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Erica Gudiño and Keirstin Winslow: 2022 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Travel Grant Recipients

VLA is pleased to announce the recipients of 2022 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: Erica Gudiño and Keirstin Winslow. They each receive $1,500 to help with travel expenses for attending the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, October 5-9, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Congratulations to Erica and Keirsten. We can't wait to hear about your experience.

 

Erica Gudiño

Originally from Middleburg, Va., Erica Gudiño is passionate about serving community members through librarianship, preserving Virginia's complex histories, and providing access to resources for Spanish-speaking patrons. She currently works as a Library Assistant at the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library's Peabody Special Collections at Hampton University.  Erica will pursue her MLIS at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., this Fall. After completing her degree, she hopes to continue her career in librarianship at a community college library in Virginia to help patrons from all walks of life continue their education.

"I am extremely excited to have received the JCLC Travel Grant from the VLA! As a library professional new to the field, I look forward to attending the JCLC Conference to better serve my patrons. With this opportunity, I plan to learn how other HBCU libraries, and other predominantly minority serving libraries, are working to better connect with their patrons and expand their collections. I am primarily interested in any new outreach initiatives for more user engagement, both digitally and in person, since the pandemic has drastically impacted our patron traffic."


 

Keirstin Winslow

Keirstin Winslow currently serves as a Library Services Coordinator for the Suffolk Public Library. She has worked in a variety of areas within librarianship, including programming, outreach, student engagement, and volunteer management. She has a MLIS. from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree  in Hispanic Studies from the College of William and Mary. In 2016, she was awarded the esteemed ALA Spectrum Scholarship.

Keirstin has worked in libraries since she was a teen and is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In previous roles, she has managed a tutoring program for children in underserved areas, provided outreach services to populations impacted by incarceration, and developed an online Community Resource Guide for the public.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity that the Virginia Library Association has given me to attend the 2022 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. I am seeking innovative ways to serve the diverse communities that comprise the Hampton Roads area. It will be a time to reflect and problem solve current DEI topics in librarianship with experts in the field. Inclusion is at the heart of all of the work I have done in libraries. This conference will help me continue the rewarding work of creating inclusive programming and services for the public!”

 

 

2022 VLA Scholarship Recipients Announced

The VLA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship recipients.  Congratulations to Christine Forbes, Megan Goldfarb, and Erica Gudiño on their academic excellence and dedication to librarianship in Virginia!  They each receive $3000 from VLA to help with costs associated with their education.  All three will be honored at the Annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet at the VLA Conference in Norfolk in October.

The 2022 recipient of the Clara M. Stanley VLA Professional Associates Forum Scholarship is Christine Forbes of Winchester, Virginia. Christine has worked for Shenandoah University’s Smith Library since 2019 where she started as a Library Assistant and was promoted to Circulation Supervisor in 2020. Christine is currently pursuing an MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she serves as Secretary for the School of Information Studies’s American Library Association (ALA) student chapter. 

In her essay, Christine stated, “What I’ve learned is no matter the type of library you work for, public or academic, the library’s mission is to serve its community to the best of its abilities. And I love that.” The Scholarship Committee was impressed by Christine’s many initiatives during her decade of experience in both public and academic libraries in order to serve her community to the best of her abilities.  From improving library spaces and services to forming new partnerships with community organizations, Christine has demonstrated the variety of skills and leadership that she will continue to contribute to the profession. As one of her references pointed out, “She’s balanced a busy job, two young children, and graduate school during a pandemic…and I have no doubt that she’ll complete her program at the head of her class.”  With her GPA currently 4.0, she’s well on her way.

Megan Goldfarb of Richmond, Virginia is a recipient of the 2022 VLA Scholarship.  She will begin the MLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Fall. Megan works as a Collections Specialist at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries. 

One of Megan’s reference letters assured the Scholarship Committee that “scholarship money spent on Megan is certainly money well spent for the profession,” and it is easy to see why.  Megan’s past as an artist has influenced her future in librarianship with a focus on cataloging and metadata.  The Scholarship Committee was impressed by Megan’s vision for her career.  She stated, “While I see cataloging as one way to engage with the artistic production of creators in the community, I recognize the interconnected and collaborative nature of library work…my interests lie in the intersections between deep engagement with materials and the research and artistic production of the academic community. I see the direction of my professional library career as not only wanting to continue to improve the accessibility of resources for researchers, but to improve libraries’ support of communities whose work might otherwise not be archived.”

