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Awards and Grants

James Partridge Award | Marion Satterthwaite Award | Davis McCarn Award

Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy and Awareness Grant

Outstanding Employee Award | Award Nomination form

James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award

Purpose The James Partridge Award is presented annually to an outstanding African American Information Professional in honor of contributions made to the information profession.
Eligibility A nominee must at the time of nomination, be working in a library, information center, archive, library/information science association, government agency or research center, or in library/information science education.

A nominee must possess a professional degree from an ALA accredited program of library/information science.

Criteria James Partridge, for whom the award is named, was a true advocate for the right of all people to read and to learn. His life-long dedication was without accolades and the deserved level of recognition.

A nominee must, like James Partridge, exemplify the highest ideals of the library/information profession including, career-long dedicated service, leadership and a commitment to the empowerment of those whom they serve.

Nominations Nomination of candidates and selection of the award recipient is made by the James Partridge Award Committee appointed by the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.
Presentation The award is presented during the University Of Maryland, College of Information Studies Annual Celebration of African American Information Professionals held each February.

The Citizens for Maryland Libraries maintains an investment fund which provides a $250.00 to the award recipient.

Deadline Each year, the committee chair must receive nominations by September 30th.
Past Recipients 2015      Wayne Crocker
2014      Dr. Janet Sims-Wood
2012      Michelle Hamiel, Johnnique Love
2009      Jacquelyn Nixon Purnell
2008      Glennor Shirley
2007      Sarah Crest External web site
2006      Dr. Thomas C. Battle
2005      Karen Patterson
2004      No Award Given
2003      Karen L. Jefferson
2002      Nettie Seaberry
2001      Satia Marshall Orange
2000      Gregory L. Reese
1999      Simmona Simmons-Hodo
1998      James Partridge
Make a Donation

Please help fund the James Partridge award with your tax free gift. Mail your check made payable to Citizens for Maryland Libraries in care of our treasurer, Stuart Ragland. Address to Citizens for Maryland Libraries, PO Box 10838, Silver Spring, MD 20914. Checks should be annotated with "Partridge Award."

 

Marion Satterthwaite Award

Presented annually by the CML President in recognition of outstanding achievement that has improved library service and library advocacy in Maryland. Includes a framed certificate, a book store gift certificate in the amount of $100, recognition in the CML Newsletter, on the CML web site and in other CML publicity as appropriate.

Criteria: 

  • A history of effort and commitment that has improved service in Maryland Libraries
  • A history of effort and commitment that has fostered and sustained library advocacy in Maryland.

Satterthwaite award recipients:

2016  Susan Schmidt, Montgomery County Public Library, Media
          AssistantMCPS
2015  Judith McKinney, Cecil County Public Library Board
2014  No Award
2013  Mary Baykan, Director, Washington County Free Library
2012  Lynn Wheeler, CML Board Member and Past President
2011  Pat Fisher, CML Board Member and Past President
2010  Natalie Edington, MLA Federal Legislative Chair
2009  Ruth Showalter, Calvert County Library, former CML Board
          member
2008  Mary Ann Chasen, Lexington Park, St. Mary's Co. Library
2007  Mary Mallery, CML Executive Director
2006  Due to venue change for presentation, there was no award
          this year
2005  David Goldsmith and Maurice Rindskopf, CML Board
          Members
2004  Mitzi Perdue
2003  Everett Friedman, Randallstown Friends of the Baltimore
          County Library
2002  Nettie Taylor, Former State Librarian
2001  Baltimore Sun Reading by 9 project
2000  Estelle Williamson, DLDS
1999  Mary Lou Dewey, Carroll County Public Library and CML
1998  Del. Sheila Hixson
1995  Kitty Hurrey, Southern Maryland Regional Library
1992 - Douglas Hill, President, Friends of the Cecil County Public
          Library

 Award process for the Marion Satterthwaite Award:

  • Nominations are made by current and emeritus CML Board members or other interested individuals.
  • An Awards Committee of three people reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the CML Board prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • If the proposed nominations are approved by the Board, Award Committee members prepare the presentations.
  • The awards are presented by the President at the CML Annual Meeting and announced at the MLA Annual Conference.

 

Davis McCarn Technology Award

Presented annually by the CML President in recognition of outstanding achievement that has improved library service and library advocacy in Maryland. Includes a framed certificate, a book store gift certificate in the amount of $100, recognition in the CML Newsletter, on the CML web site and in other CML publicity as appropriate.

Criteria:

  • Given to a library trustee, advocate or paid library staff member for:
  • Innovative use of technology to improve library service in Maryland, or
  • 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.

