IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket

A busy day for library-related awards. We posted about the just announced Federal Library/Librarian of the Year recipients earlier today. Now, here’s the announcement and list of the ten 2015 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Congratulations.

Source: IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket


IMLS Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

From IMLS:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.


IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. Ten National Medal winners will be announced this spring and will participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The 2014 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:


  • Pima County Public Library (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Los Angeles Public Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Sacramento Public Library (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)
  • Otis Library (Norwich, Conn.)
  • Athens-Clarke County Library (Athens, Ga.)
  • Chicago Public Library (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Booth Library (Eastern Illinois University) (Charleston, Ill.)
  • Cecil County Public Library (Elkton, Md.)
  • Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, Mo.)
  • Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library (Gallup, N.M.)
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (Honey Grove, Texas)


  • The Children’s Museum at La Habra (La Habra, Calif.)
  • Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, Conn.)
  • Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Conn.)
  • National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, Okla.)
  • Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Amazement Square (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, Wash.)


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2014 Newbery Medal Winner & Honor Books

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The 2014 winning book for the Newbery Medal has been chosen. The selection is Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press. In addition, several books were chosen as the 2014 Honor Books:

About Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love.

From the committee: “Our dedicated committee of 15 considered hundreds and hundreds of titles in our quest for the best books for children, and I am delighted with our selections,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Elizabeth C. Orsburn.

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Ten librarians from across the nation receive prestigious public service honor

Information provided by the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsTen librarians from various types of libraries joined the company of a select few as recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award today. 2013 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education. Only 60 librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception in 2008.

There are 166,305 certified librarians in the United States  who, along with more than 200,000 dedicated library workers, offer services to the elderly, job-seekers, small business owners, families, students and others.

As part of the nominating process, more than 1,100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. The nominations detailed how local librarians provided life-changing resources for multicultural communities and new Americans, created fun and educational safe havens for youth, and strived to preserve local history.

Patrons nominated librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

This year’s I Love My Librarian Award recipients are:

Julia Allegrini
Covington (Ky.) Branch of the Kenton County Public Library

Dr. Shahla Bahavar
University of Southern California Libraries
Los Angeles

Holly Camino
Buckeye Library, Medina (Ohio) County District Library

Kathy Meulen Ellison
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School
Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Harold M. Forbes
West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries
Morgantown, W. Va.

Caroline “Xiaofang” Han
Cleveland Public Library

Jennifer J. Jamison
Atlantic City (N.J.) High School

Julie Kane
Sweet Briar (Va.) College

Molly Ledermann
Missoula (Mont.) Public Library

Charlotte Carr Vlasis
Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts

Each recipient receives a $5,000 award at a ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

For more information regarding 2013 I Love My Librarian recipients please visit


It’s not too late to nominate your favorite librarian!

Reminder — Monday, December 2, 2013 is the deadline to nominate your favorite librarian (colleague) for one of nine awards/grants for public service librarians. Awards/grants are: Allie Beth Martin AwardBaker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product AwardCharlie Robinson AwardDEMCO New Leaders Travel GrantEBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service AwardGordon M. Conable AwardPolaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff AwardRomance Writers of America Library Grant, and Upstart Innovation Award.

The awards are “designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries.” More information at the ALA site.


Nominate your favorite librarian!

Information on nine awards/grants for public service librarians:

Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate your colleague or library through Dec. 2, 2013.

The awards include:

  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library;
  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities;
  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community;
  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC;
  • Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services;
  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming;
  • Upstart Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.

The PLA Award Nomination Form is open from now until Dec. 2, 2013. An award jury appointed by the PLA President will review each nomination. Winners will be announced in February 2014, and awards will be presented at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For more information, contact the PLA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA or by email

You have plenty of time to nominate your favorite librarian.


Library Top Innovators 2013

This is from last month, but I missed it… Urban Libraries Council Announces 2013 Top Innovators. The short version:

  • Learning: Howard County Library System (MD) HiTech
  • Civic and Community Engagement: Los Angeles Public Library (CA)
  • Collections: Nashville Public Library (TN)
  • Customer Experience: Calgary Public Library (AB)
  • Economic and Workforce Development: Saint Paul Public Library (MN) NorthStar Digital Literacy Project
  • Health, Wellness and Safety: Pima County Public Library (AZ) Library Nurses Program
  • Operations: New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries (NY) BookOps
  • Organizational Change and Strategic Management: San Francisco Public Library (CA) Community Impact through Renewed Engagement
  • Positioning the Library: Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) Flying High
  • Sustainability: Sacramento Public Library (CA)

Special Honors:

  • Johnson County Library (KS) A Conversation about Sandy Hook
  • Queens Library (NY) Queens Library Responds to Hurricane Sandy
  • Poudre River Public Library District (CO) Libraries as First Responders

Congratulations to all!

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Congratulations I Love My Librarian Award winners

From the ALA site:

Yesterday, 10 librarians were recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

More than 1,700 library patrons nationwide nominated a librarian. The 10 award recipients are:

Venetia V. Demson
DC Public Library, Adaptive Services Division
Washington, D.C.

Martha Ferriby
Hackley Public Library
Muskegon, Michigan

Jennifer O. Keohane
The Simsbury Public Library
Simsbury, Connecticut

Dr. Rhonda Allison Rios Kravitz
Sacramento City College
Sacramento, California

Jennifer U. LaGarde
Myrtle Grove Middle School
Wilmington, North Carolina

Elizabeth “Betsy” Long
Doby’s Mill Elementary School Media Center
Lugoff, South Carolina

Michelle Luhtala
New Canaan High School Library
New Canaan, Connecticut

Saundra Ross-Forrest
North Avondale Branch Library (Birmingham Public Library System)
Birmingham, Alabama

Rebecca Traub
Temple University Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Barbara K. Weaver
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest
Gary, Indiana

Each receives a $5,000 cash award and was honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, on Dec. 8.

In their nominations, library patrons told stories of how their librarians make a difference in their community. This year’s winners include a librarian who makes the library easier to use for people with disabilities, an innovator who integrates technology throughout her school for improved collaboration among students and teachers and a business outreach librarian who creates a space for the unemployed and local business community to learn new skills, network and collaborate.

Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. Forty librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian award since 2008. More information about the award recipients is available at

The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association.


Apply to Become a 2012 Emerging Leader — Deadline is today

It’s not too late to apply to become one of 75 ALA 2012 Emerging Leaders.

This program is designed to enable library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers, and gain an understanding of the ALA structure and wide range of activities.

Apply today! (Since the deadline is today.)


Pamela Goodes receives BCALA/DEMCO Award

Reported by American Libraries Magazine:

Pamela Goodes, American Libraries associate editor, joins DEMCO representative John Ison after being awarded the 2011 Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s (BCALA)/DEMCO Award for Excellence in Libraries for her publicity work for each of the seven National Conferences of African American Librarians. The award includes an engraved bronze statuette and $500. DEMCO also donates an additional $500 to the E. J. Josey Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations, Pamela!

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