Awards and Honors

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction

Adult book award and ALA history were made at 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim with the announcement and presentation of the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and cosponsored and administered by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). The annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year, and are the first single-book awards for adult books given by ALA. The winners for fiction and nonfiction each receive a medal and $5,000, while two additional finalists in each category receive $1,500.

The Forgotten WaltzCatherine the GreatThe inaugural winners were announced to a standing-room-only crowd at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. A jury of past chairs of RUSA’s Notable Books Council and Booklist reviewers selected “The Forgotten Waltz,” by Anne Enright (W.W. Norton) and “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman,” by Robert K. Massie (Random House). The short list for the award was assembled from the previous year’s RUSA Notable Books and Booklist Editors’ Choice lists.

The short-listed authors and eventual winners reflect the judgment and insight of a seven-member selection committee of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. The annually appointed selection committee includes a chair (Nancy Pearl, 2012–2014), three Booklist editors or contributors, and three former members of RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) Notable Books Council. Just as the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards are uniquely respected in youth literature, the strong library connection sets these awards apart. A short list will be announced each May from a long list of up to 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books lists.

Authors Russell Banks and James Gleick delivered remarks in person at the event, while Booklist adult books editor Brad Hooper spoke on behalf of Robert Massie, and Anne Enright and Karen Russell sent videos via their publishers. The program was moderated by Nancy Pearl, with brief speeches by ALA President Molly Raphael and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. An atmosphere of enthusiasm and anticipation marked the evening, which ended with a lively dessert reception.

Further information about these new awards, the 2012 short-listed titles, resources for using the awards to support library programming and book groups, videos of winners’ speeches, and more can be found on a dedicated webpage.

Dead End in NorveltJack Gantos wins Newbery

Jack Gantos won the Newbery Medal for “Dead End in Norvelt” (Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group). The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nosebleeds, Jack narrates this screwball mystery in an endearing and believable voice. “Who knew obituaries and old lady death could be this funny and this tender?” observed Newbery Medal Committee Chair Viki Ash. Gantos’s “Joey Pigza Loses Control” was a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

A Ball for DaisyCaldecott Medal goes to Chris Raschka

The Caldecott Medalist was Chris Raschka, for “A Ball for Daisy” (Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House Inc.). In a wordless book with huge appeal to children, Raschka gives the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidentally destroyed. With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery, and friendship. “Chris Raschka’s deceptively simple paintings of watercolor, gouache and ink explore universal themes of love and loss that permit thousands of possible variants,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Steven L. Herb. “A Ball for Daisy” holds as many unique stories as there will be young readers and re-readers.” Raschka also illustrated the 2006 Caldecott Medal–winning “The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norton Juster, and “Yo! Yes?” a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book.

Caldecott 75th AnniversaryCaldecott kicks off 75th anniversary celebration

The 2012 Caldecott winner was the 75th book to receive the medal. The award, established in 1938, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, and a year-long Caldecott Anniversary celebration officially kicked off at ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference and culminates at the 2013 Annual Conference. However, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) began the celebration early with a Caldecott-themed webinar, “Caldecott Uncovered: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know about the Caldecott Medal,” in the spring. And 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Selznick created a special 75th anniversary logo that brings together characters from past Caldecott Medal–winning books, beginning with the very first in 1938 and spanning all the way to the 21st century. The logo is available at the Caldecott Medal 75th Anniversary web page created to showcase the anniversary and its special events.

RottersListening Library wins Odyssey

The Odyssey Awards, co-administered with ALSC and sponsored by Booklist, honor the best audio books produced for children and young adults in the previous year. The 2012 Odyssey Award went to Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House Inc., producer of the audio book “Rotters”. Honor recordings were “Ghetto Cowboy,” written by G. Neri, narrated by J. D. Jackson, and produced by Brilliance Audio; “Okay for Now”, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe, and produced by Listening Library; “The Scorpio Races,” written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, and produced by Scholastic Inc., Scholastic Audiobooks; and “Young Fredle,” written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter, and produced by Listening Library.

