John Sessions Memorial Award recipient chosen

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For Immediate Release


March 5, 2003

John Sessions Memorial Award recipient chosen

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, a private non-profit membership organization established in 1945 to support the Saint Paul Public Library, is the 2003 recipient of the John Sessions Memorial Award presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. The plaque, supported by a donation from the AFL-CIO, is given to recognize a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

"Since 1998, the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library have designed and implemented an annual series of programs that focus on labor topics and history," said Harriet Gottfried, chair of the award committee. "Through author readings, lectures, film, drama, tour and special events, the community and labor organizations have been brought together. This innovative programming is responsible for a renewed interest in the history and contributions of labor. In addition, the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library have contributed to the purchase of new labor and labor history-related materials for the Saint Paul Library."

The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 23, 2003, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.