2014 Twila Snead Award Recipient

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) Announces Twila Snead Commitment to Excellence Award Winner
Winner: FRANKLIN – Access to the FDR Library’s Digital Collections

Highland, NY—June 6, 2014—At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Council, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) announced the winner of the first annual Twila Snead Award for Excellence, given to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to honor the work the library has done in creating their new online virtual research room and digital repository, which is known as “FRANKLIN.” The repository features over 350,000 pages of newly digitized documents from the library’s collection that are now available to the global researching community.

"The SENYLRC Board of Trustees created this award in honor of Twila Snead, who was the Medical Library Manager at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY for twenty years. In her life and work, she was an inspiration to her colleagues, and for this reason, we wanted to recognize a member library, cultural heritage organization, program, service, or staff member for outstanding work. This kind of excellence exemplifies Twila’s dedication to continuous improvement in the service she gave to both her institution and the wider library community," said John Shaloiko, Executive Director of SENYLRC.

Roosevelt Library’s Commitment to Excellence

The first annual Twila Snead Award was presented at SENYLRC’s annual meeting on June 6, 2014, coincidentally held at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. “It is a very special honor to receive the very first Twila Snead award,” said Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Library. As she accepted the award on behalf of the staff team that collaborated on making the repository a reality, she added, “Over 70 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for ‘the duplication of records by modern processes’ to ensure the long term survival and accessibility of our nation’s historical heritage. With the launch of FRANKLIN, the Roosevelt Library has taken a huge step in realizing FDR’s vision.”  

Award Information:

Recipients of the Twila Snead Award for Excellence receive a commemorative engraved award, and have their name added to a perpetual recognition plaque. OVID Technologies/ Wolters Kluwer/ Health Medical Research Division have generously sponsored creation of the plaque that is now permanently on display in the SENYLRC office in Highland, NY.

Honorable Mention:
The Twila Snead Commitment to Excellence Nominating Committee also gave honor to the nomination of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, NY. The committee recognized the library for their extensive indexed collection of local history and records that are available to the public both in their physical space and online at www.hrvh.org.