President Barack Obama has nominated Christie Pearson Brandau, retired state librarian and adjunct professor at Emporia (Kans.) State University’s School of Library and Information Management, to the National Museum and Library Services Board. She served as state librarian of Kansas and Michigan. Brandau also worked at the State Library of Iowa, North Central Iowa Regional Library, and in public libraries in Osage and Riceville, Iowa.
Ron Marcus is the recipient of the Stamford Historical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in conjunction with the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and the University of Connecticut, Stamford. The award was presented April 5 at the annual Estelle Feinstein Memorial Lecture. Marcus was honored for his "tireless commitment documenting the history of Stamford.". He is also the author of several works, including the first edition of the annotated bibliography of Stamford's history.
President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate two librarians to the National Museum and Library Services Board: Luis Herrera, city librarian at San Francisco Public Library; and Suzanne E. Thorin, dean of libraries and university library at Syracuse (N.Y.) University. The President has also nominated Karen L. Jefferson, records manager at Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, as a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Trevor Dawes, director, Circulation Services Division, Princeton (N.J.) University is the 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient from the New Jersey Library Association’s College and University Section/Association of College and Research Libraries New Jersey Chapter.
Alma Dawson, professor at Louisiana State University’s School of Library and Information Science in Baton Rouge, received the Louisiana Library Association’s Meritorious Service Award. She recently served as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services–funded Project Recovery, a collaboration between LSU’s SLIS and its partner libraries and organizations. Under the project, 30 new librarians were recruited and trained for employment in Southern Louisiana libraries that were suffering staffing shortages because of damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
December 8 Jane Martellino, librarian at Consolidated School in New Fairfield, Connecticut and founder of Yes, Grace Rocks, Inc., received the Heart of Women Award by the Women's Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. Yes, Grace Rocks, Inc., supports families of children diagnosed with brain tumors or brain injury. The award symbolizes the inspirational commitment made by someone on behalf of less fortunate individuals.
November 15 Marcia Smith-Woodard, who serves as special services consultant at Indiana State Library, was award the Indiana Library Federation's 2011 Special Services Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions or services which strengthen library services in a local community, school, or across the state.
November 17 Hwa-Wei Lee, dean emeritus of Ohio University Libraries in Athens, was honored for lifetime achievement in the rebuilding of libraries in China since the early 1980s and for his continuing efforts in promoting US–China library cooperation at the “Symposium on the Library Scholarship and Thoughts of Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee” held in Shenzhen, China, on November 17, 2011.
Jessica Nadine Hernández, librarian at the Food and Drug Administration's Biosciences Library, was the only librarian among 25 winners of the 2011 Rising Star in Government Information Technology awards given by Federal Computer Week. Hernández was nominated for recruiting a team of creative and energetic federal employees ("NewFeds") who are interested in modernizing federal libraries.
November 19 Chris Tonjes, director of information technology officer at DC Public Library, was awarded the 2011 Golden Mouse Award by the DC-based nonprofit Byte Back. Tonjes was honored for his work in leading the partnership between the library and Byte Back to bridge the digital divide.
November 1 Armando Herrera will be honored as the San Diego Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2011 Outstanding Youth Volunteer in recognition of his work as a volunteer, advocate, fundraiser and community liaison at San Diego Public Library's Logan Heights branch.
Amy VanScoy and M. Cristina Pattuelli have been awarded 2011 Jesse H. Shera Awards by the ALA Library Research Round Table. VanScoy has been selected for the Support of Dissertation Research award for "Exploring the Meaning of Reference Work for Librarians in Academic Research Libraries." Pattuelli won the Award for Excellence in Published Research for her paper, "Modeling Domain Ontology for Cultural Heritage," published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, February 2011.