What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Family and friends doubtless top the list, but library Friends and patrons commonly cite another group: the top-notched librarians and other library staffers they see and interact with on a regular basis.
The Public Library Association is offering an interesting opportunity to say “thank you” to them this holiday season. Now through Monday, December 2, PLA invites you to nominate a library staff person for one or several of nine special awards and grants. Of particular interest to Friends of the Library nominators are:
- Allie Beth Martin Award. This award honors a public librarian who has demonstrated “extraordinary range and depth of knowledge” about library materials and “has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge.”
- Charlie Robinson Award. This award honors “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.”
- Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award. This award honors a librarian that has used technology as a tool to improve services.
A special jury will evaluate all nominations later this winter, and winners will be announced in February 2014. Awards will then be presented at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.