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The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Allison Repking (Ferguson Municipal Public Library) and Sergio González (Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University) have been chosen as the 2016 recipients of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.
Allison currently works as a Copy Cataloger and Library Assistant at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Missouri. Allison has learned the value of interlibrary cooperation through the library’s membership in the Municipal Library Consortium of Saint Louis County. Allison is currently enrolled in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in pursuit of a Master’s Degree.
González is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University. He plans to follow the program’s library management track and focus on building collaborative teams within and among libraries. He has worked in academic libraries in various capacities for almost twenty years and currently works as a Library Associate at Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University.
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The Ronald G. Bohley Award is presented jointly by MLA and Amigos to an individual or individuals whose actions have led libraries to work better together and who exemplify the best efforts to reach out beyond his or her own institution to further multi-type library cooperation throughout the State of Missouri. This year’s award winners represent the libraries of Washington University, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Missouri Historical Society, and the Missouri State Library. Chris Freeland, Katrina Stierholz, David Henry, and Barbara Reading were instrumental in establishing the MissouriHub, contributing content to the Digital Public Library of America (DPL). To date, eleven Missouri libraries have contributed over 138,000 records to DPL. This project has required meticulous planning and effective communication and cooperation. The Digital Public Library of America can be found at. https://dp.la/
The Meritorious Achievement Award recognizes an individual outside of the library profession or a retired librarian who has made a significant contribution to libraries in Missouri. Lorraine Sandstrom retired as manager of The Library Center branch of Springfield-Greene County Library in 2013. During her twenty-seven years employment at SGCL, she was instrumental in making the branch a destination library and was called on to advise other libraries desiring to replicate her success. Lorraine formed a lasting partnership with universities and businesses and helped with the planning and execution of the international Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference. Lorraine continues to serve on the Missouri Humanities Council as she did before her retirement and volunteers at local public radio and television stations and the Springfield-Greene County Library. Lorraine explains, “All of these organizations have the same goals as public libraries: community growth and improvement and open access to information and education.” In the words of her nominator, “Lorraine’s work has always been filled with pure joy and a very contagious enthusiasm.”
The Public Relations Achievement Award recognizes a Missouri library for meeting a specific goal with outstanding public relations. SLCL “knew it was imperative to have an effective communication plan in place” so that service to patrons would not be interrupted as it began its ten year capital improvement campaign, Your Library Renewed. A special portal on the library’s website, social media, emails, and displays and literature in the branches all keep patrons informed about branch closings and the progress of the YLR project. St. Louis television, radio, and newspapers have been generous in their coverage. Patrons have been well-informed about which branch they should use while their home branch is closed and where their holds can be picked up. One measurement of the success of the public relations campaign revealed that circulation dropped only 6% during the first year of Your Library Renewed. The staff of St. Louis County Library has ensured that patrons continue to receive excellent library service during a massive building project. SLCL has twenty branches and circulated 14 million items in 2015.
The Outstanding new Librarian Award recognizes a new librarian who has made a significant contribution to improvement and advancement of library service. Jen Salvo-Eaton is the head of both Resource Sharing and Graduate Student Services at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Miller Nichols Library. Jen improved the efficiency of the ILL department at UMKC and led a group of librarians in forming a regional Interlibrary Loan Special Interest Group. Graduate students at UMKC have benefited from her leadership in creating a partnership between several university departments, helping established entirely new services and support for students. Jen “always brings evidence and clear thinking to the table and is never short on exciting, innovative ideas.”
The Missouri Library of the Year Award is conferred upon any type of Missouri library for distinguished achievement in service. The Springfield-Greene County Library District in southwest Missouri serves 275,174 residents with 10 branches, five in Springfield and five in small cities from eastern to western Greene County. Library staff members are equally engaged in civic projects that address job training, early literacy, arts and music, genealogy/historical research and self-improvement. The district’s signature Racing to Read early literacy program was adopted as a state model by the Missouri State Library. The district’s Local History & Genealogy collection, with the Ozarks Genealogical Society, circulates across the U.S. The library provides free Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spots for check-out; free meeting rooms; a Walking Books program for those homebound; cafes and gift shops; and a Mobile Library bookmobile that visits 23 neighborhoods each week. The Edge Community Technology Center and Edge Mobile classes provide free computer skills and professional development training daily. The nominator praises SGCL for “empowering library staff to develop and implement projects (and) developing partnerships with non-traditional groups.”
The Virginia G. Young Outstanding Service Award recognizes an individual trustee for exemplary service to libraries in Missouri. From 1986 when Patricia Jones Hendricks was instrumental in the founding of the Friends of the Henry County Library until her death in 2015, Patricia worked tirelessly to promote and improve library service. She chaired a successful tax levy increase campaign, served on building committees, volunteered at library programs, hosted program presenters in her home, served on the library board, and provided orientation for new library board members. “She left a lasting legacy of love, loyalty, dedication, and stewardship at the Henry County Library.”
On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the American Library Association Council approved the attached resolution at their midwinter meeting. Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President of the Missouri Library Association, the Director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, the Mayor of Ferguson, the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Librarian of Missouri.