Denise Sumida Wins National Buzz Award

Denise Sumida, a 1997 LIS alumnus, has been awarded the School Library Journal’s Buzz Award, sponsored by @BrainHive. The school librarian from Pearl Harbor Elementary was recognized for her exemplary use of digital content to engage students in a range of reading and literacy projects. This award is given to a librarian who is developing innovative ways to increase reading and spark social interaction. Denise was presented with the award at the 2014 SLJ Leadership Summit held in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a guest of Brain Hive. She received a $1,000 cash award, plus $1,500 in Brain Hive Bucks for use during the current school year.

Denise commented, “I feel very fortunate that my library program was selected for this honor. It’s only been possible through the support from my faculty, administration, and fellow librarians who are willing to share and collaborate on lessons and programs.”

Her winning program is profiled in the December 2014 issue of SLJ. Congratulations, Denise!