The 2010 Nevada Library Association Conference, “ Nevada Libraries: Thinking Outside the Buck” , was recently held in Henderson, Nevada. At the President’s Reception, on August 14, 2010, this year’s President, Joan Vaughan, recognized the following individuals who received this year’s Nevada Library Association Awards:
LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR:
Jim Hayes, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Jim Hayes, RBSD, LVCCLD, has made outstanding contributions to the Library District by making RFID technology accessible to staff. He took charge of the RFID project for this district, trained staff, created manuals, made himself available day and night to answer questions regarding encoding materials, visited branches to conduct training sessions and basically held our hand as we dealt with this new technology. In addition, he set up the entire procedure and timeline with Library Administration to make sure the project came in on time. Kudos to Jim Hayes for doing what no one else could do! Staff respects him immensely.
Friends of Henderson Libraries
The Friends of Henderson Libraries was reconstituted 10 years ago. At that time, the organization had a humble beginning with $3000 in a bank account. The first years saw improvements in which several thousand was raised each year through large annual book sales. In the last five years, the Friends of Henderson Libraries have expanded incredibly. Their annual revenues now exceed $100,000 and through their efforts more than 18, 000 hours are given in volunteer time annually. The Friends have expanded their book sale operations to include daily in-library sales, monthly sales and in the last few years, a massive effort to enter the online selling arena through Amazon.com. The Friends’ annual Holiday fundraiser has grown to a Gala evening of early 500 attendees. The Friends have also been strong advocates at the Nevada Legislature and most recently, our former Friends’ President has helped establish the Friends of Nevada Libraries, a statewide advocacy group.
Most importantly for Henderson patrons, our Friends have pledged over $100,000 in FY11 to augment the library materials budget in both youth and adult collections. This year alone Friends will be responsible for making up nearly 15% of the district’s material budget. Every team member at Henderson Libraries and our Board of Trustees applauds the herculean efforts of every volunteer of Friends of Henderson Libraries. Our Friends are not simply volunteers, they are part of our Henderson Libraries family and they are a critical element in our continued success and service to the citizens of Henderson, Nevada.
Chris Britsch, Support Services Department, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
This year alone, Chris has revolutionized our district by planning and implementing the Floating Collection, served as an integral part of developing the collection for and planning the move to the new Windmill Library and Service Center, and helped bring effective RFID technology to the district, particularly the outlying branches.
She is the “behind the scenes” person that helps make our library district so outstanding. Between tweaking the integrated library system and making sure that our patrons’ most highly anticipated materials arrive on time, Chris provides an invaluable contribution that benefits the entire library community. We would like to recognize her efforts and reward all her hard work!
Nancy Hutchinson, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Nancy Hutchinson has been the Nevada Library Association Awards Chair since 2004, and was the Pre-Conference Chair in 2004 as well. Nancy brings a sense of calm to any project in which she is involved. She has served NLA with grace and elegance, and has been an incredibly thoughtful chairperson who was perfect for this particular position. It is certainly appropriate that the long-time Awards Chair receive an award herself! Thank you, Nancy, for all you’ve done for the Nevada Library Association!
Jeanette Hammons, Elko County Public Library and Past President, Nevada library Association
Jeanette Hammons served the Nevada Library Association well in her role as President in 2009. She was a great mentor to me in my year as President-Elect. She involved me in many decisions as I prepared to take office. In her year as President, she attended both the Nevada Legislative Day and the National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC. She advocated strongly for Nevada Libraries at both events. She also planned a wonderful conference in her home of Elko, Nevada, an area that many Nevadans would not otherwise visit. She took her role seriously, but she is also full of humor and realism. When I needed her advice in my year as President, she never failed to pick up the phone or email advice or an answer to me. It is with great honor that I present her with the President’s Award. Thank you, Jeannette!
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Wendy Starkweather, UNLV Libraries
Wendy Starkweather has a long list of contributions to the Nevada Library Association. She was President of the Association in 1993 and was NCRL Chair in 2003-2004. She has also served as Bylaws Chair and ALA Delegate for the Association. She is also a member of the Nevada Statewide Continuing Education Advisory Committee. Aside from her numerous NLA offices, Wendy has guided many of her colleagues in academia to become involved in the Nevada Library Association. It is only fitting that she receive an NLA Lifetime Achievement Award now that she has retired from the UNLV Libraries. It is with great honor that we give her this award as well as lifetime membership in the Nevada Library Association. Thank you for all you’ve done, Wendy!
TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR:
Colleen Bell: Chair, Henderson Libraries Board of Trustees
Colleen Bell has been a Trustee of the Henderson Libraries for nearly eight years. Colleen was appointed to the Board in 2003 just prior to Henderson Libraries opening the Paseo Verde Library and she has been the Chair of the Board for six years. During her tenure, Colleen has chaired a Board that has seen Henderson Libraries grow from 3 locations of 22,000 sq. feet to 6 locations of 94,000 sq. feet. More importantly, she and her colleagues on the Board have steered the organization through its largest growth cycle from a little more than half a million in circulation to nearly two million in circulation today. Colleen is one of the best advocates for library services in the state. She is active with our Friends group and our Foundation and currently sits on the State Council on Libraries and Literacy. Colleen is also the past President for RPEN (Retired Public Employees of Nevada). SO, even in her time that is not directly solely at libraries, she is still looking after the retirement benefits of all of Nevada’s library staff.
During the Great Recession, Henderson Libraries, like all libraries In the state, has been faced with tough decisions. Yet, even with the dire circumstances, Colleen makes informed, intelligent and compassionate decisions that have allowed our library system to flourish… even in these trying times. In my 27 years in libraries, I can think of no Board member or Board Chair more worthy of the honor of Trustee of the Year. It has been my privilege to work side by side with Colleen Bell as we have developed Henderson Libraries and as we look for further growth in years to come. It is with true admiration that I nominate this passionate library and community advocate.