2008 Braverman Winner

Media Release

Dr. Terrence W. Epperson
Chair, Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize Committee
Progressive Librarians Guild
Phone: 609/771-3352
FAX: 609/637-5177
E-Mail: epperson@tcnj.edu

April 29, 2008

Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize Winner Announced

(The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ) – The Progressive Librarians Guild is pleased to announce the winner of the 2008 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize. This year’s prize has been awarded to Miriam Rigby for her essay entitled “Just Throw It All Away! (and other thoughts I have had that may bar me from a career in archiving).” Ms. Rigby is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at the University of Washington’s Information School and plans to graduate in spring, 2008.

Essays were submitted by library and information science students from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Their papers considered such subjects as the USA Patriot Act, health literacy outreach, and humanism as critical librarianship. Ms. Rigby’s essay will be published in the forthcoming issue of Progressive Librarian, the journal published by the Progressive Librarians Guild. She will also receive a $300 stipend for attendance at the 2008 American Library Association’s annual meeting in Anaheim, CA, and an award certificate at the PLG annual dinner on June 29, 2008.

The Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize is awarded annually for the best essay written by a student of library/information science on an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries or librarianship. The prize is named in honor of Miriam Braverman (1920-2002), an activist librarian who was a longstanding member of the Progressive Librarians Guild and a founder of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. She was a strong proponent of the social responsibilities perspective within librarianship and an inspiration to younger librarians entering the field.

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) was founded in 1990 and is committed to supporting activist librarians and monitoring the professional ethics of librarianship from a perspective of social responsibility. For more information, visit the Guild’s website at: http://libr.org/PLG/