Sarah Ann Long wins the Ken Haycock Award

Contact: Cheryl Malden

Program Officer

For Immediate Release

February 24, 2005

Sarah Ann Long wins the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Sarah Ann Long as the recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. Donated by Dr. Kenneth Haycock, the award of $1,000 and citation, honors an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching and/or writing.

"The committee chose Sarah Ann Long for her tireless efforts to promote libraries and librarianship to the public through both the print and broadcast media," said Susan DiMattia, chair of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship Committee. "Recognizing the continued need to increase the exposure and reach of librarianship, Sarah agreed to author a weekly newspaper column on libraries, as well as host a monthly library cable show."

The show that Long hosts, "What’s New in Libraries,"
, carried on cable television, is a half-hour, magazine format program. It features library staff and advocates promoting a wide range of innovative library services and events. A new edition of the cable show has been broadcast every month since it first aired in March 1999. The viewing area has grown to over 70 communities, with a population of 1.9 million.

Long’s weekly library column for the "Daily Herald," the third largest newspaper in Illinois, has run since April 24, 2001. The online edition (
) spreads the column’s reach beyond Illinois. The Illinois Press Association offers Long’s columns for syndication to the state’s 600 newspapers.

"With unlimited energy, insight, and creativity, Sarah directs the media spotlight on libraries and librarianship," said Judy Hoffman, who nominated Long on behalf of the staff of the North Suburban Library System. "Her efforts have greatly enhanced the profile of Illinois libraries, showcasing our diversity, skills and strength to a greatly expanded audience."

Currently, Sarah Ann Long is president of the Illinois Library System Directors Organization. She has served as president of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. A common thread through all of these offices has been the pursuit of enhanced exposure for libraries. On a regular basis, the American Library Association Public Information Office asks Sarah to be a resource to the national media.

The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship will be presented on Tuesday, June 28, during the ALA 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago.