Nominations for the 2015 Librarian of the Year will open December 1 and close January 30. You can nominate your favorite librarian by going here.
Big D Reads wants to honor the contributions of great local librarians through its annual Librarian of the Year award. Whether it’s helping with genealogy research, finding fun books for kids to read, or gently shushing a rowdy group in the periodical section, librarians work hard for our city. Brainy, bold, and bookish, they hold a special place in our heart.
We’re looking for a librarian who…
* advocates for literacy, helping people at any age learn to read and encouraging everyone to find a good book.
* increases access to information through a variety of media. He or she understands that ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge empowers.
* enhances the library experience through innovative projects and ideas.
* expands the role of the library in the community.
Nominations are open to any certified librarian currently working full or part-time at a library located within Dallas city limits. Librarians at public libraries and those employed by schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, museums, and research laboratories are eligible.
The Librarian of the Year will receive recognition in D Magazine’s April issue and other prizes TBD.
Questions? Please contact us at 214-540-0118 and we will be delighted to provide more information.
Take a look at our 2014 Nominees
I have known Jennifer for many years. She is friendly, helpful, and most professional. Truly one of the best.
I’ve seen Jennifer many years at the Frankford library. She greets me by name, and is cordial, friendly, helpful, and pleasant. She always has time for a friendly chat. She always dresses professionally. She would represent the Dallas library quite nicely.
Manga Club! – Hosted by the active and enthusiastic teens of North Dallas High School, they focus on sharing their love of manga and creating art together
Knittie Gritties – Knitting club gathers to knit, chat, make new friends, and learn a new hobby
Senior’s in the 21st Century – Assists our elderly to learn how to use all their new “gadgets” to connect with their families and utilize library resources such as online books and databases
Treat Yourself to a Good Book…Club – A no-assigned reading book club, but a chance to gather and share your latest find from the book shelf
This Isn’t Your High School Book Club – Focuses on reading the classics, then a fun, invigorating discussion
Meet Me @ the Library – Friend social activities each month sponsored by Dallas Library Pride
In addition to targeted programs to engage the community, Angie has partnered with area businesses and community partners to offer services such as:
Cognosante Healthcare Marketplace Assistants, which is used to help folks navigate the healthcare marketplace. Various Homeowners Associations meet regularly in the branch. Crime Watch meetings take place in the branch. Scottish Rite Employee Healthcare Fair welcomed Angie and the library as a participant. Designated job seekers computers for the public. Participated in the Teen Pride Parade in September. Illume/Dish Restaurant – just partnered with the library to host AuthorSpeak for visiting LGBT author Leslea Newman last week.
Angie is an active member of the City of Dallas and the Dallas Public Library’s LGBT Taskforce and she has expanded the Spanish-language collection in the Oak Lawn Branch to reflect the rising needs in the community. She is truly the epitome of what a neighborhood librarian should be—involved, engaged, and excited to be part of the community in which she works.
I nominate Miss Aimee van Heist of the Park Forest Library. Miss Aimee is the children’s librarian and she does a great job. My children, who are 2 and 3, love story time every Wednesday at 10:30. Thanks to Miss Aimee.
I would like to nominate Aimee van Heist. She is the children’s librarian at the Park Forest and Preston Royal branches of the Dallas Public Library. I love the way she gets kids in to the library. They always have fun and interesting activities on Saturdays and crafts for the holidays. She creates a summer full of fun for the summer reading program, too. It’s great to have our librarian on the Texas Bluebonnet Program committee. They have chosen some outstanding books this year.
Professionally, Peter has achieved much by his work with the American Library Association by serving as Chairman of the Stonewall Book Award Committee since 2013. He has shared his expertise through presentations given at the Public Library Association Conference, the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, and the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference. Mr. Coyl was instrumental in bringing award-winning author Tim Federle to the Dallas Public Library in 20012 and Leslea Newman in 2014. He’s continued his chairmanship of the Stonewall Book Awards Committee for 2014.
I’ve had the privilege of working with Dianne McCorcle for more than five years now, and every year, am more impressed by her professionalism and dedication. Dianne, along with Anabel Gonzalez, leads the Arcadia Park staff in serving more than 600 Arcadia Park Elementary students and teachers weekly—no small task, but Dianne does a fine job and makes it seem easy. This year, after overcoming serious health issues, she has also taken on a significant role in keeping the branch collection available and in order. Dianne is very active in the community through her involvement with church and Delta Kappa Gamma. I couldn’t ask for a better colleague to work with in serving the community.
Ms. May Shen is a Children’s Librarian at the Arcadia Park Branch of the Dallas Public Library. This library is located in northwest Dallas near Dallas Baptist University and is physically connected to the new Arcadia Park Elementary School. The school is overwhelmingly Hispanic. Ms. Shen’s daily tasks are varied: (1) she complements the elementary school’s librarian, Mrs. McCorkle, as well as individual classroom teachers. Also, she coordinates post-school activities for all students who come to the library after school. May Shen has developed relationships with many local educational institutions: (1) students from Dallas Baptist University provide homework assistance, (2) in association with the University of Texas at Dallas, several hands-on scientific themed endeavors are in the library and are used daily by students: one such experiment involves the generation of electricity, and another involves practical robotics, (3) amateur astronomers from the Dallas Planatarium & Perot conduct daylight activities involving our sun. May Shen personally teaches an introductory course in speaking Mandarin Chinese. Any library patron may participate.
Ms. Shen is shy, and this is especially true when the topic of her motivation is broached. She always loves the smiles, laughter, and shrieks of happy children and she thrives on parental approval when a task is satisfactorily completed. Of equal importance to her is consoling and helping a disappointed child. She mentioned the pleasure she gets from working with other library employees and she thoroughly enjoys pleasing her branch manager, Annette Brown.
Dr. Rosenid Badia currently serves as the librarian for Benjamin Franklin Middle School. She is truly deserving to be the Librarian of the Year based on her commitment to our students, faculty and staff, and the community. She shares her expertise in research, world cultures, and technology, and is a huge part of the success of our school.