ULC Recognizes Two Library Leaders for Extraordinary Efforts
Contact: Sheila Murphy For Immediate Release
ULC, Program & Communications Manager July 9, 2013
Chattanooga Library Director, Seattle Board Member
Honored at ULC Annual Forum
July 9, 2013 (CHICAGO) – A Chattanooga library director who is ushering in significant innovation and a Seattle library champion who pushed for a secure stream of revenue received top awards at the 2013 Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Annual Forum.
Corinne Hill, director of the Chattanooga Public Library, received the 2013 Joey Rodger Leadership Award, which provides $5,000 for a director or senior manager to strengthen skills through a structured professional development program.
Susan Adkins, a longtime board member of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, was given ULC's Urban Player Award in recognition of her civic leadership on behalf of the library as well as her commitment to expanding learning services, particularly for children.
Ms. Adkins has served on the Board of The Seattle Public Library Foundation since 1998. During her tenure, she has chaired the Donor Relations, Advocacy and Governance Committees and also served as vice president and president.
In 1998, Ms. Adkins worked on Seattle's Libraries for All campaign which resulted in a $290 million initiative to rebuild and renew The Seattle Public Library. In 2012, Ms. Adkins lent her leadership to another political campaign which resulted in voter approval of a $122 million levy to supplement city funding and preserve the investment in the 1998 Libraries for All bond measure. The levy passed and will provide $17 million annually to stabilize library funding.
Ms. Adkins has a personal passion for serving young readers. She has a master's degree in library science but, wanting to know more about how children learn to read, she completed a master's program at the University of Washington's School of Education. Her combined knowledge of librarianship and education has helped The Seattle Public Library immensely.
Ms. Hill has been the executive director of the Chattanooga Public Library since March 2012. She is widely regarded as a thought leader on the future of public libraries. She recently addressed the Federal Communications Commission during the 2013 Broadband Summit and was a presenter at the Next Library 2013 Conference in Denmark, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ms. Hill serves on the governing board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She is a current member of American Library Association, Public Library Association and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos.
With her Joey Rodger Leadership Award, Ms. Hill will attend the University of Houston's Strategic Foresight program where she plans to focus on transformational change and collaborative leadership skills.
"We are delighted to recognize these two women who have done so much to support libraries in their communities," said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. "Corinne Hill is already a recognized leader, and this award supports her commitment to learning and continuous development as a leader. Susan Adkins's achievements on behalf of The Seattle Public Library are a testament to the public's belief in the value of libraries as a fundamental community resource."
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