Alumni receive top honors from Michigan Library Association

Five Wayne State School of Information Sciences alumni were recognized at the Michigan Library Awards ceremony held virtually on October 13.

The annual awards are considered the state’s highest honors within the library community and are presented by the state’s leading library advocacy and service organizations - the Michigan Library Association (MLA), the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA). Recipients are chosen through peer review for their outstanding achievements within each category. 

This year’s event was hosted by SIS alumnus Kevin King, the 2020 MLA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Congratulations to this year's recipients! 

School Librarian of the Year Award

SIS Alumna Gwenn Marchesano is pictured with her Michigan Library Association AwardGwenn Marchesano, MLIS 2005
School Librarian, Pioneer Middle School
Adjunct Faculty Member, WSU School of Information Sciences

This award celebrates and honors those who have championed school libraries through volunteerism, administrative support and advocacy.


Rising Star Award

SIS alumna Marissa Boisclair is pictured with her Michigan Library Association Rising Star AwardMarissa Boisclair, MLIS 2020
Children’s Librarian, Genesee District Library

The Rising Star Award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in their career. While new to the profession, winners of this award are forward-thinking, expand the role of librarian and move libraries into the future.


Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth

SIS alumna Sara Magnuson is pictured with her Michigan Library Association awardSara Magnuson, MLIS 2014
Branch Outreach and Program Specialist, Kent District Library

This award is given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth throughout their career.


State Librarian’s Excellence Award

SIS alumna Cindi Place is pictured with her Michigan Library Association awardBellaire Public Library
Cindi Place, MLIS 2020, director

The State Librarian’s Excellence Award highlights the importance of Michigan libraries’ services and recognizes an exemplary library for their commitment to excellence. The State Librarian’s Excellence Award is sponsored by the Roger and June B. Mendel Fund through the Library of Michigan Foundation.

State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence

SIS alumnus Lawrence Marble is pictured with his Michigan Library Association AwardAuburn Hills Public Library
Lawrence Marble, MLIS 2001, director

The Citation of Excellence is awarded by the Library of Michigan Foundation and the Library of Michigan each year to highlight the importance of Michigan libraries’ services.

For more information about the 2021 Michigan Library Association awards and to view the virtual event, visit

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