The Georgia Library Association (GLA) has honored State Librarian Julie Walker of the Georgia Public Library Service with the 2017 Nix-Jones Award. Walker received the award Oct. 5 at the Georgia Libraries Conference in Columbus.
“I am particularly honored to receive this award from the Georgia Library Association,” said Walker. “I am grateful every day to work with Georgia’s outstanding libraries, and I am proud of the work of the dedicated, talented individuals who staff them and support them. I look forward to all we can accomplish.”
GLA’s highest honor, the Nix-Jones Award honors a practicing librarian for distinguished service to Georgia librarianship. It recognizes substantial contributions to the library profession, such as: stimulation of library development, leadership in library programs, unusual and imaginative services, and outstanding support of Georgia’s libraries. Established in 1968, the award is named for Georgia library pioneers Lucille Nix and Sarah Lewis Jones.
The very first Nix-Jones Award recipient was Sara Hightower, namesake of the Sara Hightower Regional Library System in northwest Georgia.
Past Nix-Jones Award winners include former West Georgia Regional Library director Roni Tewksbury and former Deputy State Librarian David Singleton.
Currently GLA has more than 800 members, representing libraries of all sizes and types, including school, public, academic and special.