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The American Library Association annually honors the best and brightest in the profession through its divisions, offices, and round tables with more than 250 awards, scholarships, and grants. Fueled by a variety of donors and sponsors, recognition is given for individual and collective achievement in the various areas of librarianship. The winners are selected by award juries who work tirelessly to select from thousands of dedicated and qualified librarians nationwide.
American Libraries salutes all of the 2003 award recipients, the donors for making the awards possible, and the committee members for donating their time.
The following not only contains information on 2003 award recipients, but also lists information on all ALA, division, and round table awards as well as on new awards for 2004. The nomination or application deadline for most awards is December 1, unless otherwise noted.
BARBARA GITTINGS Honorary Member
Barbara Gittings was awarded ALA's highest honor "for her lifelong commitment to developing positive images of gays and lesbians in the literature and on library shelves, and for ensuring equal access to information for all people."
As the principal force behind the growth of the former ALA Gay Task Force (now the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table), Gittings developed programs to highlight the availability of gay materials for use in libraries. In 1971, she helped to establish the Gay Book Award, leading to new critical evaluation for gay and lesbian fiction and nonfiction. Gittings also initiated the development of lists, directories, and policy guides that, for many years, were the only models available to support the work of gay library workers and clients.
Gittings has been an activist since 1958, when she established the first East Coast chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first known lesbian organization in the United States. In 1970, she became involved with ALA's Task Force on Gay Liberation and served as the group's coordinator from 1971 to 1986. Gittings is a past member of San Francisco Public Library's Hormel Center Gay and Lesbian Library Endowment Committee and a member of a number of gay, lesbian, and human-rights organizations.
Gittings's pioneering efforts regarding gay and lesbian librarianship and intellectual freedom have been featured in several books, including Daring to Find Our Names (Greenwood, 1998) and Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context (Haworth, 2002), as well as documentary films, including Before Stonewall and its sequel After Stonewall, Out of the Past, and PBS's Gay Pioneers.
Her accomplishments have been recognized through the creation of the ALA Stonewall-Barbara Gittings Book Award for Literature and through the dedication of the Barbara Gittings Gay/Lesbian Collection of circulating materials at the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2001 (AL, Aug. 2001, p. 28).
SAMUEL F. MORRISON Honorary Member
Samuel F. Morrison, former director of the Broward County (Fla.) Library System, received ALA's highest honor "for his long and distinguished career in librarianship, his tireless and unflagging promotion of library services, his vision in establishing landmark partnerships between libraries and other community organizations, and his commitment to developing the next generation of librarians as a mentor and supporter of library education."
In addition to nearly 30 years of service at the Broward County Library, which was named Library Journal's Library of the Year in 1996, Morrison was also instrumental in the establishment of the Broward County's new African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, which opened in 2002 (AL, Oct. 2002, p. 26). He is recognized for initiating innovative partnerships to create joint-use facilities with Florida area colleges, universities, and schools. In 1992, Morrison was the architect of a pioneering project of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) that brought Internet access to area libraries and to home-computer users.
Morrison served three years (1987-1990) as deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library, where he spearheaded the design and construction of the award-winning Harold Washington Library Center.
An ALA member for 31 years, Morrison has held numerous leadership positions in the Association. He is a past president of the Florida Library Association and an active member of the Southeastern Library Association, the Broward County Library Association, the Urban Libraries Council, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
Among his many awards and honors, Morrison is the recipient of the 1997 DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Ltbrarianship, presented to a librarian who bas made significant contributions to promoting the status of African Americans in the library profession.
LUCILLE COLE THOMAS Honorary Member
An ALA member since 1957, Lucille Cole Thomas was honored "for her notable contributions to the profession as a librarian, educator, and library trustee; her leadership role at the local, state, national, and international levels; and her unstinting contributions to the education of children and young adults."
Thomas began her career as a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and subsequently served as librarian for the New York City Board of Education (1956-1968), and supervisor of library services (1968-1977) and assistant director of the Office of Library, Media, and Telecommunications (1977-1983). In 1993, she was a mayoral appointee to the Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees and now serves as its vice president.
She served on ALA Council for 22 years, on the ALA Executive Board from 1985 to 1991, and has held numerous other positions of leadership in ALA and its divisions. Thomas is a former board member of the Black Caucus of ALA, and past president of the New York Library Association and the New York City School Librarians Association. A member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, she served as president of the International Association of School Librarianship (1989-1995); was a delegate to conferences in Thailand, Singapore, and Australia; and served as one of five U.S. educators to participate in the 1982 French Ministry Cultural Exchange Program. In recognition of her significant contributions to international librarianship, Thomas was awarded the John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award in 1995.
