The Kansas Library Association has announced the winners of the 2013 Presidential Awards in the following categories:
Library Advocate: Sue Blechl, Emporia Public Library
To be given to an individual or institution in recognition of exemplary leadership or support for growth and development of the Kansas Library Association and/or a library or libraries in Kansas. Such leadership and support may be, for example, in areas of library-related legislation, media coverage, or in writings which further the understanding and appreciation of Kansas and its libraries.
New Professional: Caleb May, Meade Public Library
To be given to a Kansas Library Association member who, within the first five years after having earned a professional degree, has made a positive impact on the quality of library service and/or the role of library personnel in Kansas.
Library Personnel: Charlene McGuire, SWKLS
To be given to a Kansas Library Association member, either individual or institution, who has made notable contributions to the library profession, furthered significant development of libraries in Kansas, or performed exemplary service for an extended period of time. In case of retired individuals, the nominee may be a past member of the Kansas Library Association.
Meritorious Service: Marquita Boehnke, CKLS and Roy Bird, State Library of Kansas (Retired)
To be given to an individual or institution in recognition of exemplary and sustained service to the benefit of Kansas libraries and library users and/or the Kansas Library Association.
The KLA Presidential Awards will be presented to each recipient at the State Librarian’s Luncheon at the Kansas Library Conference on Thursday, October 10. The Conference is being held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Expocentre in Topeka.