“Tonight we honor the best of the best,” announced Marion Caldwell Upsdale, the Chief I Infrastructure Quality Producer and Internal Quality Manager of the American Library Association, as she opened the awards banquet for the 2019 annual conference in Washington, DC.
The winners of the top three awards at the event were beyond giddy when their names were announced.
First, in the category for creative budgeting and innovative pecuniary planning, Librarian Helen Plumb From Molunkus, ME, won for her novel budgeting program “Fine by ME.” Using the latest digital technologies, Ms.Plumb was able to track down library patrons who were months if not years behind in paying their library fines.
The award for the most beautiful library display went to Librarian Pansy Renton from Lincoln, NE, for her dazzling display of musical instruments and practice books during the ALA’s annual celebration in September of Band Books Week.
The final award of the night, the Molly Frewen Alcock Award – named for the librarian who invented the revolving wire book rack – went to Bradford Nettles of Pocatello, Idaho, for his extensive and in-depth research “you can’t judge a cover by its book,” a comprehensive look at beautiful book covers for lousy books.
“A beautiful book cover draws you in,” said Mr. Nettles. “It hints at what's to come, but it is unfortunate and completely unsettling when the book inside turns out to be a dud. It’s high time the public is made aware of this literary malpractice.”
Following the awards assembly, all of the librarians adjourned to the bars, pubs, and taverns of DC in hopes that they all had time to restock plenty of alcohol following the previous night’s revelry.