Junior College, Director of Library Services at East Carolina University, and University Librarian of Georgia State University. Professional activities have included membership on the SOLINET Board of Directors; the OCLC User's Council and the Board of Trustees, the ACRL Academic Status Committee and the ALA Council. He has chaired a number of organizations including the SOLINET Board, the ALA University Libraries Section, and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. Ralph has always been well respected by government officials at all levels and has worked continuously to promote library programs at all levels.


Posthumous Honorees

Sara Jones

Sara Jones was one of the two leaders that spearheaded the development of libraries in Georgia. As the Head of the State School Library Division of Department of Education, she fostered the growth of school media programs and was largely responsible for the inclusion of libraries in every public school. President of the Georgia Library Association 1939‑41. The Georgia Library Association established the Nix‑Jones Award to recognize her accomplishments in the field.


Virginia McJenkin

Virginia McJenkin was the Head of School Libraries in Fulton County and President of the Georgia Library Association 1945‑47, SELA Councilor 1949‑52. As chair of GLA library development committee, she was driving force behind funding for Georgia libraries. She was the 1971 winner of the Nix‑Jones Award for contributions to the profession. Her accomplishments were so great that GLA established the McJenkin‑Rheay award to recognize young librarians who make outstanding contributions to the Georgia Library Association.


Lucile Nix

Lucile Nix was the other early leader that spearheaded the development of libraries in Georgia. As the Head of the Public Library Division of the Department of Education, she initiated the concept of the regional library system in Georgia. Among other activities, she was the Chair of the Friends of the Library Division of GLA 1949‑51 and the first chair of the GLA's Federal Relations Committee, which worked for federal funding for Georgia libraries. The Georgia Library Association established the Nix‑Jones Award to recognize her accomplishments in the field.


Bob Richardson

Bob Richardson was the Director of the Young Harris College Library and President of the Georgia Library Association 1991; Administrative Services Coordinator 1991‑96; Council of Media Organizations Conference exhibits chair and a tireless worker for libraries in Georgia. Mr. Richardson was honored for his service with Georgia's private academic libraries and his work in obtaining access to the statewide GALILEO electronic databases. GLA established the Bob Richardson Award in 1999 to annually honor a GLA member for outstanding contributions to the association.


Louise Trotti

Louise Trotti was the Director of the Decatur‑DeKalb Library System. Chair of the Public Library Division of GLA 1959‑61‑ second vice­-president of the Georgia Library Association 1963‑65; and the first chair of the governmental relations committee 1967‑69. She was a strong supporter of library programs, who worked behind the scenes lobbying for statewide funding. Miss Trotti received GLA's Nix‑Jones Award in 1973, which is presented to a practicing librarian for, distinguished service to Georgia Librarianship.




State Librarian, Lynn Masumoto


Friends of the Library of Hawaii (FOLH)

The Friends of the Library of Hawaii (FOLH) has successfully organized and held 52 annual book sales, netting over $90,000 annually in recent years. These proceeds have benefited the Hawaii State Public Library System in countless ways – funding for programming and services, for the purchase of library materials and equipment, for grants so public library staff may attend national conferences or local in‑service training opportunities, and scholarships for library school students. The FOLH also host a luncheon for Hawaii State legislators annually. This luncheon provides public library staff and members of the community an excellent advocacy opportunity to meet with State legislators and voice concerns, support, etc., on library matters. The FOLH deserve recognition for their long‑term, extensive support for Hawaii's public libraries.


Betty Jo “Bettina” Dowdle

Betty Jo "Bettina" Dowdle, a resident of Honolulu, was dedicated to the public libraries and was active on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library of Hawaii. Though severely stricken with polio at the age of 12, Betty was cheerful and determined, devoting her life to teaching English and literature, and working on numerous cultural and civic activities. Hundreds of her former students will remember her for her compassion and her wit. The public libraries were a special cause; from her “amigo” (a custom motorized wheel­chair which had the bumper sticker “This car stops at libraries”) to her signature greeting to children at library programs, “Honey, I'm SO glad you're here!” Ms. Dowdle's legacy will continue as a bequest at the main library of the Hawaii State Public Library System which created a computer homework cen­ter in the children's section.


Sally Harper

An avid reader and frequent library patron, Mrs. Sally Harper has also contributed in numerous ways to her local library (the Manoa Public Library as well as to the statewide system. A former Library Advisory Commissioner, Mrs. Harper has also served on the Board of the Friends of Manoa Library (FOML), and as trustee for the Hawaii Library Foundation (HLF). For the Manoa Public Library, Mrs. Harper has been instrumental in arranging for additional parking for patrons.   She also volunteers to read stories to children for our Afterschool Storytime, or

Keiki Toddler Time.   For the HLF, Mrs. Harper volunteered at the Foundation's library store and the Links to Literacy Golf tournament, and has been the co‑chair of the committee to select the Public Librarian of the Year. A staunch library supporter, Mrs. Harper deserves recognition for her service to Hawaii's public libraries.


Elaine Hauanio

Elaine Hauanio embodies the spirit of library advocacy. During the past four decades, Elaine has been a proactive force for Hawaii's libraries. In the 1960's, when Pahoa Public and School Library had newly opened, she helped secure Title I funding for library materials. During the 1980's and early 90's, Elaine served for over five years on a statewide Library Advisory Commission whereby she was a liaison between the general public and the library administration. Elaine was also instrumental in the creation of the Friends of Pahoa Library.   Her attitude is incredibly positive and as a campus cafeteria worker, she is always encouraging the students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to use their library and read. She has helped make the Pahoa Library a friendly place to be and an institute for everybody's daily use. Whether it's a book sale, a literature discussion group, a Friend's meeting, or a special program, Elaine is there to show her involvement and dedication to the library. She is totally committed to and supportive of reading, family literacy, and libraries.


Mary Helen Ivey

For fifteen years, Mary Helen Ivey was the driving force in a grass‑roots effort to establish a library for the growing population in South Maui. She unified community groups, as well as individuals, to work toward a common goal: the establishment of a free public library to serve the people living in Maalea, Kihei and Wailea‑Makena. Undaunted by being told their community was low on the list for a new library, the South Maui residents went ahead for plans for a library. Under the auspices of the Kihei Community Association, the Kihei Library opened in August 1981 in what was meant to be temporary quarters. The temporary quarters lasted for another fifteen years. Staffed completely by volunteers, the library was open five days a week. After seven years the library was officially designated as part of the Hawaii State Public Library System and two full‑time staff were assigned to the library. At every legislative session and all BOE meetings, Mrs. Ivey and other community members continued to pressure legislators, state officials and administrators for the Kihei Library. She never gave up hope. In April 1996, the dream became a reality when the new $3.5 million Kihei Library was opened.   T'he Kihei Library went from being the smallest library in Maui County to the largest!




State Librarian, Charles Bolles


Freeman B. Duncan,    Post Falls,

Edward G. Linkhart,   Lewiston,

Helen M. Miller, Boise

Harriet L. Reece. Kendrick

J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Inc., Boise


Posthumous Honorees

Eli Oboler

Lee Zimmerman

Helen C. Smith




State Librarian, Jean Wilkins


Mayor Richard M. Daley     

Richard Daley has served as Mayor of Chicago for ten years.   The Chicago Public Library has and continues to be at the forefront of the Mayor's agenda for Chicago. Under his leadership, 36 new or fully renovated libraries have opened in Chicago.   The City Council recently passed the Mayor's $800 million bond for more new libraries, police stations and fire stations. This will ensure that the CPL will have replaced or renovated virtually all of its libraries and will have constructed new libraries in many neighborhoods which have not previously enjoyed library service.  The Mayor has increased the Library's operating budget from 58.8million in 1994 to $72 million in 2000. These increases have enabled CPL to add Internet and database computers in all 78 libraries; to completely overhaul, enhance and expand book and serials collections; to modernize library management and materials acquisition systems; and to develop one of the more comprehensive library staff development and training programs in the country.  Stating that “no political leader more thoroughly reflects the effective use of the political process to build a strong library system and service then Mayor Richard M. Daley,” Library Journal named the Mayor as the first Library Journal Politician of the year.  In Mayor Daley's own words, “Chicago's public libraries are the heartbeat of the neighborhood, they intertwine all of its programs involving young children, elementary and high school kids, and adult literacy with the rest of the community's efforts.”


Bridget L. Lamont

Bridget Lamont worked in the Evanston and Champaign Public Libraries before joining the staff of the Illinois State Library in 1972. She was appointed Associate Director for Library Development in 1979, Deputy Director in 1981 and she was named Director of the Illinois State Library in June 1983.   Ms. Lamont was Director during the design and construction of Illinois's first state library building. Highlights during her tenure were establishment of an annual Family Reading Night, a library video conference training network, statewide library marketing campaign, and technological innovations.   The skills Ms. Lamont bought to her position of Librarian at the Illinois State Library are reflected in the following awards she received during her years of service at the State Library including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association; an Honorary Doctorate from Rosary College; the Librarian of the Year Award from the Illinois Library Association; and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Library Association.


Robert Royce McClarren    

In addition to his service to various libraries in Illinois, Robert Royce McClarren has served in Indiana, West Virginia, and Indiana library systems. Mr. McClarren has been System Director of North Suburban Library System in Illinois from 1967‑89. He is currently serving as North Suburban Library System Director emeritus.   Mr. McClarren was named Illinois Librarian of the Year in 1978.  In 1989 the Illinois Library Association Public Policy Committee presented him with the Robert R. McClarren Legislative Development Award. This award was established to recognize him for: Inspiring and guiding the development of a comprehensive legislative program on behalf of Illinois libraries and the Illinois Library Association; Serving with singular distinction on the ILA Library Legislative Development Committee; Being instrumental in establishing a grassroots program of legislator education and awareness; and Embodying by example the highest standard for citizen initiative in shaping of the governing Illinois library development.


Congressman John Edward Porter

Prior to his election to Congress, John Porter served three terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and earned plaudits for his leadership and legislative skills.  After a 1982 audit by the USDOE of Illinois Library Services and Construction Act funds led to a request for repayment of $11 million from the Illinois State Library, Congressman Porter was a lead member in the delegation which eventually resolved this matter in favor of the Illinois State Library.  In 1995 Rep. Porter offered an amendment to the Recession Bill to restore cuts for a variety of health, labor and education programs. He added back funding for vocational/technology education, arts and education, the library literacy program, the National Institute for Literacy and Reading is Fundamental. In 1998, when Congressman Porter was serving as Chair of the House Appropriations Labor HHS and Education Subcommittee, Friends of the Libraries USA presented a public service award to him for his strong and continuing support of funding for libraries.  A strong supporter of the arts and humanities, Rep. Porter was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts, in 1999,one of only five House members to receive this honor.


Robert W. Wedgeworth

Robert W. Wedgeworth received his A.B. degree from Wabash College and his M.S. from the University of Illinois.

Mr. Wedgeworth was the Executive Director of the American Library Association from 1972-85. He was the Dean of the School of Library Service at Columbia University from 1985‑1992. He is currently Professor of Library Administration and Director of the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign in Illinois.   In 1996 while serving as president of IFLA, Mr. Wedgeworth was awarded the ICA Medal of Honor in recognition of services in fostering and strengthening worldwide cooperation between library and archive communities and their international professional organizations and in supporting joint approaches to better solve common professional problems.   Mr. Wedgeworth has received many honors and awards including the Melvil Dewey Award, and the ALA Joseph Lippincott Award. 


Posthumous Honorees

Hugh C. Atkinson

Hugh C. Atkinson served as Librarian of the Urbana‑ Champaign campus of the University of Illinois from 1976 until his death on October 24, 1987, at age 52. His vision of the nature of librarianship and resource sharing, in particular, placed him in the forefront of his profession.   During his tenure at UIUC Mr. Atkinson initiated and developed one of the most advanced and comprehensive library automation programs in the United States. He inaugurated the Online Catalog in 1984, which gives the full bibliographic record of all books the UIUC Library has acquired since 1975.   Mr. Atkinson saw the need to expand the Library's basis for support and in 1981 he created the Library's Office of Development and Public Affairs. In an article written in American Libraries at the time of Mr. Atkinson's death, Michael Gorman, UIUC Library Director of General Services, wrote “He had a passionate commitment to librarianship and believed in the overriding mission of libraries as agents of culture and civilization and in the importance of library service in carrying out that mission.”


Marlene Deuel

Marlene Deuel was very instrumental in opening the Poplar Creek Public Library, in Streamwood, Illinois. She worked tirelessly within her community to assure that the library would be built and when it did become a reality she served as a trustee. After receiving her MLS degree she returned to Poplar Creek and became the head librarian.   Marlene became the Chief Deputy Director at the Illinois State Library in 1987. In 1995 she became the Director of the Northern Illinois Library System, a position she held until her untimely death.   Marlene was a past president of ILA. The ILA named her Librarian of the Year. She was also very active in ALA and served on several ALA committees.  Marlene is a great example of someone who was dedicated to librarianship all of her adult life and who was willing to change the course of her life to assure the presence of a library where it was very much needed.


Robert Bingham Downs

Robert Bingham Downs was born in Lenoir, NC, on May 25, 1903, and died February 24, 1991.   Mr. Downs began his tenure as Director of the University of Illinois Urbana Campus in 1943. He was promoted to Dean of Library Administration in 1958 a position he held until his retirement in 1971. During this time the University of Illinois library grew to become the third largest university library and the largest state university library in the United States.   During this time he taught courses in college and university library administration and research of American librarianship. He worked relentlessly to create the nations first Ph.D. program in library science. Mr. Downs was the author on more than 450 books and articles. His 1956 best seller, Books That Changed the World, sold several million copies and was translated into 17 languages.  In 1960, Downs wrote “The First Freedom,” and in recognition of his crusade for intellectual freedom, the University of Illinois Library in 1986 established the Robert B. Downs annual award for outstanding contributions to that cause in libraries.


Jeanne Hurley Simon

Jeanne Hurley Simon served as a member of the Illinois General Assembly as a State representative from 1956‑1960.   Ms Simon is a long‑time advocate for libraries at the local, state, and National levels. She served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the first White House Conference on Library and Information Services, which was held in 1979.   In November 1993, President Bill Clinton designated Jeanne Simon as Chairperson of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Mrs. Simon's nomination as a member of the National Commission was confirmed by the Senate on Nov 20, 1993 for a term ending July 19,1997.  Using her skills as an attorney and trained advocate Jeanne Simon has been a strong voice for Women's Educational Programs, Retired Persons' Women's Initiatives, and the American Library Association.




State Librarian, Patricia Cantner


Sophie Misner

Sophie Thanos Misner has been a tireless champion for libraries in general and specifically the Lake County Public Library for the last 22 years. Her volunteer work with libraries has been on the local, state and national levels. In 1978, Ms Misner founded and served as a Charter Member and Past President of the Friends of Lake County Public Library. She assisted the organization in raising funds to reach a set goal of $300,000 to establish an endowment. Ms. Misner served as Chair of the Friend's Gift Committee, which commissioned a sculpture entitled “The Reader” for the Central Library, dedicated in March of 1984. In the mid‑80's, Ms. Misner was instrumental with establishing a Book Sale Room, which is open three days a week and staffed by the Friends of Lake County Public Library. She is founding member and past president of the Lake County Public Library Foundation, chartered in 1984, and has been directly involved with many of the Foundation's fund raising activities. Ms. Misner is currently serving her third, 4‑year term on the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees, serving as president in 1997. Selected Outstanding Library Trustee for 1992 by the Indiana Library Federation. She served as president of the Northwest Indiana Library Boards Association in 1991. On the state level, Ms. Misner is Founder and first President of the Friends of Indiana Libraries (FOIL). She has organized 51 chapters of FOIL throughout the state. In 1998, FOIL recognized Ms. Misner's efforts with a Lifetime Honorary Membership in the organization and instituted the Sophie Thanos Misner Annual Award for Outstanding Service as a Friend of Indiana Libraries.




State Librarian, Sharman B. Smith


U.S. Senator Tom Harkin   

Iowa has been privileged to have a strong voice in Congress in support of federal programs which assist libraries nationwide.  Since his election 1974, Senator Tom Harkin rallied for federal support of the library Services and construction Act and was instrumental in re-authorization of monies to libraries through LSCA’s successor, the Library Services and Technology Act.  In 1994 Senator Harkin made possible a grant for networked, statewide technology which eventually led to the development of SILO (State of Iowa Libraries Online) and similar projects in five other states.  Because of Senator Harkin’s efforts, Iowans now have access to a plethora of databases, library catalogs, and other resources in their libraries, offices, and homes.


Dr. Dale Ross

Before and after his retirement as Chair of Iowa State University’s Department of English, Dr. Dale Ross has been a tireless crusader for libraries at the local, state and national level.   He currently services a s Chair of the Iowa Commission of Libraries and chair of the Iowa Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.   He is a trustee for the Central Iowa Regional Library and the Iowa Regional Library Trustees Executive Council, and a board member of the Iowa Library Association Foundation.  His national memberships include the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (board member), Council Administrator of ALYTA and chair of the ALTA Publications Committee.  Dr. Ross is a superb speaker and advocate on behalf of intellectual freedom, equal access and quality library service.        


Kay K. Runge

As director of the Davenport (IA) Public Library since 1985, Kay Runge is well known throughout Iowa for her enthusiasm, energy, and love of libraries.  She believes that libraries offer the public the accessibility to information to support decision-making in a democracy.  As a result of her efforts, Ms. Runge was elected to the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Directors and was the recipient of the Iowa Educational Media Association Intellectual Freedom Award.  In June 2000, she will become president of the Public Library Association. Ms Runge also served a s president of the Iowa Library Association and the Iowa Library Association Foundation.  Her dedication to library issues has earned her the respect of many government leaders at the local, state and federal levels.


First Lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack

Iowa is fortunate to have a highly visible and vocal supporter of Iowa libraries.  First Lady Christie Vilsack visited many of Iowa’s 540 public libraries while campaigning for her husband in 1998, and intends to visit them all.  Mrs. Vilsack has often articulated in her travels around Iowa that a public library library’s role includes preserving our past informing the present and serving as a passport to the future.  She has also stated many times that Iowa’s schools are the hearts of our communities, and that libraries are the souls.  Mrs. Vilsack is currently working on a “Stories 2000” initiative which will expand on the theme of literate communities.  The initiative underscores the importance of reading and storytelling early in life and throughout life, which in turn strengthens family and community identity and helps prepare young people to read.


Governor Tom Vilsack

To make Iowa a world leader in education, Governor Tom Vilsack introduced many initiatives in his first year in office to strengthen Iowa’s education system.   Among them was “Enrich Iowa-Fund Libraries.”   In his January 2000 “Condition of the State” address, Governor Vilsack stated that “along with safer, better schools, Iowans seeking knowledge will experience an enriched Iowa through better libraries and literate communities.”   With the backing and support of Governor Vilsack, the Iowa General Assemble enacted legislation that provided Iowa public libraries with direct state ad for the first time in Iowa’s history.  The Governor has asked for an additional $800,000 for Enrich Iowa in FY2001.   




State Librarian, Duane Johnson


Hans Fischer

Hans Fisher has given sustained leadership to the Friends of Kansas Libraries.


Dr. Robert Grover

Dr. Grover has given sustained leadership to professional library education in Kansas.


