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Hubbard Receives 2005 Eminent Librarian Award

30 March 2005 William J. Hubbard of Jacksonville State University will be honored with the Alabama Library Association's Eminent Librarian Award in April at the Association's Annual Convention.

The Eminent Librarian Award is given to a librarian who has been in Alabama for a minimum of ten (10) years and who, during this time, has made an exceptional and enduring contribution toward the development of library service within Alabama.

Hubbard has served as the University Librarian at Jacksonville State University since 1988. During his time in Alabama he has made an enduring contribution to librarianship through his leadership roles and participation within the Alabama Library Association, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the LSTA Advisory Council.

Within the JSU community he has done an excellent job promoting libraries and librarianship. Through active participation in the Association he serves as a role model for the library staff. As a result of his guidance and support, JSU librarians are visibly active in state, regional, and national organizations. Further, he continues his scholarship representing the state through publications and presentations at the state and national level.

Of exceptional note is his co-editorhsip of the Alabama Librarian since 1995. During difficult financial and leadership times for the Association, he and Rachel Parker worked to continue and to enhance the publication. The Librarian is now indexed in Library Literature and CIJE (ERIC). Through his efforts, there has been an agreement reached with EBSCO Publishing to provide online access to articles appearing in the journal. These important advances bring greater exposure to our authors and to the Association.

Bill Hubbard came to Alabama from Virginia, where he served as Director of Automation and Networks, Director of Library Services, and Acting State Librarian at the Virginia State Library and Archives. Since coming to Alabama, he has contributed his time and expertise to the Alabama Public Library Service's LSTA Advisory Council.

Mr. Hubbard is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and he received his MLS from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

The Association's awards will be presented during the President's Reception on April 21 at the Birmingham Public Library.

For additional information, contact:

Rosemary Arneson
Chair, ALLA Awards Committee
University of Montevallo
Carmichael Library
Montevallo, AL 35115

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