Congrats to Allison Sloan, 2010 Paraprofessional of the Year

Allison Sloan

Library Journal announced the winner of the 2010 Paraprofessional of the Year Award. Congratulations to Allison Sloan, senior library associate at Reading Public Library in Massachusetts. From the Library Journal article:

Her outstanding service and her championship of the term paralibrarian illustrates her passionately held and most fundamental belief: “This is not just a nice job, this is a career.”

“Of course there is an important place in libraries for people who do not have an advanced degree but who want to pursue a library career,” she says. “In Massachusetts we know that, and we call them ‘paralibrarians.’”

I am so happy to see Allison, a true advocate for the librarian in all of us, receive such well earned recognition. Please take a minute to read the complete article and see for yourself all the contributions Allison has made to the library profession.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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