NEWPORT, R.I. - Naval War College (NWC) reference librarian Alice Juda received the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award on Dec. 3 at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times.
“I’m proud and delighted,” Juda said. “And the award is as much for me as it is for my colleagues here at the War College.”
She was one of 10 librarians recognized nationally for service to their communities, schools and campuses. The American Library Association (ALA) administered the award through the Campaign for America’s Libraries, its public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Each of the 10 award winners received a $5,000 cash award.
Juda, in her 21st year of service at the Henry E. Eccles Library at NWC, started working there after she earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Rhode Island. She was nominated for her engaging, outgoing personality and resourcefulness. Her nominator said she has a strong ability to find researchers’ exact needs.
“Alice always seemed to have an answer at her fingertips, or at least within easy reach,” said Shaun Brown, who was a Naval War College student last academic year. “Every resource she pointed me to did the trick.”
In his nomination letter, Brown recalled visiting Juda many times to find research materials. He also said she is always professionally up-to-date, energetic, and a quality leader in the NWC research community.
More than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian for the I Love My Librarian award. Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. In order to be eligible, the nominee had to have received a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational institution accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
NWC Library Director Terry Metz said the award, coming from ALA, carries considerable weight and praised Juda’s performance in the workplace.
“This is a marvelous opportunity for Alice, both as a professional and [staff member] at the War College library,” Metz said. “This is recognizing Alice as being a peak performer in her profession.”
The award, which began as The New York Times Librarian Awards in 2001, is now a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association. More information about the award recipients is available at www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.
By Tyler Will, NWC Public Affairs Office