Three Johnson Public Library staff members were honored with awards at this year’s New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Conference on May 31st. Award winners are selected annually from library staff throughout the state through a competitive nomination process.
Keri Adams, Head of Periodicals and Teen Services at JPL, received the NJLA/NJASL Amy Job Partnership Award, which is given in recognition of a unique cooperative relationship between a public library and a school library. Ms. Adams runs a successful and innovative Book Talks program with Maureen Carroll, the School Media Specialist at Hackensack Middle School. After the talks, students borrow the featured library books on site and return them to the Middle School Media Center.
Genesis Jais, Bilingual Technology Library Associate at JPL, received the Rising Star Paraprofessional Award, which recognizes innovative and creative work in a New Jersey library. She was nominated for her stellar customer service, particularly to the Spanish-speaking population within the Hackensack community, technological expertise, and proactive problem-solving
Elisabet Paredes, Social Media Coordinator and Bilingual Library Associate at JPL, was honored with the Bulman Scholarship, which provides financial support for students working to earn their Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She was recognized for her dedication, drive, and proven efforts in marketing, public relations, and community engagement.
“Every day, Ms. Adams, Ms. Jais and Ms. Paredes serve Hackensack with a strong dedication, as well as outstanding skill and talent. I’m thrilled to see them receive this formal recognition from a statewide professional organization - they’ve earned it,” said Sharon Castanteen, Director at the Johnson Public Library.