For immediate release | March 21, 2014

ASCLA award winners recognized for innovative contributions to populations with disabilities

CHICAGO —The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) 2014 Award winners have been selected. The awards program recognizes outstanding achievement within the library profession by librarians and libraries for significant current or past achievements, including publications, program development and leadership in the profession.

The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas (location TBA). All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the ASCLA website in April.

The following recipients were honored.

Greenville County Library System (S.C.) is the winner of the ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award. Greenville County Library System was selected for its extensive work in creating “Intentional Strides," which increased programs, library services and staff awareness of serving individuals with disabilities and special needs in Greenville County, S.C. The library also dedicated funds from its operating budget specifically to enhance and improve library programs, services and staff awareness with regard to patrons with disabilities. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation supported by Kay and David Holloman of Keystone Systems, developer of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS), and the National Organization on Disability.

The Francis Joseph Campbell Award winner is Chris Mundy, Quality Assurance Specialist, Multistate Center East, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. He was selected for sharing his technical expertise in the production of quality audio materials through workshops, developing guidelines and consulting with the NLS volunteer recording studios. His contributions enhance and expand collections that offer a wide variety of reading materials to blind and visually impaired patrons. Mundy will receive a citation and a medal. Visit the Royal National College for the Blind website to read more about Francis Joseph Campbell, for whom this award is named.

Mary Beth Riedner, volunteer at the Gail Borden Public Library District, will receive ASCLA’s Exceptional Service Award. She is recognized for the development of “Tales and Travel,” a creative and innovative book-related program, website and video that trains volunteers in libraries and memory care centers to provide recreational reading to individuals with dementia. Her outstanding work will enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s for years to come. Riedner will receive a citation.

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Marianne Braverman

Programming and Marketing Manager

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)