VLA Awards & Scholarships
George Mason Award
The George Mason Award is awarded to the Williamsburg Regional Library for the estab lishment of a unique resource for cancer patients and their families, both on the Virginia Peninsula and nationwide,through the Phillip West Cancer Resource Center.The Resource Center includes circulating and reference materials, pamphlets, pathfinders,video and audio tapes, and journals designed to accom modate the needs of a wide range of patrons.One of the most inno vative aspects of this program has been the creation of a web site as a cornerstone of the West Cancer Resource Center.By hosting the web site the Williamsburg Regional Library gives access to the public during all the hours the library is open and web access 24 hours a day. The Phillip West Cancer Resource Center is the result of an innovative partnership between the Williams burg Regional Library and a variety of community organizations.Janet Crowther will accept the award on behalf of the Williamsburg Regional Library.
Friends of the Library Award
The Friends of the Library Award is awarded to the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library for overall commitment to the Virginia Beach Library.The Friends contrib ute approximately $50,000 to the Library for many various activities such as authors,summer reading programs,newsletters and special programs such as FRED (Families Reading Every Day).Of particular interest are their community activi ties such as a sleep-over at the Cen tral library for children from target, at-risk neighborhoods,their work in the United Way Campaign through the Library Department,and award ing eight high school seniors with $500 scholarships.During the legis lative sessions they spoke before the General Assembly delegation for full funding of state aid and technology and help educate the local citizens on the Library Referendum.
Trustee Library Award
The Trustee Library Award is awarded to Linda Conti-White of the Loudoun County Public Library for her continuous effort to defend the rights of all citizens to have open access to information.Linda Conti-White worked as a tireless advocate for the libraries,effec tively communicating her vision for the best public library service and her commitment to open access. She never backed away from her position on restoring the American Library Association Bill of rights to the Loudoun County Public library. She has provided leadership and guidance to local advisory boards, worked closely with local funding authorities and advocated for public libraries at the state level.She has been a member of the Loudoun County Public library Board of Trustees since 1991 and has worked continuously for the good of the library and the community.
Honorary Life Member Awards
Rebecca "Becky "Laine has been a member of VLA since 1966.She has held the following offices or worked on the following committees in the association:Chair of Region II, Member of the Continuing Edu cation Committee,Member of the Nominating Committee,Assistant Editor of the VLA Newsletter,Editor of the VLA Newsletter,Chair of the Publications Committee,and the Virginia Libraries Editorial Board. In 1996,she interviewed children 's author,Tasha Tudor,for the winter issue.She has worked diligently in her various capacities serving VLA over the years,but equally impor tant was her encouragement of the Longwood Library staff to partic ipate in the association.She has retired from Technical Services at Longwood College Library effective June 30,1999.
Ruth J.Turner,previously of the Fair fax County Public Library System for 22 years,has been active in VLA since 1984.She has served three terms as Treasurer of the Parapro fessional Forum.During her tenure the first Paraprofessional Confer ence was held.She served on VLA 's Nominating Committee in 1995 and on Local Arrangements Com mittee for the 1997 Annual Confer ence in Crystal City.Although Ruth retired in 1995,she has continued to be active on the Paraprofessional Board and the conference commit tee.Her enthusiasm for the asso ciation and its members continues to be strong,despite her "retire ment."
The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 1999 Virginia Library Association Scholarships. Both recipients were awarded $2,000 to assist them in pursuing Master 's degrees in library science. VLA congratulates Carolyn and Lou and wishes them well in their stud ies.
Carolyn Gardner currently works for The Mariners 'Museum Research Library and Archives in Newport News,where she answers research requests,provides description writ ing for special museum exhibits,and works in Acquisitions.She has a BA in English from Christopher New port University and an MA in Victo rian Literature from Old Dominion University.Carolyn will be attend ing the Florida State University 's library program and hopes to even tually focus on library conservation projects and research.
Louise Taylor is currently employed by the Johnson Center Library at George Mason University in Fair fax.She has undertaken a variety of roles in the Circulation and Cata loging departments,and currently works as a reference and instruction assistant who manages the library 's electronic classroom.Lou received a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and will be attending the library program at the University of Maryland,College Park,in the fall.She would like to continue to work in an academic library as a science reference librar ian.
These scholarships are made avail able this year through the generos ity of Blackwell North America and the Information Access Company. The Scholarship Committee grate fully acknowledges this support.
1999 Jefferson Cup Award Winner
Gary Paulson 's Soldier 's Story:Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charlie Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers (Dela corte)is the winner of the 1999 Jef ferson Cup Award.
Soldier 's Heart makes an incredibly powerful contribution to children 's literature,telling the story of the young Charley Goddard 's experience as a soldier in the Civil War.Desiring to be a part of the anticipated short shooting war against Johnny Reb,Charlie lies about his age and enlists.His naive excitement vanishes after he experiences the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.Although he survives the actual battles,the price of war leaves him with a "soldier's heart,"today known as post-traumatic stress disorder,and he dies at age twenty three.Because of Paulson 's extensive research and attention to details, Soldier 's Heart captures the horrific history of Civil War battles with realism rarely experienced in books for young adults.