2020 AzLA Service Award Winners

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Congratulations to the 2020 AzLA Service Award Winners

Newton And Betty Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award   
René Tanner 
René Tanner is an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University in the STEM  Division. She started her career as an academic librarian at Montana State  University in 2008 and joined Arizona State University Library in 2011. She is  currently serving a second term as Treasurer for the Arizona Library Association,  which ends in 2021. René specializes in sustainability and life sciences. She is a  co-editor of the upcoming book, Sustainability in Libraries, slated for publication  in 2021 by ALA Editions. She is a frequent presenter on the topics of conflict  management, empathy, and sustainability as it pertains to work in libraries. 

Outstanding Library Service Award
Janene Van Leeuwen Janene Van Leeuwen is a Library Asst. II who develops and oversees the Education  & Entrepreneurship Outreach efforts for the Buckeye Public Library System. She  taught K-8 music and technology for 6 years and served as the Community Outreach  Coordinator for the Liberty District for four years, Director of Arts Education for the  West Valley Arts Council for 3 years and most recently has overseen the Education  and Entrepreneurship Outreach efforts for the Buckeye Public Library System for  the past 5 years. She has used her education background, experiences and skills  to develop and run the Entrepreneurship Outreach Network (EON) program, in  partnership with ASU Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the City of Buckeye  Economic Development. She helps link today’s innovative people (youth and adults),  with today’s growing Buckeye through workshops, meet-ups, networking, mentoring  and a variety of opportunities that will help them start or grow their business.

Sharon G. Womack Outstanding Library Tech Award
Elma Shaffer 
Elma Shaffer was born in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico and holds Bachelors’ Degrees  in Business Administration and Education. Prior to joining the Pima County  Public Library, she spent 10 years working as an Administrator and Specialized Job  Counselor, managing financial resources for programs related to unemployment,  recruitment and job training. She also has six years’ experience in early childhood  and special education. She has spent the last five years as the Children’s Services  Library Associate and Circulation Manager of the Santa Rosa Library. Her  passion lies in creating meaningful connections with people. She enjoys teaching  children and creating new and exciting ways to increase their love of learning. Her  enthusiasm in developing connections with agency partners has aided in deep  and meaningful collaborative projects serving the local community. Her hobbies  include STEAM education, astronomy, photography, yoga and zumba fitness.

Outreach Service Award
Nicole Umayam As the Digital Inclusion Library Consultant at the Arizona State Library,  Archives and Public Records, Nicole supports small, rural, urban, tribal, and  academic libraries throughout Arizona on digital equity initiatives including  wi-fi hotspot and laptop lending, tech training for librarians, community based digital preservation, and improving library broadband networks.  This work was kick started through participation in the National Digital  Inclusion Alliance’s project, the Digital Inclusion Corps. She has a MA in  applied linguistics and a MLIS from the University of Oklahoma.

Outstanding Youth Services Librarian Award
Caitlin Burns Caitlin has worked for Pima County Public Library since 2005. She began the  PCPL Snack Program in 2013 which was awarded an honorable mention in  the Wellness, Safety and Sustainability category by the Urban Libraries Council  the following year. The program has since expanded to 12 libraries, serving  thousands of meals to Tucson-area children and teens each school year. Until  recently Caitlin was the Children’s Services Manager at Joel D Valdez Main  Library in Tucson where she oversaw a renovation of the 9,000 square foot  Children’s Room, funded in-part by an IMLS LSTA grant thanks to the Arizona  State Library. Caitlin now manages the Nanini Library in Northwest Tucson. 

Follett School Librarian of the Year
Lisa Morris-Wilkey Lisa Morris-Wilkey is currently a Teacher Librarian at Casa Grande Middle School as  well as Lead Librarian for the Casa Grande Elementary School District. She has been  an educator and school librarian in Casa Grande since 1991. Her passion is helping her  students find the right book at just the right time. Lisa is the current co-chair of the  International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Young Adult Choices committee, a member  of the Children’s Author Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), and has  been a member of the American Association for School Librarian’s (AASL) Conference  Committee: Author Program and Local Arrangements. Lisa is also a current board  member for the Assembly of Literature for Adolescents for NCTE (ALAN) and a  member of the Achieve Pinal committee – a regional grassroots effort dedicated to  working to develop a competitive workforce for future jobs by improving educational  attainment in Pinal County.

Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library Support Staff Heather Severson Heather Severson is a Program Instructor at the Pima County Public Library, where  she helps people use library resources to achieve their goals of personal development,  career advancement, and life-long learning. Heather has worked to support learning in  a variety of settings, including The University of Arizona, Pima Community College,  and the National Math and Science Initiative. Each summer she scores Advanced  Placement English Language and Composition Exams for the College Board. As a  freelance education writer, Heather has written assessments, instructor manuals, and  other content for many of the top education publishers. Heather started iSchool at the  University of Washington in September 2018, and expects to graduate in June 2021.

Library Volunteer of the Year Award
Robert Marlowe My name is Robert Marlowe. I moved across the street from the Parker Public  Library in Parker, AZ in 2014. At that time I was very shy and did not like to be  around many people. I went to the library to use a public computer one day and  the ladies there asked me for help moving some boxes. The next day I decided to  walk across the street to see if they needed more help. They were grateful for the  nice gesture. I continued going to the library to help with whatever was needed. The  ladies working there were friendly and it was nice to do something for others. I  have been volunteering at the library for 6 years. I go there every single day they are  open. The staff and ‘friends’ of the library are my family. We all work together to  make our Town a better place. I always knew God had a plan for me. I am thankful  to be part of this team. Thank you for picking me for this award. I am honored.
Louise Stephen’s Memorial Scholarship
Sheryl Orman  
Cheryl grew up in a large family who all enjoyed trips to the public library, and  she continues to be an avid patron of the Pima County Public Library. Attended  the University of Arizona, and worked several jobs before obtaining a position  at the Murphy-Wilmot Branch of the Pima County Public Library system. She  worked there for over ten years, and now attends the University of Arizona’s  School of Information and Library Science. Sheryl recently moved to a new  position at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. branch library. When not working or doing  homework, she can be found volunteering at the Friends of the Pima County  Public Library, playing chess, swimming, or spending time with her family.

2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award Winners

The picture book category winners
Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans
The non fiction category winner
Annette Pimentel
The intermediate category winner
Victoria Jamieson
The Tween category winner
Alan Gratz
The tween nonfiction category winner
Patricia O’Connell Pearson

Service Awards Committee Members 

Chair Margie Trujillo-Farmer
Amy Rusk
Ingrid Trebisky
Jamie McCraw 
Jean Kilker 
Jennifer Whitt  
Judi Moreillon 
Kathleen Wade 
Kelly Akin 
Lynette Christensen 

Grand Canyon Reader Award Committee 

Co-Chairs Kerrilta Westrick and Shirley Berow
Mary Wong, Chair of the Picture Book Committee
Libby Gilmore, Chair of the Intermediate Committee
Jean Kilker, Chair of the Teen Committee 
Kerrlita Westrick, Chair of the Tween Committee

Louise Stephens Memorial Scholarship Committee 

Erin Lorandos
Wade Stephens
Rachel Martinez 
Lisa Colcord


Follett School Solutions
Oro Valley Friends of the Library
Pima County Public Library
Little Chapel of All Nations

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