Ellen Miller

Ellen Miller has led the Establishment of the Kansas Library Trustees Association.             


Posthumous Honoree

Michael L. Printz

Mike Printz was a strong advocate of library service to young people.          




State Librarian, James A. Nelson


Representative Barbara White Colter           

Kentucky State Representative Barbara White Colter is a long time advocate of not only school libraries, but all libraries.   Representative Colter, a former educator knows first hand the importance of libraries in the lives of children.   For this reason she knew the importance of the language of “library” being omitted from the Kentucky Education Reform Act.   Since the word “library” was omitted, some School Based Decision Making Councils eliminated their school media librarian or did not replace them when they retired.  The travesty has caused children not to be served by a certified librarian. Since the libraries are not being maintained, supervised or kept up-to-date, there is a huge loss of taxpayers dollars.  Representative Barbara White Colter wrote and sponsored a bill to put into law that each school shall establish and maintain a library media center to promote information literacy and technology in the curriculum, and to facilitate teaching student achievement, and lifelong learning that shall employ a certified school media librarian.




State Librarian, Dr. Joy Lowe


Elizabeth E. Bingham

For 30 years, Elizabeth E. Bingham has worked diligently to spread the word about the importance of libraries. She has received every honor that can be received by the Louisiana Library Association, including the Essae M. Culver Distinguished Service Award, as well as a Special Humanities Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the President’s Award from the Louisiana Coalition for Literacy.   Beth has been President of the Louisiana Library Association and served as chair of the Federal Relations Committee for nearly a decade.   She has visited with members of Congress advising them about the needs of the library, literacy and humanities communities. She has traveled throughout the country, training librarians, trustees and community organizations to Speak Up and Speak Out!    Serving on Education Advisory Teams for the past 3 governors, as President of CALCO, the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, and as vice chair of the Board of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Beth has used these positions as opportunities for expanding awareness of library issues.


Sallie J. Farrell

Sallie Farrell was the dynamic and enthusiastic leader who served as State Librarian in Louisiana from 1962 until 1975. During her 39 year career in Louisiana libraries she generated and led many parish library demonstrations to a successful conclusion (that being the permanent establishment of library service!). As director of library field services at the State Library, she was directly responsible for working with local citizens, groups, and government to promote and develop library service where little or none existed before. During her tenure as State librarian, library systems and service reached every parish in the state. She was also the architect of the Regional Library System, at a time when resource sharing greatly expanded access to library materials for citizens regionally and statewide. She also introduced the pilot programs in state institutions (hospitals, developmental centers, and correctional facilities).   One library trustee said of Farrell, “If a legislator is not sold on libraries, Sallie Farrell hasn't gotten to him, because we have never been able to resist her.”


Paulette Holahan

Mrs. Holahan has an extraordinary list of accomplishments spanning almost 30 years of library advocacy in Louisiana. She has been a member of the Friends of the Library in New Orleans since 1971 and has served on the library board from 1971‑84, including four years as its chair. She has also served on the State Library Board of Commissioners, a gubernatorial appointment, since 1974, three times as its chair. In the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) she has served on the Board of Directors and many committees.   She has also served as Chair of the Friends and Trustees Interest Group in Southwest Library Association, as Delegate to both State and National White House Conferences, and on the National Commission for Libraries and Information Science. In 1976 she served on the legislative Steering Committee which for the first time successfully pushed legislation allocating state funds to public libraries in Louisiana, also known as State Aid. She was honored with the J. R. Modisette Award as Outstanding Trustee in Louisiana in 1981; also cited as Outstanding Trustee by ALA in 1989; and received the Silver Award by NCLIS in 199


Thomas Jaques

Mr. Jaques has been an eloquent spokesperson for the Louisiana Library community for over a quarter of a century. Since l975, he has spearheaded legislative advocacy for the State Library, as well as the Louisiana Library Association, to improve library services to the people of Louisiana.   Tom has led the delegations to Washington, telling the Louisiana library story to anyone who would listen. He was part of the team that orchestrated and secured discounted telecommunication rates for all libraries in Louisiana years before the “e-rate” came to be. Tom’s articulate stories have been heard and state legislators have responded, so that state aid is again a reality and the State Library has been renovated and services improved. He has worked tirelessly to improve the conditions and resources of all types of libraries in the state, as well as improve the working conditions for the librarians.   In l990, he received the Louisiana Library Association’s highest honor, the Essae M. Culver Distinguished Service Award. 


Minnie-Lou Lynch

Minnie-Lou Lynch is a trustee, serving 52 years with Allen Parish Library system, headquartered in Oakdale, Louisiana, serving as its chair numerous times over the span.   She has also been a member of American Library Trustee Association for five decades, including as its President in 1963-64.   She has served as head of the trustee Section of the Louisiana Library Association.   Lynch has written for numerous publications, been a trainer of librarians and trustees in all matters of library operation, and is a sought after consultant on library strategies.  She was organizer and active force for both White House Conferences on libraries and information science.  She is frequent lobbyist for library legislation.  Her efforts at leading an election campaign in Allen Parish helped the library earn a John Cotton Dana Award. She has won the Modisette Award for Outstanding Library Trustee in Louisiana; the ALA Citation of Excellence for trustees; the distinguished Service Award to Libraries in the southeast; and recently the Lynda Carlberg Award for outstanding service of libraries.   


Posthumous Honorees

Alex Peter Allain

Alexander Allain was a driving force in Louisiana and the nation as a trustee and advocate. He steadily opposed censorship and helped establish ALA's Freedom To Read Foundation, serving as its first president and receiving its Roll of Honor award. ALA recognized his contributions to the profession and intellectual freedom with a lifetime membership, and by awarding him a Citation of Excellence to Trustees.   At the state level, he helped create a code of ethics for library trustees, chaired the LLA scholarship fund, and won the Modisette Award for Outstanding Trustee in Louisiana. Locally, he served many years as president of the St. Mary Parish Library Board of Control, which honored him for his years of distinguished service. He was always a library advocate when participating in the Louisiana Bar Association, the Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, and the St. Joseph School Association.


Essae M. Culver                                          

Ms. Culver was appointed Louisiana's first State Librarian in 1925. She started library service with one room and 2500 books, and the energy, will, and advocacy to generate library service throughout the state.   Culver pioneered the demonstration programs, and guided the State Library's continual growth until her retirement in 1962. To establish library service in an area, Culver had to contact every organized club, association, political body, civic group and interested citizen with uncanny persuasion, because at times it was the only resource available to her. Before Culver, Louisiana had a handful of municipal libraries and library clubs, all with tenuous existences and marginal guidance. But her determination to spread libraries throughout the state resulted in the establishment of 53 parish library systems by the time of her retirement, not to mention the model for the complete consolidation that was realized only six years after her tenure as state librarian.




State Librarian, J. Maurice Travillian


Donald Bradley

Donald Bradley has served as a political leader in forming public policy under three Maryland Governors. He has used his many political connections to further the development of library service in his own county and throughout the State of Maryland.   He was appointed by Governor Parris Glendening to serve on the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries. He has used that position, in turn, to influence the Governor and other elected leaders to support increased funding for libraries from the State.   He was particularly influential in securing support for legislation that provides a formula for funding the State Library Resource Center and the Sailor Network.  Donald Bradley appears at any time that three or four Maryland politicians gather and uses every opportunity to further the cause of quality library service for all residents.


Judge Josef Burton Brown

Judge Josef Burton Brown has served continuously on the Board of Library Trustees of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System in Maryland since 1979.   His interest in the public library of Prince George's County dates back to his childhood. His father was a member of the original Board of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS); having been appointed by Governor O'Conor in September 1946; he served as first chairman of the Board. During his tenure with the PGCMLS, Judge Josef Brown has served several terms as both president and vice‑president of the Board and he is the current president of the Board. Judge Brown has also served in a leadership role as chair of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries. During the eight years of his chairmanship the Council was a proactive advocate for the development of quality library services in the State.


Offie Clark

Offie Clark has been a leading advocate for Maryland libraries for three decades. He served two terms on the Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees. He then served two terms on the, Maryland Advocacy Council on Libraries; and was appointed as Chair of that Council: He served as president of the Citizens for Maryland Libraries and the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Sciences Task Force. He was a delegate to the 1991 White House Conference.   Mr. Clark was an articulate advocate for libraries and often served as a spokesperson before local and state legislative committees.


Mary Lou Dewey

Mary Lou Dewey has served libraries with enthusiasm and devoted interest since 1955, when she was instrumental in founding a community library for Hampstead, Maryland. In 1958, Mrs. Dewey took initiative in establishing a county wide library system for Carroll County, serving on its Board from 1958 until 1978. She returned to the Board in 1982 and is at present an honorary Board member. As a member of the Maryland Library Association (MLA), she helped facilitate passage of the Maryland Library Act in 1961. In 1975, she received the MLA Trustee Award. She has served as delegate to the Maryland Governor's Conference on Libraries, as president of MLA's Trustee's Division, as representative to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Sciences (WHCLIS), as regional vice‑president of the American Library Trustee Association, and as 1997‑99 president of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. Mary Lou Dewey's advocacy has been unfailing and effective, an example for fellow Board members and the entire library community.


Nettie B. Taylor

Nettie Taylor led Maryland library development from 1948‑88. As Assistant State Superintendent for Libraries for the Maryland State Department of Education, she worked actively to develop public library service in all twenty‑three counties and Baltimore City. She lobbied for legislation that provided State funding formulas and pushed hard to encourage resource sharing among all types of libraries. She developed a process for long range planning for library services and led in the implementation of five year plans from 1968 to her retirement in 1988.

Ms. Taylor also played an active role in the American Library Association, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and the Maryland Library Association.


Posthumous Honorees

Dorothy Beaman

In 1978, Dorothy Beaman was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries and worked with a group of Maryland citizens to prepare for the White House Conference on Libraries. As a delegate to the Maryland Governor's Conference on Libraries and Information Services, she chaired the Resolutions Committee. She then represented Maryland on the White House Conference on Libraries and emerged as a leader at the Conference. After the White House Conference, Ms. Beaman was instrumental in establishing Citizens for Maryland Libraries, drafting the organization’s bylaws and serving as the first president. Ms. Beaman served on the Board of Library Trustees for Baltimore County Public Library for ten years, including two years as president. As a member of the Board of Library Trustees, Ms. Beaman was a staunch advocate for policies she felt were in the best interest of the citizens of Baltimore County. She was very vocal in her support of free access to library materials for all citizens.


Elizabeth Hage

Elizabeth Hage was the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) Director from 1957-76 and led the library through many services and materials' expansions. Under Miss Hage's leadership, PGCMLS' book collection doubled, eight branch libraries were constructed, TTY machines were made available in four branches, and the Homebound Service was introduced. In addition, the collection grew beyond books to include films, recordings, framed art reproduction, toys and games, books in Braille, and talking books. Ms. Hage received the Prince George's County Board of Trade's Outstanding Citizen of the Year award in 1979. She was honored by the Maryland Library Association, the International Women's Year Task Force, and the Prince George's County Historical Society. Miss Hage served on the Cable television Study Commission, the Advisory Youth Action Committee, the Health Planning Board, and the Bicentennial Commission.


Elmer M. Jackson, Jr.

Mr. Jackson served on the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees for sixty years, much of that time as President of the Board. He was the guiding agent in the growth and development of the library system for much of his tenure on the Board. As a com­munity leader, he used his influence to persuade county and state officials to make the appropriations necessary for the library to expand to meet the needs of a growing county. Mr. Jackson's vision for library service helped guide the system to its status as an integral part of the community. Mr. Jackson's membership in more than forty organizations provided him a forum to promote the benefits to the community of an outstanding library system.


Marion Satterthwaite

Marion Satterthwaite became interested in libraries while serving as president of the Maryland Parent Teachers Association. She became an active advocate and leader in promoting improved legislation for library services. She was appointed to chair a commission on library legislation that proposed substantial changes in laws relating to public libraries. After those new laws were enacted, she became the chair of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries which she led for the maximum ten years allowed by law. Later she helped establish the Citizens for Maryland Libraries as a statewide group that advocated for libraries. She served as chair of the Citizens group and received many awards for her lifetime of service for libraries.


Joseph Wheeler

Joseph Wheeler was a leader in the development of public library service in Maryland. He served the library public and the library profession for 63 years, from 1907 to 1970. He served as Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore from 1926‑45. Mr. Wheeler is best known for the revolution he caused in public library architecture with the design and construction of the Central Library in 1933. Unlike traditional public library buildings, the new central library was at street level with display windows and with quick access to the collection. Many public libraries have been built since 1933 following Mr. Wheeler's design. During his years as Director circulation tripled and the library became a vital part of the life of the City of Baltimore




State Librarian, Louise R. Brown


William M. Bulger

William Bulger is a famous name in Massachusetts politics.  As the longest-serving President of the Massachusetts Senate (1978-1996), the former Senator from South Boston was steeped in the great tradition of Boston Irish politicians.  But to librarians in Massachusetts he is equally well-known for his love of libraries and his advocacy of the library cause in the Massachusetts Legislature.  A Past President of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, he has served on the Library’s board since 1983 and is currently the library’s Senior Trustee.  President Bulger was also extremely active in the formation of the Boston Public Library Foundation.  During his tenure in the Massachusetts Senate he strongly supported state aid for libraries.  It was during his term as president of the State Senate, a bill that gave major state support to communities for construction and renovation of public library buildings was passed and funded.  To date $147million of state funding has been invested in public library construction in Massachusetts.  In 1996 President Bulger retired from elected politics to accept the challenge of becoming the President of the University of Massachusetts, a 5-campus system. A voracious reader, who quotes the classics with ease, President Bulger remains a tireless advocate for the cause of libraries in Massachusetts.


Keith Michael Fiels

Director, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Since arriving in Massachusetts in 1992, Keith has been extraordinarily successful in uniting the Massachusetts library community behind a successful legislative agenda that has resulted in great enhancements to library services in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, a statewide Strategic Plan to Improve Massachusetts Libraries was developed and passed by the legislature. This Strategic Plan created multi-type library systems, and provided funds for technology, resource sharing and the development of a virtual catalog of the holdings of all Massachusetts libraries. Keith also worked with the legislature to fund nearly 100 public library construction projects and to improve services to the blind and physically handicapped. Currently, he is working on a multiyear public library initiative that has already provided additional state aid for public libraries, and which will, when fully implemented, establish new grant programs and the first state Foundation for libraries in Massachusetts. Since 1992, Massachusetts libraries have received over $188 million in new funding      .


Susan Flannery

Director, Cambridge Public Library

Susan has been a tireless advocate for libraries during the past two decades. She was chair of the Massachusetts Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee that worked on legislation protecting librarians from being fined for following the guidelines of an adopted selection policy. She worked on major lobbying efforts for funding the first library construction bill, the major initiative that led to the establishment of municipal equalization grants, telecommunications funding and the original special project grants for Massachusetts public libraries. She has been a Board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and an advocate for free speech and the open exchange of information. Her tenure as President of the Massachusetts Library Association saw several major successes; the first Library Legislative Day in Massachusetts, the kick‑off of the award‑winning promotional campaign in major media, “The Library, Know How No Charge,” and the breaking of the $20,000 minimum salary recommendation for librarians.


Audrey J. Friend

Audrey Friend has been a tireless advocate for libraries in Massachusetts for over 25 years.  A junior high school librarian in Lexington, Massachusetts, for many years, Mrs. Friend retired 13 years ago to a new “career” of promoting library cooperation between school and public libraries, and communication among librarians, trustees and Friends groups statewide.  Mrs. Friend is a former president of the New England Educational Media Association (NEEMA) and the Massachusetts School Library Media Association (MSLMA).  She is a liaison between the Executive Boards of the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA), MSLMA, and the Massachusetts Friends of Libraries (MFOL).  She keeps these organizations informed and aware of each other’s activities and serves as a conduit for joint activities and programs.  Mrs. Friend was a major catalyst in founding the Hand In Hand program, which brings school media librarians and their public library children’s librarian counterparts together in communities across the state. Mrs. Friend feels very honored to be nominated for this award and is glad that she has been able to make a difference by helping to bring librarians and library supporters together to advocate for libraries in Massachusetts.


Marshall Keys

Advocacy, leadership, inspiration and laughter are words that come to mind when the name Marshall Keys is mentioned. Marshall served as Executive Director of Nelinet for 10 years. Nelinet blossomed under Marshall's spirit. Today, Nelinet is recognized nationally for the high quality of UCLC and consortium services it provides, and for the innovative and dynamic staff it has. Each time you listen to Marshall speak or read a column he wrote, you are challenged, energized and proud to serve in the library profession. Marshall announced his retirement from Nelinet a little more than a year ago. Now in his “retirement,” he is pursuing a career as a consultant and writer. In a column Marshall wrote for the New England Library Association (NELA) newsletter, Marshall spoke of some people he met during his tenure at Nelinet. “The region is full of talent. The challenge is to draw on it, to make it flower, to make the flowers visible.” This is Marshall's greatest legacy; he challenged us all to be better at what we do. The Library world is the richer because of Marshall and it is great to have him still a part of it.


Posthumous Honorees

Arthur Curley

Arthur Curley was an internationally known librarian, author and scholar. He directed libraries in Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, and Ohio, served as Deputy Director of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library and Detroit Public Library and was Director of the Boston Public Library from 1985 to 1996, and Director Emeritus until his death in 1998. During his career, he held many positions of leadership in library organizations, serving as President of the American Library Association from 1994‑95 and President of the Association of Research Libraries from 1991‑92. He was the founding editor of the quarterly journal Collection Building: Studies in the Development and Effective Use of Library Resources. He chaired the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee from 1991‑92, and many other committees including Organization, Policy Monitoring and Public Library Legislation. Arthur was a passionate believer in the significance of the library in the intellectual, cultural and educational life of the community. He promoted equity of access to information and was an articulate advocate for the needs of

libraries and the role of libraries.      


John Cotton Dana

Massachusetts is not the only state that can claim John Canon Dana as their own library advocate. During his distinguished career, he served as Director of the Denver Public Library, the Springfield Public Library and the Newark Public Library. During his four years at the Springfield Library in Massachusetts he instituted open stacks where library users could browse the rows of book titles for themselves and he organized a separate children's room. He was one of the first library directors in the nation to incorporate these innovations. In 1891, in his notes for the Springfield Library Annual Report, he described the library as the “people's college.” He reached out to the city's immigrants by acquiring foreign language materials. Expanding the library's constituency was a key priority for him,

And John Cotton Dana was a remarkable man whose vision and achievements continue to influence librarians and library users across the nation.


Emerson Greenaway

Emerson Greenaway, 1906‑1990, began his career in 1927 at the City Library Association of Springfield (MA). Appointed Librarian of the Fitchburg (MA) Public Library in 1937, major reorganization brought him recognition. In 1940 he assumed Directorship of the Worcester (MA) Public Library where he instituted welcome changes. In 1945 he moved to Enoch Pratt in Baltimore where his contributions included upgrading children's librarians and expanding the branches. In 1951 Greenaway became Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia where he served until 1969. During these years he held leadership roles in the profession and published articles, many focusing on the educational function of the public library. As President of ALA in 1958, he promoted the first National Library Week. Chairman of ALA's Legislative Committee, consultant to UNESCO, lecturer at Simmons College, proponent of the Children's Book Fair, one who believed in libraries in shopping centers and bookmobiles, Emerson Greenaway was an outstanding library advocate throughout his life.


