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2005 Awards

LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR: Robb Morss (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)

Robb is currently the Deputy Director, Chief Operating Officer for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. He has worked for the district for 20 plus years and was first hired as a Page at the Sunrise Library. Since that time, he has steadily climbed upward. This climb has been marked both by his hard work and by the urging of his fellow staff members who have recognized his natural leadership qualities. He not only possesses great dedication but great enthusiasm, tact, integrity and practicality. Most importantly, while he motivates staff to achieve high service goals, he never loses his sense of humor or his empathy for staff. He is a talented, natural leader who has long been active in library organizations including NLA, PLA and ALA.

TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR: Verlia Davis-Hoggard (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)

Trustee Davis-Hoggard is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. She is a member of the Nevada Library Association and the American Library Trustees Association. She is a longtime supporter of public library services in Southern Nevada. During the 2005 legislative session, she attended Legislative Day and worked behind the scenes urging legislative support of restoration of State Funding for library materials’ grants to Nevada’s public libraries. She also advocated that funds be appropriated for a new pilot “ Homework Help Center” to be developed at the West Las Vegas Library. Mrs. Davis-Hoggard is the retired Executive Director of the Clark County Social Services Department and has a distinguished career supporting the human services needs of all the residents of Clark County Her efforts as a Trustee have only extended her dedication to help those in need.

DOROTHY MCALINDEN AWARD: Paddy Harrigan (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)

From her days working in the Young People’s Department at the Green Valley Library to her current position in the Laughlin Library, everyone who has worked with Paddy agrees that Paddy is one of the finest individuals in library services worldwide! She’s a wonderful leader; mentor; fair and compassionate manager; amazingly skilled Youth Services expert; caring and empathic community member- a truly extraordinary person! Paddy has been influential to countless people over the years. Her mark of professionalism has set the standard for creativity, positive attitude and tireless energy! Some highlights of her accomplishments over the years are these: the “Every Picture Tells a Story” original children’s picture book art exhibitions; service on the LVCCLD many Summer Reading Program Committees; work as Chair of NLA’s Parprofessional Group and the list goes on and on. Her enthusiasm and dedication is unequaled.


Susan Williams (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)

Susan has been the key in implementing the statewide reference service- “ Ask a Librarian”. She worked hard to provide an excellent standard of virtual reference service by working with library staff throughout the state, training and promoting the service. She has traveled to all areas of the state-teaching library staff about the service and has trained them on how to provide high quality reference service and database training. Her training sessions are both fun and informative. Without her tireless work, statewide virtual reference service in Nevada would not exist today.

Ann Jarrell (U.S. Courts Law Library, Las Vegas)

Ann is currently the Recording Secretary of the Nevada Library Association and has served in that position since 2003. She ahs served the Nevada Library Association, with great dedication and in many different capacities, for many years. She was Chairprson and Representative of the Southern District 1995-97 and again in 1999. She served as the ByLaws Chair in 1993-94 and was Chair of GODIG in 1990. She first entered the Nevada Library World as a Reference Librarian at the Clark County Law Library in 1989 and is currently working as a Library Technician at the U.S. Courts Law Library in Las Vegas.

W. Reed Scull (University of Nevada , Reno)

Reed is the one person that anyone working on Public Library Certification knows! He works tirelessly for librarians in all types of libraries in Nevada to bring them the courses they need to gain certification. He makes sure that they then keep up with any additional classes they need to keep this certification. It is he who works with the instructors to make sure that, in addition to the training, room space, flyers, WEBCAT etc. are available. He knows how important this program is and works tirelessly to strengthen it and make it better.

Bob Crowell 

Bob is the lobbyist for the Nevada Library Association. During the 2005 Legislative session, he was an exceptional advocate for library issues. Because of his hard work, collection funding for public libraries in the amount of $1,200,000 over the biennium was funded. Headway was made in advocating that materials funding be a permanent component of the state library’s budget. Any other measures ( including AB510 and funding for rural bookmobiles and assistance for LVCCLD’s Homework Help Center) were passed because of his work. His contribution can best be summed up by Dan Walters comments as Government Relations Chair “ NLA Lobbyist performed miracles on our behalf and demonstrated how highly regarded he is in the halls”.

Bob Harmon 

Bob was the Public Information Officer for the Department of Cultural Affairs from May 2002 until July 2005. Bob has always had a very sincere and real passion for the work that libraries do. There are countless projects that he has helped to succeed including literacy projects, virtual reference services and expanded library programs and collections. Recently, because of his passion for the “I Love Libraries” license plate, he has been working tirelessly to get this publicized all over the state. He is currently working with Washoe County and lending his support to their upcoming Sarah Winnemucca project. Bob continues to be an exceptional friend and advocate for Nevada libraries.

Martha Gould 

Martha has served two separate full-terms on the State Council for Libraries and Literacy which has a great deal of responsibility for the health and vitality of libraries in Nevada. However, her many contributions to Nevada’s libraries are numerous. They could and should probably fill a book! Some highlights include:

Frankie Lukasko

Frankie served two terms on the State Council on Libraries and Literacy where she well
represented School Libraries. As the retired Library Coordinator for Library, Media &
Technology, Washoe County School District, she was extremely knowledgeable about
the needs of school libraries and how they can help students to become successful. She
fought tirelessly for the adoption of Information Literacy Standards in Nevada. Without
her perseverance and leadership, we might not have them today. Hundreds of thousands
of students will benefit from this contribution. Frankie also served as President of the
Nevada Library Association in 1998.

Millie Syring

Millie served on the State Council on Libraries and Literacy for two terms where she ably
represented academic libraries. The work that she did significantly improved and
expanded library service in Nevada. Millie started working as a Library Assistant at the
State Library. After she obtained her MLS, she worked at the Nevada State Library &
Archives and then at UNR. She has given much of her time to her work for NLA and
was Conference Chair for the Reno Conference in 2000.

 Joan Zenan 

Joan served two terms on the State Council on Libraries and Literacy. In her second term,
she was Council Chair. As Council Chair, she effectively used her role to encourage
libraries to improve their grant writing abilities. She sponsored projects that encouraged
libraries to work with each other to give the best possible service to all of their
constituents. Joan is the retired Director, Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada,