Laurie McHenry, Head of Technical Services at the Thormodsgard Law Library, received the North Dakota Library Association’s (NDLA) Librarian of the Year Award. The award honors, “an NDLA member who has made notable contributions to the North Dakota library profession, has furthered significant development of libraries in North Dakota, or has performed exemplary statewide service for an extended period of time.”
McHenry’s nomination was accompanied by twelve letters of support from people across the state, including current and past co-workers, current and past employers and employees, and people who worked with her in one of the many roles she has fulfilled within NDLA. Here are just a few quotes from those letters:
“I am in awe of her servant leadership style and willingness to take on any role or help in any situation when needed. She steps forward and volunteers when no one else is willing to do so.”
“That is one of Laurie’s many gifts – mixing high standards and familiar friendliness when guiding others in the profession.”
“I have known Laurie since 2002, and I can attest to her many notable and significant contributions to our profession, her stalwart leadership in the statewide and national library communities, her extensive statewide service, and her dedication to the future of librarianship.”
“She sincerely cares about libraries and librarians across North Dakota and does all she can to assure their success through service, mentorship, and thoughtful information sharing. Laurie McHenry represents what it means to be a librarian in our rural, wide-spread, yet connected state.”
Congratulations to McHenry on earning this amazing, and well-deserved honor.