Alice Jordan

Alice M. Jordan was an early library leader in New England. In 1900 she was put in charge of the newly created Children's Room at the Boston Public Library and for 40 years she remained in this role. One of her major contributions was the establishment of storytelling throughout the BPL system and Boston schools. In 1906 Jordan organized a meeting of children's librarians which led to the founding of the Roundtable of Children's Librarians, one of the first groups of its kind, still going strong as the New England Roundtable of Children's Librarians. Paving the way for future librarians, Jordan taught children's literature and storytelling at Simmons and became the book editor of Horn Book Magazine in 1939. A living memorial to Jordan was established by Bertha Mahoney Miller in the form of an annual storytelling program, first held in 1970. Now called the Jordan‑Miller Storytelling Program, it honors two distinguished and innovative women who had profound influence on children and the children's book world.


Bertha Mahoney Miller                             

Bertha Mahoney was a pioneer in the field of children's literature. After attending Simmons College in 1906, she worked at the Women's Educational and Industrial Union where she established the Bookshop for Boys and Girls in 1916. Prior to the Bookshop, Mahoney studied with Alice Jordan, Boston Public Library expert. She was initiated into the book publishing trade and the American Booksellers Association. In 1924, Mahoney and a colleague started The Horn Book, a magazine which has evolved partly from prepared booklists at the Bookshop to one of international circulation and reputation. After marriage to William D. Miller in 1932, she withdraw from the Bookshop, but continued to edit the magazine until 1950 and served on its board until her death in 1969. Her will left funds for an annual storytelling program continuing today to honor Alice Jordan. Throughout a long career, as bookseller, reviewer, editor and promoter of good books, Bertha M. Miller stimulated authors, illustrators and publishers to hold up the highest standards for literature for young readers.




State Librarian, Dianne M. Odrobina


Frances H. Pletz

Fran has been an advocate of libraries in the United States and especially in Michigan for decades. As the executive director of the Michigan Library Association, Fran served on the Chapter Relations and Legislative Committees of the ALA, and as president of the International Committees of the American Library Association Executives. She also was the editor of Michigan Librarian and authored a manual for trustee development in public libraries. Fran continues to be one of the longest‑serving members on the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees.   She also serves as a director with the Library of Michigan Foundation Board. One of Fran's proudest achievements came when, as a lobbyist for MLA, she worked for legislation which gave new meaning to state aid for libraries, and brought Michigan's library cooperatives into existence. Fran was played an important role in the transfer of the Library of Michigan from the executive branch to the Legislature highlighted the Library's new emphasis of service to the Legislature and state government. Fran is a familiar face at many library conferences and workshops around the state, tirelessly working to create and maintain strong ties between the Library of Michigan and other libraries of all types around the state. To honor Fran's staunch support of library services for young adults and her many years of excellent service with MLA, the Young Adult Division of the Michigan Library Association established an award in Fran's name in 1978. The Frances H. Pletz Award is given annually to a librarian who has made a significant contribution to young adults.


Marianne Hartzell                

Executive Director of the Michigan Library Association

Ms. Hartzell, as Executive Director of the Michigan Library Association, should be recognized for her skillful exchanges with the Michigan Legislature. Although the Association retains a lobbying firm, Ms. Hartzell has kept a keen eye on legislative activity during recent years. She has a fine grasp of State issues and is on‑target with her recommendations to the MLA Executive Board and the lobbyists. Ms. Hartzell keeps the membership apprised of bills that may impact libraries and warns librarians to contact legislators when necessary. Recently, when the issue of filters, which has been a hot political topic, appeared in the Legislature, Ms, Harzell testified before a committee regarding the text of the proposed bill. Her involvement and deft handling of the interactions with the committee led to substantial and acceptable changes in the language of the bill. In addition, she worked to ensure passage of legislation which led to the receipt by public libraries of movies promised to them many years ago. Ms. Hartzell deserves recognition far her efforts and her political savvy, which have been very beneficial to Michigan libraries.




State Librarian, Joyce W. Swonger


Elmer L. Andersen

The Honorable Elmer L. Andersen “spans all ‘communities’ of library advocates with the state of Minnesota both in time served and individuals reached,” according to Timothy J. Johnson, Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Governor Andersen began his public service as a Minnesota State Legislator in 1949, and he went on to be Governor from 1960-62.   He is Minnesota's leading public intellectual and patron of the book arts and fine printing. Governor Anderson has been an “advocate and supporter of libraries through individual collecting and philanthropy; subsidizer of fine press book production and novice printers, and in promoting the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts” (Timothy J. Johnson). Known as the state's foremost book collector, his personal collections and those of his wife are the nucleus of two University of Minnesota Libraries: The Elmer L. Andersen Library in Minneapolis and the Andersen Horticultural Library in Chanhassen.   His most recent donation to the University consisted of more than 11,000 books valued at about $800,000 in April 1999. He also provided planning, support and advice to the city of Princeton to ensure the construction of a public library building to meet their needs.


William G. Asp

William G. Asp served as Director of Minnesota's state library agency from 1975-95. His two decades as director were a time of enormous growth and change in library services in Minnesota. During those years he spearheaded two Governor's Pre‑White House Conferences on Library and Information Services in 1978 and 1990. Legislation for the multi-type library cooperation program was a major outcome of the 1978 conference, shepherded under Asp's leadership. Renewed emphasis on equity of library service was another outcome of the 1990 conference. He worked to encourage participation in regional public library systems and Minnesota became one of very few states where there was border‑to­-border public library service for all.   Today, Asp continues his enthusiastic support for public libraries as director of the Dakota County library system. He also will serve as the ALA Chapter Council representative from the Minnesota Library Association beginning in 2000. William Asp is well known by library staff and supporters throughout all of Minnesota and is a recognized library community leader.


Jack W. Cole

Jack Cole is an exemplary citizen advocate for libraries. Jack Cole's efforts have been in training library supporters, writing material for library supporters, and raising awareness of the importance of public libraries through a variety of activities. Locally, Jack has served on the Hennepin County Library Board, serving as president twice. He founded The Library Foundation of Hennepin County and serves as a board member. Jack has been involved on a metro-wide level by serving on MELSA (the regional public library system) and Metronet (the multi-type library system) Boards. On a statewide basis, Jack has designed and led 20 seminars around Minnesota for trustees and advocates in collaboration with Library Development and Services.  He was appointed as Chair of the 1991 Minnesota Pre-White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services. He wrote a workbook, Selecting a Library Director, and gave it to the Library Development and Services Friends to be used as a fund-raiser for them (1000 copies sold, to date). Nationally, Jack was a delegate to the White House Conference and an Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) Board Member. He wrote an ALTA trustee training module and has led many trustee training workshops. In 1998, he received the ALA Trustee Citation.  Last year, Jack was invited by Virginia Young, author and editor of The Library Trustee, to be the next author and editor for this library classic.


Margaret (Mrs. William) Marvin

Margaret Marvin has been an outstanding library advocate whose impact has been felt at local, regional and state levels. Margaret and her husband purchased and donated to the city of Warroad, Minnesota, a railroad depot and had the baggage room converted into a delightful public library that opened in 1985. A few years later, when the library outgrew this space, Margaret gave to the city an entirely new public library building which is thought by many to be the most beautiful public library is the state. The value of this gift has been estimated to be in excess of two million dollars. Margaret and her husband Bill also donated a large addition to the Warroad High School, which includes a beautiful school library media center. At the regional level, Margaret served on the board of the Northwest Regional Library where she strongly advocated for public library services for all, improved library collections and facilities, and training and development of staff. She also sought to increase public awareness of library services.   Margaret also chaired the State Board of Education Library Subcommittee providing state level leadership in support of the state library agency and particularly its Legislative proposals. Margaret was an articulate spokesperson for state aid for public library services, multi-type library cooperatives, and extension of public library services into counties that then had no public library services.


Robert H. Rohlf

Robert H. Rohlf has been a major player in the development of public libraries in the state of Minnesota and on the national level for nearly 50 years. Bob began his career as a librarian at the University of Minnesota and eventually became Director of the Dakota-Scott Regional Library.  After serving as Director of Administration for the Library of Congress, Bob moved back to Minnesota to become Director of the Hennepin County Library. Many librarians, libraries, and library institutions have taken advantage of Bob's expertise through his mentoring and consulting. Bob has consulted on over 200 library buildings in the United States and abroad. He served eight times on the American Institute of Architects/ALA Design Award juries. He has been President of the Minnesota Library Association, the Public Library Association, and served four terms on the ALA Council. Bob is a founding member of the Minnesota Library Planning Task Force, and has been involved in the implementation of the Minnesota library information network (MnLINK). Bob has received many honors from his colleagues, including Minnesota's Librarian of the Year. On the occasion of Bob's retirement in 1994 as Director of the Hennepin County Library, Governor Arne Carlson proclaimed a Robert Rohlf Day to commemorate his long career and significant contributions to the state.


Posthumous Honorees

Clara Frances Baldwin

Clara Frances Baldwin held the following positions in Minnesota: Minneapolis Public Library, Cataloger, 1888‑92; Minnesota State Library Commission, Executive Secretary, 1900‑1919; Minnesota Department of Education, Library Division, Director, 1919‑1936; and Minnesota Library Association, President, 1909‑1910. Ms. Baldwin's pioneering work in Minnesota extended library service to citizens throughout the state through the traveling library program and her work in promoting the establishment of local public libraries. She has also been recognized for her role in the work of public library commissions throughout the United States. Gratia Countryman said in her tribute to Clara Baldwin, "Minnesota, too, has lost a valued pioneer librarian who laid permanent foundations upon which we will long be building... Clara Baldwin WAS the LIBRARY MOVEMENT, planning and directing it ...Clara Baldwin almost single‑handedly, and with pitifully limited means, directed the work of the Minnesota Library Commission, a job of pioneering in a wide undeveloped area." (Minnesota Libraries, June, 1951, pp. 291‑292).


Gratia Alta Countryman

In celebrating its Centennial, the Minnesota Library Association said of Gratia Alta Countryman: The first name in library service in Minnesota, in recognition of her work in the extension of the public library service to all parts of the state, and of her work in the extension of public library service in Minnesota to all types of library users, particularly the disadvantaged and the non‑English speaking. Gratia Countryman was a dynamic and visionary library leader. During her 47 year career, she came through the ranks of the Minneapolis Public Library and was its Librarian, 1904‑1937, a time of great economic and social change in the United States and in Minneapolis. She worked industriously to make library service as welcoming and useful to the people as possible, especially to the poor, to new immigrants, and to new readers. Miss Countryman successfully led the efforts in 1899 in legislation providing for the local formation and support of public libraries throughout the state. Active in many capacities in the Minnesota and American Library Associations, she was President of MLA, 1904‑05, and of ALA, 1933‑34. She was the first woman to receive the Civic Service Honor Medal from the Inter­Racial Service Council in 1931, and she was awarded an honorary M.A. from the University of Minnesota, the first to one of its own graduates.


Marie O. Goss

Marie O. Goss was the founder of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF). In founding MALF, she established a special fund to provide small grants to newly‑forming Friends groups to help them pay organizational costs. She also was a long time member of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library. Because of her advocacy and broad range of service to the library, she was elected to the Minneapolis Public Library Board and served as its President from 1974‑77. Marie was extremely effective as an advocate for libraries in the Minnesota Legislature, lobbying in support of increased state aid funds for public library services and adequate operating funds for the state library agency. In 1977 the Minnesota House had passed an increase in state aid, while the Senate had held the budget at the current level. She arranged to get a ride each morning with her own State Representative, also was serving on the Education Bill Conference Committee. In the car as they drove to the Capitol, Marie shared stories of how state aid was used and needed to be increased. Her Legislator was very tenacious in the Conference Committee in supporting the increase, and in the end it was adopted. Marie's honors include being selected Trustee of the Year in 1981 by ALA. The Minnesota library community will miss Marie Goss’ leadership, commitment, and tireless efforts on behalf of its libraries.


Evelyn Whitesel Nordley

At the county, state, and national level, Evy Nordley led efforts to create greater awareness of and support for libraries. As president of Washington County Friends of the Library, she increased membership from 20 to 200, and   in 1979 co‑founded The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF). Nordley, through MALF, guided the establishment of over one hundred Friends organizations from 1979‑94. On the board of Friends of the Library USA (FOLUSA), Evy led state and national efforts for The Compact for Libraries, a petition for improved library funding, services and library card reciprocity. She provided leadership by training advocates for libraries via MALF, FOLUSA advocacy workshops and with print materials. Her most successful initiative to enhance library programs and services was The Minnesota Chautauqua. From 1980 through 1992, Evy established, produced, publicized and coordinated the popular Minnesota Chautauqua series, sponsored by MALF with funding provided by The Minnesota Humanities Commission. Friends groups sponsored and hosted free humanities programs presented in libraries, followed by question and answer sessions with humanities experts and actors. The programs brought history, music, drama, poetry, literature, and new ideas to libraries of all sizes across Minnesota. The Minnesota Chautauqua programs gave libraries and Friends of the Library visibility, a role within the community and public support.


Hannis S. Smith

Hannis Smith, former Library Division Director of the Minnesota Department of Education, died in 1999.

Mr. Smith served as head of the Minnesota state library agency from 1956 until his retirement in 1975. He was a firm believer in library partnerships and the benefits of regional libraries to serving rural populations, equalizing services and sharing the library resources of the state. Hannis Smith came to Minnesota at a crucial time and used the resources available from state and federal funds to build library systems. At the start of his Minnesota career, only eight formally organized county public libraries existed to extend library services beyond localities that had their own libraries. At his retirement, 11 multi‑county regional public library systems provided services to 61 of the state's 87 counties. Mr. Smith cajoled, urged, led, fostered and nurtured public libraries in Minnesota to join regional systems to strengthen and improve their services to people. Under his leadership, and with the assistance of the Minnesota Library Association, the 1957 Minnesota Legislature appropriated the first state funds for public library services. Under his guidance, dozens of new public library buildings were constructed, welcoming to all and designed to accommodate people with disabilities.




State Librarian, Margaret Murray


Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc.

The Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc., was formed in the 1980's to enhance the role of Friends of the Library organizations in communities throughout Mississippi. As part of its mission, this statewide Friends group would be open to all and serve as an advocate for strong library service on federal, state and local levels. The Friends of Mississippi Libraries has also focused its direction toward increasing the numbers of Friends groups throughout the state and in all types of libraries. As Mississippi enters the 21s' Century, there are more than 112 Friends groups in the state who speak for libraries. The Friends of Libraries Mississippi has been successful in raising awareness for libraries on both the state and local level and annually presents two awards in recognition for service to libraries. The Friends of Libraries Mississippi provides optional umbrella tax‑exempt coverage for members as well as serving as a resource for local Friends groups through its quarterly newsletter, its regional and annual conferences, and in its role as an advocate for libraries in Mississippi.


MAGNOLIA (Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities through Library Information Access)

MAGNOLIA was established during the May 1997 legislative session under the auspices of the Council on Educational Technology, when the Mississippi Legislature appropriated funds for the purchase of databases on behalf of the publicly funded libraries, K‑12 school libraries, public libraries, community college libraries, university and other public entities in Mississippi. MAGNOLIA represents a unique situation across the nation in that this was the first type of cooperative project/consortium that represented all types of libraries at the time the consortium was established. Since MAGNOLIA's implementation in August 1997, Mississippi's citizens have benefited from being able to search these databases in libraries and to have access to many of these same electronic resources in their homes or offices. MAGNOLIA has become a vital component in the education of Mississippi's students and plays a significant role in many schools’ curriculum. MAGNOLIA is managed through the volunteer efforts of its Steering Committee which is composed of representation from all types of libraries across Mississippi. The sharing of efforts has been the success of MAGNOLIA.


Barbara Paddock Carroon  

Barbara Paddock Carroon, a native of Pennsylvania, came to Mississippi in the 1960's bringing with her a love of books, libraries and people. As a school librarian, and then an administrator with the Hinds County (MS) Public Schools, Mrs. Carroon strove to develop effective K‑12 school library services in small, rural communities throughout the county. As a new librarian to Mississippi, Mrs. Carroon became an active participant in the Mississippi Library Association. Her interests were diverse and ranged from library automation to children's reading skills to the Friends of Mississippi Libraries. With her desire to have qualified school library media specialists in all schools, Barbara Carroon worked tirelessly with the Association and the Mississippi State Department of Education to implement the Mississippi School Library Media Specialists Assessment Instrument in 1988. Mrs. Carroon has the respect of her colleagues who have looked to her for advice, leadership and guidance. In 1985, Mrs. Carroon's colleagues elected her president of the Mississippi Library Association. Recognizing the professional legacy left by the retirement of Barbara Carroon, the Mississippi Library Association established the Carroon Golden Apple Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of school library media services. As a champion for improved school library service, Barbara Paddock Carroon sees school librarians as a key to improved reading skills within Mississippi because the school librarian introduces children to the art and the love of reading.


Dr. George R. Lewis

Dr. George R. Lewis did not start out to become a librarian, but as an undergraduate student assistant at Mississippi College's Library, he was influenced and mentored to join the profession by its director, Miss Claudia Landrum. At Mississippi College, Dr. Lewis began developing a philosophy that would follow him for the next forty years. This philosophy was putting students first by providing quality library service. After spending the next ten years in libraries throughout the southeast, Dr. Lewis returned to Mississippi to become the director of the Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University from 1963 to 1991. Working with staff, Dr. Lewis planned and implemented student‑based library services. Understanding the changes that were to reach into communities throughout Mississippi, Dr. Lewis was also one of Mississippi's early advocates for multi‑type library cooperation especially as it impacted a library's expansion into technology resources. Taking this leadership role, the Mitchell Memorial Library became a charter member of SOLINET. In 1974, Dr. Lewis and others facilitated the establishment of CLAM (Consortium for Library Automation in Mississippi) involving academic and public libraries in joint automation/technology projects.


Posthumous Honorees

Lura Gibbons Currier, 1912 –1983; and Mary Emeline Love, 1911 ‑ 2000

Mrs. Lura Gibbons Currier and Miss Mary Love are simultaneously tied together in the development of Mississippi's regional and multi‑county library systems between the 1950's and 1970's. Mrs. Currier came to Mississippi as a young woman earning her initial degree from Mississippi Southern College (now University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg). She taught in Mississippi Public Schools in the 1930's and moved to complete her professional library science degree at Texas Women's University in Denton in 1940. After spending the war years and postwar period working in public libraries in Texas and Washington State, Mrs. Currier returned to Mississippi in 1950 as a field representative for the Mississippi Library Commission and would later become its director. Miss Love, a Mississippian and a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women became a school librarian/teacher and worked in public schools in Jackson and Cleveland for more than twenty‑five years. She was involved in establishing and staffing school libraries throughout these communities. Understanding the value of professionally trained library staff especially in schools, Miss Love returned to Louisiana State University in 1949 to complete the requirements for a Bachelors Degree in Library Science. In 1959, leaving the Jackson Public Schools, Miss Love joined the Mississippi Library Commission as an associate director and too, became its director.

