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2004 Awards

LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR: Nancy Ledeboer (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)

Nancy became the Deputy Director of the Las Vegas Clark-County Library District in 1999 and since then she has worked tirelessly to improve library services to the residents of Clark County. Her work led to increased circulation and program attendance as well as a collection that was redesigned to meet the needs of the community and which led to the library being named Library of the Year for 2003 by the Library Journal.

Nancy also has been very active in the Nevada Library Association. She was the Program Chair for the 2003 NLA Conference and served as the planning chair for NLA’s Strategic Plan. She has served as President of the state chapter of REFORMA and was a sponsor in the Urban Library Council’s Leadership Program. She has also attended Library Legislative Day on numerous occasions in Carson City making sure our legislators are award of the continued funding needed to support libraries throughout the state of Nevada.


TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR: Ricki Barlow (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)

As Chair of the Board of Trustees for the LVCCLD, Ricki made a significant contribution to the advancement of libraries in the state of Nevada. During his tenure, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District was awarded the prestigious Library of the Year Award. He has attended legislative days in Carson City and Washington, D.C. to express concern about issues effecting libraries. He is active in his community and uses his community library –the West Las Vegas Library all of the time. He has been an avid library patron and supporter throughout his lifetime. He takes a special interest in the education of young people and encourages them to use the library. He knows from personal experience that the library can change the course of a young person’s life.


Dr. Linda Young (Clark County School District)

Linda has partnered with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District on numerous projects over the last ten years in support of literacy and student success.  

The PLATO Partnership brought together local high school students who were at risk of not passing their proficiency exams together with PLATO Learning Software and the Las Vegas and West Las Vegas libraries. Students had access to web-based PLATO software to extend their study time beyond school hours. She also established the Dropout Prevention Committee which included CCSD personnel; UNLV faculty, students and public librarians. This committee was charged with trying to lower the rates of students who dropped out of school in Clark County.

However, Linda’s longest standing community student program ( from elementary through high school), was the “Connect-For-Kids at the Library “ Program. This program, forged with relationships with the CCSD, public libraries, McDonald’s and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, was focused on building student school success through student usage of both school and public libraries. 

Linda never tires in her struggle to support student success through partnerships with community libraries!

Daniel Walters, Nancy Ledeboer, Vickie Barnett, Leo Segura and Tammy Gieseking (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)  

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, under the leadership of Dan Walters and Nancy Ledeboer and the direction of Reference Institute Committee members Vickie Barnett, Leo Segura and Tammy Gieseking, planned and executed the 5 th annual Nevada Institute May 25-28, 2004 at the Clark County Library. The Reference Institute contents were selected, planned and presented with foresight and precision. The selection of presenters from Nevada Library Staff members provided participation and recognition of the library talent available in Nevada.