Lisa Hinchliffe named inaugural recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/27/2017


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender and Government Documents Round Tables (GLBTRT and GODORT) are proud to announce Lisa Hinchliffe as the first-ever recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award. 

The Award's namesake, Larry Romans, mentored numerous librarians at Vanderbilt University, where he worked for over 30 years. For decades, he was also tremendous leader and mentor in the Tennessee Library Association, providing a positive influence on the association and the careers of innumerable librarians, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in ALA. Of particular note, during his 23 years of service to ALA Council, Larry mentored countless new and veteran councilors.

Hinchliffe’s mentorship at the University of Illinois and in ALA and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has provided support to many generations of library school students and colleagues.  She has a passion and obvious joy in guiding library students and lifting up the profession.  Throughout her career she has sought out opportunities to assist students, from co-authoring papers, including students in presentations, and developing courses and workshops on interviewing and getting the most out of conferences. 

“Larry Romans was a mentor to many and continues to be deeply missed by the library community,” said GLBTRT Chair Deb Sica. “Lisa's incredible work and student advocacy is his living legacy. She is highly reflective of Larry's kind and considerate spirit."

The award consists of a citation and $1,000.  The award will be presented at the GODORT Awards Program at the ALA Annual Conference. In addition, recognition of the recipient will also take place at beginning of the Stonewall Book Awards Program held at the ALA Annual Conference.

To learn more about the Larry Romans Mentorship Award, please visit

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association is the oldest professional association for GLBT people in the United States.  It is committed to serving the information needs of the GLBT professional library community and information and access needs of individuals at large.  It is home to GLBT Book Month (tm), a nationwide celebration every June and the Stonewall Book Award, the oldest award honoring GLBT books.  GLBTRT is committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

The Government Documents Round Table provides a forum for the discussion of problems and concerns and for the exchange of ideas by librarians working with government documents. It provides a nexus for initiating and supporting programs to increase the availability, use and bibliographic control of documents and increases communication between documents librarians and the larger community of information professionals, and  contributes to the education and training of documents librarians.