Ann K. Symons

school librarian and international library consultant

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Symons’ career includes many notable achievements and awards. With a career spanning over 40 years, primarily with the Juneau (Alaska) School District, she has also done international library work in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia, Russia, Germany, Brazil and Peru. She is a both a past treasurer and a past president of ALA. Her writings include "Protecting the Right to Read: A How-To-Do-It Manual for School and Public Librarians," with Charles Harmon (Neal-Schuman, 1995), "Speaking Out: Voices in Celebration of Intellectual Freedom" with Sally Gardner Reed (ALA Press, 1999) and various articles.

Awards Won

Title Year
Equality Award
An annual award consisting of $1000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. The contribution may be either a sustained one or a single outstanding accomplishment. The award may be given for an activist or scholarly contribution in such areas as pay equity, affirmative action, legislative work and non-sexist education.
2014 - Winner(s)