Librarian Wins MLA Award

Library staff flank Lauren Williams in a posed shot as she holds her awardWe are very proud of librarian Lauren Williams, adult and community services manager at the Columbia Public Library, who won the Ronald G. Bohley Award in October at the Missouri Library Association (MLA) conference for her work furthering library cooperation.

According to the MLA website “the Ronald G. Bohley Award is presented jointly by MLA and Amigos Library Services to an individual or individuals whose actions have led libraries to work better together and who exemplify the best efforts to reach out beyond his or her own institution to further multi-type library cooperation throughout the State of Missouri.”

Lauren has served as one of the co-chairs of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read community-wide reading program since 2010. In this role, she has reached out to all area college libraries for participation in the One Read task force of local media and community organizations. One of the One Read task force members, Jennifer Gravley, associate director of Columbia College’s Stafford Library, nominated Lauren for the award. What a nice nod to Lauren’s efforts to reach out into the community!