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December 17, 2008 > Librarian receives national award

Librarian receives national award

Submitted By Lupe Gonzalez

Amy J. Cheney of the Alameda County Library was named one of ten librarians recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. More than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian. Amy was one of ten recipients who received the award.

Each of the ten award winners receives a $5,000 cash award and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York at The Times Center, hosted by The New York Times on December 9. Amy provides library services for incarcerated youth at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. She is known as an advocate of these youth with a dedication to providing great reading choices, well known author presentations and workshops that influence the youth's ability to make good choices after incarceration.

"Librarians are even more important to their communities in this digital age," said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. "They are the people many turn to for help in navigating the complex and information-rich world of the web where the quality of the research and reports is not always clear."

Janet L. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company said, "Literacy and public access to knowledge are critical to our democracy and the work of these librarians quite simply, enriches us all."

The ALA administered the award through the Campaign for America's Libraries, its public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

The award, which began as The New York Times Librarian Awards in 2000, 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.

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