4 September 2015 National Accolade for Local Librarian

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4 September 2015 National Accolade for Local Librarian

Promoting literacy and a love of learning in young people has been a career-long passion for Coffs Harbour library professional Judy Atkinson – and it has now led to her being named the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Technician of the Year.

“Judy is a familiar and well-liked figure among regular library-users, but most importantly, for young people who’ve grown up in the area,” said Enzo Accadia, Council’s Section Leader Community Programs.

“Perhaps she’s best known for being one of the main story-tellers at the Library Service’s popular Storytime for pre-schoolers and as a driving force behind the many craft and science-based holiday activities we run. But her enthusiasm goes far beyond what the public sees so it’s great to see her rewarded with such a prestigious award.”

Judy, who is the Children’s and Youth Services Coordinator for Council’s Library Service, was presented with her award at ALIA’s 2015 National Symposium in Hobart.

The accolade not only recognised her commitment to literacy but also her behind-the-scenes work in creating supportive networks of librarians who can share their skills and knowledge to further literacy, as well as her work in the education of library and information science students.

Coffs Harbour’s Mayor Councillor Denise Knight joined in the congratulations.

“It’s always a pleasure to see dedication and commitment publicly rewarded, but there’s an added layer of enjoyment when you see someone given recognition for their passion for helping others,” she said.

“Judy can be rightly proud of the work she’s done over the years in sharing that passion for literacy with the youth of Coffs Harbour.”