Where Things Come BackMichael L. Printz Award

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature was given to “Where Things Come Back, written by debut author John Corey Whaley and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Four honor books were also named: “Why We Broke Up,” by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.; “The Returning,” by Christine Hinwood, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA; “Jasper Jones,” written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; and “The Scorpio Races,” written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. The annual award for literary excellence is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kansas, school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18. The 2012 Alex Award winners were:

The Dark is RisingThe Grey KingSilver on the TreeMargaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for young adults was awarded to Susan Cooper for The Dark Is Rising Sequence: “Over Sea, Under Stone”; “The Dark Is Rising”;“ Greenwitch”;“The Grey King”; and “Silver on the Tree.” The Margaret A. Edwards Award is presented by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal. Established in 1988, the award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work. The award is named for Margaret Edwards, a pioneer in young adult services who worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Where Things come BackWilliam C. Morris YA Debut Award

YALSA’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a book by a first-time author writing for teens. “Where Things Come Back,” written by John Corey Whaley and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, was named the 2012 winner of the William C. Morris Award.

The Notorious Benedict ArnoldYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults went to “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery,” written by Steve Sheinkin and published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. The full list of official nominations for the award is available online.

Winners and Honorees react to YMAs on YouTube

The Youth Media Awards at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting included an exciting addition: ALSC staff coordinated with ALA’s Public Information Office and winning publishers to present reaction videos on YouTube from award winners, including Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, Belpré Medalist Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, among others. Their personal reactions to winning an ALSC book award were heartfelt, charming, and often funny, and added a new dimension to the January announcements, which helped sustain award buzz long after the press conference adjourned.

Peter SisSís delivers 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

In April, the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture was delivered by Czech-born author and illustrator Peter Sís, a three-time Caldecott Honor recipient. The lecture, hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, was titled “Reading in the Dark.” (An archived webcast is available.) The 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture will be given by the UK’s Children’s Laureate, author Michael Morpurgo, at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. The honor lectureship will be tied to several other significant events for librarians and readers of children’s and young adult literature during Children’s Book Week.

I Love My Librarian Award

I Love My Librarian 2012Caroline Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award ceremony at TheTimesCenter in New York, an event hosted by the New York Times. Kennedy remarked to the audience of more than 300 librarians and guests that the work of librarians “is truly life-changing.”

The winners of the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award were Venetia V. Demson, District of Columbia Public Library; Martha Ferriby, Hackley Public Library, Muskegon, Michigan; Jennifer O. Keohane, Simsbury (Conn.) Public Library; Rhonda Allison Rios Kravitz, Sacramento (Calif.) City College; 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 (Conn.) High School Library; Saundra Ross-Forrest, North Avondale Branch Library, Birmingham, Alabama; Rebecca Traub, Temple University Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Barbara K. Weaver, Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, Gary, Indiana.

Each of the 10 winners received a $5,000 cash award. The award is administered by the Campaign for America’s Libraries, with generous support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times. In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded ALA $489,000 to support the award for five years.

Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Scholastic Library PublishingSacramento (Calif.) Public Library was the winner of the 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The $3,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by ALA’s Public Awareness Committee, is awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week.

2012 National Library Week LogoIn 2011, libraries were asked to develop a proposed public awareness campaign using the 2011 National Library Week theme, “You belong @ your library.” Using the theme, the Sacramento library developed a targeted public awareness campaign for the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community. Working with local GLBT designers, the library produced posters, window clings, and print and electronic ads that were placed in local and GLBT publications and throughout Sacramento’s public transit system. Promotional materials were also distributed at the library’s 28 branch locations and among local partner organizations. The library also worked with community organizations such as the Sac City Roller Derby and the Lavender Library, a library and cultural center for the GLBT friends and family community. Art from the project is available for download at the Campaign for America’s Libraries website.

PLA logoPLA awards and honors

The Public Library Association (PLA) offered nine awards honoring the best in public library service and innovation:

REFORMA 2011PLA fellowship to attend REFORMA Conference

Loanis Menendez-Cuesta, reference and young adult librarian of Delray Beach (Fla.) Public Library, was the recipient of the PLA fellowship to attend the September 2011 REFORMA National Conference—Elevating Latino Library Services to a Higher Level: Juntos (Together) in the Mile-High City.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

AASL logoThe Inter-American Magnet School in Chicago was selected as the winner of the 2012 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, presented annually by the ALA Public Programs Office in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Francis Feeley, librarian at Inter-American Magnet School, developed and submitted the winning program, “Who Are We?” which challenged seventh- and eighth-grade students to explore the individual and collective behavior of human beings in the past and present in a series of quarterly research projects. The Sara Jaffarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize and promote excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school (K–8) libraries.

