Queens Library's Madlyn Schneider Wins National Award

Schools and Libraries

December 20, 2012

From: Queens Library
Madlyn S. Schneider of Queens Library was named among 10 librarians recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award encouraged members of the public to nominate their librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries for the difference they make in their communities. As coordinator of Queens Library's Mail-a-Book program, Schneider was noted for creating a lifeline to homebound library patrons.

While many libraries have Mail A Book programs that serve homebound customers, Ms. Schneider's innovation has been the addition of interactive programming that homebound customers use to socialize and in which they actively participate. Ms. Schneider provides a toll-free phone number for customers to call at specific, publicized times. There are chat groups, guest speakers on educational topics, games, art lectures, live comedy and drama and more. Through the phone, homebound customers have found intellectual stimulation and a peer group, going a long way toward relieving their loneliness. Ms. Schneider conducted two sessions to relieve anxiety during Hurricane Sandy. She traditionally conducts a New Year's Eve and New Year's Brunch chat. Those are often lonely times for the homebound who often feel left out of the festivities. All programs and services are free of charge. She is working with the Department of Education to expand programming to homebound children and teens.

The other award recipients are:

Dorothy J. Davison, Horrmann Library, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

Roberto Carlos Delgadillo, Peter J. Shields Library, University of California, Davis

Beatriz Adriana Guevara, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, N.C.

Rachel Hyland, Tunxis Community College Library, Farmington, Conn.

Susan Kowalski, East Syracuse (N.Y.) Minoa School District: Pine Grove Middle School Library

Rae Anne Locke, Saugatuck Elementary "Secret Garden" Library, Westport, Conn.

Greta E. Marlatt, Naval Postgraduate School - Dudley Knox Library, Monterey, Calif.

Mary Ellen Pellington, Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.

Julie Hatsell Wales, McNair Magnet School, Rockledge, Fla.

Each award recipient receives a $5,000 cash award and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, on Dec. 18. Robert K. Massie, winner of the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, for his work, "Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman" will make remarks at the ceremony. 

Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.  Fifty librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian award since 2008.  More information about the award recipients is available at www.atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian. 

The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association.   
Commenting on the 2012 winners, Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation and Past President of the New York Public Library said, "The existence and the welfare of the library are of paramount importance in the life of a society, in the life of a community, the life of a school and a college, the life of a city, and the life of a nation. Indeed, libraries are a central part of our society. They are a critical component in the free exchange of information, which is at the heart of our democracy. In both an actual and symbolic sense, the library-and hence librarians-are the guardians of freedom of thought and freedom of choice."
"The 1,500 nominations that library users nationwide sent in for this award tell a clear story: that librarians make a difference every day in the lives of their patrons and that libraries are vital to their communities," said Maureen Sullivan, President of the American Library Association.

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.  For more information visit: www.carnegie.org

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of $2.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and related properties. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

The American Library Association (ALA), the voice of America's libraries, is the oldest, largest and most influential library association in the world. Its approximately 60,000 members are primarily librarians but also trustees, publishers and other library supporters. The association represents all types of libraries; its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. The ALA administered the award through the Campaign for America's Libraries, ALA's public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.