Postwar changes in Mississippi brought an awareness of the library/information needs of all citizens. Two publications, Libraries in Mississippi: A Report of a Survey of Library Facilities, 1946‑1947 and People without Books, An Analysis of Library Services in Mississippi (1950), would play a major role in this new focus for the next twenty years. Both documents recommended that the Mississippi Library Commission place greater emphasis on public library services to Mississippi's eighty‑two counties. Joining together, using the Mississippi Library Commission's resources, Mrs. Currier and Miss Love turned their efforts toward implementing the locally based cooperative or regional library systems. They were successful in establishing regional systems where none had existed before by developing local advocates (citizens) who spoke for public libraries and taxed themselves to maintain the services. These two women and others like them in Mississippi were successful advocates for changes and growth. Each was professionally recognized for her vision for Mississippi, as well as for her talents, her role as a mentor, her strong personality, and her commitment to library services for all citizens.


Whitman Davis

The Mississippi Library Association can trace its rich and diverse heritage to a meeting on October 29, 1909, called by Mr. Whitman Davis. This gathering of eleven persons heard Mr. Davis speak on the educational advantages of making books and libraries accessible to the general public and the value of establishing libraries in small communities throughout the state. For the next three decades Mr. Davis, who earned the title “father of MLA,” served as a strong advocate for the development of libraries in Mississippi. Mr. Davis was responsible for the first study of Mississippi libraries published in 1916 as The Library Situation in Mississippi. For many years, this publication served as a basis for state library planning. As one of the primary advocates for all types of library service in Mississippi, Mr. Davis had a significant role in developing the first county free library law, encouraging the formation of school and public libraries, establishing the Mississippi Library Commission including serving as a commissioner. Mr. Davis was one of the first Mississippians considered to be a "trained" librarian with a library certificate from the Chautauqua (NY) Library School and a library degree from the University of Illinois.   Mr. Davis was known for this statement, “it is almost criminal for a state to teach a child to read and then not provide good books for him to read.”


Lora Alcorn Long

Dr. Lora Alcorn Long was a Kansas native and lifetime teacher, made a professional impact on the development of school media center librarians throughout the southern portion of Mississippi. As a member of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science faculty for more than twenty‑five years, Dr. Long taught and mentored student teachers and librarians. When speaking about Dr. Long, Dr. Joy Greiner, former dean of the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Library and Information Science, indicated that “She contributed so much to our profession and to the school and her interests in her students was just without equal.”   Librarian Rosemary Gonzales, recalled her relationship with Dr. Long, Ms. Gonzales stated that “She . . . brought books to life in the classroom as well as showing how to incorporate multi‑media resources into teaching to benefit young people. Nothing was too difficult for her to try with students, a true teacher.” In 1988, Dr. Long received recognition of her contributions to librarianship with the Mississippi Library Association's Peggy May Award. Again in 1993, the Association also honored Dr. Long with its Golden Apple Award for her outstanding accomplishments in the field of school library media services. Dr. Long will be remembered by all those who knew her.


Peggy Jane May

The Mississippi library community still feels a void caused by the untimely death of Miss Peggy May in 1974. Peggy May began her library sojourn 1960 as director of the East Mississippi Junior College. In 1968, she joined the Mississippi Library Commission and brought an enthusiasm to the library community. James Anderson, director of the First Regional Library (Hernando, MS) has written about Miss Peggy May, “I . . . remember an upbeat feeling about public libraries in Mississippi . . . There was an atmosphere of change and excitement and much of this feeling could be traced to Peggy. She was excited about libraries, and we all were inspired by her excitement and positive attitude. We were greatly influenced by her sense of cooperation and professionalism.” Miss Peggy May took the leadership role in preparing Long Range Program of Library Development in Mississippi, 1972. It was also planned that she would carry out this new plan, but alas this would not happen. In recognition of Peggy May's dedication to librarianship and to support her commitment to recruiting talented individuals to the profession, the Mississippi Library Association has endowed a scholarship in her memory and also established the Peggy May Award for contributions in the areas of library development or recruitment to librarianship.


Augusta Beatty Richardson

With the death of Augusta Beatty Richardson last year, Mississippi again lost one of its pioneer library leaders who helped form the state's regional library systems. After earning her degree, Mrs. Richardson joined the Works Progress Authority (WPA) as a librarian. For the next thirty years, rural library development in northeast Mississippi became the focus of Mrs. Richardson's activities. Becoming the Alcorn County (Cornith) librarian in 1943, Mrs Richardson, began laying the ground work for the growth of the Northeast Regional Library. Mrs. Richardson served as chair of the Southeastern Library Survey and encouraged statewide participation. Results from the survey called for the sharing of resources and the development of regional library systems throughout rural Mississippi. The Northeast Regional Library which she helped establish in 1951, today covers four counties and serves more than 100,000 citizens through thirteen public libraries. During that growth period, Mrs. Richardson brought bookmobile service to the area, started libraries, constructed and planned at least seven libraries for the region, shared resources especially with the schools, provided adult and children's programming, talking books and records for the blind (a first in Mississippi), and provided library services to all citizens from all walks of life.




State Librarian, Sara Parker


Judy Daniel

Judy Daniel Is Missouri's foremost school library advocate. She works hard for all types of libraries at both the state and national levels. Daniel has in impressive record of ensuring legislation that promotes school libraries. She was

personally effective in persuading the Governor to provide a school library consultant when it was not a priority of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Daniel is the longstanding Legislative Chair for the Missouri Association of School Librarians and as such she oversees the professional lobbyists.


Bill Mitchell

As a result of Missouri's Second Governor's Conference on Libraries and Information Services, Bill Mitchell,

an information professional, had a vision that all Missouri academic institutions, libraries and schools would be connected to the Internet with enough bandwidth to provide full participation in the emerging information infrastructure. Mitchell built the organization of MOREnet, Missouri's mid‑level network which provides high capacity, high‑speed bandwidth within the state and to the Internet. Mitchell's success with state appropriation committees has resulted in Missouri underwriting over $21 million of Internet connectivity for public purposes within the state. He represents Missouri in the Internet 2 efforts.


Randy Scherr

As a young beginning lobbyist, Randy Scherr accepted the Missouri Library Association as a client. Despite growing success with large, well paying interests, he has kept libraries as an important client. Scherr's work increasingly becomes pro‑bono and his loyalty to the Missouri Library Association is without question. During the last 18 years he has achieved major legislation and appropriation increases to the benefit of all Missouri libraries.


Nancy Stiegmeyer

Nancy Stiegmeyer is well‑known for both advocacy and trustee training. Stiegmeyer was influential in working with the leadership of political groups in the Legislature to secure the compromises that successfully passed legislation. Stiegmeyer's “road show” for training trustees for advocacy has been extensive, not only in Missouri, but in many states. She is a past‑president of ALTA and has been influential at both the state and national levels.


Virginia Young

Virginia Young is a premier national trustee‑citizen ­advocate. She has devoted her life to the cause of libraries. Influential in both Missouri and at the national level, she trains others in advocacy, works extensively herself, and has the broad leadership and political connections to cause change. She is the author of “The Library Trustee” and an inspiration to all who advocate for her. Her offices include being Chair of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education and President of ALTA.


Posthumous Honorees

Ron Bohley

Ron Bohley devoted his life to multi‑type library cooperation in Missouri. He was one of the founders of the Missouri Library Network Corporation, Missouri's OCLC network. He worked continually with academic, public, school and special libraries to ensure all worked together in the advocacy efforts that went forward. An academic librarian, Bohley provided leadership for his colleagues in the sometimes difficult environment of advocating for libraries within the university structure.


Don Earnshaw

A past‑president of ALTA, Don Earnshaw was instrumental in helping form and nurture Missouri's first consolidated regional library. This included the advocacy to secure the legislation for this type of library in Missouri. Earnshaw worked hard at both the state and national level to ensure libraries benefited from the best possible legislation. He provided outstanding trustee leadership for both Missouri and nationally.


Ralph Parker

Ralph Parker, Dean of Libraries at the University of Missouri‑Columbia, guided a library through the earliest automation efforts and shared his expertise with libraries throughout the nation and the state. He helped begin the graduate library school for library and information science at the University of Missouri. He served many years on the Missouri State Library Commission, guiding the Commission through some difficult years as libraries developed through the critical 50's, 60's, and 70's.


Stewart W. Smith

Stewart W. Smith was the long‑time director for the St. Louis County Library. As an advocate for county libraries, he represented a balance of views and kept county library development from becoming a rural/urban issue. He is responsible for Missouri's 1965 amendments to the Library Code, which ensured county libraries would continue to have a strong base as municipalities developed. He was instrumental in clarifying the right of libraries to invest their own funds. He worked for legislation which allowed political subdivisions to provide pension programs for their employees. He assisted in the passage of various laws which enable libraries to provide other personnel benefits.


Sharon Willis                                             

An outstanding school librarian, Sharon Willis worked extensively to promote library advocacy by all types of

libraries in Missouri. She provided leadership for the Missouri Association of School Librarians and helped that organization become an advocacy organization, not only in the Missouri Legislature, but also with Missouri principals, superintendents, school board members and the Missouri State Board of Education. Willis was often the school library representative on statewide multi‑type library committees.




State Librarian, Darlene M. Staffeldt


Betty Flechsig

Peggy Flechsig was selected for this honor because of the following: For being a diplomat; For turning a problem into an opportunity; For respecting the rights and opinions of others; For bringing out the best in people; For creating harmony; For living in the public spotlight; For facing the stormy road figuratively and actually; For countless hours of physical labor; For attention to detail; For the ability to make difficult decisions; For persistence, fairness, firmness, humor and vision; For being a great plains woman who gives a full measure of service so others may benefit; And for all the efforts that gave birth to the Havre-Hill County Library.


Peggy Gadbow                       

Peggy Gadbow was selected for this honor because of the following: For receiving Montana Library Association’s School Administrator of the Year in 1978; For receiving Montana Library Association’s special services award in 1986; For her leadership in the advancement of school library media programs.


Inez Herrig

Inez Herrig was selected for this honor because of the following: For her extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about library materials; For her extraordinary ability to share that knowledge; For enlarging the means of public access to library materials; For overcoming distance, terrain, and weather to serve remote locations; For being a champion of interlibrary cooperation; For outstanding service to the Montana Library Association; For her wisdom, humor and humility; And for six decades of distinguished library service.


Royal C. Johnson

Royal Johnson was selected for this honor because of the following: For his service as a leader, trusted advisor, financial expert, and tireless promoter of the Parmly Billings Library; For his leadership in establishing and directing the Billings Library Foundation; For his dedicated participation on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Libraries at Risk; And for his outstanding support of library interests as State Representative for District 88.


Pat Williams

Pat Williams was selected for this honor because of the following: For his understanding of the role of libraries in society; For his courageous protection of the first amendment rights; For his leadership in engineering the reauthorization of LSCA and NEA funding; And for his vigorous defense of intellectual freedom in Montana and in America.


Posthumous Honorees

William Henry Bertsche

Mr. Bertsche was noted for his unstinting and successful efforts in the legislature to promote the passage of constructive library legislation that would permit sound and orderly development of library service in Montana.


Mabel Brewer

Mabel Brewer was recognized for her contributions to libraries in her community, in Montana, and in all of the Pacific Northwest.   She was a pioneer in multi-type library coop.           


Laurie Howey

Ms. Howey was one of the leaders in the development of the Montana Historical Society and library.   Ms. Howey was Secretary and Librarian of the State Historical and Miscellaneous Library from 1895 to 1907.                          


Alma Jacobs

Alma S. Jacobs was the Montana Library Association’s librarian of the year in 1968 and was another pioneer in multi-type library cooperation.


Margaret (Mrs. R. D.) Warden

Mrs. Warden was a key leader and spokesperson for state library legislation and an inspiration and guide to the public library trustees of the state.




State Librarian, Rod Wagner


Libraries for the 21st Century Coalition

The Libraries for the 21st Century Coalition emerged from discussions and recommendations of the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries, an advisory body to the State Library Commission.   The theme, vision, goals, and budget objectives were developed through the collaboration of the State Advisory Council, the Nebraska Library Commission, and the Nebraska Library Association, along with library leaders from throughout the state.   The campaign has been successful in increasing state aid to libraries through support of the legislature and governor.  The coalition’s campaign is ongoing and seeks to achieve an increase of $5 million in additional state support.  In addition, the advocacy coalition is involved in a statewide library advocacy initiative sponsored by the Libraries for the Future and Friends of Libraries USA to assist libraries in local advocacy efforts.


South Sioux City Public Library Planning Team                                        

The South Sioux City Public Library Planning Team attempted to raise a local sales tax to build a new library twice in the last three years.   One election failed by 12 votes and the other by 9 votes.   The group did not give up; and, with the assistance of a national advocacy organization, Libraries for the Future, finally passed a sales tax initiative in 1999 that will allow them to replace an aging and outdated Carnegie library.  The support for the public library was broad based and enthusiastic.  The mayor, city council, school officials, Chamber of Commerce, and many others rallied to show support for a facility that would provide excellent service to the citizens of the community.  The team’s tenacity is an example for other library advocacy groups to emulate


Senator LaVon Crosby

Nebraska State Senator LaVon Crosby received the 1999 Nebraska Library Association Library Champion Award for exemplary library support and advocacy.   Her introduction of LB95 to the legislature in 1997 brought to Nebraska senators attention the Libraries for the 21st Century campaign for improved library service throughout the state.   As the lead sponsor of LB95, Senator Crosby helped instigate the appropriation of $400,000 by the legislature and the governor resulting in the availability of online resources for all types of libraries in Nebraska.  Her continued support for increased state funding has led to additional state aid support for libraries and has helped to make the vision of affordable, reliable, progressive and equitable library service for all Nebraskans regardless of their economic status and geographic location a viable reality. 


Margaret Harding

Maggie Harding has been an ongoing presence toward recruiting Nebraska senators support of funding for Nebraska libraries.   Her participation in the Nebraska Library Association’s Legislative Committee is key, as senators   recognize and connect her connection to library issues.  She has also been an untiring and enthusiastic supporter for the annual Nebraska Library Legislative Day.  In addition, her efforts with the Nebraska Community-Library Advocacy Project have helped make progress in building grass root support in communities for libraries.  A great deal of the success of that project can be attributed to her individual follow-up with librarians and advocates.  Maggie is an active member of the Trustees, Users and Friends Section of the Nebraska Library Association, and she has encouraged their involvement in library advocacy initiatives


Laureen Riedesel

Laureen Riedesel was a dedicated leader during the five-year effort that resulted in an award-winning $2 million library facility and has shared her expertise with 28 other libraries in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.   She developed a public relations fund-raising plan that raised over $1 million during a thirty-month period and received a John Cotton Dana Award.   She has served on national and state library association committees for over 20 years, including terms on the Nebraska Library Association legislative committee two different times.


Posthumous Honoree

Jane Geske, Library Community




State Librarian, Sally Kinsey


Martha Gould

Martha led efforts to pass legislation to facilitate development of all types of libraries and led or sponsored efforts to create greater awareness of and support for libraries.




State Librarian, Michael York


Shirley Gray Adamovich

After serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1949‑53, Shirley received a B.A. from UNH and an W.S. from Summons College.   She has held administrative positions in libraries throughout the state and in a variety of library settings, and served as the State Librarian. From 1985‑92 she was the Commissioner of tae Department of Libraries, Arts and Historical Resources (later renamed the Division of Cultural Affairs). In 1992 she was chosen by President George Bush to be a member of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Upon accepting her resignation as Commissioner, Governor Judd Gregg noted that Adamovich had served as “an exceptional commissioner who brought enthusiasm and originality to her office.” As Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, she urged the Legislature to halt the decline in the state law library's resources and services by placing the collection “under the firm control of an aggressive and innovative librarian.” She is the author of the book A Reader in Library Technology, published in 1975, and Editor of The Road Taken: the New Hampshire Library Association 1889‑1989.


Patricia Skinner

The ways in which library services are provided to citizens throughout the state changed dramatically, particularly in the latter half of the century. These changes have been facilitated by legislative action, and, as a legislator, Patricia Skinner worked tirelessly on behalf of libraries and library services. For instance, it was she who sponsored the comprehensive Statewide Library Development Bill in 1980, which included standards for public libraries. She also

introduced legislation to establish the New Hampshire Automated Information Systems Board. This Board, still in existence today, has overseen the development of the statewide automation system that links New Hampshire libraries online, facilitating the sharing of resources between and among libraries throughout the state. In 1982, under her guidance the new Department of Libraries, Arts and Historical Resources was created. Also in 1982, at a combined conference of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association and the Association of New Hampshire

Library Friends, Skinner was chosen as Legislator of the Year, being cited for her contributions to the library community and to education. In her hometown of   Windham, she served for six years as a trustee on the Library Board. During hear tenure, a new addition was built for the library.


Posthumous Honorees


Donald E. Vincent 

University librarian at UNH from 1962 to 1988. In 1968 he was a member of “The Liaison Planning Committee,” whose mission was to study the overall library situation in the state and to make recommendations for new legislation. This new legislation resulted in the creation of six District Advisory Councils and it is from these District Advisory Councils that the state's present system of thirteen small cooperatives evolved, providing an ongoing forum for communication between libraries throughout the state and the State Library. Another area addressed by the Liaison Planning Committee was the need for public library standards, including standards for library building, collections, and services. Dr. Vincent was active in library organizations at the national, regional and state levels. Within ALA, he was active in the Association of College Research Libraries, serving on several committees.   He was President of the New England Library Association and was also active in the New Hampshire Library Association, serving as its Vice President.   He also served as Chairman and Co‑Chairman  New England Library Information Network Executive Committee.


F. Mabel Winchell

She was a librarian at Manchester City Library. Throughout her career she advocated for adequate funding for libraries and library services. In 1917 the Public Library Commission was reestablished by the Legislature, and Mabel Winchell was one of the appointed commissioners. She stated, “The Commission has been given full power but is decidedly handicapped by the lack of funds, the appropriation not having passed the legislature.” It wasn't until a year later that $500 was granted to the Commission by the governor and council from emergency funds. She was active is the New Hire Library Association, having been a member since 1890, and in 1922 she served on the Committee on Standardization and Certification. A resolution from that Committee urged “the New Hampshire Public Library Commission [to] seed grants of money from the next biennial legislature for the purpose of state aid for the public libraries of New Hampshire ...” The resolution passed, but no funds were appropriated. Around 1935 she was appointed chairman of a committee to explore the issue of standards for certification of New Hampshire libraries. The committee identified seven grades for librarians, based on experience and education. The standards were passed in 1937.




State Librarian, Pat Tumulty


Dr. Carol Kuhlthau

Dr. Carol Kuhlthau is the director of the School of Library id Information Services at Rutgers SCILS. As a library educator and advocate she has promoted the improvement of library services in New Jersey through her distinguished scholarship and by her guidance to hundreds of library school students. Carol has also provided leadership through her presidency of the Education Media Association of New Jersey where she currently advises the board on various activities. She was honored by EMNJ with the President's Award for her service to the school library community. On the national level, Carol has chaired AASL's Information Skills Task Force and has served on the ALA President’s Committee on Information Literacy and has chaired the Standing Committee on User Instruction for Information and Literacy. She is a frequent lecturer and consultant on developing library services for the information age for academic and school libraries and has worked on projects in the United States and abroad.