Erica Gudiño of Norfolk, Virginia is the final recipient of the 2022 VLA Scholarship, and she begins her MLIS program this Fall. Erica works as a Library Assistant at the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library’s Peabody Special Collections at Hampton University.

One major factor in determining our scholarship recipients is “evidence of a commitment to a career in librarianship in Virginia,” and Erica fits that description perfectly.  In her lifetime, she’s lived in three different regions of Virginia and states her personal goal of having lived in each region eventually.  Geography aside, the Scholarship Committee was impressed with Erica’s commitment to a career in librarianship. Her past in non-profit work has primed her for her future as a self-described “community-centered and user-focused” librarian, which she has demonstrated through her many initiatives at work.  From organizing community-outreach with Spanish speakers to persevering Virginia’s complex history for access, it is easy to see why one recommendation letter noted Erica’s potential is so great.


 

VLA has been providing scholarships to students pursuing their Master's Degrees in Library and Information Sciences for nearly 30 years. Support this program with a tax-deductible donation today!






 

Planning Your Library | Post-COVID

Don't miss this hands-on workshop that answers 4-W's and an H:
(register below)

  • What will patrons expect after the pandemic?
  • Where should library leaders focus change for post-pandemic renovations?
  • When should libraries retain extra services from the pandemic? 
  • Why will designed flexibility help libraries adapt?
  • How will two years of isolation change how people interact with space?

Description: This workshop is a hands-on exploration of library space design in a new era. Bring floor plans for your current as you will use them to complete exercises throughout the day. Attendees will work in teams with other attendees from the same library to focus on critical issues or work with attendees from other libraries to gain broader exposure. 

Presenters: David Vinjamuri, NYU professor and author of "Library Space Planning: A PLA Guide"; and award-winning architects Joe Huberty and Gil Entzminger.

Dave Vinjamuri Joe Huberty Gil Entzminger

 

Where:

  • 10am - 3:30pm, May 3, 2022
    Central Rappahannock, Howell Branch
    806 Lyons Boulevard, Fredericksburg
  • 10am - 3:30pm, May 4, 2022
    Norfolk Public Library, Pretlow Branch
    111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk

Cost: $25 for VLA Members / $40 for non-members; lunch will be provided

Download a flier

 

 

 

VLACRL Spring Program: Can We Create Healthier, Productive and Inclusive Library Workplaces? with Elaina Norlin

When:  Thursday, April 28, 1-2pm Eastern

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtcuCvrDgjE9M6c-vh1emWiHZuZ83mLOmh

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Description

What makes one organization thrive and excel to new heights while the organization barely tread water with apathetic employees and average productivity? What habits do successful, diverse, and engaged workplaces have in common? These questions and more were the focus of the 14-month research project which looked at some of the most successful profit and nonprofit organizations worldwide. After hundreds of interviews, the research results are guaranteed to be “aha” moments that participants can take back to their organization, especially the work on diversity, equity and inclusion. So, join me for this interesting journey to move our average organizational work culture from tolerable to good to great.

Ms. Norlin is currently the Professional Development/DEI Coordinator for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. She is an accomplished teacher, technology and leadership development trainer and writer with extensive leadership experience and a flair for public relations, sales and communications. To date, she has delivered over 40 workshops, training sessions, presentations and institutes both nationally and internationally on marketing, web usability design, employee engagement, strategic influence and conflict management. Self-motivated and results oriented, she is well known for her ability to juggle many projects at once. She is author of 3 books: Usability Testing for Library Websites, E-Learning Elaina and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies and The Six Steps to Library Employee Engagement (2021).

This meeting will be recorded and will be shared with all of those who have pre-registered.

 

2022 VLA Awards: Call For Nominations

The Virginia Library Association is now seeking nominations for our 2022 VLA Awards and our 2022 VLA Professional Associates Forum Awards. These awards will recognize contributions of library workers in Virginia during 2021. Please use the online submission form to submit your nominations by the deadline of May 25. 

