Past EMIERT Multicultural Award Winners

Dr. Clara Chu receives the 2019 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award at ALA Annual in Washington, DC.


EMIERT Chair (2018-2019) Safi Safullah, EMIERT Award Committee Chair (2018-2019), Andrea Jamison and Dr. Clara Chu presented with the Distinguished Librarian award at ALA Annual 2019.

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Satia Marshall Orange Receives the 2017 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award at ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.


EMIERT Chair, Dr. Leslie Campbell Hime presents the EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award to Satia Marshall Orange

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Mark Puente honored as 2015 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian

image of Mark Puente receiving the award

Leslie Campbell Hime with EMIERT's 2015 Distinguished Librarian Award recipient, Mark Puente.

The award presentation occurred at the EMIERT President’s Program, Collective Cultural Competency: Promoting a Dia about Diversity in an Academic Library, Saturday, June 27, 4:30pm, Moscone Convention Center, 3012(W), during ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Mark provided the following upon receiving the award:

"My most humble and sincere thanks to the selection committee for the EMIERT Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award. I truly appreciate your consideration of my nomination and your recognition of what I hope others consider a notable contribution to the LIS profession in a relatively short span of time. I've received notes of congratulations via every communication platform imaginable from librarians all over the US, Canada, and some overseas! What I've expressed to many is that this important work cannot be done in a vacuum. It takes an extended community to ensure that efforts to diversify our profession are sustained and effective. If libraries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions are to develop climates of inclusion for all stakeholders - for employees and patrons alike - it will take a deep commitment from individuals and organizations to work deliberately toward that. Many thanks to the ALA EMIERT for recognizing how important this work continues to be!"


For Immediate Release

Fri, 06/19/2015


John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
(312) 280-2140

CHICAGO – Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is the recipient of the 2015 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given annually, the Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and include improving, spreading and promoting multicultural librarianship.

Puente is recognized for his work to expand diversity efforts within the library profession, specifically toward developing strategies and programs that librarians in all types of libraries can use to enhance their collections and services to underserved users. His work with the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, the Spectrum Scholarship Initiative and individual libraries provides opportunities for librarians to share stories, related research, collection approaches and best practices for increasing workplace diversity and creating an inclusive workplace environment.

“We are impressed with Mark’s trajectory from ALA Spectrum Scholar to mentor to national leader in diversity advocacy” said EMIERT Chair Katherine Trouern-Trend. “We are honored to recognize Mark for his dedication, accomplishments and contribution to moving the needle on inclusivity in libraries.”

Prior to his work at ARL, Puente worked as coordinator of digital projects and special/gift collections and assistant professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as research assistant professor and music librarian at the University at Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to ALA, Puente is an active member in the Music Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries.

As recipient of the 2015 Award, Puente will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 honorarium to be presented during the EMIERT President’s Program, Collective Cultural Competency: Promoting a Dialogue about Diversity in an Academic Library, Saturday, June 27, 4:30pm, Moscone Convention Center, 3012(W), during ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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Founded in 1982, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information for recommended ethnic and multilingual collections, services and programs.


Ghada Elturk honored as 2013 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian

Ghada Elturk and Tess Tobin photo

Ghada Eltruk (right) and Tess Tobin

From the ALA news press release (7/02/2013) as submitted by John L. Amundsen, Program Officer, Outreach and Communications, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — Ghada Elturk, outreach librarian at the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, was honored at ALA Annual Conference as the 2013 recipient of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given biennially, the award recognizes a librarian for outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services and developing creative multicultural materials and programs.

As the outreach librarian for Boulder Public Library (BPL) Elturk takes leadership roles in numerous multicultural activities in Boulder. Her many accomplishments at BPL include the design and implementation of its community and cultural outreach program; implementing a wide variety of conversations programs (English, Spanish, Afghan, Arabic); establishing and implementing Cesar Chavez Day in Boulder; establishing diversity literature discussion groups (Arabic, Latino, poetry workshops for youth); and implementing diverse film festivals.

“Ms. Elturk is appreciated by peoples of all cultures in Boulder as they realize what she has done to get them to the library by offering access to all types of materials in their particular cultural, multicultural programs, and other library services,” said EMIERT Chair Tess Tobin. “She is a bridge-builder in a diverse society.”

Elturk received a monetary award of $500 from EMIERT as part of the award, which she is donating to the American Indian Library Association, Asian/Pacific American Library Association, the Black Caucus of ALA, REFORMA – the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, as well as EMIERT, all organizations which she has served as a longstanding and active member.


Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, Stockton, California



Linda Tse, Multicultural Services Librarian, Montgomery County Public Libraries


From left to right, David Cohen, Linda Tse, Fred J. Gitner, Irina A. Kuharets, Olga Kuharets, John Barnett, Brigid A. Cahalan, and Bosiljka Stevanovic

Please join us in applauding Ms. Tse for her 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.