YALSA Great Books Giveaway

YALSA receives about 1,200 newly published books, videos, CDs and audiocassettes each year that publishers and producers submit for review. After the ALA Midwinter Meeting (when committees select their annual lists), these materials need to be removed from the YALSA office to make room for the next year’s publications. Result: the Great Books Giveaway competition, won in 2012 by:

Other YALSA awards:

ALSC recognizes excellence with professional awards

ALSC logoThe ALSC made a number of awards in 2011–2012 to recognize professional excellence.

PenguinPenguin Young Readers Group Award

The 2012 recipients of the ALSC’s Penguin Young Readers Group Award were Heather Schubert, Hill Country Middle School Library, Austin, Texas; Linda Klein, Anchorage (Alaska) Public Library; Eric Barbus, San Francisco Public Library’s North Beach branch; and Donna Alvis, Ephesus (Ga.) Public Library. This award provides a $600 stipend for up to four winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must have fewer than 10 years of experience as a children’s librarian and must work directly with children.

Bound to Stay BoundBound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

The Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship provides financial assistance in the form of four $7,000 annual awards for the education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children. The four BTSB winners for 2012 were Michelle Ahern, Bethpage, New York; Rebecca Baker, Frankfort, Kentucky; Micaela Sanchez, Greeley, Colorado; and Lisa Jordan, Longmont, Colorado.

Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship provides financial assistance for the professional education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS degree and who plan to work in children’s librarianship. Two $6,000 scholarships are awarded annually. The two Melcher winners for 2012 were Katie Clausen of Moorhead, Minnesota, and Eileen Gilbert of Concord, New Hampshire.

Spectrum ScholarshipALSC Spectrum Scholarship

The 2012 ALSC Spectrum Scholar was Ticha Gwaradzimba from London, Ontario, Canada. The scholarship is awarded to a Spectrum applicant who expresses an interest in library service to children. Since its founding, Spectrum has provided more than 600 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education school library media program.

National Institute ScholarshipNational Institute Scholarship

Joella Peterson of Tumwater Timberland (Wash.) Library and Amanda Struckmeyer of Middleton (Wis.) Public Library were recipients of the ALSC National Institute Scholarship from the Friends of ALSC. The scholarships included registration, transportation to and from the Institute, and two nights at the Sheridan Indianapolis City Centre. The ALSC Institute took place September 20–22, 2012, in Indianapolis.


The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) recognized current and future leaders in the field with a number of scholarships and awards. Among the winners were John F. Helmer, executive director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, who received the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award; G. Sayeed Choudhury, who received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology; Cynthia Cohen, MLIS candidate, San Jose (Calif.) State University, who was the recipient of the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award; Clifford Lynch, executive director, Coalition for Networked Information, who was given the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award; William Edward Jones III, who won the LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology; Eugene D. Hsue, who won the LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology; and Brenda Bridgett Carrillo, recipient of the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology.

ALCTS logoALCTS award highlights

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) made these awards in 2011–2012:

Transforming Collections micro-grants awarded

Two Transforming Collections micro-grants were awarded to two projects for preserving digitally published open access works and digitizing a foundation collection in health sciences. The micro-grants of $1,500 each were given to the University of Maryland Baltimore County Library and the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The Transforming Collections micro-grants were established by ALCTS to support the Transforming Collections initiative and the ALA Transforming Libraries strategic goal. The micro-grant program is designed to support and encourage innovative practices, emerging technologies, and innovation in collections.

LLAMA Awards

LLAMA logoSeven winners and three honorable mentions were selected out of 117 projects submitted from throughout North America for the biennial ALA/International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Library Interior Design Award competition. The award, managed collaboratively by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) and the IIDA, honors excellence in library interior design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. A list of winning designs and photos is available on the LLAMA website.

The John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, which honors outstanding achievement in library public relations, is sponsored by EBSCO, the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and LLAMA. In 2011–2012, eight libraries were selected out of a record 108 award submissions; each winner receives a $10,000 grant in recognition of their achievement. The John Cotton Dana program was revamped during the year, with awards given in categories based on library budget. The application process was also improved by using online submissions. A list of the winning libraries is available on the EBSCO website.

ALTAFFTwo Friends groups win ALTAFF’s National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

The Friends of the Ennis (Tex.) Public Library and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Public Library District were recognized for winning the 2011 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) during the ALTAFF Gala Author Tea at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. Each received $250 and a certificate. The two groups were recognized for creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff, trustees, and/or advisory committee; recognition of the Friends group; and promotion of the Friends group to the community during National Friends of Libraries Week. In addition, the Friends of the Roxbury Township Public Library in Succasunna, New Jersey, and the Friends of the San Benito County (Calif.) Free Library were recognized with honorable mentions.

