Brian Hickam, Benedictine University and Betsy Blankenship, Ohio State University Marion
The 2012 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award was given to John J. Burke, Library Director, Associate Librarian, Gardner-Harvey Library at Miami University Middletown. This award “recognizes an individual who: (1.) has been an ALAO member for at least 5 years; and (2.) has promoted academic libraries and librarianship not only on his or her own campus, but also within the state. The award also recognizes someone who has provided leadership in the promotion of ALAO through service such as committee membership, executive board office, or interest group office” (alaoweb.org). In late summer/early fall the Past-president sends out a call for nominations. The Awards Committee is comprised of the Past-president, President, and Vice-president/President-elect.
John has been an active member of ALAO since 1997, serving as President 2004 to 2005. Through his work as a member and chair of the Support Staff Interest Group, the Research and Publications Committee, & other committees and his various presentations at ALAO workshops, annual conferences, and regional and national conferences, John has inspired many to get involved in our association. He spearheaded an ALAO Communications survey that led to improvements in the ways board members communicate issues and events with the general membership. John encourages his Miami University staff to be involved and has mentored many at other institutions. He created and currently moderates an embedded librarian listserv, a result of some of his research interests. Please consider nominating someone for the 2013 award.