Monday, October 3, 2011

Emerson Greenaway Award: Shelley Quezada

Shelley Quezada, librarian, professor and consultant extraordinaire, is the worthy recipient of NELA's Emerson Greenaway Award 2011. The award was presented at the Sunday, October 2 NELA banquet by Rick Taplin, Past President of NELA and Head of Systems and Networking, Minuteman Library Network.

Shelley Quezada wears many hats. Biographical information and the photo at the right is courtesy of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library Science website:
"Shelley Quezada is a consultant for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (the state library agency) where she manages grant funded projects to libraries using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds. She coordinates and develops library‑based literacy and ESOL programs in Massachusetts libraries; promotes outreach to special needs populations including the educationally and economically disadvantaged and people with disabilities; promotes library service to multicultural populations and works as liaison with Massachusetts correctional libraries. She has developed and manages many popular grant programs including "Serving Tweens and Teens," "Mother Goose on the Loose," "Conversation Circles " (for English Language Learners), "Serving People with Disabilities," "On the Same Page" (One Book/Community Reads), and "Readers' Advisory." She conducts numerous workshops on proposal writing, evaluation, developing literacy/ESOL programs, services to multicultural populations, readers advisory services and outreach to diverse underserved target groups. With a background in library service in Brazil and Mexico, in recent years she has been active in conducting program evaluation of library programs and services in both Indonesia and West Africa. She has taught the course "Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues and Responses" and "Children's Literature and Media" . A longtime advocate of library support for family literacy, she was a recipient of the Massachusetts Library Association "Hall of Fame" award in 1998."

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