Awards & Recognition @ your library ®
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FOLUSA/Baker & Taylor Award | Annual Friends of Virginia Libraries Award
2010 Adopt-a-Highway Recognition
In August of 2010, the Friends of the RBC Library were presented with a recognition certificate from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
2008 Best Friends Awards
A division within the American Library Association, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, or ALTAFF for short, named the Friends of the Richard Bland College Library a Best Friends Award winner in the following three categories:
Special Project Publicity (Academic Friends Group)
Fundraisers (Academic Friends Group)
Other – Website (Academic Friends Group)
ALTAFF’s Best Friends Awards recognize Friends around the country for print and electronic materials that promote the group and its special programs and projects. Friends of the RBC Library received honorable mention on the ALTAFF website.
Web designer Deborah Vroman and longstanding Friends member Kay Snavely.
2008 National Friends of Libraries Week Award
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) encourages Friends groups and libraries across the country to celebrate National Friends of Libraries (NFOL) Week each October. With the support of the Lana and Michael Porter Foundation, FOLUSA has awarded five Friends Groups $250 each in honor of their NFOL celebrations this past October.
FOLUSA has honored the Friends of the Richard Bland College Library with the 2008 National Friends of Libraries Week Award in the Academic Friends Group category for their exceptional efforts to promote and celebrate NFOL Week. During the week of October 19-25, the Friends of the RBC Library collaborated with library staff to host a Longaberger® basket & baking dish raffle as well as a silent auction dubbed the Friends Fabulous Flea Market Auction. View photos from NFOL Week 2008!
Library Director Dr. Virginia Cherry was first to hear of the win from FOLUSA and praised the Friends for their continued support of the Library: “What wonderful, wonderful news! The Friends will be so excited to be recognized for all their hard work as well as receiving the additional funds. With the current economic situation, the check for $250.00 will certainly help the Friends of the RBC Library carry on their outstanding programs and support the Library with needed purchases.”
Friends Co-President Carole Summerville with Friends members Kay Snavely and Margo Sommer.
The RBC Friends organization, led by Co-Presidents Dr. LeAnn Binger and Carole Summerville, raised $270 from the both the Longaberger® raffle and the silent auction. These events, publicized extensively through emails and on the Library web page, drew crowds to the Library, and the Friends’ ongoing book sale saw a boom in sales during NFOL Week. In addition to the monetary award, FOLUSA has paid tribute to the Friends of the RBC Library in its January 2009 newsletter, on the FOLUSA website, and during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
2005 FOLUSA/Baker & Taylor Award
Baker & Taylor and FOLUSA (Friends of Libraries U.S.A.) partnered with the American Library Association to present three $2000 awards to Friends groups who have completed outstanding projects in 2005. The awards were presented during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio in January 2006.
The Richard Bland College Library won the @ your library® Campaign Award which honors the Friends group that made the most creative use of the campaign logo and/or slogan during the 2005 calendar year.
Dean of University Libraries Connie McCarthy from The College of William and Mary attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio and accepted the @ your library® Campaign Award on behalf of the Friends of the RBC Library.
Friends President Dr. LeAnn Binger with clock awarded by FOLUSA and Baker & Taylor.
Close-up of clock awarded by FOLUSA and Baker & Taylor.
Visit the FOLUSA 2005 Awards web page.
1999 Award Winners of the Annual Friends of Virginia Libraries Award
In 1999, the Friends of Virginia Libraries presented the Friends of the RBC Library with their Group Award of Excellence which included a monetary award and certificate.
The Friends of the RBC Library were recognized for "excellence in support and leadership of library goals in educational, vocational and individual needs." They were specifically recognized for their Adopt-a-Pecan Tree Preservation Project, Celebrity Fund Raising Auction, Buy-a-Book: Get-a-Slice-of-Pizza-Day, their participation in the "Trees of Christmas" program and a whole host of additional fundraising activities!
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August 18, 2010