New Year Honour – OBE

I’m excited at being able to congratulate my friend and colleague Kathy Lemaire for her outstanding achievement in earning one of the great awards in the UK which honours personal and professional contributions to society!

Kathy Lemaire, the Chief Executive of the School Library Association in the UK has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to education.

Kathy has been at SLA since 1997, and was previously Principal Librarian for the Oxfordshire Schools Library Service.

On hearing of the award Kathy said

I consider this honour really to be an acknowledgement of the work of the SLA and the importance of school libraries rather than a purely personal one, so it is for all of those hardworking school librarians at the sharp end too!

I have worked (and played) with Kathy as a member of the Executive of the International Association of School Librarianship. I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet many of the hard working and enthusiastic librarians in the UK when I attended and presented a session at their annual weekend conference held in Bath, UK : 23-25 June, 2006.

Kathy has always been a gentle, kind, and professionally strong quiet achiever, putting the interests of school libraries and her association first in all her endeavours. A wonderful acknowledgement of her career. Congratulations Kathy.

So work and play combine in the picture below – a glorious evening cruise in Lisbon, Portugal, as part of the IASL annual conference in 2006. On the left is Kathy Lemaire, and on the right is Karen Bonnano, an Australian from Brisbane (and another generous and strong library professional) who manages the IASL Secretariat.

  • Giveaway of the day

    Thanks to the Edublog awards and the worldwide ‘cross-posting’ about this event, I have discovered a great new-to-me blog and a great new-to-me blog-based advertising initiative – with benefits for us all.

    Reid Kerr College Library ….is much more than just books… online journals, ebooks, websites…video, sound, did I mention e-books? …..doing the searching so you don’t have to!!! A great site making use of Joomla (I will have to look into this!) and lots of social-networking tools. I’m always on the look-out for exciting libraries like this one! Many tools in action – blogging, wiki, delicious, LibraryThing and more. Check out their NewsBlast provided via Pageflakes.

    I love the audacity of the e-mission for NewsBlast information services:

    All I am trying to do here is draw together many strands of what should be interesting information (we are educationalists, after all) in one easily accessible website which consists of a mere 4 pages. If you don’t think this is useful, fair enough! Build your own.
    It’s called Current Awareness. Try it sometime.

    See what I mean? Great work from Reid Kerr College Library!

    I discovered them via their blog arKIve where they ‘ain’t too proud to blog’.

    I discovered one of their new-to-me resources, Giveaway of the Day. What a great way for software publishers to distribute great software in a new, and what’s also important, legal way! New software featured each day – and available for download for 24 hours – I have downloaded the current offering!

    Now and then you will find great things to use for your yourself, your school or your library!

    For now I have added a widget to the sidebar here because it highlights the current Giveaway of the Day. You can also add this service to your RSS feeds, and be ready to grab a bargain whenever you spot one that’s interesting for yourself.