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  • December 05, 2022 8:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Librarian of the Year: Stephanie Walker

    Stephanie Walker became Dean of Libraries at the University of North Dakota's Chester Fritz Library in 2015. Over the course of her tenure, she organized and executed a renovation of the building, and persuaded the administration to significantly increase the library's base budget. The end result is a more welcoming library, better positioned to serve its patrons. In addition, she established a successful Open Educational Resources program, helping faculty at UND identify and adapt freely available course materials for their teaching instead of using expensive textbooks. The OERs program is estimated to have saved UND students some twelve million dollars in textbook expenses just in the past few years. For these achievements, NDLA is happy to name her the 2022 North Dakota Librarian of the Year. Stephanie has since found a new job as Dean of Libraries at the University of Masschusetts in Boston, and we wish her all the best going forward.

    President's Award: BreAnne Meier

    Every association runs on people, and NDLA is no exception. We need people to serve committee chairs, people to serve on committees, and in particular people to serve as officers of the organization. For years now, BreAnne Meier has been helping to find those people in her capacity as the Nominations Chair. She has spent countless hours seeking candidates for our elective offices. Her efforts have benefited NDLA tremendously, and for that, we recognize her with this year's President's Award for outstanding service. Thank you, BreAnne!

    Major Benefactor Award: Oella Fuqua

    Odella Fuqua is an accountant by profession. She began working with the Chester Fritz Library in about 2017, side by side with Stephanie Walker. She worked cheerfully to assist the library in both getting their accounts sorted out, and also in documenting the library's longstanding budget shortfalls and the reasons for them. Her careful, detailed work proved crucial in seeking an increase for the library's base budget of approximately $3 million dollars, which was approved. For that, NDLA is happy to recognize Odella Fuqua as one of this year's Major Benefactors. Congratulations, Odella!

    Major Benefactor Award: The Robert E. Herman Family Foundation

    Over the past several years, the Robert E. Herman Trust has awarded the Williston Community Library over $170,000. The funds awarded to the library were slated for several different programs - Children’s furniture, the children’s librarian’s desk, bookshelves, materials, summer reading program, children’s technology, steam kits, special events, and so much more! Recently, the Williston Community Library was able to complete the Community Room with funds awarded from the Robert E. Herman Family Foundation; to include installing new technology, lighting, paint, and carpet... Through their generosity, the library was able to present a brand new space. Another donation from this foundation awarded the library $50,000 towards the 2023 purchase of the Williams County Bookmobile. "Without donors like the Robert E. Herman Family Foundation, we would not be able to serve our community these wonderful opportunities." - Lea Heiney, Williston Community Library Board President 

  • May 31, 2022 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • May 31, 2022 7:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Conference Catch-Up

    Opening Keynote Speaker

    This year we welcome Taylor Brorby back to the conference. Some of you may remember our 2016 conference when he spoke about the environment, activism, and the book he had just edited, Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories about Fracking in America. Taylor has been busy since then. Teaching, writing, editing, getting arrested at a protest – that stuff will keep a person hopping! His newest book, Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land, is set to release June 7th. Taylor is also the newly appointed Annie Tanner Clark Fellow in Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice at the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah. Learn more about Taylor and his work here.

    One of my first (and favorite!) memories of Taylor is from a gathering of friends one evening. He had been staying in Dickinson, conducting interviews regarding people’s experiences of change amidst the oil boom. Taylor told a story about himself - a boy in pink spandex standing in a field in central North Dakota. Apparently, some folks thought that was a little unusual! I so wished I could have met that boy. I am very much looking forward to learning more about him in the upcoming book. I have since learned to know the beautiful heart and mind of the man he has become. I know what he shares with us will challenge and inspire us to continue to strive to make our libraries even more inclusive and equitable.

    Hear ye! Hear ye!

    Last but not least... This year's conference will see a return of the Conference Book Club with the book Boys & Oil by Taylor Brorby.

    Final logistics are in the works! In the meantime, start reading and come ready to enjoy a discussion.

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