Roger McDonough

Roger has had a long and distinguished career in library service. He served as State Librarian of New Jersey from 1947‑75. During his tenure, he transformed the State Library into a vital service organization. In addition, he was instrumental in developing numerous pieces of important legislation. These included initiatives in state per capita aid, the construction o£ a new state library, and the establishment of the graduate library school at Rutgers University. After his retirement from state government, Roger served as the legislative advocate for the New Jersey Library Association and continued his active advocacy role promoting significant legislation on behalf of libraries. No other individual has done so much for the development of library services in New Jersey. For his commitment he was named “honorary past president” of NJLA in 1977. Roger was also active in the American Library Association participating on many committees and served as president of ALA during 1968‑1969. Among his many accomplishments was the establishment of the Coretta Scott King Awards.


Charles Reid

Charles Reid has been a lifelong advocate for library services. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Paramus Public Library from 1954 until the mid-1990s when he retired to Maine. In addition he was the president of the Board from 1995‑66. Active on the state level he was a member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association for many years and was the first recipient of the “Trustee of the Year Award” from NJLTA in 1959.

On the national level, he was a member of the Executive Board f ALTA and served as President for 1965‑66. He received the ALTA Citation of Merit in 1966. Charlie was appointed chairman of the United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science in 1990 and served on the Commission until 1992. He was the chairman of the second White House Conference on Library and Information Science in 1991.


Renee Swartz

Renee Swartz has actively been involved in advocating for libraries for over 35 years. Her involvement began when she founded the Friends of the Monmouth County Library in 1964.   In 1966, she was appointed to the Monmouth County Library Commission and has served as chair of the Commission since 1976. Her advocacy work resulted in the construction of 12 library facilities. Renee has had an impact on statewide library development as well. She has been a member of the State Library Advisory Council from 1986‑91 and again since 1994. She also serves on the Program Associates for the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University since 1983. On the national level she has been a member of the ALA Advisory Committee to the Office of Information Technology. She has been a delegate to both White House Conferences on Libraries. The New Jersey Library Association and ALTA have recognized Renee for her outstanding work.


Betty Turock

Betty Turock has been an outstanding advocate for libraries and a mentor to hundreds of librarians through her career as a Professor at Rutgers University and through her involvement with professional associations. Her career has also included work in school and public libraries as well as serving as a library trustee. In each capacity she has demonstrated her advocacy capabilities. Betty has been an active member of many professional associations including the New Jersey Library Association. But it is for her work with ALA hat she is being nominated.

Betty served for many years on various ALA committees and as a member of ALA Council and the ALA Executive Board. She served as president of ALA in 1995-96 with a major focus on “Equity on the Information Superhighway.” To promote this theme Betty worked with numerous committees arid organizations and testified before Congress. Her actions were significant in raising the importance of libraries during this critical time.


Posthumous Honorees

Sarah Byrd Askew, Library Community                                                             


William S. Dix, Library Community      


Senator Matthew Feldman, Political and Public Service Community            


Mary V. Gaver, Library Community


Marvin Scilken, Library Community




State Librarian, Paul Agriesti


C. Edwin Dowlin

As New Mexico State Librarian from 1970-77and using the landmark A.D. Little Survey of New Mexico's library resources, he worked toward a statewide plan for library development, “Coordinated Library Systems of New Mexico.”   He established a locator unit at the State Library for bibliographic control and a fledgling communication network among the state's libraries and achieved a 400 percent increase in state aid for public libraries and the passing of several multi-million dollar bond issues for both public and academic libraries. Mr. Dowlin was named “Outstanding Librarian” by the New Mexico Library Association in 1977.


Dr. James P. Dyke

During his tenure as the Dean of Libraries at New Mexico State University from 1969 to 1988, Dr. Dyke provided outstanding leadership not only at New Mexico State University but also in the New Mexico library community.   Under his direction two major renovations were completed at the Branson Library, there were substantial increases in the library materials budget, and growth in the size of the library staff.   Dr. Dyke's contributions to New Mexico libraries are many.   They include serving as the Present of the New Mexico Library Association and the New Mexico   Consortium of Academic Libraries, and Chairman of the Amigos Board of Directors and the New Mexico Library Foundation.  Dr. Dyke will be remembered for his tireless work toward fostering statewide interlibrary cooperation.


Lois Erwin Godfrey

Lois Godfrey contributed to overall library development in New Mexico by reaching beyond her own work responsibilities to take on projects for the State Library and for the state library association.   Her service on the State Library's task force on an interlibrary cooperative system resulted in substantial expansion of the state's OCLC network as well as greater understanding by legislators about the importance of new technology.   She garnered statewide support for State Library services and has been effective in helping to better communicate the State Library's unique mission to legislators.   Her untiring and astute lobbying efforts were primarily responsible for making the New Mexico Library Association an effective and respected advocate for libraries.  Mrs. Godfrey retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1988, where she had been the assistant Head Librarian.  She was named Librarian of the Year by the New Mexico Library Association in 1983, elected to the Special Libraries Association Hall of Fame in 1989 and awarded Honorary Life membership by the New Mexico Library Association in 1988.


Martha A.   Liebert

Martha Liebert, who moved to the rural community of Bernalillo in Central New Mexico in 1957, initiated the efforts to organize a library in her community in 1965.   Under her outstanding leadership and dedication the library, which started in a room in the city hall, moved to a new library facility in 1978.   The staff, which initially consisted of community volunteers, grew to include eight employees when she retired in 1988.   The library initial library collection of donated books has grown to over 60,000 volumes.  Martha has been an inspiration to members of New Mexico library community.


Calla Ann Pepmueller

Working at Sandia National Laboratory's Technical Library from 1956-83, and retiring as the Library Manager, Mrs. Pepmueller had considerable influence on the state's library community.   She was an original member of New Mexico's Library Development Council which contracted for the 1969 A.D. Little Survey of the state's library resources.   She taught at the University of New Mexico and was a member of a 1977 Task Force on a statewide interlibrary cooperative system for New Mexico.   She was a strong supporter of professional development, not only for her staff, but for the entire state. Mrs. Pepmueller served as president of the state library association and the Rio-Grande Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and was named an Honorary Life Member of the New Mexico Library Association in 1983.


Posthumous Honorees


Julia Brown Asplund

A 1901 graduate of the Drexel Institute School of Library Science where she was also an instructor, Mrs. Asplund came to New Mexico in 1903 when it was still a territory.   She came to organize the library of the University of New Mexico.   As the first, and for may years the only, trained librarian in New Mexico, she was a trustee of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe public libraries, the first director of the State Library Extension service, organizer and consultant to the State Library Planning Board and the first Chairman of the State Library Commission.   Mrs. Asplund received the American Library Association's Citation of Merit in 1949 for her leadership in the development of library service in New Mexico over a 46 year period.  Mrs. Asplund died in 1965.


Mamie Russell Dwyre

Mrs. Dwyre's teaching experience during the 1920's in the rural New Mexico communities of Santa Rita and Des Moines contributed to her strong interest in statewide library services.   She was a member of the original State Library Planning Board of which she was chairman.   Working with the board, the state's librarians and legislators, legislation was achieved which set the standard for library development in New Mexico.   Mrs. Dwyre can be credited with obtaining passage of legislation to erect a permanent building for the State Library.  Her wide geographic, economic, and political knowledge of the state combined to make her an important leader in New Mexico's library development.  A former state senate majority leader said “she educated those of us in the Legislature to the values of a state library system.”  Mrs. Dwyre was awarded Honorary Life Membership by the New Mexico Library Association in 1972.  She died in 1980.


Dwight A. Myers

Dwight Myers was an executive vice-president at Prentice-Hall, Inc.   He spent 35 years in the publishing business before retiring in 1994.   He is remembered by the state's librarians for his annual trips throughout the state to sell a new list.   His generosity, infectious smile, humor, energy, honesty and curiosity created a multitude of friendships, allowing him to exert a great deal of influence among the state's librarians.  He is well remembered for his creation of the New Mexico Book League and its publication, “Book Talk.”  Mr. Myers established the New Mexico Library

Association's “Grass Roots Award,” under the sponsorship of Prentice-Hall, Inc.   He was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the state association in 1988.   Mr. Myers died in 1995.


Helen Field Redman

Mrs. Redman was head of the Report Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory, becoming Head Librarian in 1953 and continuing until her retirement in 1970.   She had great interest in the inter-type library cooperation.   She was Chairman of the state's Library Development Council during the time of the A.D. Little survey of New Mexico's Library resources and was President of the New Mexico Library Association.   Mrs. Redman was instrumental in founding the Rio Grande Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and served as its first president.  She was a dynamic and fantastically capable person who served as a constant inspiration to her colleagues, both older and younger, in the decades of the 1950's and 1960's.  Mrs. Redman died in 1978.


Dorothy Engstrum Rosen

Dorothy Rosen's devotion to and work on behalf of libraries at the community, state and national level are well known to librarians in New Mexico.   She was a member of the State Library Commission for 12 years, serving as Chairman from 1971-74.   She assumed the chairmanship at a critical time for library development in New Mexico and filled that position admirable, guiding the five-member policy-making body through a period which called for vision and rapid adaptation to change in the development of library services for New Mexico.   She was active in the American Library Trustee Association and the American Library Association from 1965 to 1975.  Mrs. Rosen was a member at large of the Council of the American Library Association for 5 years.  She was named Trustee of the Year by the New Mexico Library Association in 1974; received the Trustee Citation of the American Library Association in 1975; and in 1979, was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the New Mexico Library Association.  Mrs. Rosen died in 1979.




State Librarian, Janet M. Welch


Lake Placid Foundation

The Lake Placid Education Foundation, established in 1922, first served the libraries of New York State and the country by publishing and maintaining the Dewey Decimal System. In 1988 when the copyright to the classification system was sold to OCLC, the Foundation became primarily philanthropic and focuses its giving on small, rural libraries as well as the New York Library Association. In the past 11 years, the Foundation has granted gifts of varying sizes to many, many small and rural libraries.  Through its gifts, it has provided technology (both hardware and software), capital support, collection resources and training to the libraries in upstate New York.  Since 1990, it has become a primary benefactor to the New York Library Association.  It has given thousands of dollars to the Association for multiple purposes, including annual scholarships to aspiring libraries, membership initiatives, training for staff in rural libraries and an annual program of recognition for outstanding librarians.  The latter, called the Dewey Fellows Program, sees to it that six outstanding librarians attend NYLA’s annual conference at no cost to themselves. Established by Melvil Dewey, the Lake Placid Foundation continues to this day to address the needs of libraries and librarians.


The New York Library Association

The New York Library Association was the first statewide organization of librarians in the United States. Founded in 1890 with Melvil Dewey (then State Librarian) as its chief sponsor, NYLA's main purpose was promoting library interests in the State of New York. From a membership of 43 in 1890, the Association has grown to be a vital organization of several thousand members from libraries throughout New York State as well as state and institutional membership throughout the United States. Members of the Association include librarians of public, system, school, college and university and many special libraries, library trustees and friends of libraries.

For over 100 years, NYLA has effectively represented libraries and librarians with its legislative advocacy. For many years, New York State has led the country in its support for libraries and library systems. New York State has consistently been a pioneer in the development of library systems, cooperative resource sharing of the rich resources

of it's libraries, collaborative automation of libraries and the provision electronic information to its citizens. This has all, in large measure, been due to the leadership of the New York Library Association and its success in leading advocacy and public awareness efforts across the state.


The New York State Library

The New York State Library has been a national leader in virtually every facet of library service for more than 180 years. In 1892, under the leadership of library giant Melvil Dewey, it established the first statewide experiment for “itinerant libraries,” which eventually led to today's Library Development Division. In the early 1950's the Library persuaded the Governor and Legislature to accept the concept of large-scale state aid for public library systems. The creation of reference and research library systems in 1966 and of school library systems in the mid‑1980's expanded services to clients of many different types of libraries and made New York State a model for multi‑type library cooperation. New York also pioneered legislation for the first comprehensive statewide program for outreach services in the 1970's and for the conservation of research library materials in the mid‑1980's. The New York State Library continues to work closely with the New York Library Association and members of the library community to advocate for increased state aid, electronic library services and creation of a statewide digital library.


Regents Commission on Library Services

The seventeen‑member Commission serves, on a volunteer basis, to develop and recommend to the New York State board of Regents, a plan and vision to improve library services for New Yorkers. To develop their recommendations, the Commission held hearings around the State to provide an opportunity for New Yorkers to bring forward comments and proposals for the Commissioner's consideration. Two of the Commissioner's recommendations, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL) to provide full‑text electronic information to homes, school and offices, and state aid to promote information literacy for school children, are so powerful that the Board of Regents has adopted these proposals and are already moving toward their implementation. Other recommendations being developed by the Commission include programs to ensure all New Yorkers will have physical access to libraries regardless of financial, physical or geographic limitations; initiatives to improve library service for new Americans; programs to address the urgent needs for life‑long learning by promoting literacy skills; and a statewide advocacy program that will actively promote awareness of libraries and systems and work through partnerships to channel widespread community regard for libraries and increase levels of support for library services.


The Viburnum Foundation

The Viburnum Foundation is a small, private, family foundation, founded in 1989 and based in Rochester, NY. The Foundation makes grants throughout the United States to support libraries and library‑related projects.   In the NYLA Public Awareness Project ‑ initiated and supported by the Viburnum Foundation for six years (199-­97) ‑ the Foundation created one of those rare radical shifts in the imagination of an organization and a profession, after which the goals and achievements of libraries are forever different. The Project opened exciting new avenues in cultivating library advocates, reaching the public with the library message and promoting the respect and support that our libraries need to serve the public effectively. The Project also brought people to the library who had never been there before or hadn't been there in years. Library use continues to increase with 66% of all New Yorkers regularly using a library. As a do‑it‑yourself social services agency, libraries serve needy Americans by providing information on jobs, counseling or food stamps and across the state and nation, new patrons are coming to the door to get crucial information that feeds and saves families because the Viburnum ‑ NYLA partnership has helped local libraries market themselves.


Posthumous Honorees


Daniel Casey

Dan lobbied annually at both state and national levels attending all legislation days in Albany and Washington. He was particularly influential in legislation for systems, library construction LSCA and post-White house Conference issues. Dan’s hometown library, Solvay Public Library was the greatest beneficiary of his efforts. A Carnegie library, Dan sought and wrote grants to renovate and expand Solvay. He spent his own funds to provide a clipping service for statewide and national newspapers for Solvay.  Dan served as President of NYSALB, ALTA and was a long-time ALA Councilor, NYLA Councilor and leader in many local, state and national organizations.  Dan was an early board member of FOLUSA and also active in several friends groups. One of Dan’s finest contributions was the role model he provided; he went beyond modeling, he was a mentor and dear friend to all. He had no limits on his time and energy and was always gracious with old-world manners.  Dan Casey, as a Trustee, friend and advocate, worked harder and accomplished more for libraries than anyone including those who were paid to do this work.


Melvil Dewey

Melvil Dewey was a most unusual and remarkable man and what he did for the New York State Library was monumental.  Dewey devised his famous classification system in 1873 while he was working as a student assistant in the library of Amherst College. Dewey helped establish the American Library Association (ALA) in 1876, was secretary of ALA from 1876 to 1890 and president from 1890-91 and 1892-93. In 1883 Dewey became the librarian of Columbia College (now Columbia University) in New York City. While at Columbia he founded the first ever library school in January of 1887.  He opened the small school to women students, conducting classes for women on the Columbia campus in open defiance of tradition and the college trustees.  When he was offered the position of State Librarian in Albany, Dewey brought his library school to Albany with him.  Among his other accomplishments include being the original founder of the American Library Journal serving as managing editor until 1881. He served as official delegate of the US Government to the International Library Conference in London in 1897.


Dr. Timothy Healy

Dr. Timothy Healy was President of The New York Public Library from 1989 until the time of his death in December 1992. A scholar of English literature, he was a champion of academic freedom and individual civil rights. His determination to advance the cause of democratic access to information aided minorities and intellectuals alike, and he succeeded in convincing politicians and opinion‑makers of the fundamental importance of libraries to a democratic society. Dr. Healy skillfully steered NYPL through a period of severe fiscal difficulties during city budget cutbacks, making every effort to minimize reduction in service. His intense lobbying was instrumental in the city's decision to fund public branch libraries five days a week in 1992 and then six days the following year. Under his direction and through his vision, many technological and service achievements were realized or launched. A man deeply concerned about the human aspects of the library, Dr. Healy often said that “This library's greatest treasures go home each night,” and worked tirelessly to advance the cause of libraries on a national, state and local level and raise the stature of librarians as providers of essential information in today's world.


Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats won the Caldecott Medal in 1962 for “The Snowy Day.”  His picture books were among the first to celebrate children of all races and feature minority children in leading roles that millions of children identified with over the years.  His lively books are still enjoyed by children every day.  Over the years, Keats encouraged children to read and explore their artistic interest.  He maintained warm relationships with his readers – children, teachers and librarians – and kept in close touch with children, encouraged by their letters and answering each one.  Keats actively participated in programs held in libraries and schools in the U.S. and around the world. His work with UNICEF, where he designed a series of greeting cards, helped raise money for the benefit of needy children.  In 1983, just before he died, he established the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to encourage creativity, literacy and joy in learning for children and for fostering recognition for outstanding new children’s book authors.  Today the foundation supports library programs and children’s book activities.


Esther Lopato                                              

Dr. Lopato had been an active Trustee at the Brooklyn Public Library for almost 30 years.  After a term as Vice President, she was selected the first female President of her Board in 1979.  She demonstrated her commitment to library service as an essential component of civilized urban living in the most critical period of New York City’s fiscal life. Dr. Lopato was instrumental in establishing the state program for Library Trustee Institutes, an eminently successful activity since 1978. She was a mentor to Trustees and librarians, encouraging them to work together to benefit all libraries.  Dr. Lopato was a dedicated and active worker and board member of the American Library Trustee Association and the New York Library Association.  She was a member of the Urban Library Council for many years, also serving as ALTA Liaison to ULC.  Dr. Lopato was the recipient of many award including the Velma K. Moore Award of the NYS Association of Library Boards, the Margaret McNamara Award for contributions to Reading is FUNdamental in New York City, and the ALA Cited Trustee Award.




State Librarian, Mike Jaugstetter


Susan Dopp                            

Susan Dopp has worked tirelessly for many years to improve library services in Enderlin (pop. 997), Ransom County (pop. 5900), North Dakota. Her efforts have seen the Enderlin Municipal Library move from the damp basement of a 1930's city hall to a new, modern public library and community center, which is the showcase of today's downtown Enderlin. She was also instrumental in grant writing that has provided public access computers and public Internet access. As the librarian of the Enderlin Municipal Library, Ms. Dopp has volunteered countless unpaid hours to keep the library accessible and visible. She has forged coalitions with schools and social service agencies to ensure that the library compliments and encourages economies of scale and use for limited rural resources. As Elementary Principal of two K‑6 rural schools, Ms. Dopp is very active in the promotion of school/public library cooperation. Her latest activities in this area have been to convene a committee of all school and public libraries in the county to investigate the creation of an automated union catalog.




State Librarian, Michael S. Lucas

Ohio Board of Regents and OhioLINK

In the 1980’s, the Ohio Board of Regents saw a burgeoning need for information among the students and faculty of Ohio's state-supported colleges and universities. To address this need, in 1987, the Board of Regents recommended the implementation of a statewide electronic catalog system. The rest is history. From this recommendation grew OhioLINK, America's premiere academic network. OhioLINK now serves more than 500,000 students, faculty, and staff at seventy-six Ohio colleges and universities. The network provides access to more than 31 million library items statewide, along with access to ninety-six research databases, many of which are full-text. The Ohio Board of Regents had the vision.   OhioLINK made that vision a reality.


