Herrera and Schneider win ALA Awards

October 06, 2014

Two members of the SLIS community are among the 2014 award winners from the American Library Association for Honoring Excellence & Leadership in the Library Profession.

Two members of the SLIS community are among the 2014 award winners from the American Library Association for Honoring Excellence & Leadership in the Library Profession.

MLIP Professor of Practice Luis Herrera received the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children, which is sponsored by Peggy Sullivan and "given to an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management, supervisory, or administrative responsibility that has included public service for children in its scope." From American Libraries:

"As city librarian at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), Herrera demonstrates passion and exceptional support for public library services to children. As a member of the PLA board, he supported the launch of a partnership with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which led to the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (ECRR) initiative. He was instrumental in negotiating the Memorandum of Agreement between PLA and ALSC that institutionalized and provided funding for ECRR @ your library, which has been implemented nationally. At SFPL, he has overseen the development and deployment of many programs, including the first multiyear partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, and procured an IMLS grant for a Teen Digital Media Center. Herrera has also been a longtime and active member of Reforma."

Karen Schneider received the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, sponsored by the Elizabeth Futas Memorial Fund. The award of $1,000 is "given biennially to a librarian who invests time and talent to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship by: taking risks to further the cause; helping new librarians grow and achieve; working for change within ALA or other library organizations; inspiring colleagues to excel." As reported in American Libraries:

"Throughout her career, Schneider, university librarian at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, has served as a leader and innovator. She is a founding member of both the Resource Sharing Committee of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium and the first rapid delivery network for California's private academic libraries. As a member of ALA Council, she has provided insightful and constructive discussion to issues facing the organization. She has been an outspoken and articulate proponent of accountability, change, and action. Her blog, Free Range Librarian, one of the earliest in the profession, and her book, A Practical Guide to Internet Filters, resulted in her selection as an expert witness in the Mainstream Loudoun First Amendment case. Both are examples of her groundbreaking and lifelong commitment within the library community."

Simmons SLIS congratulates our award winners, who have made valuable contributions to SLIS, and to the LIS field. Click here for a link to the full list of awards: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/honoring-excellence-and-leadership-library-profession.