ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A librarian at Central Washington University is one of 10 librarians in the country to receive a national honor.
Ginny Blackson, collection development and management librarian at the James E. Brooks Library, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award, according to a news release.
She received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception earlier this month in New York City. The ceremony was hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times.
The American Library Association administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.
As part of the award process, library users are invited to nominate librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year, library users submitted 1,083 nominations detailing how their favorite librarians have gone above and beyond to improve community members’ lives, the release said.
Blackson was recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.
“Every day I ask myself, ‘Am I serving our students?’ This award has really affirmed for me that the work my colleagues and I do is important and impactful,” Blackson said in the release.
“It is especially important for academic librarians to think outside the box to serve 21st century learners. I believe that everyone can be successful if given the support they need.”
She was commended for spearheading numerous projects that have moved library services into new and exciting areas with a concerted focus on inclusion and diversity, including the creation of the Family Friendly Space for library users with young children. Blackson also was instrumental in obtaining a Pride Foundation grant that resulted in the acquisition of library materials covering LGBTQ issues, the release said.
In addition, she successfully acquired funding from the Friends of the Library to purchase materials representing Hispanic history and cultural issues. Among her other activities, Blackson leads the annual Women’s History Month initiative for the campus radio station, recruiting students, staff and faculty to record information about notable women in U.S. history.
In the United States there are 160,000 librarians working in libraries of all types, and only 110 librarians have been selected for this honor since the award’s inception in 2008.
This year’s award recipients include four academic librarians, three public librarians and three school librarians. Find a complete list of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award recipients at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.