ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award recipient named

Contact: Eileen Hardy


ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

May 2001

ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award recipient named

Charles "Ray" Ewick, director of the Indiana State Library, is the 2001 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Leadership Achievement Award presented by ASCLA. The ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award recognizes leadership and achievement in consulting, multi-type library cooperation and state library development. The award, a citation, also acknowledges sustained activity that has been characterized by professional growth and effectiveness, and has enhanced the status of the activity.

As state library director, Ewick has leveraged federal and state funds to jump-start integrated technology planning by providing grants for computers, Internet connections and access to electronic full-text databases. He also has led the INSPIRE program, which licenses access to more than 4,000 full-text periodicals for any resident of Indiana from any Internet connection in the state. He was successful in obtaining a $17 million appropriation for a major renovation of the State Library Building.

"Charles Ray Ewick has served for more than 20 years as the director of the Indiana State Library, working diligently to modernize and expand library services for the citizens of the state," said Award Committee Chair Michael Gunde.

"In addition, he has served the library profession in several leadership roles, including chair of ASCLA's State Library Agency Section and president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies," Gunde continued. "It is a pleasure to recognize his dedication and hard work with the ASCLA Leadership Award for 2001."

The award will be presented June 17, 2001, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., at the ASCLA President's Program and Award Ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

For more information about ASCLA awards and the ASCLA Awards Ceremony, visit the
ASCLA Web site or contact Eileen Hardy, program coordinator, ASCLA at 800/545-2433, ext. 4398 or