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WOOOHOOOOOOOOO JEN!!!!  This award is absolutely befitting of your

Lee M. Koenigs

Library Director

Libby Memorial Library

MLA Small & Rural Library Group Chair

Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064


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*Subject:* [MELIBS-L] {Disarmed} Fwd: Congratulations to 2021 Emerson
Greenaway Recipients

Wow! Congratulations to Jen on this remarkable, well-deserved honor. (Ed
Garcia is also a real luminary.) --Steve Norman

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Subject: Congratulations to 2021 Emerson Greenaway Recipients
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*✨2021 Emerson Greenaway ✨*

Each year the New England Library Association awards the Emerson Greenaway
Award to an individual who has provided distinguished service in
librarianship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NELA made the decision not to
present this award in 2020, as we did not feel there was a proper way to
acknowledge and honor the contributions of a librarian deserving of this
award under the circumstances. As a result, we are pleased to present two
outstanding individuals with this honor in 2021.

*Jennifer Alvino: Director of the Windham Public Library in Windham, Maine*

By the time Jen graduated with an MS in Library and Information Services in
2008 from Simmons College, she had already dedicated many years to working
in public libraries. She began her career in 1994 as a Page at the
Portland Public Library. Since then, she has held a variety of positions,
from office assistant, substitute, and Lending Services and Systems
Coordinator in Portland, to Technology Coordinator, Head of Lending
Services, and Interim Assistant Director at the Walker Memorial Library,
before becoming the Director of the Windham Public Library in 2013.

Jen’s influence as a librarian extends well beyond her service area. She
has made significant contributions to the Maine Library Association as a
longtime active member, recently serving as the Association President from
2019-2021. MLA named her Outstanding Librarian of the year in 2014. Jen
has also been active in the American Library Association for many years,
was the ALA Maine Chapter Councilor from 2014-2017, and has been active on
many committees.

In addition to her many achievements, Jen is described by her colleagues as
collaborative, thoughtful, dedicated, humble in her leadership, and
generous with her time. As a former New England Library Leadership
Symposium attendee and former ALA Leadership Institute graduate, Jen freely
gives her time to mentor students and colleagues whenever they need
guidance. She is a fierce advocate, having been instrumental in guiding a
team that championed students’ right to read in response to adverse
legislation proposed in Maine in 2019. Jen’s successful work in defeating
this legislation was important and instructive for other states’ efforts to
defeat similar legislation. Library workers across the country, but in
particular those within the New England region, benefit greatly from the
selfless work Jen has done over the course of her career.

*Edward Garcia: Director of the Cranston Public Library in Cranston, RI*

Ed has made an enormous impact on libraries in Rhode Island and across the
country since graduating from the University of Rhode Island’s GLIS
program. He started as the Assistant Director of the Adams Memorial
Library in 2008, but has since spent the majority of his career in
Cranston, serving as the Information Access Librarian, Technology
Coordinator, and has been the Director since 2012. Ed was the first
library in the state to go fine-free for teens and children, providing
framework for other libraries in the state to follow suit, thus removing
barriers to library access among RI youth. Under Ed’s leadership, the
Cranston Public Library was the winner of the Jerry Kline Community Impact

Ed has been an active member of the Rhode Island Library Association for
many years and served as the President of the Ocean State Libraries from
2014-2017. Ed has also served as a member of the American Library
Association’s executive board since 2018, where he is lauded for his
ability to guide discussions towards productive outcomes, and for his
ability to bring people with strong and opposing viewpoints together.

Ed is known among his staff, colleagues, and friends for his strong
leadership, collaborative spirit, and his willingness to help develop young
talent. Ed freely shares his knowledge and willingly mentors those within
his circle, and is known to be fair-minded, forward-thinking, generous,
humble and likable. He is a dedicated librarian with a strong
collaborative vision. Ed is always the first to acknowledge and praise the
contributions of others, preferring not to stand in the spotlight alone.
He is a true leader who has had a positive impact on libraries both within
the New England region and around the country.

Please join the New England Library Association in thanking both Jen Alvino
and Ed Garcia for their outstanding contributions to libraries over the
course of their careers. I am honored to present them with the
distinguished Emerson Greenaway award, and look forward to the official
presentation at the NELA conference on October 18th.

New England Library Association


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