Past David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award Winners


Keren Dali, assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and Nadia Caidi, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information iSchool, received the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award for their article entitled "Diversity by Design.”

Dali and Caidi were recognized at the,combined, EMIERT & ODLOS Chairs Program titled: Arab American Literature – A Librarian’s Guide. The event was held on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Both Dali and Caidi received commemorative plaques and shared a $500 cash award.

The awards were presented by Mimi Lee and Andrea Jamison

Dali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award


Dr. Carl Nordstrom’s published work Nyack in Black & White that documents the development of the racial origins and relations of the village of Nyack and its surrounding communities. The study covers over 300 years of history.

The Nyack Library’s Friends group and the Nyack Historical Society sponsored the winning publication.

James Mahoney, Director of the Nyack Library, says “Dr. Nordstrom’s work and subject matter are integral to both the Library and the community of the Nyacks”. The EMIERT Award Committee was impressed by the author’s insightful assessments.

Dr. Nordstrom will receive an appreciation letter and a $300 check thanks to the support of Routledge Library Reference. The Committee applauds Dr. Nordstrom’s accomplishments and thanks all the nominees.


Vladimir Wertsman for his many articles and bibliographies on ethnic groups in North America



The Editorial Team of Bridging Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State


From left to right, Brigid A. Cahalan, Fred J. Gitner, and Irina A. Kuharets


From left to right, David Cohen, Irina A. Kuharets, Brigid A. Cahalan, Fred J. Gitner, and a representative from Routledge, Inc.

The 2002 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award is presented to the editorial team of Bridging Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State, published by the Ethnic Services Round Table, New York Library Association, Albany, New York, 2001.

Members of the editorial team are Irina A. Kuharets of New York Public Library, Brigid A. Cahalan of New York Public Library, and Fred J. Gitner of Queens Borough Public Library.

Routledge, Inc., of the Taylor and Francis Group sponsors the award.

Please join us in applauding Ms. Kuharets, Ms. Cahalan, and Mr. Gitner for their commitment and contribution to multiculturalism in libraries.

The EMIERT Award Committee wishes to thank all nominees for this year's award and looks forward to receiving nominations for the 2003 award.