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Off to a great start

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College public services librarian Lauren Jensen received the Illinois Library Association’s 2010 Crosman Memorial Award at a ceremony earlier this week at Navy Pier in Chicago.

The award recognizes the achievements of Illinois library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. It honors professionals who have accomplished a great deal in a short time.

“In her four years as a professional librarian, Lauren has been a very active and enthusiastic colleague with us in Hewes Library, in the college and local community, and in our libraries’ regional, state and national organizations,” said Hewes Library director Rick Sayre. “We’re all very proud of Lauren and feel privileged to having someone of her caliber working with us.”

Jensen leads the instruction team at Hewes Library, where she has facilitated an update of library policies. Her collaboration with faculty produces active learning assignments and creative partnerships. She advocated for a Leisure Reading Program and initiated outreach via Facebook to emphasize the relevance of information-seeking in students’ daily routines.

Jensen also coordinates exhibits and programming with the Illinois Humanities Council and other agencies and hosts high school classes who come to the college library for bibliographic instruction.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Jensen received the Alliance Library System’s 2007 Public Relations Award and the ACRL National Conference Scholarship in 2009. She is in the 2010 class of Synergy, the Illinois Library Leadership Initiative.

The Crosman Award is underwritten by Brodart Company and consists of a $75 cash award and a plaque. The recipient of the award, which is named for Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library from 1975 to 1986, is selected by the ILA Membership Committee.