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The Western New York Library Resources Council
announces the 2012 WNYLRC Awards Recognition Winners

The Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) is pleased to announce the 2012 WNYLRC Awards Recognition Winners.  Recipients are chosen for recognition in excellence to librarianship and service to patrons whether by innovative program, creative use of physical environment or person-to-person attention to service needs.

The Western New York Library Resources Council is a state-funded not-for-profit membership driven consortium of libraries and library systems.  The Council serves library professionals in 6 counties of Western New York:  Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans.  WNYLRC annually awards both individuals and institutions that demonstrate excellence either in services to patrons and libraries or for specific library programming.

2012 WNYLRC Award Recognition Winners

Outstanding Library or Library Program Award

1.     Family Reading Night, Hamburg Middle School, Hamburg, NY
In order to foster a greater acknowledgement of the role that families play in nurturing a love of reading and the role of community this school, spearheaded by a group of reading specialists, the librarian and teachers,  puts together a night that offers the entire spectrum of economic and social diversity that encompasses the Hamburg district an opportunity to bond.  Including book talks and book swaps and games and music and donations from local vendors has involved all age levels and this increasingly popular event now regularly expects to draw 400+ participants.  In the best compliment possible, upon learning of this success, the event has been replicated in other districts.

2.     Outreach Programming and Services for Non-Traditional Students in the Buffalo Community, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
This is a unique program which more than fulfills a basic requirement of this award—“touching the lives of individuals who frequently are underserved by the community at large”.  People, Inc. has been given a small office at the library and the students who otherwise would never have experienced “college life” are invited to share in the resources of the library.  What started out as simple book talks has morphed into weekly meetings and projects for Banned Book Week and Black History Month and the purchasing of materials specifically for this student group in mind.  The library has become a haven for them and from student supportive documentation, it is clear that their lives have been enriched in ways that were previously not possible.

Outstanding Library Advocate

James Mendola, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo, NY

Jim has dedicated not only his time voluntarily but his extensive collection of pre-1923 public domain postcards and stereoviews of the gem that Frederick Law Olmsted created for us in our parks system.  By helping to write a grant, researching appropriate hardware and spending hours learning about proper metadata, these cards have been scanned into the New York Heritage Digital Collection and can now be enjoyed by anyone.  As if that weren’t enough, Jim took hours to photograph many of the postcard sites in their present day form to enhance the collection with “before” and “after” views.  This is a huge boost to the Conservancy but also highlights another of Buffalo’s great tourist-ready treasures.