ARL librarian recognized with 2014 Davis McCarn Technology Award

June 23, 2014

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

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  • The Citizens for Maryland Libraries, a state-wide organization of library trustees and professional librarians, recently recognized ARL Librarian and Harford County Library Board of Trustees Chairman Louise LeTendre with the 2014 Davis McCarn Technology Award.
  • The award is presented annually to a library trustee, advocate, or paid library staff member by the CML president in recognition of outstanding achievement that has improved library service and library advocacy in Maryland.

The Citizens for Maryland Libraries, a state-wide organization of library trustees and professional librarians, recently recognized ARL Librarian and Harford County Library Board of Trustees Chairman Louise LeTendre with the 2014 Davis McCarn Technology Award for "quality technology-based information services to public libraries, schools, local government and all Maryland citizens."

The award is presented annually to a library trustee, advocate, or paid library staff member by the CML president in recognition of outstanding achievement that has improved library service and library advocacy in Maryland.

Criteria for the award include the innovative use of technology to improve library service in Maryland, the innovative use of technology to improve library advocacy in Maryland, or effort and commitment to using existing technology applications to improve library service and library advocacy.

Nominations are made by current and emeritus CML Board members or other interested individuals, and an awards committee of three reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the CML Board prior to the Annual Meeting, where the award is presented.

According to LeTendre, Maryland is fortunate in that the CML has such fertile ground to work in with such good support from the state and county officials.

"As a DOD employee, I am accustomed to the awards culture, but we seldom see it in civilian life and I am proud to be a member of a profession that understands the importance of recognition and performs accordingly," stated LeTendre.

"Harford County residents, young and old, perform thousands of hours of voluntary service in our thirteen libraries every year and are honored by the Board and entertained at an awards and recognition breakfast with entertainment annually; students receive school credit for their service and enter it into applications for college and employment where it always receives favorable attention and eases the path to serious academic study because of the skills they learn as library volunteers," added LeTendre.

LeTendre also noted that it is so fitting for an Army librarian to volunteer in public library development, due to the role of U.S. Army libraries in the development of American public library service.

"It started in the Civil War, but it wasn't until World War II and conscription that Army library service followed wherever American Soldiers were deployed. As troops in England boarded landing barges headed for the Normandy coast, chaplains handed out paperback books for the crossing. I can testify to seeing some Armed Services Editions in the D-Day Museum in Normandy," said LeTendre.

"Army librarians were serving troops in Occupied Germany three months after the German capitulation, and an ARL legacy organization, Materials Research Laboratory, lost its librarian to Nuremberg, where she provided support to the post war trials. The veterans of that war were the generation that voted for the Library Services and Construction Acts, now Library Technology Act, that led to the legislation that enables the county, state and regional library service that we take for granted," added LeTendre.

Last October, LeTendre completed sixty years of working in libraries on three continents and has received numerous awards, but there is one award that she said stands out among the rest.

"The real award is being in a library, to quote Teddy Roosevelt; 'It's a bully pulpit.'"

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 23, 2014