On August 11, Lynda Murray, Director of Government and Legal Services for the Ohio Library Council (OLC), presented the 2009 OLC Librarian of the Year Award to Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kim Fender. The award honors a librarian whose recent accomplishments have impacted the library profession and/or library service to the community. Award recipients are chosen based on having exhibited distinguished service in the library community; demonstrated evidence of professional and personal achievements; developed and implemented new services; created partnerships within the community to provide innovative services; and been actively involved on the local and state level. Award recipients are chosen by the OLC’s Awards and Honors Committee based on nominations and recommendations received from the Ohio library community.
In her remarks, Ms. Murray stressed that this is the highest honor presented by the OLC. “Kim not only does a great job for her own library but also for public libraries statewide. This is clearly demonstrated through her leadership of OPLIN, the state’s information network; her dedicated service on the OLC Government Relations Committee, her initiative on developing the State’s Ready to Read project, and her innovation in spearheading digitizing collections,” said Murray. Congratulations, Kim!