Tammy Turgeon Named 2016 MLA Librarian of the Year

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce Tammy Turgeon has been named 2016 MLA Librarian of the Year. Turgeon, director of Sterling Heights Public Library and Suburban Library Cooperative will receive the award during the MLA 2016 Annual Conference, October 26-28, in Lansing.

Turgeon has been serving the southeast Michigan community since 1993 and earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University in 1994 and her B.A. in Elementary Education from University of Michigan in 1991.

As part of an ongoing effort to connect schools with their local public libraries, Turgeon is coordinating the Suburban Library Cooperative members’ expansion of the ConnectEd program started by the Clinton Macomb Public Library. This project would allow schoolchildren from 20 school districts in Macomb County, Troy and Harper Woods to access the area’s 21 public libraries’ electronic resources in the classroom, at home or on the go simply by using their school ID card. 

“Tammy is a perfect example of today’s librarian with the vision to reimagine library services and to help the libraries take on the many roles needed in the community,” said Gail Madziar, MLA executive director. “Her use of technology to provide access to library resources and equal learning opportunities will help all students succeed and acquire important 21st century information literacy skills. This is just one reason Tammy is so deserving of this award.”

For more than 30 years, the MLA Librarian of the Year Award has recognized a librarian’s outstanding contributions and accomplishments to the library community. Winners of this award provide innovative library service to his or her community and promote collaboration among libraries. The MLA Librarian of the Year shows evidence of personal and professional achievement as well as initiative and creativity. They are leaders who provide cutting edge ideas that inspire people.

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