Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award recipient named

Contact: Eileen Hardy


For Immediate Release

March 2002

Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award recipient named

Marsha Spyros, coordinator of adult services for the Branch Libraries, New York Public Library, is the 2002 recipient of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

This annual citation, named for Margaret E. Monroe, is presented to a librarian who has made a significant contribution to and made an impact on library service to adults. Margaret E. Monroe, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is nationally known for her contributions to teaching, research and service in the field of library services to adults.

"Ms. Spyros was selected because of her critical knowledge of literature, evidenced by her contributing efforts to New York Public Library's
Books to Remember annual lists and the Library's centennial publication,
Books of the Century; her strong advocacy of reader's advisory services; promotion of book discussion programming throughout the library's three boroughs; and her expertise in building the materials collection in all subjects in all the branches," said Eugenia D. Bryant, chair of the award committee. "Ms. Spyros demonstrated inspirational leadership in the development of programming that addresses the many interests, needs and passions of New York City's diverse user-ship, including the on-going successful and vibrant cultural series
Poetry in the Branches.

The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 17, 2002, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.