Three HCS Librarians Honored for Outstanding Service
Three library/media specialists with Huntsville City Schools were honored this week for outstanding service to their schools at the Annual Alabama Library Expo. Tracie Rings at Montview Elementary, Melissa Turner at Mountain Gap Elementary, and Susan Fuller at Blossomwood Elementary are all 2019 Recipients of the Herman Moore LAMP Award of Exceptional Service. The recognition is awarded yearly by the Alabama Library Expo to librarians and library media specialists who have rendered outstanding and exceptional service to their patrons, schools, and communities over an extended period of time.
“I was shocked to win the award,” says Melissa Turner of Mountain Gap Elementary, “it meant a lot that my principal recommended me.” Tracie Rings at Montview Elementary, who became a librarian eight years ago after realizing how much she gravitated towards the library while teaching elementary school, says that “it was my happy place, and I knew I would love it here.” Blossomwood’s library/media specialist, Susan Fuller, was very grateful for the acknowledgement from her principal, and mentioned that being able to “work with leaders that appreciate what you do and recognize your hard work - that’s what means the most to me.”
The Alabama Library Expo accepts nominations from January through August of each year from thoseindividuals who supervise the work of the nominee. In order to be considered for the award, a librarian or media specialist must have worked in that role for at least five years in an Alabama library or media center. The Alabama Library Expo Board reviews the submissions of all nominees and presents the awards at the organization’s event during the fall semester of the year.