Caitlin Gerrity Kime
Librarian of the Year Award
This year’s ULA Librarian of the Year is Caitlin Gerrity. Caitlin is the School Library Endorsement Program Director at Southern Utah University, supporting teachers in earning their school library credential. Caitlin created and runs a Summer Boot Camp for school librarians and aides every summer, where professionals from across the state meet, network, and receive training. Caitlin continues this training with her open, online training for school library paraprofessionals through an LSTA grant. As a part of her research Caitlin will be presenting at many conferences this year, both in the US and as far away as Portugal.
“Receiving this award is the greatest honor of my career–sincere thanks to the ULA awards committee. I’d also like to thank my wonderful colleagues at Southern Utah University for making our workplace such a nurturing, encouraging, and positive place to grow as a professional in this field.”
Margie Green Schloesser
Special Service to Libraries Award
Margie is a member of the Park City Library Board and a small business owner. She volunteers her time in an effort to sell tiles for a mural wall by coordinating with local businesses, mostly by walking to each storefront, and by brainstorming new ideas for sales, such as tiles being gifts to new homebuyers in the area. The wall, when completed and fully sold, will raise approximately $250,000 for the Park City Library and will take many years’ worth of effort to complete.
“I am honored to serve the Park City community as a member of the Park City Library board. Working with fellow board members, Library Director Adriane Herrick Juarez, the talented Library Leadership Team, and our Friends of the Library partners is a true pleasure. I accept this award on behalf of the entire library board, a group of deeply committed, highly accomplished professionals, and in appreciation of the library staff. Any impact that I have made personally has only been possible because of our teamwork.”
Adriane Herrick Juarez
Distinguished Service Award
Adriane has worked in library systems throughout Utah for 30 plus years, managing and serving as director of many branches. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director for the Park City Library where she recently oversaw a historic renovation to the building. She hosts the “Library Leadership Podcast,” interviewing guests about ideas, innovations, and strategic insights in the profession. This podcast influences many in the library community, sharing ways to remain relevant in today’s fast paced world and helping all to understand the key issues facing libraries. Through the years Adriane has served on many committees and boards, among them are President of the Utah Library Association from 2012-2013, Co-Chair of the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute, and many others. She currently serves as a member of the American Library Association’s Committee on Library Advocacy. Along with her wealth of experience in libraries, Adriane holds Master’s Degrees in both Library Science and Business Administration.
“I am honored to receive the Utah Library Association Distinguished Service Award. Truly, this comes from working collaboratively with amazing librarians all across our state. There are so many inspiring people in this field, providing outstanding services to our communities. As the host of Library Leadership Podcast, I get to interview dynamic librarians to learn about their ideas, innovations, and strategic insights in the profession – and then share those with others. I learn something new every time I do an episode of the show. It’s a thrill sharing that information to make us all better and better at what we do.”
Legislative Award for Excellence in Political Affairs and Library Advocacy
Peter spearheaded the successful coordination between ULA and UELMA to convince the UETN Board to reinstate the EBSCO Database to K-12 Utah schools. As Chair of the ULA Advocacy Committee Peter has overseen participation in Advocacy 101 and the Utah Nonprofit Day on the Hill, also setting up the first dedicated Library Legislative Day in Utah for next year. As the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library Peter has increased funding and eliminated all late fees, and also does Pro Bono training and consulting for libraries and citizen’s groups working on library funding ballot measures.
“I’m deeply honored to be recognized by my peers for my contributions. The work ULA members did in coalition with UELMA, EveryLibrary, and other partners was the key to our success in getting database access restored for Utah students, and a great model of inter-organizational collaboration that I hope to see ULA build on in the future.”
Special Recognition Award
Pat has served on the ULA Conference Committee for nine consecutive years, being in charge of hospitality. Additionally, she served on the Technical Services Round Table as well as the Awards Committee. She went the extra mile to ensure that all presenters and keynote speakers were thanked, directly supporting the ULA President.
“It has been a pleasure to serve the Utah Library Association with the hospitality and web services duties, I really have enjoyed it. Thank you so much.”
This year’s recipient of the ULA President’s Award is Ammon Treasure. Ammon works as a clerk for the Washington County Library System and is an avid advocate for inclusion of all groups of people in the library system. Ammon is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and their inclusion in representation and against the censorship of this community. In particular, Ammon has garnered national attention for his work with LGBTQ themed displays, taking a stand in this area has brought about changes to policy across the state of Utah. Ammon is preparing to continue serving his community as he is furthering his education with a Masters in Library Science.
“I’d like to give thanks for the advocacy of my co-worker Natalie Daniel, the creator of both the original LGBTQ display and the buttons we wore in support of Pride month. Also I want to thank my friends, co-workers, and strangers whose generous contributions have allowed me to attend this, my first ULA conference. I am thrilled to be here and very honored to be recognized. Thank you so very much.”