The Florida Library Association has announced its annual awards. Congratulations to the following NEFLIN members who were honored:
Librarian of the Year – Paul Clark, Clay County Public Library who, on his own time and his own initiative, advocated tirelessly for state funding for libraries during the 2010 legislative session. Known to legislators as “The Library Guy,” Clark was awarded both a New York Times “I Love My Librarian” award and the Florida Association of Counties advocacy award in 2010.
Libraries Mean Business Award – Alachua County Library District for its collaboration with the FloridaWorks One Stop Career Center to bring programs on job searching and resume writing to branch libraries.
Special Projects Award to Friends of the Columbia County Public Library for their Adult Team Spelling Bee to raise awareness and funds to support the Library’s Adult Literacy Program.
Also, two colleagues of ours were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards. Well deserved honors go to Loretta and Richard!
Lifetime Achievement Award – Loretta Flowers, State Library and Archives of Florida for her contributions to public library development and statewide equity of access to library services.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Richard Madaus, College Center for Library Automation for his commitment to innovation and collaboration which has strengthened the educational experiences of millions of students throughout Florida.
More information about FLA and member group awards, including the purpose of each award and its criteria, may be found at http://www.flalib.org/awards.php