Public Library Financing & Support Committee

This committee was a joint committee of legislators and library personnel and trustees working together to develop a formula for state funding of public libraries. This Committee was established in 1984 by Gov. Richard Celeste. Local intangible tax collections had been the principal revenue source for Ohio public libraries for over 50 years. In 1983 this tax was repealed effective January 1, 1986, and replaced by a percentage of the personal income tax. The Committee's job was to study the existing method of funding public libraries, procedures for distribution of funding, and adequacy of funding levels throughout the state. Members of the committee created a funding formula which has served Ohio's libraries and citizens extremely well.   The equalization formula has brought the lowest-funded Ohio libraries up to par with the highest, ensuring high quality library service for all Ohio citizens. 


Frederick G. Kilgour

Frederick G. Kilgour stands as a twentieth-century library giant.   Serving as OCLC's first present from 1967 to 1980, Mr. Kilgour, more than any other individual, moved Ohio's libraries into the technological era.   Under his guidance and direction, OCLC evolved from a regional system serving 54 Ohio colleges to an international giant serving more than 30,000 libraries. His advocacy of technology in libraries forever altered our library landscape.


Joseph F. Shubert

There are few state librarians who have had the impact of Joseph F. Shubert.   Noted as a consensus builder, during his tenure (1966-77) as State Librarian of Ohio, Mr. Shubert: 1) expanded the State Library's Library Development Program; 2) began an institutional library program and developed services to the institutionalized; 3) initiated the establilshment of regional library systems; and 4) held the Governor's Conference on Libraries in 1974. On the national level, Joe Shubert was a founding member of COSLA and was a major proponent of the collection of library statistical data. Through the years, his focus has been on service to the library customer by advocating the improvement of local libraries of all types.


Ellen Stepanian

Ellen Stepanian is a school librarian who has dedicated herself to the betterment of libraries of all types.   Ellen served on the committee that founded the Buckeye Children's Book Award.   She has been an active member of ALA, as witnessed by her service on the Newbery and Caldecott committees.  She is also an active member of both OLC (Ohio Library Council) and OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association).  She has also served on the State Library's LSTA Advisory Council since its inception. Most importantly, Ellen Stepanian has displayed a lifetime commitment to mentoring new library media specialists. 


Posthumous Honorees

Jay Ladd

In the early 1970’s, Jay Ladd was among the founders of ALAO, the Academic Library Association of Ohio. His contributions extended beyond the academic library community as he served on the board of the Ohio Library Association as Chair of CALICO (Columbus Akron Library and Information Council of Ohio) and as president of the Franklin County Library Association. The Ohio library community and the Ohio State University Libraries,    where he worked for more than thirty years, lost an advocate and friend when Jay died in 1997. In his honor, the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award is given each year to the ALAO member who has been a staunch and strong advocate for academic libraries across Ohio.


Hannah McCauley

Hannah McCauley was a school librarian for the Lancaster City Schools before becoming the Librarian at the Lancaster Branch of Ohio University.  While holding that position, Hannah instituted a two-year certificate program for library technicians.  During her career, Hannah served as President of the Ohio Association of School Libraries and of the Ohio Library Association, was an ALA Councilor, was an original OHIONET Board member, and was a member of the first OCLIS (Ohio Council of Library and Information Services) Board which developed the “Libraries Learning for Life” program. A John Cotton Dana Award winner, she was also instrumental in the establishment of a library/media assistant position at the Ohio Department of Education. Hannah McCauley had a lifetime commitment to interlibrary cooperation.


A. Chapman Parsons

A. Chapman Parsons was appointed the first Executive Director of the Ohio Library Association and the Ohio Library Trustees Association in 1964 and served in that position until 1987. During his tenure, he led Ohio's libraries to their position of prominence in the nation. He helped to raise the political consciousness of the library community and to raise the knowledge of libraries and their‑contributions in the state legislature. Parsons was a national leader as well, serving on the ALA Council from 1961‑64 and 1968‑72; on the Public Library Standards Committee from 1963‑66 and as chairman of the committee in 1966; and as a member of the ALA Legislation Committee from 1973‑76. He was a founder and leader of the Midwest Library Federation. His ALA work led to chapters serving as a vital component of ALA. Parsons was founder and executive director of the‑Ohio Library Foundation and established a federation of all Ohio library associations, the Ohio Council of Library and Information Science (OCLIS) which continues today as a volunteer cooperative association of Ohio library professionals.




State Librarian, Susan McVey


Nancy Anthony

Nancy Anthony, a 22-year member of the Metropolitan Library Commission has led elections, led the commission, led this library's long range planning, and, most importantly, led others to become library advocates.   During Nancy's six terms as commission chair, she steered this library system through two mill levy elections and helped pave the way for enhanced automated services.   Nancy has been a key strategist at several points in the history of the Metropolitan Library System and she developed the election strategy which resulted in the first successful mill levy in crease for MLS since the system began in 1965. She also led the group which formed Citizens for Library Support, a political action committee which has supported every library election since 1981.  Nancy was instrumental in convening a citizens advisory committee whose study and exploration over several years resulted in the formation of the Library Endowment Trust, which now has assets of over $1,000,000.          


Sally Frasier

Sally is a tireless worker on behalf of the Tulsa City-County Library System, Oklahoma libraries, and libraries in general.   She has served on the Tulsa City-County Library Commission since 1985.   She has served on the Urban Libraries Council Board for six years.  Sally was the co-chair of the recent bond/millage campaign in Tulsa which will result in the remodeling and refurbishing of every branch library in the system.  Sally was the recipient of the Oklahoma Library Association's Citizen's Recognition Award in 1994.


Gail Miller

His interest in libraries led to his attendance as a delegate to the Oklahoma Governor's Conference on Libraries in 1978 where he was selected by the conference as one of seven Oklahoma delegates to the White House conference the following year. Gail is a charter member of FOLIO (Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma) and completed four years as President.   In 1995 he received the Oklahoma Library Association's Achievement Award for his contributions to libraries in the state. He served as Treasurer for the statewide campaign to raise the constitutional limit on tax funding for public libraries.   Gail was an active participant in the local campaign to raise funding for his public library system.  Gail has also served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Great Plains Literacy Council of which he has been a member since 1985.


Lillian Norberg

Lillian Norberg was the first person to come to everyone's mind when this award became known.   She has been instrumental in starting Friends of Libraries groups all over the state.   She worked on the project to enact legislation to set up the public library systems in the state of Oklahoma.  She has been a member of the Tulsa City-County Library's Friends Board for over 40 years.  Lillian was the president of the Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) and served on the Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) Board.  In addition to her time and talents, Lillian has contributed to libraries from her personal funds as well.  She is a tireless advocate for libraries not only in her own community but throughout the state.


Bob Segal

Bob served on the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma's Board from 1987 to 1996.   He attended the Governor's Conference on Libraries in 1990.   In 1991 he was appointed to the Legislative Taskforce to Study Library Laws in the state.  In 1992 he served as an incorporating member to establish the Friends of the Library of McAlester and served on its Board until 1998.  In 1992 Bob joined the Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma as a member of the Board of Directors.  He was Treasurer for several years and was elected its President in 1998, in which capacity he still serves.  During his term of office FOLIO won the prestigious Baker & Taylor Award for the outstanding State Friends Group.  Bob serves on the Oklahoma Library Association's Legislative Committee and has taken part in OLA's Legislative Day at the state capitol.  In 1999, he attended ALA's Legislative Day in Washington and participated in visiting all of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation.  Bob serves on the Oklahoma Department of Libraries Steering Committee.


Posthumous Honorees

Phil Dessauer, Library Community


Charlie Ward, Library Community




State Librarian, Jim Scheppke


Meyer Memorial Trust

The Meyer Memorial Trust was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, who built the chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. When Mr. Meyer died in 1978, his will established the Trust, which began operating in 1982.Since that time the Meyer Memorial Trust has done more than any other Oregon charitable foundation to support the improvement of library services in Oregon. Trust has funded improvements in library technology and library facilities in public and academic libraries, large and small. A grant from the Trust established Orbis, Oregon's premier academic library resource sharing network, and funded state of the art technology improvements at the Multnomah County Library, the Deschutes County Library and the Southern Oregon Library Information System. 


Craig Berkman

When Oregon's libraries were threatened by funding cutbacks caused by the passage of a tax-cutting initiative measure in 1996, well-known Oregon businessman Craig Berkman stepped in. Berkman's goal was “bridge funding” for public libraries, a step that would prevent any Oregon public library from having to close until local citizens could place new funding measures before the voters. Investing his own time, energy and resources, Berkman established “Oregonians for Libraries,” a group of Oregon leaders and citizens to lobby the Legislature for library funding.   The effort was narrowly defeated in the waning days of the 1997Legislature, but Berkman's consciousness-raising efforts throughout the state led to the success of several local tax-raising measures in local communities in 1997 and 1998.


Donald A. Davis

As City Manager of the City of Newport for 29 years, Don Davis was well known for his commitment and support for public libraries as an essential city service. In 1985 he led efforts to us local urban renewal funds to build the award-winning Newport Public Library facility.   After his retirement in 1991, he accepted an appointment to the Library Board, promising to build public support for the expansion of the library.   In his current role as Chair of the Library Board, he has been tireless in securing support from the Newport Development Commission, the Mayor, and the City Council to fund the expansion project that is now underway. He has also led private fund-raising efforts that have raised $150,000 to date. Seldom has one person made such a sustained contribution to the improvement of library service, over so many years, as Don Davis has in Newport.


Mark O. Hatfield

Mark O. Hatfield is a former Oregon Governor and represented Oregon in the United States Senate for 30 years. During his time in the Senate, Hatfield was one of the foremost champions for libraries.   In his leadership role on the Senate Appropriations Committee he was instrumental in obtaining funding for public library construction under Title II of the Library Services and Construction Act in the 1980's and 90's.   Many hundreds of public libraries throughout the country were built with federal funds secured by Senator Hatfield. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Oregon Library Association and is the recipient of numerous honors from the American Library Association.


Jack Radow

Jack Radow has been one of the longest serving and hardest working library trustees in Oregon. When he retires in 2000 from the Lake Oswego Public Library Board, he will have served three four year terms, spanning two decades.   He also served a term on the Clackamas County Library Board.   Throughout his terms, he has been a tireless and effective advocate for public library services in Lake Oswego and Clackamas County. Jack has been an especially strong advocate on intellectual freedom issues, including leading an ad hoc group called “Septuagenarians for PLAYBOY” that defended library access to this periodical in 1996.


Posthumous Honorees

Edith Green, Political and Public Service Community Library Community 

Alma B. Howes, Library Community      

Mary Frances Isom, Library Community

Ida Kidder, Library Community               

Cornelia Marvin Pierce, Library Community




State Librarian,


Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries                                                    

The Pennsylvania Library Association                                                         

Pearl Frankenfield                  

Gilbert Gaul                             

Michele Ridge


Posthumous Honorees

Andrew Carnegie                                        

Robert Croneberger                                    

Emerson Greenaway                                   




State Librarian, Barbara Weaber


Dave King, The Champlin Foundations

Dave King has provided exceptional leadership in making grants to public libraries and schools, through The Champlin Foundations, for investment in computers and other technology that has enabled these libraries and schools to move ahead towards the 21st Century much faster than they would ever have done without Champlin help.   A grant to the Providence Public Library in the early 1980s provided the basis for what eventually became CLAN (Cooperating Libraries Automated Network) which has the deserved reputation of having been in the forefront of statewide library network development well before the Internet became available.   Dave King has understood the role of libraries in providing rapid and convenient access to information electronically, and has supported and encouraged their entree into the electronic world.  Most recently he has authorized grants to public libraries to digitize local historic photographic images and make them available over the Internet.


David Panciera                      

Dave Panciera is a librarian who retired from being the director of the Westerly Public Library, and was elected to the state House of Representatives.   There he was rapidly moved up to be deputy chair of the powerful House Finance Committee. While there, he was extremely influential in bringing the cause of library service to the attention of legislative decision-makers, and was able to implement many fiscal measures that had languished for years. Since leaving the legislature a year ago, Dave has continued his advocacy for library issues, and has used his connections with current legislative leadership to keep these issues on the front burner.   Dave is articulate, intelligent, and an excellent networker.


Senator Jack Reed               

Jack Reed has been a long-time supporter of library issues. During the last Congressional session he introduced a bill (as part of the ESEA reauthorization) to provide resources of all types to school libraries. He has supported the E-rate, as well as many other pieces of federal legislation affecting libraries.   He has always taken the side of library service in any controversial issues in federal legislative bills.   He is also a vocal and eloquent advocate for library service at the local, state, and federal levels.


Joan Ress Reeves                 

Joan has been active in library circles for more than 20 years. She formed the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), has chaired the Library Board of Rhode Island for several years, is a Board member of ALTA, and serves on the ALA Legislation Committee, to name only a few affiliations.   Joan has been a strong and vocal advocate for libraries at the state and national levels for many years.


Rose Ellen Reynolds            

Rose Ellen Reynolds has been a president of COLA (Coalition of Library Advocates), and was instrumental in having language inserted in the RI state constitution requiring the state to support libraries as well as schools. She has also been a member of the Library Board of Rhode Island, and has been tireless in supporting library service.   She has many strong connections to the political power base in the state, in which she has been most effective.


Posthumous Honorees

Josephine Carson

Josephine Carson was the librarian at the Sciences Library at Bown until she retired in the early 70s. She then devoted herself to volunteer work – child & Family Services, LVA Vine (Volunteers in Newport Education), AARP, her church and many more organizations, but her first love was the library. At the library, she served twice as the President of the Friends and during her tenure the membership rose to over 500.  Jo always carried membership applications for the Friends in her pocketbook and handed them out at the drop of a hat. Whenever we needed a group of volunteers – to do a mailing, prepare for a program, do a telephone survey – Jo could round up 20 – 30 people at a moment’s notice.  She took over the Friends Annual book sale (which raised $3,000 – $4,000 a year) and turned it into a weekly book ship that raised approximately $15,000 a year for the library.  At her death, she was Vice president of the Board of Trustees where she could e counted upon to encourage members to work for the library.


Senator John Chafee, Political and Public Service Community


Elizabeth Futas, Library Community


Elizabeth Myer, Library Community




State Librarian, James B. Johnson, Jr.


Margaret J. Bundy

Margaret Bundy has been a public library advocate locally and at the state level for over 20 years. She began her service as a member of the Lancaster County Library Board, rising to the position of board chairman. During her 11 year tenure, the library added its first branch library and developed its first strategic plan. She was an advocate for additional funding, particularly to upgrade staff positions. As a member and former chair of the South Carolina State Library Board, Mrs. Bundy is a tireless advocate for increased access to information. Her legislative acumen greatly assisted the State Library gain a $1.5 million appropriation from the General Assembly to provide online database access to all South Carolinians at public, academic, and K‑12 school libraries. While she was chairman, State Aid to County Libraries increased 77%. Mrs. Bundy is recognized throughout the state as a true library advocate.


Margaret W. Ehrhardt        

Margaret W. Ehrhardt served for 22 years as a library media consultant at the Department of Education after a distinguished career as a high school librarian, public librarian, and district library supervisor. School libraries in South Carolina made significant progress during her tenure as library media consultant. Mrs. Ehrhardt was particularly interested in increasing the number of certified school librarians and establishing school libraries where there were none. Upon her retirement in 1987, 95% of school libraries had certified librarians – 69% of whom had advanced degrees. Only a few special schools did not have a library. In her retirement, she has shown her commitment to library service by volunteering with the State Library's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.


James B. Johnson Jr.

As director of the South Carolina State Library since 1990 and earlier as deputy director, James B. Johnson, Jr. has championed increased funding for library services at all levels of government. At the national level he has served as a key resource in coordinating South Carolina's delegation to Library Legislative Day in Washington. . At the state level, Mr. Johnson serves as an information source on library legislation to members of the executive and legislative branches. The success of his efforts is measured in the 77% increase in per capita state appropriation for library services that has occurred in the past five years. He was one of the key forces in convincing the General Assembly to fund DISCUS – South Carolina's Virtual Library and to fund dedicated telecommunications internet links for all public library outlets. Upon request he works closely with local library boards and administrators in encouraging increased local support for libraries.


Pat R. Scales

Upon completing a distinguished career as a public school library/media specialist, Ms. Scales became director of library media and information services at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. A longtime supporter of children's right to read, Ms. Scales has become an effective spokesman for intellectual freedom serving on intellectual freedom committees of numerous organizations. She has appeared on several national television programs defending intellectual freedom as well as discussing innovative programs she developed. Ms. Scales has for over 20 years shared her knowledge by teaching a variety of courses relating to children's librarianship. She serves on a number of national advisory committees on children's library issues. Ms. Scales is a role model for all librarians who work with children.   


Carl Stone

Carl Stone has directed the Anderson County Library since 1974. During that time he has been extremely active in state and national library affairs. In the South Carolina Library Association he has held the positions of president, chair of the Legislative Committee, Federal Relations Coordinator for nine years, and Chapter Councilor to the American Library Association on two occasions. He served as president of the Association of Public Library Administrators of South Carolina, as well as legislative chair for several terms and coordinator of a state library legislative day. He is active with the local literacy council and chamber of commerce. Mr. Stone has been a member of South Carolina's delegation to ALA's Library Legislative Day for the past 20 years. He is a frequent speaker on library advocacy. He actively supports statewide humanities programming in public libraries. The effectiveness of his advocacy locally will come to fruition when a new $13.5 million headquarters library is dedicated this year.


Posthumous Honorees

Nancy Jane Day

After a career in public librarianship and library education in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, Nancy Jane Day became South Carolina's first supervisor of library services in public schools in 1946. She held this position at the Department of Education for 24 years. Under her guidance elementary school libraries were established throughout the state. Vitally interested in library education, she spearheaded a study to illustrate the need for a graduate library school in South Carolina. Her dream was realized when the College of Librarianship opened at the University of South Carolina in 1972. Miss Day was active in library and educational associations at the state, regional, and national levels. She had the honor of serving as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Chulalongkorn in Thailand in 1953.


Alfred H. Rawlinson

After a career which included positions in public libraries, library education, a state library, and college libraries, Alfred H. Rawlinson became professor and director of libraries in 1947 at the University of South Carolina where he remained until his retirement in 1967. Mr. Rawlinson is largely credited with building the collections needed for a growing university after World War II, as well as developing a well‑trained staff. He oversaw the building of two new library buildings. Upon his retirement he assumed the newly created position of university curator. After beginning his career as a public librarian, he returned to public libraries after retirement as a public library trustee during a period of an ambitious construction program. Mr. Rawlinson actively participated in professional organizations at various levels, serving a term as president of the South Carolina Library Association        


J. Mitchell Reames

J. Mitchell Reames was truly a scholar and a gentleman who was an outstanding ambassador for the library profession. From 1958‑70, he was the director of the undergraduate library at the University of South Carolina. He became the first director of the Francis Marion College Library in 1970 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1983. Upon his retirement he received distinguished service awards from Francis Marion College and the South Carolina State Library. An addition to the Francis Marion College library was named in honor of him in 1989. Mr. Reames is the only person to be elected president of the South Carolina Library Association twice. One of the roles he most cherished was that as friend and mentor to younger librarians. He was especially proud of his role as mentor to the Junior Members Round Table of the South Carolina Library Association during its formative years.