Questions? Contact Shaunna Hunter, Awards Committee Chair, at [email protected].

To view awards criteria and submission requirements, visit the VLA Awards webpage and VLA PAF Awards webpage.

Each nominee must meet the criteria for the award for which they are nominated. Nomination forms and accompanying documentation must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2022.

The VLA Annual Conference Scholarship & Awards Celebration will be held in Norfolk in October This year, we are pleased to be honoring winners of VLA Awards and VLA PAF Awards during the celebration at The Norfolk Waterside Marriott! Tickets will be on sale when conference registration opens. Each award winner will receive one complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Celebration.


List of Awards

In order to celebrate the accomplishments of those who support and transform libraries throughout the Commonwealth, the Virginia Library Association, through the hard work of the Awards and Recognition Committee, offers a number of awards. Winners are honored every year at the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference.

Academic Innovator Award

This award recognizes academic librarians or academic project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Virginia through an innovative project, program or service during the nomination period.

  • Nominees must be employed by or associated with an academic or research library.
  • Projects, programs, or services should demonstrate creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of an academic institution. Innovation is defined as creating something new or introducing new methods with great results.  Innovation will be considered very broadly and is not limited to technology.

The award consists of a certificate or plaque presented at the Annual Conference and a complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


Donna G. Cote Librarian of the Year Award

The award recognizes exemplary achievement of a working Virginia librarian who has made a significant contribution(s) at any level of librarianship during the nomination period. The award is named after Ms. Cote who worked for the award-winning Central Rappahannock Regional Library for 44 years, serving as Library Director for 34 years. A dedicated public servant and visionary leader, she made access for all her motto and provided cutting-edge technologies and learning opportunities for library customers the driving force of the library's mission. Ms. Cote was the recipient of numerous awards including the Elizabeth M. Lewis Award from the Virginia Public Library Directors Association (VPLDA) and was named Outstanding Library Director in 2003 by VPLDA.

Criteria for award include:

  • MLS degree holder, or a certified school/media specialist in Virginia.
  • Have made a significant contribution by any of the following:
  • Demonstrating the value of libraries
  • Enhancing the image of librarians and/or libraries
  • Promoting an accessible and positive climate in the library
  • Advancing community relations
  • Initiating a new library service or program

The award consists of a certificate or plaque presented at the Annual Conference and a complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


 Friends of the Library Award

This award is presented to a Friends group in recognition of distinguished service to libraries or a library in Virginia.

The award consists of a plaque presented at the annual conference Scholarship and Awards Banquet, one day’s food and lodging for the honoree or one representative of the honored group or organization.


George Mason Award

Individuals (librarians or professional associates), libraries, or other organizations distinguished for advocacy of libraries and/or information access are eligible. Institutions, businesses, or academic programs whose activities have contributed to the development, growth, and extension of library and information services in the local community, the state, or the nation are also eligible.

The award consists of a plaque presented at the annual conference Scholarship and Awards Banquet, one day’s food and lodging for the honoree or one representative of the honored group or organization.


Honorary Life Membership

Eligibility for nomination is open to all persons who have worked in an/or supported Virginia libraries and the association and who have made outstanding contributions to Virginia librarianship. Nominees are voted on by the VLA membership in the year in which the individual is nominated.

Election of nominee(s) by the membership bestows on the honorary life member(s) full benefits of membership without dues. A plaque honoring a life member is presented at the annual conference.


Librarian of Color Forum Award 

This award increases the visibility of librarians of color/library staff of color and their work in Virginia libraries. It promotes an inclusive, positive environment in the libraries for persons of color, and enhances the image of librarians and library professionals of color in the community.

The following persons are eligible to be nominated:

  • Librarians and library staff of color serving in a library in Virginia
  • Exhibits excellence in service to libraries and communities of color
  • Conducted outreach or developed programming that encouraged engagement or removed barriers to library information and services

“Of Color” is defined as those who are American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, (using guidelines from the Spectrum Scholarship at ALA http://www.ala.org/advocacy/spectrum), including those who identify as multi-racial including at least one of the listed designations.

The award consists of a certificate or plaque presented at the Annual Conference and a complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet as well as a $250 cash honorarium.


