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Margaret E Monroe Award 2012

 The Margaret E. Monroe Award committee is proud to announce the following selection for the 2012 award: 

“Neal Wyatt has promoted and influenced library services to adults for more than twenty years through her dedication as writer, teacher, mentor and original thinker. She has helped shape the field of readers’ advisory services by taking it in new and creative directions. Her collaborative leadership has engaged many professionals in considering approaches that have expanded reflection on the changing role and practice of adult services librarianship. Over the years her numerous presentations at both state and national library association conferences have helped ignite a renewed interest in readers’ advisory services. Her many contributions to the profession make her an outstanding candidate with whom we honor with the Margaret E. Monroe award. “

 

 

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Full name of recipient: Neal Wyatt

 

Recipient's current job title and institution:  Recipient is currently a candidate for a Ph.D at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 

 

Recipient e-mail: wyatthm@vcu.edu

 

Recipient phone: 804-285-9234

 

Recipient mailing address where award check (if applicable) may be sent: 1006 Ridge Top Road, Richmond, VA 23229

 

Full title and description of award:  Established in 1985, the Margaret E. Monroe Award is presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services.

 

Sponsoring unit/committee: RUSA, Margaret E. Monroe Award Committee 

 

Prize awarded (citation, scholarship, cash award, etc.):  Citation 

 

Sponsor/donor of prize, if applicable:

 

Date/time/place to be awarded:   June, 2012 ALA, Anaheim, California

 

Chair of unit/committee making presentation: Shelley Quezada, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Boston

 

Quote from chair on why recipient was chosen: 

Neal Wyatt has promoted and influenced library services to adults for more than twenty years through her dedication as writer, teacher, mentor and original thinker. She has helped shape the field of readers’ advisory services by taking it in new and creative directions. Her collaborative leadership has engaged many professionals in considering approaches that have expanded reflection on the changing role and practice of adult services librarianship. Over the years her numerous presentations at both state and national library association conferences have helped ignite a renewed interest in readers’ advisory services. Her many contributions to the profession make her an outstanding candidate with whom we honor with the Margaret E. Monroe award.

 

Brief description of winning project/publication, if appropriate: (NA)

 

Education/professional background of recipient relating to award (please be specific, include dates):

Neal Wyatt holds a B.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, a M.L.S. in Library Science from the Catholic University of America, a M.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the area of Media, Art and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has worked in both public and academic libraries for more than twenty years.  

 

Relevant publications/other prizes and honors: She is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007) and many articles for RUSQ and Library Journal. She has been the editor for “Reader’s Shelf” at Library Journal since 2007 and “The Alert Collector” for RUSQ since 2006. She is the Co-series editor for ALA Edition’s Readers’ Advisory Services since 2007.  She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2005 and received the Virginia Library Association/SIRS Intellectual Freedom Award in 2001. 

 

Neal Wyatt has brought distinction to the profession's understanding and practice of services to adults through the praxis of teaching and writing about Readers’ Advisory services. Her energy, enthusiasm and commitment will continue as she enters a career in research and teaching in an academic setting.

 

 

 

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