McCarn Award Recipients:

2016 John Courie, IT Manager, Caroline County Public Library
2015 Dr. Claude Walston, Professor Emeritus, University of
          Maryland
2014 Tracy Carroll, Western Maryland Regional Library and Louise
          LeTendre, Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees
2013 Stuart Ragland and Michael Walsh, SAILOR
2012  Carroll County Public Library eReader Team (Bryan Hissong,
           Christina Kuntz, Patty Sundberg)
2011  Jill Craig, Western Maryland Regional Library
2010  Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer, Harford County Public
          Library
2009  Craig Abresch, Eastern Shore Regional Library
2008  Nini Beegan
2007  Joseph A. Thompson, Jr.
2006  Due to venue change for presentation, there was no award
          this year
2005  Bob Kuntz, Carroll County Public Library for CML and MLA
2004  Michael Osborne, CML Board Member, Former DLDS staff
          member
2003  Patricia Wallace, Enoch Pratt Free Library
2002  Scott Reinhart, Carroll County Public Library

Award process for the Davis McCarn Technology Award:

  • Nominations are made by current and emeritus CML Board members or other interested individuals.
  • An Awards Committee of three people reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the CML Board prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • If the proposed nominations are approved by the Board, Award Committee members prepare the presentations.
  • The awards are presented by the President at the CML Annual Meeting and announced at the MLA Annual Conference.

 

Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy and Awareness Grant

Mary Lou Dewey, a lifelong advocate for libraries, died on May 22, 2007. Ms. Dewey organized and coordinated a successful countywide campaign to establish a public library in Carroll County. She went on to serve on the Board of Trustees for Carroll County almost non-stop from 1958 through 2006. In April 2007 the Carroll County Board of Commissioners designated National Library Week as Mary Lou Dewey Week in Carroll County.

Ms. Dewey was a founding member and President of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. She was a member of the Maryland Library Association for nearly 50 years. While serving on its Legislative and Planning Committee, she helped draft and facilitate passage of the Maryland Library Act in 1961. She was a delegate to the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Libraries, and the White House Conference on Libraries. She was appointed by Governor Parris Glendenning to serve on the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries. In 2002, Ms. Dewey received the American Library Association Trustee Citation and was named to the ALA National Advocacy Honor Roll.

In honor of Ms. Dewey’s tireless efforts over more than 50 years to enhance library service in Maryland, CML established the Mary Lou Dewey Library Advocacy Fund. This fund supports an annual grant for projects that encourage citizens to use and support Maryland libraries.

Make a Donation

Please help fund the Mary Lou Dewey Library Advocacy Fund with your tax free gift. Mail your check made payable to Citizens for Maryland Libraries in care of our treasurer, Stuart Ragland. Address to Citizens for Maryland Libraries, PO Box 10838, Silver Spring, MD 20914. Checks should be annotated with "Dewey Grant".

Apply for Award

The 2015 Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant Application is due August 31, 2015.

Past CML grant winners

2015 Joppa Branch of the Harford County Public Library (Creation of an interactive art wall, that will be designed by students and used to display artwork by students)
2014 Friends of Carroll County Public Library (Battle of the Books Mini Golf Tournament)
2013 Emmitsburg Library (Early Learning Skills initiative)
2012 Friends of the Laurel Branch Library (two programs for teens)
2011 Friends of Thurmont Regional Library (summer reading programs)
2009 Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (Develop an outreach web site)
2008 Washington County Free Library Friends - Strength in Numbers outreach program (train members to speak to groups as Library advocates )
2004  Frederick County Library
2004 Montgomery County Friends of the Library
2003 Friends of the Darlington Branch of the Harford County Library
2003 Friends of the  MD Corrections Library (to create a family reading area in the visiting room)
2002  Friends of the Washington County Free Library (foreign language program for children)
2001 Enoch Pratt Free Library Friends 
2000  Charles County Library Friends (children’s literary calendar)
1999 Friends of the Baltimore County Public Library ( organize new Friends groups)
1998 Middletown Advisory Board of the Frederick County Public Library (to start 3 book discussions groups)
1997 Friends of the Kent County Public Library  (direct mail campaign)
1996  Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County  (fund raising golf tournament)

 


Outstanding Employee Award

Presented to recognize an outstanding library employee who has made exceptional contributions to his/her library particularly in the areas of customer service or community outreach.

Recipients:

2015  Amanda Courie
2014  Sharon Lanasa

Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant Awarded

Congratulations to the Joppa Branch of the Harford County Public Library, recipient of the 2015 Award for support of the creation of an interactive art wall, that will be designed by students and used to display artwork by students.

Watch for information on the next grant to be awarded in Fall 2015.

Donate to the Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant and Annual Awards funds.

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