2011 Winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Community Member Interviews

When the 2011 Medal Winners were in town to receive their award, we sat down with each winning institution's director and community member to learn more about the impact that the institution is having in its community. Learn more about the 2011 winners.
 

Shaney T. Livingston and Lenor Krome

Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Shaney T. Livingston, director of the Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, FL, sits down with community member Lenor Krome to discuss how Lenor and her family have taken full advantage of this small rural library.

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Arnold Lehman and Virginia Ines Vergara

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, sits down with visual artist Virginia Ines Vergara to discuss how the museum has helped her build confidence as a teacher and an artist.

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Dewitt Harrell and Khamall Howard

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
Columbus Metropolitan Library CFO Dewitt Harrell sits down with Khamall Howard to discuss how his participation in a summer youth program lead to his current job at the Main Library in downtown Columbus.

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Noah Charles Aitchison Adams and his mother Mary Aitchison

EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia, SC
Catherine Wilson Horne, director of the EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, SC, sits down with community member Noah Charles Aitchison Adams and his mother Mary Aitchison to discuss the impact that the museum has had on Noah’s life.

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Victoria Angelo and John L. Vanco

Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
John L. Vanco, director of the Erie Art Museum, sits down with Victoria Angelo, community member and a refugee from Southern Sudan, to discuss how the museum’s Old Songs New Opportunities Project has helped her find employment and opportunities to teach and perform traditional Acholi song and dance.

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Dr. Getachew Haile and Father Columba Stewart

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Collegeville, MN
Father Columba Stewart, director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, MN, sits down with Dr. Getachew Haile to discuss how he became the library’s Cataloguer of Oriental Manuscripts and Curator of the Ethiopian Study Center after fleeing his native Ethiopia.

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Frank Robinson, Chris Corsello and his aide, Lisa Watts

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
Frank Robinson, director of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA, sits down with volunteer Chris Corsello and his aide, Lisa Watts, to discuss the meaningful contribution he has made to the garden.

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Ruth Shelly and Benjamin Perreth

Madison Children's Museum, Madison, WI
The director of the Madison Children's Museum, Ruth Shelly, sits down with Benjamin Perreth, a Visitor Services Associate at the museum, to discuss the impact the museum has had on his life, as well as how the museum has learned from him.

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Jane Light and Vikram K. Kanth

San José Public Library, San José, CA
San José Public Library director Jane Light sits down with community member Vikram K. Kanth to discuss how he has been a has been a strong and effective advocate for the library.

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Terri Summerfield and Gradi Thomson

Weippe Public Library & Discovery Center, Weippe, ID
Terri Summerfield, director of the Weippe Public Library & Discovery Center in Weippe, ID, sits down with community member Gradi Thomson to discuss how the library has become her family’s home away from home.

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