For immediate release | February 28, 2012

Nicholas Spillios receives first Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Award

CHICAGO - The ALA Retired Members Roundtable (RMRT) is pleased to announce that Nicholas Spillios has been chosen as the first RMRT member to receive the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award. The $1,000 Award, sponsored by Scarecrow Press, was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Dr. Norman Horrocks, who contributed to ALA throughout his life and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee that worked to establish the RMRT. The travel grant will help retired members of the RMRT to defray the costs of attending an ALA Conference.

Barbara T. Mates, chair of the 2012 Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Award Committee, stated, “Nicholas was chosen for his demonstrated work with Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), Public Library Association (PLA) and RMRT and for his commitment to continue his involvement with the RMRT by running for office. It is his desire to work to forge relationships with ALTAFF with the goal of raising the visibility of RMRT.” Prior to retirement Nicholas served in the position of supervisor, learning resources services, and in retirement as a library board trustee and chair of the Edmonton Public Library. Nicholas is also past president of Friends of Canadian Libraries.

For further information on becoming a member of the RMRT and the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award see

The members of the RMRT wish to thank Scarecrow Press, a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing group ( , for their financial support in recognition of Dr. Horrocks’ contribution to library science and ALA, recognizing the need to have retired members continue to share their knowledge.