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2007 Awards

LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR: Laura Oki ( Elko- Lander- Eureka County Library System)

Laura has 33 years of service to the Nevada Library Community. She served as Interim Director of the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System and has been responsible for the daily operations of their 10 branches and the bookmobile. She has planned and chaired at least three conference for the Nevada Library Association and served on numerous committees as well. In addition, she has been deeply involved with the Friends of the Elko County Library in planning fundraising events.

TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR: Carol Madsen ( Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System).

Carol began her career in libraries working for the “Books by Mail” program and through her work, this system went from paper due date cards to the present online system. Carol also worked in Carson City as the CLAN Computer Specialist. In 1998, she was appointed to fill a vacant position on the Law and Library Board of Trustees. She was appointed to her 1 st full term in 2000 and will complete her 2 nd full term in 2008. She has served as both Vice-President and President . She has also been involved in libraries statewide when she was appointed to the Nevada State Council on Library and Literacy in 2001 and reappointed in 2004.


1. QUEST LAKES. ( Silver City Volunteer Library)
After a 2004 fire in the historic schoolhouse in Silver City destroyed the library, Ms. Lakes recreated the library and restocked it with resources for children, young adults and adults. Today, the Silver City Volunteer Library has regular hours with a computer available for children to do homework and for recreation and materials for all ages.

2. BARRICK GOLDSTRIKE ( Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System)
Funding from Barrick Goldstrike has sponsored this system’s Summer Reading Program for the past eight years! This funding has enabled the system to bring in storytellers as well as provide weekly incentives for 10 facilities and the Northeastern Nevada Regional Bookmobile.

3. LEO SEGURA ( Las Vegas- Clark County Library District)
Leo has served on numerous NLA Committees and in 2006 was the Conference Chair of the NLA Annual Conference. In addition, he is a committed mentor to his staff, both current and past, as well as to new librarians just beginning their careers!

4. GEORGE STEPHANOS ( Las Vegas- Clark County Library District)
George has given 21 years of excellent service, in Support Services, both to his library district and to libraries in Nevada.

5. JUDI FIOTI ( Las Vegas- Clark County Library District)
Judi possesses remarkable knowledge of Children’s Literature and has promoted early literacy instruction to parents and advocated reading as a lifelong skill to both parents and youth. She has worked tirelessly in support of Children’s Library Services for libraries in Nevada.


LISA GIBSON ( Las Vegas- Clark County Library District)
As the Supervisor of the Micro-Computer Center at the West Las Vegas Library, she has promoted libraries tirelessly to patrons in the community that she serves through the classes that she teaches on how to use library computer resources. In addition, she has worked in many capacities for the Nevada Library Association. She has presented programs at Conferences and served on numerous NLA Committees.