 Outstanding Professional Associates Award

The Outstanding Professional Associates Award was launched in 1996 as a means of recognizing excellence among the library Professional Associates in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This award will be presented to a deserving Virginia Professional Associate at the VLAPAF Spring Conference. It is presented annually to an individual who has been a member of VLA for at least one year and who demonstrates excellence in performance in his/her field of expertise. This individual should also be someone who fosters communication among library employees throughout the Commonwealth and advances and strengthens the image of Professional Associates. You may nominate a colleague or yourself.

The entry should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Library where the nominee is associated
  • Two-three paragraphs describing why the nominee deserves this award
  • Additionally, the nomination may include a list of activities, programs and organization participation, recognitions or awards, innovative support staff development activities, or other noteworthy achievements in the workplace
  • Name and library of the nominator

Professional Associates Forum Award

The VLA Professional Associates Forum Award was established in 1995 through the generosity of Evelyn Kimball, a retired library paraprofessional who recognizes the value of support staff development. This award is meant to assist someone who is unable to acquire local funding to attend the conference. Awarded annually, it will provide full conference fees to a deserving paraprofessional. You may nominate a colleague or yourself.

The entry should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Library where the nominee is associated
  • Two-three paragraphs describing why the nominee deserves this award
  • Name and library of the nominator

Public Library Innovator Award

This award recognizes public librarians or public library project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of a public library in Virginia through an innovative project, program or service during the nomination period.

  • Nominees must be employed by or associated with a public library.
  • Projects, programs, or services should demonstrate creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of a public institution. Innovation is defined as creating something new or introducing new methods with great results.  Innovation will be considered very broadly and is not limited to technology.

The award consists of a certificate or plaque presented at the Annual Conference and a complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


 Trustee Library Award

This award recognizes the distinguished service to libraries or a library in Virginia. The Trustee honored may have served on the local, state, regional, or national level, or at a combination of levels.

The award consists of a plaque presented at the annual conference Scholarship and Awards Banquet, one day’s food and lodging for the honoree or one representative of the honored group or organization.


 Up and Comer Award

This award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in his or her career. While new to the profession, he/she expands the role of librarian with forward-thinking efforts that help move libraries into the future.  Winners of this award will be energetic librarians, with less than five years of professional experience, who push the boundaries of originality and creativity. They will help to establish a library culture that sets high expectations, promotes learning, and creates an understanding of the library as an integral part of the community.

  • The Up and Comer Award winner will be a librarian with 5 or fewer years of experience.
  • Only one person may receive the award each year.
  • Self-nominations are acceptable.

Criteria for the award include: MLS degree; Nominees must be employed as a full or part-time librarian in a Virginia library for five (5) years or fewer; Be energetic and innovative and one who pushes the boundaries of originality and creativity.

The award consists of a certificate or plaque presented at the Annual Conference and a complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


 Virginia Library of the Year Award

The VLA Awards & Recognition Committee determines whether the award is granted in any given year. The award is conferred upon a Virginia library (public, academic, or special), library system, or library network for distinguished achievement in service. The library board or administering body, staff, and the community or campus served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought.

The award shall be based upon such activities or accomplishments including any of the following:

  • Leadership in implementing user services that can be emulated by other libraries
  • Creativity and/or innovation in programming
  • Development of innovative partnerships through participation in networks and systems, or cooperative programming with other types of libraries or organizations
  • Collections based on sound selection policies
  • Changes or improvements in physical facilities resulting in better services
  • Development of opportunities for professional growth and job satisfaction for all employees.

The award consists of a certificate or plaque presented at the Annual Conference and a complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


 VLAPAF Supporter of Professional Associates Award

The VLAPAF Supporter of the Year Award was established in 1996 as a means of recognizing an individual who has provided significant support to their staff and who has been a champion for library support staff in Virginia libraries. If you know someone who has been an advocate for continuing education programs and pay increases for their library support staff and who has encouraged their library staff to excel in the workplace, you are encouraged to nominate them to receive this award and recognition. You may nominate a supporter of Professional Associates.

The entry should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Library where the nominee is associated
  • Two-three paragraphs describing why the nominee deserves this award
  • Name and library of the nominator

For more information, contact:
Lisa R. Varga
VLA Executive Director
[email protected]

 
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