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
“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
“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.”