Thomas's other honors and awards include the 1996 Silver Award, presented by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and information Science for noteworthy and sustained contributions to libraries at the national, state, and local levels; and the 1988 Grolier Foundation Award, presented for unusual contributions to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people.
KATHLEEN DE LA PENA McCooK
Beta Phi Mu Award of $500 for distinguished service to education in librarianship.
Donor: Beta Phi Mu International Library Honor Society.
Distinguished professor of the University of South Florida at Tampa's School of Library and Information Science, McCook is noted for her long career as a library educator and administrator.
As a proponent of diversity and equity within the profession McCook was one of the leaders in the founding of the ALA Spectrum scholarships for minority students. She has written a number of publications on equity and diversity themes, including A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building, Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage (ALA Editions, 1998), and Women of Color in Librarianship: An Oral History (ALA Editions, 2000).
"Kathleen is recognized for her distinguished service to education for librarianship, for her exemplary performance as a faculty member at the University of South Florida, and for her vocation and her avocation in life that strongly supports and facilitates teaching students the principles of library and information science," said award-committee Chair Charles Kratz.
An active and longstanding ALA member, McCook is the recipient of numerous ALA awards, including the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 1998 and the Equality Award in 1987. In 1999, McCook was one of 20 distinguished professionals recognized by Beta Phi Mu during its 50th-anniversary celebration. She has served on Reforma's board of directors and as chair of the Trejo Foster Foundation for Hispanic Library Education.
JAMES BRADY W. Y. Boyd Literary
Novel Award of $5,000 to the author of a military novel that honors the service of American veterans during a time of war. For his novel Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines (St. Martin's, 2002)
Donor: William Boyd.
Brady's novel Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines is the story of how a detachment of American Marines marooned in North China as war erupts set out on a march through hostile territory in an attempt to fight their way out of China and, somehow, rejoin their corps for the war against Japan.
According to award-committee Chair Robert Schnare, Brady's novel was selected for "its excellent writing and historical depiction of the vivid portrayal of wartime China during 1941 and 1942."
Brady, a veteran publisher, editor, and author, commanded a combat platoon while a Marine during the Korean War. He captured these experiences in his books The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea (St. Martin's, 1990) and the New York Times bestselling novel The Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War (St. Martin's, 2000).
He is well known to many Americans through the last page of Parade magazine, on which he profiles celebrities each Sunday.
HAINES (ALASKA) BOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award of $3,000 to recognize a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.
Donor: Marshall Cavendish.
Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association tribal government developed a partnership to create a model for a technology-awareness program, The Dragonfly Project, that provides training to tribal members and others through a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Enhancement Grant. The name of the project reflects the Tlingit belief that dragonflies are transports of the human soul and symbols of transformation.
"The Dragonfly Project was considered worthy of this award because of the impact and importance it has in meeting the needs of the community," said award-committee Chair Lydia Acosta. "This project provides an innovative and practical use of technology, which enhances the ability of local native residents to improve their skills and abilities to meet workplace challenges. This project serves as a model for others who wish to play an active role in improving technology literacy in their communities."
DAVID A. SMITH
Melvil Dewey Medal for creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging, and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.
Sponsor: OCLC/Forest Press.
Smith, retired chief of the decimal classification division at the Library of Congress, was selected "for his leadership in preserving the role of the Library of Congress as the world's largest Dewey classifying agency and his promotion of innovative uses of the classification worldwide," according to award-committee Chair Shirley Loo.
"As chief of the decimal classification division for many years, he ensured that the quality and quantity of Dewey numbers met the needs of users throughout the world," Loo explained. "He also ensured that books cataloged through the Cataloging in Publication program would receive Dewey numbers and that libraries would receive a steady and timely supply of usable catalog records. During his distinguished career at the Library of Congress, he consistently promoted and applied the tools and techniques of librarianship."
Smith is a member of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries and Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Phi Mu.
CARLA J. STOFFLE
Equality Award of $500 for outstanding contribution that promotes equality in the library profession.
Donor: Scarecrow Press.
According to award-committee Chair Faye Chadwell, "Carla Stoffle deserves this award because she has played a …