ALTAFF Baker & Taylor Awards

ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards recognize Friends groups and library foundations for outstanding efforts to support their library. The winners of ALTAFF’s 2011 Baker & Taylor Awards were the Batavia (Ill.) Public Library Foundation; the Friends of Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Michigan; and the Friends of the Troy (Mich.) Public Library. Each group receives a $1,000 check and a plaque to honor their achievements.

ALTAFF awards Trustee Citation to Richard J. Ryan and Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch

Richard J. Ryan and Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch received the ALA Trustee Citation. The citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

Ryan has served as a trustee of the Barrington (Ill.) Library for 33 years, including stints as board treasurer (1974–1980) and board president for 25 years from 1985 to 2010. He is currently fulfilling a six-year term that ends in 2015. Even before he was elected to the board in 1974, he served on the Barrington Area Development Council’s ad hoc library committee and acted as co-chair of the library coordinating committee for publicity. In 1991, the library broke ground on a 31,000–square foot addition and renovation project for the library he had helped to build in 1978. The board is again studying population projections to plan for possible expansion.

Welch is president of the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library Board of Trustees and serves as trustee at large on the ALTAFF board. Welch has served as board president for three out of her nine years on the board, has also served as vice president and parliamentarian, and has chaired every committee at some point during her tenure. Welch served as a school media specialist from 1975 to 1996 and has also volunteered at Birmingham Public Libraries. She created a “Board Buddies” program, in which new Trustees were paired with experienced library board members. She also serves as a mentor to the newly appointed president of the local Bessemer Public Library Board of Trustees.

Karen Parrilli awarded ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

The 2012 ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant went to Karen Parrilli, a member of the Board of Trustees at Skokie (Ill.) Public Library. Parrilli received $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Parrilli took a position on the Skokie Public Library Board of Trustees in July 2009 and was elected to a six-year term in April 2011. She serves as the board’s representative to the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), which serves library members in the northern and central part of Illinois (public, school, and business libraries). Parrilli is a member of the Illinois Library Association, ALA, PLA, and ALTAFF.

McRae awarded LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant

The 2012 LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant was awarded to Mary Alicia McRae, secretary of the Friends of the Salinas (Calif.) Public Libraries. McRae received $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. McRae is secretary of the Friends of the Salinas Public Libraries, of which she has been a member since 2009. A former literacy specialist and teacher, she applied for and received a $20,000 grant for a library homework center. With these funds, the library has been able to employ five local college students to help elementary students with homework after school in an underprivileged area of East Salinas. McRae also applied for and won a grant from the Community Foundation of Monterey for funds to pay for advertising the opening of the first-ever Friends’ Corner Bookshop.

South Carolina Library Association wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy

ALTAFF, in cooperation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-Elect Maureen Sullivan, awarded the South Carolina Library Association the 2012 ALA Presidential Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF. In 2010, SCLA joined forces with the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, the South Carolina State Library, and other state library agencies to create a library data day that would develop a meaningful demonstration of the importance of libraries for those who generate funding through their legislative authority. A “Day in the Life of South Carolina Libraries” handout was created, which resulted from a survey and photographic documentation of library activities over a single day in all types of libraries across the state.

When South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed $4,653,933 in state aid to public libraries and $1,172,758 in stimulus funds to public libraries, stating that “fully funding local libraries does not rise to the level of many of our other core services such as law enforcement and health care,” librarians and library advocates went to work contacting their legislators via Capwiz. Due to these efforts and a social media campaign, in less than one week the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s vetoes, which would have resulted in a significant cut to South Carolina public library funding.

The ALA President’s Award for Advocacy includes $1,000 to the winning state campaign for the further development of citizens across the state as advocates.

ALTAFF presents 2012 Public Service Award to Rush Holt

The 2012 Public Service Award went to Rep. Rush Holt (D.-N.J.), who introduced the Workforce Investments through Local Libraries (WILL) Act to integrate libraries into job training efforts, a bill that was endorsed by ALA. Along with Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Holt also introduced the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act, which would establish a goal of having not less than one highly qualified school librarian in each public school. In addition, it proposes to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher, school librarian, and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom, highly qualified school librarians, and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.

