Library Staff Cited for Distinguished Service

October 12, 2016

Two Indianapolis Public Library staff members were recognized for their dedicated service on October 10 during the Library's annual Staff In-Service Day.

2016 IndyPL Norris Award winnerJanet Spaulding was honored with the Library's prestigious Helen L. Norris Distinguished Service Award, named for the Indy Library employee who worked to improve staff working conditions and pay from the 1940's through the 1960's. Beginning as a Library page in 1997, Spaulding has served IndyPL as a children's librarian, supervising librarian, and currently as collection development librarian for juvenile and teen materials. She was recognized for her effective work with staff, community contacts and vendors to create a diverse collection while staying on top of new trends and titles in children's and young adult literature.

"Words cannot begin to explain what a privilege it is serve alongside my esteemed Library colleagues and to serve the children, parents, teachers and caregivers of Indianapolis," said Spaulding.

2016 Staff Day Beth Tindel AwardCheryl Wright, a 27-year IndyPL employee, was named the recipient of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation's prestigious Beth Tindel Award, presented in memory of the 12-year Library staff member who was valued for her enthusiastic support of Foundation activities and passion for Library service. As a librarian, branch manager, and now Manager of Organizational Learning and Development, Wright was cited as a true partner to the Library Foundation which provides support for IndyPL programs and services. Her ongoing support for the Foundation's Staff Development Fund has provided learning opportunities for staff to further the Library's service mission.

"I am honored to receive the Beth Tindel Award," said Wright. "It is a pleasure to work with The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in promoting the Library and helping to develop Library staff."