Eileen Williams named Monroe Award recipient

Contact: Eileen Hardy

RUSA Marketing Specialist

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release,

February 22, 2008

Eileen Williams named Monroe Award recipient

CHICAGO - Eileen Williams, adult reference and senior outreach librarian, Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland (N. Y.), is the 2008 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 library service to adults. Margaret E. Monroe, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison until her retirement in 1981, was nationally-known for her contributions to teaching, research and service in the field of library services to adults.

“Eileen was unanimously selected by the award committee for her outstanding outreach and programming efforts,” stated Jennifer Mahnken, award committee chair. “She has consistently, proactively designed creative, innovative programming to serve her patrons.”

“I am honored to receive this award for doing something I love. Our community is filled with vital members--whether newly retired, in assisted living facilities, or in nursing homes--and they want and need to participate and contribute to the community,” said Williams. “It's a pleasure to meet their needs in the library, as well as outside our doors. Whether I'm out doing a book discussion or delivering material to homebound patrons, I am happiest knowing that our library services have no boundaries.”

The award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 30, 2008, during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Calif.).