Estellene Paxton Walker                          

Beginning in 1946 and serving for the next 33 years, Estellene Paxton Walker was South Carolina's State Librarian. Miss Walker had a vision for county‑based public library services throughout the state. She led the development of countywide public library services in all 46 counties. Her steady purpose and creative leadership resulted in a strong program of state aid for public libraries, creation of a federal grant program, a massive increase in book holdings of local libraries, more professional librarians, better public library facilities, the extension of library services for the handicapped, and evolution of a state‑wide interlibrary loan network. She served as president of the South Carolina Library Association and the American Association of State Libraries. She was the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award


Wayne S. Yenawine                                    

Dr. Wayne S. Yenawine was the first dean of the graduate library program at the University of South Carolina. Beginning in May 1970, he and nine faculty members established a creative program that welcomed its first students in 1972. This program satisfied a long­standing need for an in‑state graduate school of library science. The school was fully accredited by the American Library Association in 1974. Dr. Yenawine retired in 1976. The College of Library and Information Science has successfully educated librarians for over 25 years. The vision shown by Dr. Yenawine 30 years ago has led to the development of a nationally recognized school of library science, offering degree programs in four states. Dr. Yenawine also headed the graduate library school at Syracuse University. He was a founding member of Beta Phi Mu.




State Librarian, Ann Eichinger


South Dakota Library Association

If any one entity can be credited with drafting legislation and rules for libraries/librarians and advocating for these and for library appropriations, it has been the South Dakota Library Association. Some examples include: From 1909 until its passage in 1913, this group drafted and lobbied for the law, which created what is now the SD State Library.    SDLA then moved on to draft and lobby for passage of the two bills enabling the creation of county libraries. From 1935 to the present, this group has worked on certification issues relating to school librarians.    In 1999, its solitary voice of opposition resulted in the redrafting of legislation to require public schools and libraries to restrict access to obscene materials by computer. In addition, SDLA has been a driving force in continuing education through its annual conferences and in encouraging new members in the profession through its scholarships. Collectively, SDLA members have continually influenced the development of SD library services and provided the drafts for and advocacy of necessary legislation.


South Dakota Library Network (SDLN)

Today, the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN) is a force for progress, creating a dramatic collective change in direction for SD libraries. Through SDLN, librarians and libraries of all types have combined their collections, information skills, and financial resources to bring the catalogs of all major South Dakota libraries to any South Dakotan, who has Internet access or a computer/modem/telephone. In addition, the SDLN network allows all SDLN library card holders to electronically request delivery of materials while viewing their descriptions in the SDLN catalog, free of charge. SDLN member libraries have also provided to these users the indexing to 2000+ scholarly/popular/business/health magazines/journals and delivery (via their PC) of the full‑text and/or full‑image of the articles from approximately half of these periodicals free‑of‑charge. From its genesis with the original planning group that put this together and pulled it off in the early 1980's, the impact of this group will be felt far into the future of South Dakota's digital library.


Joe and Mary Edelen

Wife and husband, legislator and librarian, Mary Edelen and Joe Edelen are examples to be emulated.   As a SD State Representative from 1973-80 & 1983-88, Mary Edelen was one of the strongest supporters that SD libraries had.   She sponsored major pieces of library legislation (the Interstate Library Compact and revision of State Library laws), worked to obtain funding for SDLN, and expended much personal political capital in her successful eleventh hour efforts to over-ride a gubernatorial veto and maintain professional qualifications for the position of State Librarian. In his 30+ years as Bibliographic Control Librarian at USD, Joe Edelen has been unrelenting in providing energy and ideas for the improvement of library services throughout the state and region.  He was an activist on the Boards of the SD State Library and Vermillion Public Library.  He has been a sustained advocate for SDLN, MPLA, and SDLA, where he has served in numerous capacities, including that of President


Dorothy M. Liegl

Deputy SD State Librarian Dorothy M. Liegl's work on behalf of South Dakota libraries is the stuff of legends. Her creative solutions to large and small problems have found their way into many of the state's libraries. In a state dominated by a many small libraries, it is easy to “let them fall through the cracks,” but Dorothy kept them in mind, helping them with their five-year plans, technology plans, and library management skills. The annual two week Summer Institute for small public libraries, through which librarians can acquire a total of 16 hours of undergraduate library training, owes its existence to Dorothy. Since 1972, she has provided continuity at the State Library and filled in at critical times as the Acting State Librarian. She has been active in state and regional library associations, serving as President of both the SD Library Association and the Mountain Plains Library Association.

Every librarian in SD knows Dorothy; they count on her and her commitment to libraries is unsurpassed. 


Library Educators Dora Ann Jones, Elaine Meyer, Edith Siegrist

This group of library educators are exemplars of the fine quality of library education faculty in South Dakota. These women were key figures in SD library education.  Often their work was behind the scenes in encouraging librarians to stay in SD and to build libraries in SD.  Ms. Siegrist and Ms. Meyer taught in the library program at the University of South Dakota.  The two of them worked as a team; Ms Siegrist said that “together the ideas came and the work was done.”   Dora Ann Jones was the mentor/teacher for school librarians taking classes at Black Hills State University, much as Edith and Elaine were for those at USD.   Each made a lifetime commitment to libraries and teaching and to service to library associations at all levels. Their publications, consultative services, mentoring of new school librarians, pioneering of new technologies, and work on the adoption of school library standards in SD have made immeasurable differences to library service in this state.


Posthumous Honorees

Library Division of the SD Federation of Women’s Clubs

The involvement of the Library Division (1900‑1975) of the SD Federation of Women's Clubs (now GFWC of SD) was vital to the establishment and development of public library services in South Dakota.    Local clubs were organized pockets of library support that infiltrated many SD communities, serving as the agent for the creation of libraries and often financing them until they became tax supported. These 42 SD public libraries list their local Women's Clubs as instrumental in their founding: Beresford, Brookings, Burke, Canova, Canton, Chamberlain, Clark, Corsica, Custer County Library, Deadwood, Dell Rapids, DeSmet, Doland, Eagle Butte, Elkton, Flandreau, Frederick, Gregory, Hot Springs, Hudson, Hurley, Huron, Kennebec, Lake Preston, Lemmon, Letcher, Parker, Philip, Platte, Potter County Library Gettysburg), Presho, Rapid City, Salem, Selby, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Sturgis, Tripp County Library (Winner), Volin, Wakonda, Watertown, and Waubay. Their efforts to establish what is now the SD State Library date back to 1905, when they introduced a bill to create a “free library commission,” and continued unabated until 1913, when such legislation was passed.   From 1905‑1913, this group (unaided by the government funds) initiated a system of traveling libraries where there were no established libraries. 


State Senator C. S. Amsden

We honor the judgement of our departed colleagues in naming SD State Senator C. S. Amsden (1856-1943) to the National Advocacy Honor Roll.  At the 1927 South Dakota Library Association convention, Senator Amsden was voted one of the first two (and for many years, the only) Life Memberships in the SD Library Association as a “suitable token of appreciation of his service to libraries.” Senator Amsden sponsored key pieces of library Legislation including “An Act defining the Free Libraries of SD…and making Provision for a Free Library Commission and Free Traveling Libraries …” and “An Act to Provide County Free Libraries and to Provide Funds for the Same.” His legislative efforts provided the tools, which enabled future SD librarians, such as Miss Mercedes MacKay, to accomplish all that they did for libraries in SD.


Phoebe Apperson Hearst and the Homestake Mining Company

Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-1919) and the Homestake Mining Company are a unique example of library philanthropy in South Dakota.   In 1894, Mrs. Hearst's Christmas gift to the city of Lead was the Hearst Free Library & Reading Room.   This library held hundreds of books in 13  foreign languages to accommodate the many ethnic groups living and mining in the area. Mrs. Hearst selected many of the books saying “In view of the great advance in the arts, with the constantly changing economic conditions, and of the vast discoveries in science, it becomes a necessity of individual and civic advancement to keep abreast of modern thought and investigation, and the library is the common ground for this preparation.”   Until her death in 1919, Phoebe was the library's sole financial supporter.  Her estate continued its funding until 1925, when Homestake Mining Co (a Hearst business) became its sole support and continued to provide free, quality library service to all the people in the city of Lead until 1972..


State Librarian Mercedes MacKay

When discussing this Honor Roll, without exception, the first name suggested was Mercedes MacKay (1904-1987).  If any one person fits the description of library advocate, it was Miss MacKay. Her heart and soul were in libraries to such an extent that she literally cried over the condition of some SD libraries. Director of the SD State Library Commission from 1939 to 1974, she was the driving force that created a library system which was used as a model throughout the United States.  She set-up the second demonstration project in the U.S under the 1956 Library Services Act.   This demonstration became the Northwest Regional Library and Bookmobile in Belle Fourche and was followed by other regional/county libraries and bookmobiles, including Tri-County in Timber Lake and Minnehaha County in Hartford. She mentored many SD librarians and provided librarians around the state with workshop opportunities and made sure that they attended them. Truly, Miss MacKay dedicated her life to the libraries and librarians of South Dakota.


State Historian Doane Robinson             

At the 1927 South Dakota Library Association convention, Doane Robinson was voted one of the first two (and for many years, the only) Life Memberships in the SD Library Association as a “expression of its appreciation for his many years of service to the cause of libraries.” Doane Robinson was one of two pioneers in organizing and promoting the SD Library Association. He drafted and advocated for legislation creating the SD State Library,   served as ex‑officio SD State Librarian from 1901‑1926, and initiated the publication “South Dakota Library Bulletin,” which from 1914 to 1973 served as the principle print communication tool and record for South Dakota libraries.




State Librarian, Peggy Rudd


Tocker Foundation

The Tocker Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to small Texas public libraries serving fewer than 12,000 citizens.   Not only has the foundation been an extraordinary benefactor to libraries, its Board of Directors and particularly its executive director, Darryl Tocker, have carefully researched and studied library technology in order to better evaluate library grant applications and to help guide the development of recipient libraries.   The foundation has worked closely with a committee of librarians appointed by the Texas Library Association to ensure that the best applications are funded.  Darryl Tocker actively participates on the TLA ad hoc Public Library Standards Committee and on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's TexShare Advisory Committee to plan multi-type library growth in Texas.   Additionally, he serves on the Steering Committee and Long Range Planning Committee for the highly successful Texas Book Festival.


Lee P. Brown

Viewing libraries as “just as important as any agency in city government,” Houston Mayor Lee Brown has boosted public funding for the Houston Public Library, an institution long under-funded when compared to libraries in comparable cities.   In his inaugural speech in early 1998, the Mayor articulated a vision in which every school-age child in Houston has a library card.   That vision translated into the highly ambitious Power Card Challenge campaign, which is now serving as a model for libraries across the country.  As a catalyst for change and an enthusiastic supporter of youth, Mayor Brown will ensure that the Houston Public Library realizes his other vision to have “the best library system in America.”


First Lady Laura W. Bush

Laura W. Bush's vision for a Texas Book Festival became a reality in 1996 with the first festival that attracted thousands of Texans and authors to the grounds of the State Capitol.   With each successive year, the festival has grown and expanded.   The proceeds from the book festivals have been allocated to Texas public libraries and by the year 2001, more than a million dollars will be granted.  In her years as First Lady, Laura Bush has focused considerable public attention on the importance of libraries in a democratic society.  She spearheaded the Texas Library Association's “Read for Your Life” campaign in 1998 and 1999.  A frequent speaker at library dedications and events, this former librarian and schoolteacher has been a dynamic spokesperson for literacy, reading, and libraries.          


Representative Henry Cuellar

A highly effective advocate for libraries in the Texas Legislature, Representative Henry Cuellar has sponsored and supported a number of legislative initiatives to benefit all types of libraries.   In the most recent legislative session, he sponsored legislation to create a tuition exemption for the children of librarians and teachers.   He co-authored legislation to extend membership in the highly acclaimed TexShare library resource sharing consortium to public libraries, and he fought for increases in funding for the Texas Library System.  By securing an appropriations rider for the purchase of school library materials, he was able to accomplish what had never been accomplished before in Texas.  Repeatedly, Representative Cuellar has demonstrated his belief in the importance of adequately funded libraries in Texas.


Wayne Sellers

A long-time citizen advocate for libraries, Wayne Sellers has worked for more than four decades for increased state funding for public libraries.   A former newspaper editor and journalist, he literally packed his bags and moved to Austin for one legislative session to become a full-time, unpaid lobbyist for libraries.   A friend of many legislative giants in Texas, he was welcomed in offices and in the Capitol hallways as a man of great honor and conviction.   His service on the Advisory Council of the Northeast Texas Library System has helped to advance the development of regional library service in Texas.


Posthumous Honorees         

Bob Bullock

The recent death of Bob Bullock, who served as Texas Lieutenant Governor from 1990 to 1998, meant the passing of an era for Texas politics and Texas libraries.   Often called the most powerful office holder in state government, he was a friend to librarians and a benefactor to libraries.   A man of his word, Governor Bullock ensured that school, public, and academic libraries received special appropriations.  In 1993 when the Legislature was cutting new projects from an over-stretched state budget, Governor Bullock ensured funding for TexShare, a consortium of higher education libraries, and for the Texas Library Connection (TLC), a cooperative, resource-sharing program for school libraries.  In 1995, he intervened into the budget process to help public libraries by setting aside $2.5 million for Project Link, a program that connected many public libraries to the Internet.


Elizabeth Crabb

Feisty and tireless, Elizabeth Crabb has been called the “Johnny Appleseed of Texas Libraries.”   Serving as Coordinator of the Northeast Texas Library System for 18 years, she helped to establish dozens of libraries and provided guidance to hundreds of library staff and community leaders.   Throughout a career that spanned more than 50 years, she was known for her passionate support for the freedom of information and her adamant stance of public service that defined her life as a person, a professional, and an activist.  After her retirement, she moved to Austin to lobby the Texas Legislature for libraries and be the “volunteer extraordinaire” at the Texas Library Association office.  After her untimely death in 1996, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission described Elizabeth Crabb as a “...woman of principle and conviction, a worthy adversary, a loyal ally, and a good friend of the Texas State Library and its staff...”


Laura Edwards

Laura Edwards, Director/Librarian of the Secondary Media Center in Coppell (TX) High School, epitomized professional involvement, dedication, and commitment to the library profession.   Her sparkling personality and boundless energy were a source of pride to students, teachers, librarians, and vendors.   Within the Texas Library Association, she was elected as chair of both the Texas Association of School Librarians and the Children's Round Table.  She was a significant influence in the growth of TLA's popular Texas Bluebonnet Award program.  Within the ALA, her love of books and reading caused her to serve on the Newbery Award Committee of the Association of Library Services to Children.  Her articles on children's and young adult literature were published in “The Book Report” and “Texas Library Journal.”


Jarre Hetherington

Serving as the Executive Director of the Texas Library Association for 28 years, Jerre Hetherington was a role model for many librarians whom she mentored to become leaders in their communities and in TLA and ALA.   From her appointment in 1954, she guided the Association's growth from 1,190 members to more than 3,250 individuals when she retired in 1983.   In 1972, the Texas Library Association recognized her for “her profound interest in promoting library service in Texas through an emphasis on a high level of professional development on the part of all librarians and for her leadership and assistance through the years in bringing TLA to a position of prominence among state library associations.”   In 1979, she was selected by librarian delegates attending the Texas Conference on Libraries to represent Texas at the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services. The Texas Society of Association Executives honored her in 1983 as the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Executive Award.


Sam G. Whitten

Never wavering in his belief that the library – especially the public library – should be a treasure and a resource open and freely accessible to all people, Sam G. Whitten was a man who loved books and libraries.   An educator whose classes in public librarianship, intellectual freedom, and the library in society were consistently among the most popular at The University of Texas at Austin, he was an aggressive advocate for library funding and legislation favorable to libraries.   Remembered fondly for his wonderful sense of humor, his compassion, and his love of people, he urged librarians to demonstrate in the legislative halls of the Texas and U.S. Capitol their commitment to library support.  At his memorial service in 1996, one colleague wrote, “He not only 'preached his gospel' but also lived it, providing a model for his students and colleagues that challenged them to emulate and perhaps even exceed his zeal.”




State Librarian, Amy Owen


Jeanne Layton

Jeanne Layton is nominated for her courage and leadership in defending the principles of intellectual freedom as Director of the Davis County Public Library.   Her quiet resolution, firm professionalism and strong will to persist in the face of adversity over an extended period of time was an inspiration to librarians throughout the state and nation. In addition, Jeanne made a substantive contribution to librarianship statewide through the Utah Library Association and to improving the quality of library service within her county.   During her tenure as director, two new branch libraries were constructed. But most importantly, under her skilled professional leadership, she directed the emergence of the Davis County Library from a combined school-public library system into a fully operational, independent county public library system. 


Elizabeth Montague

Elizabeth Montague is nominated for her remarkable contributions as a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake City Public Library.   Mrs. Montague provided leadership in establishing the Friends of the Salt Lake City Public Library, and was instrumental in securing support and funding for major library construction projects, including the current Main Library built in 1964.   Mrs. Montague was also for many years the driving force behind many successful lobbying efforts with the state legislature on behalf of Utah's public library.  As an example, her skilled and effective library advocacy was instrumental in obtaining passage of legislation which raised the ceiling for local tax contributions to city and county libraries, an activity which benefited libraries throughout the state.


Amy Owen

Amy Owen is nominated for her contributions within Utah and nationally.   During her tenure as State Librarian, she provided leadership and advocacy for the establishment of state aid for public libraries in Utah, an achievement recognized nationally when she was named the 1991 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal.    She obtained legislative funding for early initiatives to connect Utah's public libraries to the Internet and was instrumental in establishing a statewide consortium for database licensing involving public and higher education and all types of libraries.   National activities include speaking and consulting, leadership positions in professional associations, involvement in the development of the NCES/NCLIS Federal State Cooperative System for public library statistics, and a principal consulting role in the Public Library Association's Public Library Development Program during the 1980’s.


Wayne Peay

Wayne Peay is nominated for his sustained vision in strengthening library cooperation in Utah.   Within the academic library community, Wayne has applied his strategic, political and advocacy skills in helping the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) achieve significant funding increases from the legislature through a multi-year initiative, Libraries 2000.   Libraries 2000 has established Ariel telefax services, implemented a statewide integrated library system for academic libraries, created Academic PIONEER – Utah's emerging digital academic library, and launched digitization, cooperative collection development and document delivery projects.  Wayne also partnered with the State Library in establishing PIONEER – Utah’s Online Library.  PIONEER, which unites public and higher education, state government, and Utah's public libraries in joint database licensing, was the first statewide, multi-type collaborative database licensing consortium in the nation. 


Paul K. Sybrowsky

Paul Sybrowsky is nominated for his influence, leadership and advocacy for libraries on a number of fronts.   As President of the Board of Trustees for the Provo City Library, Paul provided critical leadership during a particularly turbulent time in the library's history.    In various corporate positions with Dynix and later with Ameritech Library Services (ALS), Paul directed a company which created software integral to the daily operation of thousands of libraries.  Paul's vision for the future of the library profession lead to ALS sponsorship of the Library Leadership Institute at Snowbird, an opportunity for young professionals to test and develop their leadership skills.  It is typical of Paul's personal commitment that he not only helped arrange financing for the Institute, but also served as a mentor himself.


