RUSA CODES Zora Neale Hurston Award (Reference & User Services Association) Committee
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS ZORA NEALE HURSTON AWARD COMMITTEE
TODAY’S DATE: January 20, 2011
COMMITTEE NAME = Zora Neale Hurston Award Committee
SECTION/DIVISION = CODES
CHAIRPERSON = Cynthia Crosser
DATES OF MEETING(S) = December 13th by phone conference
YOUUR EMAIL = Cynthia.email@example.com
MEMBERS PRESENT = Cynthia Crosser (chair), Amy Harmon
MEMBERS ABSENT (none)
VISITORS = N/A
OBJECTIVES = To select the 2011 winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award
SUMMARY OF MEETING(S):
The Zora Neale Hurston Award is given to an ALA member librarian who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature through a project. According to the official criteria, "project examples include, but are not limited to, a program, display, collection building efforts, a special readers’ advisory focus, or innovation in service.”
The ZNH Award committee would like to thank Neal Wyatt (RUSA Awards Committee) for working to get the eligibility expanded to include all ALA members for this year’s award. The award was publicized on a number of American Library Associated affiliated listservs including: the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Public Library Association (PLA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Young Adult Library Association (YALSA), and ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT). Information was also posted on the official RUSA and PLA blogs. In addition to national listservs and blogs, the award was publicized through California Academic and Research Library’s CALIBACA listserv, and the Ohio Library Council’s listserv.
The ZNH Award committee would like to thank the following people for assisting us in publicizing the award: Mackenzie K. Betts, (Ohio Library Council)Deborah Costa (CALIBACA), Kathleen Hughes (PLA), Stephanie Kuenn (YALSA), and Gladys Smiley-Bell (BCALA).
The committee chair designed a rubric for rating the nomination packets based on the criteria specified by the Zora Neale Hurston Award web page at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/awards/znh/index.cfm. These criteria include: quality of project, extent project promotes African American Literature, usefulness of project as a model for others, and quality of essay (clarity, goals, and benefits of attendance). The committee members filled out the rubric individually and then discussed results in a phone conference on December 13, 2010. Theresa Venable was selected as the 2011 winner.
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