Background: The Up & Comer Award was established in 2012 by the Michigan Library Association.
Purpose: The award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in his/her career. While new to the profession, he/she expands the role of librarian through being forward-thinking and moving libraries into the future. Only one person may receive the award each year.
• Demonstrates being an energetic innovative librarian who pushes the boundaries of originality and creativity.
• Helps establish a library culture that sets high expectations, promotes learning, and creates understanding of the library as an integral part of the community.
In her short tenure as a librarian and library director, Natalie has turned the Hopkins District Library into a strong community center. Whether participating in a Christmas decorating contest with local businesses, opening the doors to school tutors, or welcoming local yarn enthusiasts, the library is becoming the place to be.
Natalie has led a successful millage vote for permanent library funding, become a successful grant writer to promote collection development, established a Friends of the Library group, developed a web site for sharing library ideas, and more in just 1 year as a library director.
Natalie’s impressive resume of accomplishments pushed her to the top of the list in a field of strong nominations.For these reasons, MLA would like to award Natalie the first Up & Comer Award.