ALTAFF honors PSEG Foundation with Major Benefactor Award

ALTAFF, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Library, honored the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Foundation with a Major Benefactor Award. The PSEG Foundation was honored for its outstanding contribution of $812,500 to the Live Homework Help New Jersey program, an online, real-time tutoring service for students of all ages that supported more than 67,000 children and teens in their academic endeavors.

This gift is the largest received by the New Jersey State Library (outside of the many generous Gates Foundation grants). Not only was the amount of funding substantial but it was also given over the course of three years and three months to provide monetary support for Live Homework Help New Jersey. The receipt of this grant enabled NJSL to apply to other foundations for grants and receive one additional grant for $35,000 to add more public library communities to the program.

ALTAFF designates two Literary Landmarks

Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Michigan, was made a Literary Landmark in honor of Verna Aardema Vugteveen by ALTAFF. Vugteveen (1911–2000) was an award-winning children’s author who based her stories on traditional folk tales from Africa, Latin America, and other countries. Hackley Public Library and its librarians provided the setting and support for her research. Vugteveen is the author of “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears,” which won the Caldecott Medal in 1976, as well as more than 30 children’s books and collections of stories. Among the awards she received were the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Award in 1977 and the Parents’ Choice Award for Literature in 1984. Vugteveen is known as “Muskegon’s Story Lady.”

Room 222 of the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colo., became a Literary Landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908–1988). In addition to many other visits, for more than 10 years L’Amour, and often his family, spent the month of August staying in room 222 of the Strater Hotel. The room was directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon, whose sounds he said inspired him to write. L’Amour’s widow, Kathy L’Amour, unveiled the plaque along with Strater co-owner and CEO Rod Barker.

AASL recognizes outstanding school library programs

The AASL awarded Hinsdale Township (Ill.) High School District 86 and South Texas Independent School District with the National School Library Program of the Year Award. Established in 1963, the award honors school library programs practicing their commitment to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as exemplifying implementation of AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines. The award recognizes exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum. Each winning program receives an obelisk—the symbol of school library excellence—and a $10,000 prize donated by Follett Library Resources.

AASL announces 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

For the fourth year, AASL announced the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning. The list, considered the “best of the best” by AASL, honors the top 25 Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. The websites honored were Projeqt, Gamestar Mechanic, Vialogues, Popplet, Jux, Comic Master, My Storymaker, Inanimate Alice, Quicklyst, Spidercribe, Stixy, Remember the Milk, Celly, Wiggio, Collaborize Classroom, Study Ladder, History Pin, Learn it in 5, ARKive, DocsTeach, iWitness, How to Smile, Study Blue, NASA Kids Club, and Springnote.


2012 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year: Paula T. Kaufman


Paula T. Kaufman

In 2012, 32 outstanding individuals and institutions received Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) awards recognizing their accomplishments. ACRL’s top honor, the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award, was presented to Paula T. Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson dean of libraries and university librarian and professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kaufmann was cited for her significant impact on the profession through her extraordinary leadership abilities, vision, and strategic thinking for the future of libraries, along with the generosity with which she shares her inspirations and insights.



Grand Valley State Staff
Staff of the Grand Valley State University Libraries

Seattle Community College Library Staff
Staff of the Seattle Community College Library

ACRL presents the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to recognize the staff of a community college, a college, and a university library for exemplary programs that deliver outstanding services and resources to further the educational mission of their institution. This year’s recipients were Seattle (Wash.) Central Community College in the community college category, Champlain College (Burlington, Vt.) in the college category, and Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Mich.) in the university category. The award, sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, includes a presentation ceremony on the campus of each award-winning library. A full list of 2012 award winners is available on the ACRL website.


First Recipient of Oakley Scholarship Announced

ALA and the Library Copyright Alliance announced that Eric Harbeson, music special collections librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was selected as the first recipient of the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship Award, which gives honorees $1,000 to offset the costs associated with attending the International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) Conference. The 2012 IFLA Conference was held in August in Helsinki, Finland.

Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor

Michael Bamberger was presented with the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor award. Bamberger is the general counsel of the Media Coalition and has helped overturn dozens of federal, state, and local laws that would censor art and information in the United States. His amicus brief was key in the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, et al. (the violent videogames case).

ALA-wide Scholarship Clearinghouse

In October the online scholarship application went “live” offering more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master's degree level. Scholarships ranged from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year. The application deadline was March 1, 2012.

The Clearinghouse received a total of 601 scholarship applications. The numbers below represent completed applications evaluated by the juries and the number of awards made by the respective units.

ALA level scholarships:

Divison/Round Table scholarships: