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Gail Borden’s Carol Medal named state librarian of year

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Updated: January 7, 2014 6:36AM

ELGIN — Carole Medal, executive director of Gail Borden Public Library, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Illinois Library Association Librarian of the Year Award.

The award recognizes a librarian’s distinguished service and leadership in Illinois libraries. The award is sponsored by Sikich LLP, according to a release from the organization.

“Carole Medal believes libraries should be a hub in their community,” the release said.

“Under her direction, the Gail Borden Public Library is on the cutting edge, willing to embrace change, creative, and connected with their community through collaboration. Carole has encouraged her staff to look for new ways to serve their community, which have resulted in increased attendance, circulations, library card registrations and partnerships.

“One of her collaborated exhibits included an opportunity for students to hold live conversations with astronauts on the International Space Station. Through her partnership with the local school district, more than 8,000 students now possess library cards, and all students participate in the library’s summer reading program.

“Under Carole’s direction, the Gail Borden Public Library has been recognized on local, state and national levels for both grants and awards.”

The release noted that Medal, who has been executive director of Gail Borden for nine years, also has received many personal awards for her work in libraries. She also has been active in the ILA, including having served as ILA president for 2009, it said.

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