Announcing the Winner of the Great Librarian Write-Out

After a year of excellent writing from some wonderful library professionals and community members, EveryLibrary is excited to announce this year’s winner of the Great Librarian Write-Out.

After a year of excellent writing from some wonderful library professionals and community members, EveryLibrary is excited to announce this year’s winner of the Great Librarian Write-Out.

This year, we chose Courtney Young for her article in the Huffington Post entitled How Libraries Are Transforming Into Community Anchors. This article was written to help celebrate and promote National Library Week in 2015. This article brilliantly points out, “that libraries not only engage, but also transform their communities, especially during times of emergency, when libraries are often the glue that holds communities together.” Besides being recognized by EveryLibrary as publishing one of the best pieces of writing about libraries in a non-library publication, Courtney has also won an award of $250 that was donated by PC Sweeney to make this contest possible.

About Courtney Young
Courtney L. Young is the 2013-2014 ALA president-elect. She is Head Librarian and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny. As an active leader in the American Library Association (ALA), she has served on the ALA Executive Board (2009-2012) and as a past President of the New Members Round Table (2009-2010). In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal "Mover& Shaker", recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a B.A. in English and minors in Black Studies and Women's Studies. She received her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College. Before coming to Penn State Greater Allegheny, Courtney worked at The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, where she received a Staff Achievement Award as the assistant instruction librarian, and Penn State's University Park and Beaver campuses. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to academic librarianship, diversity, virtual reference, and professional development.

Some other notable entries included:

Cool Stuff Librarians Do

Public libraries save lives

The Fight for Miami’s Libraries

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers

Women Who Code in the Stacks

The 22 Stages of Visiting your Public Library

We need Diverse Books: Real Teens Have Their Say

10 People The Library Can’t Live Without

If you missed this year’s contest, we will be launching this contest again for the 2015/2016 year with winners to be announced after ALA Annual 2016. Please start thinking about subjects to write about for non-library publications and get those pens and keyboards ready!


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  • John Chrastka
    published this page in News and Updates 2021-01-23 07:18:39 -0800