2014 Joey Rodger Award Winners

July 24th, 2014

Contact: Robert Shalett
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Cincinnati, Norman, OK and San Francisco Library Executives Receive the 2014 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Awards
July 24, 2014 (CHICAGO) The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has presented three public library executives with the 2014 Joey Rodger Leadership Award. The Joey Rodger Leadership Award, in the amount of $5,000, provides directors or senior managers of a ULC member library with an opportunity to strengthen their executive skills through a structured professional development program.
Paula Brehm Heeger, Service Operations Manager of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, has a strong track record of leading innovation, including the reorganization of the PLCH Main Library, about which she co-authored an award-winning article in Public Libraries, the creation of her library’s Virtual Information Center and the launch of a teen services department. Ms. Heeger will use her award to attend the Kennedy School’s Leadership for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.
As Chief of Branches for San Francisco Public Library, Edward Melton directs 27 branch locations as well as the library’s bookmobile services. He will use his award to participate in a Public Leadership course at Brookings Executive Education in order to strengthen his ability to generate library services that open greater economic and educational opportunities for all patrons.
Lisa Wells is Assistant Director for Library Services for the Pioneer Library System which serves the Norman, OK region. In this capacity, she supervises Branch and Systems Managers including technology, collections, and outreach. With the Joey Rodger Leadership award, Lisa will attend the Strategic Foresight program at the University of Houston.
The Joey Rodger Leadership Award was established in 2004 to honor ULC’s first full-time chief executive officer and president, Eleanor Jo “Joey” Rodger. The award pays tribute to Rodger’s dedication to leadership in the public library and her support of library leaders.
“We are elated to support three individuals’ professional development, building leaders in communities for the future,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “These are already hard-working leaders who will continue to influence the evolution of public libraries in the 21st century.”
About the Urban Libraries Council The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) is a membership association that includes leading public library systems in the U.S. and Canada who are shaping the future of library service to people and communities. While ULC’s members primarily represent urban and suburban communities, lessons from their work are used by library leaders everywhere who are committed to the continuous evolution and strengthening of libraries to meet changing community needs. ULC strategically addresses issues important to all communities including education, workforce and economic development, public safety, environmental sustainability, health and wellness.