According to infoDOCKET “Carla Hayden will visit Chicago next week to receive the 2018 Newberry Library Award, in recognition of her lifetime of service to libraries.
She got into library work, at the Auburn branch on 79th Street, after a friend told her the library was hiring “anybody with a bachelor’s degree.” She shifted over to working at the Museum of Science and Industry while earning her master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Library Science.
Hayden, who spent 23 years in Baltimore, has seen how libraries have been transforming into community centers, even before the Internet.
“That’s a development in the making since the 1960s and 1970s,” she said. “Libraries became information centers, and that just expanded over time. Libraries are places where people go for social services, to get flu shots, where AARP is helping with taxes…
According to Library Journal “New York State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, known to all as Bernie, died on Saturday, April 14 at age 69 after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
As New York state librarian and assistant commissioner of libraries, a position he held since January 2009, Margolis managed a staff of more than 180, and stewarded the New York State Library’s (NYSL) collection of over 20 million items. He also administered the New York State Research Library—which serves as the New York’s official Law Library and Medical Library, and is the only state library to be elected to membership in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—and the Division of Library Development, which administers state and federal support for libraries of every type, including over $98 million in grants. NYSL delivers services to support the 19.5 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school, and special libraries throughout the state’s 73 public and school library systems.
Before stepping into NYSL leadership, Margolis served as president of the Boston Public Library (BPL) from 1997–2008. While there, he expanded library hours and appointed a children’s librarian in every branch; created a nationally recognized Homework Assistance Program and online tutoring program; launched local history centers in branch libraries; created the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center; and developed a collection conservation program. He initiated the restoration and renovation of the historic Central Library building, establishing the library’s Critical Repair Fund to ensure that repairs could be made as needed. Margolis helped secure more than $22 million in gifts from individuals and corporations to maintain and enhance operating expenses, with millions more realized in restricted funds. Under his leadership, operating revenues from federal, state, and private resources grew by 22 percent.
In 2007, after refusing to comply with then-Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s demand that BPL filter Internet content on public computers, and public clashes with the mayor over how the library’s funding should be spent, Margolis’s contract was not renewed. He promptly proceeded to NYSL where, by all reports, he was warmly welcomed. “The library community has been behind me 110%,” he told American Libraries in 2008. “I think we all realize that when we give leadership to institutions that are part of the political environment…sometimes crazy things can happen.”
Prior to his tenure at BPL Margolis served as director/CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs from 1988–97.
Margolis also held a number of positions within the American Library Association (ALA), including as a longstanding member of Council and a trustee of the ALA endowment. He also served as an ARL member representative and a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries…”
District Dispatch reports that “this week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office announced that Yolanda Peña-Mendrek of Oakley, California is the winner of the 2018 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. Given to a non-librarian participant attending National Library Legislative Day, the award covers hotel fees and includes a $300 stipend to defray the cost of attending the event.
An active library advocate and a member of the Friends of the Oakley Library, Peña-Mendrek was appointed as the Contra Costa County Library Commissioner in 2017. In her first year as Library Commissioner, she helped raise funds to support five branch libraries serving fast growing parts of the county.
A retired teacher, Peña-Mendrek is a firm believer in the importance of a good education and access to information. After she became a teacher, she got to see librarians working firsthand with the students at her school, as well as through the local library. She sees libraries as a place where people from all walks of life have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, and strongly believes that elected officials need to hear about the services libraries provide for their communities. Upon learning that she would be the recipient of the 2018 WHCLIST award, she had this to say:
I feel humbled and extremely honored to receive this scholarship to be able to represent my community, and to be their voice on this National Library Legislative Day 2018.
Beyond her involvement with the local libraries, Peña-Mendrek has also served a number of other organizations in her community, including the National Association of Latinos Elected and Appointed Officials, the California School Board Association, and the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages…