Halie Kerns was recognized as the Fall 2020 recipient of the Robert and Rita Blair Memorial Award. This coveted award is presented to graduating students who show special promise in providing library services to children and youth. The LIS faculty select awardees based on high academic standing and strong evidence of professional leadership.
In her e-portfolio, Kerns wrote, “Throughout my time in the LIS program, I have focused many of my studies on building diverse collections and striving for culturally competent librarianship.” She is demonstrating this as a graduate intern with the non-profit organization, Diverse Book Finder. She and fellow student Jade Sunouchi also recently wrote on a Seed Library project in the most recent HLA Newsletter.