Leaders Award Winners
The School of Library and Information Science at the University
of South Carolina presented its annual Literacy Leaders Awards Sept.
14 at the South Carolina State Library.
Established in 2007, the awards recognize individuals or organizations
that had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina. This year’s
recipients are Ginger Shuler, retired chief of youth services for
Richland County Public Library; Pamela Lackey and Martha Smith, AT&T
South Carolina African-American History Calendar; and Phyllis Ford
and Marian Mentavlos, Charleston County: A Community of Readers (COR).
WLTX anchor Darci Strickland emceed the event, which included a
welcome by University First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides and remarks
by Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications & Information
Shuler, a public librarian for 35 years, helped amass the largest
collection of quality children’s books in South Carolina and
has coordinated more than 30 visits by nationally known authors,
illustrators and editors of children’s books to the library.
She also directed two RCPL outreach programs for at-risk children
in childcare centers.
AT&T’s Lackey and Smith develop and promote the annual
South Carolina African-American History Calendar that, for 30 years,
has been an important resource tool for students, educators and the
community. A creative example of literacy, the calendar contains
information about the state’s past and the contributions of
unheralded South Carolinians.
COR, established in 1991 by Ford and Mentavlos, promotes the importance
and love of reading to families, schools and the community through
events, activities, book drives, school awards programs and through
collaboration with booksellers, businesses and non-profit and governmental
organizations and agencies.
The awards were created as part of the School of Library and Information
Science’s literacy outreach. Among those efforts is the popular
and successful Cocky’s Reading Express, which takes student
leaders, Carolina’s mascot and books to elementary schools
throughout the state.
Pamela Lackey and Martha Smith,
||Phyllis Ford and Marian Mentavlos