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Outstanding Library Advocate Award

The Oustanding Library Advocate Award began in 2022 to expand the recognition of library advocacy beyond the field of journalism.

This award goes to someone who is not necessarily a librarian, but who has contributed to a library or to the profession in some significant way. An advocate can be a volunteer, paraprofessional, town official, teacher, principal, professor, trustee, sponsor, supporter, or ally – anyone whose advocacy of the profession warrants praise.

Previous recipients include:

 Award Year  Recipient's Name Recipient's Action / Contribution
 2023  Holly Williams  Former Director of Pittsfield Public Library, current Head of Circulation at Bangor Public Library. Holly bravely stood forward as a public role model for rural libraries, reaching out for support from the community and speaking out publicly to challenge a town council decision to reduce the library's budget and staffing. The outcome of this challenge was continued funding for the library; turning a budget shortfall into an increase for the next fiscal year.
 2022 Evelyn A. 5th grade student Evelyn A. offered public testimony before a School Committee for a book challenge at the York Middle School Library.

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