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Baldwin Libraries Win Award, Present at Conference
Posted 04/03/2017 01:37PM

On Friday, March 31, Baldwin seniors Jane Bradley and Madeleine Marr joined Director of Libraries and Information Services, Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff, to present the session Out of the Box: Notes from the Archives, at the 2017 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) annual conference. Driven by their deep curiosity about history, these remarkable students worked as Archives Interns to digitize Baldwin photos and documents dating back to the School's earliest days. At the PSLA Conference, Jane and Madeleine addressed an audience of educators to talk about their important work creating the Baldwin Digital Archives, a collection of over 450 digital objects including photos, documents, ephemera and memorabilia that reveal fascinating details about Baldwin, as well as the education of young women in the U.S.; the history of Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, and the Main Line; and the architecture of the magnificent 1892 Frank Furness Bryn Mawr Hotel (later the Residence). 

Also during the PSLA conference, Baldwin’s School libraries were recognized as the winner of the 2017 Outstanding School Library Individual Award by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA). Baldwin's library program was chosen for this award because it exceeds the criteria of "Developing a Vision for Learning," "Role of the Library Program in Teaching and Learning," "Building a Learning Environment" and "Empowering Learning through Leadership."

“Baldwin's libraries are truly an exemplary example of Pennsylvania school libraries,” stated Allison Burrell, PSLA President.

The award process began in June 2016 and included a submission of evidence for the 30 Award evaluation areas that address all aspects of the Library program, including teaching, patron services, resources and furthering the mission of the School.  Letters of support from administrators and teachers in all divisions were also submitted. In November, the Award Committee made an in-person visit to the Baldwin libraries to take a closer look at all aspects of the program and assess how the libraries contribute to the overall mission and educational strategy of the School.

“The Library program at Baldwin enjoys tremendous support from the entire Baldwin School community - trustees, alumnae, staff, students and families, and this has enabled us to develop a school library program that is innovative, exciting and organic,” explained Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff, Director of Libraries and Information Services. “Every program, lesson and event reflects our commitment to being truly student centered and our dedication to the Baldwin Libraries mission to foster a lifelong habit and love of reading and learning.”

Baldwin’s library services team — Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff, Director of Libraries and Information Services, Emily Woodward, Lower School Library and Media Specialist, Shelly Lucia, Assistant Lower School Library Specialist, Sharon Nardelli, Upper School Librarian, and Lauren Friedman-Way, Middle School Librarian, accepted the award during the 44th Annual PSLA Conference, held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.   

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