Here I am with my librarian face on. Photo by Larry D. Lyons, II. 2005.
Straight from the Tooting His Own Department…
THE NEW YORK TIMES ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2005 LIBRARIAN AWARDS 27 Librarians From Around the Country are Recognized in the Fifth Year of the Program
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2005 – The New York Times announced today the names of the 27 winners of the 2005 New York Times Librarian Awards. Now in its fifth year, the program honors librarians from around the country who have provided outstanding public service and have had a strong and positive impact on their nominators. This year’s winners represent 13 states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Wyoming. Nominations from the general public were accepted from June through September and exceeded 1,200 with nominations coming from 48 states.
The Times will hold a reception in honor of the winners on November 16 at which each winner will be given $2,500 from The Times and a commemorative plaque. A separate plaque featuring the winner’s name and title will be sent to the library where each winner works. Alice Hoffman, the best-selling author of such titles as “Practical Magic” and “Here on Earth” and more recently of “The Ice Queen,” a novel about a small-town librarian, will be guest speaker at the ceremony.
“We are very proud to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of The New York Times Librarian Awards,” said Alyse Myers, vice president, marketing services, The New York Times. “What began as a local initiative to recognize the efforts of public librarians in New York City has grown to a national awards program that garners nominations from nearly every state in the country. Such enthusiasm clearly demonstrates what a vital role librarians play in all our communities. We take this opportunity to congratulate our 27 honorees, but also to salute librarians everywhere and to applaud the enormous contributions they make to our society.”
The 2005 winners of the Librarian Awards are:
• Sylvia Anderle, Children’s Librarian – Latino Outreach, Fairview Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica, Calif.
• Jeanne Munn Bracken, Reference Librarian, The Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, Mass.
• Harriett Nalty Fargnoli, Children’s Librarian, Great Neck Library, Great Neck, N.Y.
• Suzanne Fisher, Head of Adult Services, Voorheesville Public Library, Voorheesville, N.Y.
• Steven G. Fullwood, Manuscripts Librarian, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, N.Y.
• Yolanda Renee Gleason, Senior Children’s Librarian, St. George Library Center of the New York Public Library, Staten Island, N.Y.
• Wayne L. Gunter, Director, East Bonner County Library District, Sandpoint, Idaho
• Eve Hammer, Community Library Manager, Queens Library, Bay Terrace, Queens, N.Y.
• Julia Bowers Hanson, Education Specialist, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, N.C.
• Pamela V. Holmes, Assistant Library Director, Paterson Free Public Library, Paterson, N.J.
• Anne McCarthy Kennedy, Automated Services Manager, Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh, N.Y.
• Page J. Lindsay, Fox Branch Librarian, Robbins Library, Arlington, Mass.
• Frieda Lee-Fai Ling, Health Librarian, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, Arizona
• Kate Lyons, Supervising Librarian, Wakefield Branch Library, New York Public Library, Bronx, N.Y.
• Karen J. Messick, Head of Youth Services, New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton, N.J.
• Kay Morrow, Library Director, McCreary County Public Library, Whitley City, Kentucky
• Maureen Nicolazzi, Head of Adult and Reference Services, North Babylon Public Library, North Babylon, N.Y.
• Barbara Vorio Pendziwater, Library Assistant, Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, Stony Creek, Conn.
• Katie Rao, Young Adult Librarian, Pio Pico/Koreatown Branch Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Scott Routsong, Children’s Services Coordinator, Three Rivers Regional Library, Brunswick, Georgia
• Susan M. Simpson, County Librarian, Albany County Public Library, Laramie, Wyo.
• Jennifer E. Sirak, Children’s Librarian and Program Coordinator, The Lambertville Free Public Library, Lambertville, N.J.
• Paul Smaldone, Senior Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Arnice Smith, Children’s Librarian, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, College Hill Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Mary D. Teasley, Librarian for African-American Studies, The Newark Public Library, Newark, N.J.
• Jennifer Velasquez, Teen Services Coordinator, San Antonio Public Library System, San Antonio, Tex.
• Bina Williams, Children’s Librarian, Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport, Conn.