Posthumous Honorees         

Russell L. Davis, Library Community    


Dennis Day, Library Community


Joseph Geddes, Political and Public Service Community


Hattie Knight, Library Community


Ralph Thomson, Library Community




State Librarian, Nelson Worley


Robert B. Ball, Sr.

Robert B. Ball, Sr., a former member of the House of Delegates and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has been a major force in the development of libraries in the state and increasing the funding level of state aid to public libraries. As a result of his personal efforts, funding for public libraries rose from 30 percent of the formula to 100 percent over a three-year period. Delegate Ball also chaired a commission to promote networking among all types of libraries in the state, and he served on the steering committee for the 1990 Virginia Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services. He was a delegate to the second White House Conference.

Because of his dedicated support of libraries, he earned the sobriquet “Mr. Library.” He was named a “Library Hero” by the ALA and the Virginia Library Association in 1991. In 1990 he received the Virginia Library Association's highest award, the George Mason Award, for service to Virginia's libraries.


Patricia Wilson Berger

Patricia Wilson Berger, past chair of the Virginia State Library Board and past president of the ALA, is known for her strong and outspoken support of the right to information access. During her service on the State Library Board her exceptional skill and knowledge was extremely valuable in developing networking in the Commonwealth. Berger was a delegate to the 1979 White House Conference on Library and Information Services and was a strong advocate for the second White House Conference in 1991.


Dean Burgess

Dean Burgess, former director of the Portsmouth Public Library, has been active in advocating for Virginia libraries for more than 30 years. He was a delegate to the Virginia's Governor's Conference, an alternate delegate to the White House Conference, Virginia's professional representative to the White House Conference Task Force, past president of the Virginia Library Association, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates to the Commission to create the Virginia Library Network, chair of the committee on library legislation, and a member of the Steering Committee of the National Citizens for Libraries. He first went lobbying to Washington in 1963 to expand the Library Services and Construction Act to urban libraries, and has been actively, and successfully, lobbying for libraries at the state and national level ever since. His book, Getting It Passed: Lobbying for Libraries, was published by the ALA.


Ida R. Patton

As a result of Ida Patton's 35 years service at the Library of Virginia, the number of public libraries in Virginia increased dramatically. Of the 90 public library systems, she worked with more than 25 of them as demonstration projects or through establishment grants. In addition to the demonstration libraries, she was also instrumental in two governor's conferences on libraries, and in establishing the Friends of Virginia Libraries. The impact of her tireless work can be seen in libraries across the Commonwealth. She continues as a public services consultant at the Washington County Public Library, and she continues as a true champion of public libraries.


Carol Kem Shackelford      

Mrs. Carroll Kem Shackelford is a former chair of the Virginia State Library Board and of the Orange County Library Board. During her service on the State Library Board, she played a vital role in the reorganization of the State Library, and she was influential in increasing state aid to public libraries while also seeking to create increased local support for libraries. In 1971 Mrs. Shackelford secured the governor's consent to call a conference on library service. The Governor's Conference on Expanding Library Service, which she organized and over which she presided, included representation from every city and county in the Commonwealth. The impact of the conference and follow‑up meetings was significant in that many localities with limited or no library service implemented steps to either improve or initiate service. The number of unserved residents decreased by more than 100,000 during the first year after the conference. Noted especially for her tireless work to secure support for better library laws and increased funding, Mrs. Shackelford was presented with the ALA Trustee Citation for outstanding service in 1973.


Posthumous Honorees

David K.E. Bruce

David K.E. Bruce donated public libraries to eleven Virginia counties. Between 1937 and 1942 Bruce's anonymous gifts established libraries in the counties of Charlotte, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Pittsylvania, Appomattox, Brunswick, Nottoway, Patrick, Franklin, and Hanover. Some have called Ambassador Bruce Virginia's Andrew Carnegie. His gifts and other library related activities are detailed in David K E. Bruce's Gift of County Libraries to Rural Virginia by Jane Stuart Conner in a master's paper submitted to the faculty of the School of Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library Science in July 1984. The Last Aristocrat: the biography of David K E. Bruce by Nelson Lankford also mentions Ambassador Bruce's donation of libraries.


Randolph W. Church

Randolph W. Church served as State Librarian of Virginia from 1947 until 1972. During his tenure he brought about tremendous expansion of the Library's collections, the development of a regional public library system for the state, the remodeling and expansion of the Virginia State Library building, a fivefold increase of state library staff, and significant increases in the Library's annual budget                       


Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, former Governor of Virginia, President of the United States, and the founder of the University of Virginia, felt that, “Great standard works of established reputation, too voluminous and too expensive for private libraries, should have a place in every public library, for the free resort of individuals.” As governor, Jefferson proposed legislation to establish public libraries in the Commonwealth. He donated his personal library to the Library of Congress after its collection was destroyed during the War of 1812.


Mary Aydelotte Marshall

Mary Marshall, a former Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly and vice‑chair of the State Library Board, was instrumental in increasing state and federal monies to public libraries throughout the state. As chair of the State Library Board's Library Development Committee, Mrs. Marshall was the guiding force behind many of the Board's programs to implement extended library service in unserved areas of the state and to encourage the formation of regional units. New library laws passed in 1970 by the General Assembly were drafted by a committee of the Virginia Advisory Legislative Council on which Mrs. Marshall served.


Earl Gregg Swem                                       

Dr. Earl Gregg Swem, former librarian of the College of William and Mary, is credited with building the collections of the Virginia State Library and the library at William and Mary, which is named for him. He is noted for the preparation of mammoth inventories of manuscripts and books on Virginia history. His two‑part Virginia Historical Index, completed in 1936, is a standard reference work for historians of Colonial Virginia. He wrote, compiled, and edited more than 40 publications. Dr. Swem served as assistant state librarian for 12 years prior to taking the post at William and Mary. He also served as president of the Virginia Library Association




State Librarian, Jan Walsh


Bill and Melinda Gates        

As co‑founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates changed the world with has software innovations. In 1997 Bill and his wife Melinda established the Gates Library Foundation to address the digital divide between computer haves and have‑nots, a gap which is widening while the Internet becomes the fundamental tool for learning. Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants to over 100 underserved public libraries in 28 states to fund the purchase of computers and hardware. Additionally free training arid technical assistance is provided through the Foundation. Many fledgling librarians have had the opportunity to take their training skills to rural anal underprivileged settings which has made a difference in the libraries they've visited and in their own professional development. The five‑year goal of the Library Initiative is to provide grants to more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S. and Canada to ensure information access for the next generation.


Sharon Hammer                   

Besides her extensive association activism as president of the Washington Library Association, Washington State Chapter Councilor (1975‑79), member of numerous committees for the Public Library Association and the ALA, Sharon has been a model of advocacy for many young librarians. She has successfully faced numerous intellectual freedom challenges in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in southern Washington where she has served as director since 1988. Her commitment to equal access stems from her experiences as director for the Washington Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and working, in her first job, for the Bellevue Adaptive Learning Center, assisting mentally handicapped children by establishing a basic library for their use. Sharon's professional experience has also included work at the University of Washington, overseeing undergraduate library services. Her breadth of experience, vision and convictions have inspired and motivated many staff and young librarians in Washington State.


Lethene Parks                      

Lethene Parks bas been a strong advocate for libraries over a period of four decades, and she remains a voice for libraries now continuing to speak out for library services for those not traditionally reached by the library. Lethene spent many years as librarian in the Patients Library at Western State Hospital, and has became known nationally as a proponent for library services to the mentally ill, as well as a leader in the areas of bibliotherapy and poetry therapy. In the early seventies, she became head of outreach services at Pierce County Library, advocating for services for the homebound, the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill and the incarcerated. After moving to rural Stevens County, a county that had never had countywide library services, Lethene became a promoter for library services for all the citizens of the county, and was one of the folks who campaigned throughout the county for a positive response to the ballot issue to establish a courtly library. Thanks to the efforts of this group, Stevens County became the first Washington courtly to establish library service in decades. Lethene was appointed to the first Board of Trustees, and she continues to speak up for libraries to thus day.


Amory Peck                           

Amory Peck served as a trustee on the advisory board for her local library. Her dedication to library principles and insight on library issues were so highly valued that when an opening occurred on the five‑county governing library board of Timberland Regional Library, she was appointed and served as a board member of the regional library. During her years as a library trustee, she not only provided excellent guidance to her local and regional libraries, she involved herself at the state level. She almost single‑handedly revived the statewide Washington Library Friends and Trustee Association. She served as president of the association for over three terms. During her tenure, she conducted regional forums for trustees and friends, presented training at statewide trustee conferences, and served as a mentor to many library board members. Now retired, she continues to provide workshops and training for library trustees in her new role. Having moved north, she is now a trustee for the Whatcom County Library.


John Vehlen, Business and Professional Community


Posthumous Honorees

Eleanor Ahlers

Eleanor Ahlers was a guiding light for Washington librarians working with children. She taught them how to link young people to books, and stressed the importance of outreach‑‑She once took a book truck of sports stories to a gymnasium to sell reading to high school boys. During the `60s and `70s she introduced philosophical concepts that have continued to serve to all who took her classes at the University of Washington.   Here was a woman, who was a professor at two universities, the University of Oregon and the University of Washington, served as Washington State Supervisor for School Libraries, and was the first person to serve exclusively as the Executive Secretary of AASL But more than all this, she cared about her students and was especially pleased for the rest of her life when former students recognized and greeted her off' campus. When we queried librarians for names; Eleanor's was named more than any others – her impact on current practicing librarians was significant.


Margaret Chisholm

Margaret B. Chisholm, 1927.‑1999, made exceptional contributions as a library leader, educator, administrator, and author. She was a mentor and role model to countless students and young professionals. She was an engaging speaker who relished every opportunity to meet people and to promote librarians and librarianship, and an effective spokesperson on the manor board. commissions and committees to which she was appointed. Dr. Chisholm received her MLS and Ph.D in, higher education administration from the University of Washington. She served on the faculty of the University of Oregon School. of Librarianship and as Dean of the University of Maryland library school before returning to her alma mater as Vice‑President of University Relations ,and subsequently as Director of the School of Library and Information Science, a position she held from 1980, until her retirement in 1989.   Her distinguished career included election as president of the American Library Association for the 1987‑88 term and serving on the national planning committee for the White House Conference on Library and information Services._


Gladys Lees

Gladys Lees, Director of Libraries for the Tacoma Public Schools from 1950‑70, was seen as a leader, visionary, and advocate for school libraries. Gladys envisioned a school library as a place where children could learn how to find answers for themselves and to develop the habit of seeking information. She wrote for the Wilson Library Bulletin in 1962, detailing her method for developing the school libraries. She was concerned with automating libraries and emphasized using statistics and common sense to evaluate where automation could be cost effective. Gladys was president of the Washington State Association of School Librarians from 1953/54, served on numerous national committees for the American Association of   School Librarians and served on ALA Council from 1966-70. Nationally she also worked on standards for school libraries and served as a consultant to several national publications. She was a frequent speaker, to educators and librarians, and earned her Elementary Principals credential.


Irving Lieberman                                        

Irving Lieberman, 1948 graduate of Columbia University, led the University of Washington's School of Library Science from 1956 until his retirement in 1979. During his tenure aver 2000 professional librarians were gratuated. Lieberman was a visionary and true advocate for the library profession. He directed the Remington/Rand Cornputer exhibition at the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and the Library 21Exhibit for the Seattle World's Fair in 1962.   He was published in numerous journals and encyclopedias; he served on many ALA committees and was president of the Pacific Northwest Library Association when it was a path‑ association with an emphasis on resource sharing. During WWII Lieberman served as the library Chief of Staff and was instrumental in the publication and distribution of the 2000‑title pocket book library for the Armed Services. He consulted internationally in Nigeria is and Australia and was instrumental in shaping library policy during his tenure as a commissioner for the Washington State Library Commission.




State Librarian, Neah Lohr


Wisconsin Educational Media Association

The Wisconsin Educational Media Association (WEMA) is an association of over 1200 library media technology professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin representing a wide range of educational institutions and businesses. Membership includes school library media specialists, school district technology coordinators, and related professionals. WEMA provides leadership for the educational media profession in Wisconsin, and promotes access to information through the development and effective utilization of all forms of media and technology. Several years ago WEMA established a Coalition Building Committee to promote library media and technology efforts with other library and educational organizations.   This effort has been very successful in bringing members of the library community together to support legislative issues.   WEMA has an active legislative committee and engages the services of a professional lobbying firm.  WEMA collaborated with other library and educational organizations in the most recent legislative session to gain passage of a very favorable state budget for library and education initiatives.


Wisconsin Library Association

The Wisconsin Library Association has been a strong advocate for library development and library legislation throughout the 20th century. Of particular note has been the work of the association's Library Development and Legislative Committee (LD&L).   LD&L played a leadership role in gaining passage of milestone legislation establishing state supported public library systems in 1971. Most recently LD&L helped lead efforts to gain passage of the most successful state budget for libraries in the state's history.   Key tools in the association's legislative efforts have been the development of an annual legislative agenda, and the coordination of an annual library legislative day event. The association also coordinates Wisconsin's participation in ALA's legislative day.  The association has led efforts to publicize and promote libraries through a variety of initiatives including sponsorship of National Library Week in its early years. The Wisconsin Library Trustees Association, a division of WLA, has actively promoted the education and involvement of local public library trustees for over forty years.                            


Carol Diehl

Carol Diehl is a library trustee, a member of her local school board, and a retired school library media specialist. She has been an active advocate for library legislation and funding especially at the national level. She served for three years as the Wisconsin Library Association's Federal Relations Coordinator, and has often been a member of the Wisconsin delegation to ALA's Legislative Day in Washington. She has served on ALA's Legislative Committee, and is currently chair of ALTA's Legislative Committee.   She also serves as ALTA's representative to the ALA Legislative Assembly.   She was a Wisconsin delegate to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services, and participates in the annual retreat of Wisconsin delegates to this conference.  Carol Diehl has been extremely effective in making personal contacts with both state and federal elected officials to advance key library legislative and funding initiatives over the years


Miriam Erickson                  

Miriam Erickson is a library trustee, a member of her local school board, and a retired school library media specialist. She has been active in promoting libraries and bringing library services and new technology to students in the Gibraltar Area Schools and schools throughout the state.   She has served on many statewide task forces and committees to improve education and access to information. She has been a pioneer in bringing Internet access to northeast Wisconsin. She has served as the chair of the Wisconsin Educational Media Association's Legislative and Coalition Building Committees. She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services, and has hosted an annual retreat of all Wisconsin delegates to this conference. She has been a strong advocate for library cooperation among all types of libraries, and has served several terms on the Council on Library and Network Development which is appointed by the Governor to provide advice on library development and cooperation in the state


Calvin Potter

Calvin Potter is the Division Administrator for the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning. As our leader at the Department of Public Instruction, he has done an outstanding job to promote collaboration and cooperation among libraries in Wisconsin.   As a former state legislator, he was a strong advocate for library issues throughout his many terms. He consistently voted in favor of legislation to enhance library services for the students and citizens of our state.   Both the Wisconsin Educational Media Association, with whom he has worked closely to promote “library community” among all types of libraries, and the Wisconsin Library Association  nominate Cal Potter for this honor.


Posthumous Honorees

Wayne R. Bassett, Library Community


Elizabeth Burr, Library Community


Muriel L. Fuller, Library Community


S. Janice Kee, Library Community


Lutie Stearns, Library Community




State Librarian, Lesley Boughton


Wyoming Library Association

A former governor once characterized Wyoming as “a small town with a long main street.” This also applies to the Wyoming library community where neighborly cooperation has been its hallmark since territorial days. The Wyoming Library Association was established in 1914. Its bylaws proclaim its mission: to promote library service and the profession of librarianship in the state, to work for the continued improvement of libraries and to strive for further development of the profession of librarianship. From its sophisticated and well crafted position on an education bill with implications for library governance in 1914 to its successful campaign in 1998 to secure additional state funding to upgrade the WYLD automated network, the Association has been recognized as effective and politically astute. Buoyed by strong leadership and committed membership, WLA is the premier advocate for libraries and librarians in Wyoming.


Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson is an advocate for librarians as well as libraries. He understands that it is people who make libraries great.   His work at the Wyoming State Library, first as Chief of Business Services and, from 1976 to 1989, as State Librarian, provides abundant evidence of his effective advocacy role. During his tenure he promoted a statewide vision for library automation which evolved into the WYLD network, established foundations in each of the 23 county library systems and worked tirelessly to improve educational opportunities for librarians. He never missed an opportunity to proclaim Wyoming librarians as “the best.”   Wayne was elected to the State Legislature in 1993 and uses his influence in that body to promote policies that benefit the Wyoming library community.


Agnes Milstead

Agnes Milstead is a stalwart advocate for the rights of children and young adults to receive quality and respectful library service in their schools and public libraries. In 15 years as director of the Library Science Education program at the University of Wyoming she motivated and inspired school librarians to embrace her high standards and to become strong advocates for school libraries. In 1976 she established and provided financial support for the Milstead Award to be given annually by the Wyoming Library Association in memory of her husband to a public, school or special library for exemplary service to children. A collection of books is given to the winning library. Agnes's influence extends beyond Wyoming; she is as beloved in the Philippines as she is in the Cowboy State. She was instrumental in helping establish four libraries in the Philippines and has been adopted as “a beloved and esteemed daughter and citizen” of Barangay Sulquiano Dingras, where the main street is named in her honor. In 1999, she received the Presidential Award from His Excellency President Joseph Estrada of the Republic of the Philippines.


Denice Wheeler                    

Denice Wheeler is a successful business woman, author and community booster who vigorously promotes libraries as central to a community's vitality. Appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors to a host of statewide boards and commissions, she always holds her meetings in the local public library. This way, she says, she can introduce the librarian and promote the institution.   In 1976 she was chair for the Uinta County Bicentennial celebration and decided to honor the Chinese that had lived in Evanston between 1871 and 1939. Her research culminated in a mixed media program that was presented 63 times in 4 states.   Denice joined the State Library Board in 1994 and is an articulate spokeswoman for library issues in Wyoming.


Cherry Williams

Since 1983 Cherry Williams has been actively involved in the Sheridan County Public Library System. She has served on the Friends of the Library Board, the Library Foundation Board and the Library Board of trustees. She has held leadership roles in these organizations, serving as secretary, vice-president and president of each board. The highly successful Friends of the Library Annual Auction, now in its 17th years, was organized by Cherry. Her leadership has guided the library through automation, two major building projects, establishing and building an endowment and hiring a new director to replace a veteran of 16 years. She is a visible role model for trustees.   In 1990 she served on the steering committee for the White House Conference on Library and Information Services and was a delegate to the conference in 1991. Her dedication and wise direction have had a powerful and positive influence on public library service in Wyoming.


Posthumous Honorees         

James G. Crawford, Business and Professional Community


Harry Fulmer, Philanthropic Community


Grace Raymond Hebard, Library Community


Rose Mary Malone, Business and Professional Community


Mabel Wilkinson, Library Community  


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