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Virginia Western librarian awarded prestigious national public service honor

Hurt is one of only 10 to receive Carnegie Corporation/New York Times-sponsored award

On Tuesday at a ceremony in New York, Virginia Western Community College librarian Lynn Hancock Hurt received the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Hurt is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

“This is an amazing award, and I could not think of an individual more deserving than Lynn,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “In her 26 years at the college, Lynn has consistently shown dedication to improving our students’ education. Her work at Brown Library has been integral to the success of many of our graduates.”

Hurt has transformed the Brown Library into a positive force at the community college by modernizing the facility to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Efforts began from the ground up, as she worked with contractors on the new library renovation, while continuing to serve the school’s students, faculty and staff. Improvements include a technology center and collaborative study spaces.

Maintaining the vision of the college as a “student-oriented center for lifelong learning,” Hurt is known for her ability to identify ways the library can engage more with student life, and is an active member of the book selection committee for “Roanoke Valley Reads,” a community-wide reading experience that promotes reading on campus.

Hurt also works to provide outreach to traditional and distance-learning students who previously have had little library interaction. One creative way was by assisting on a fun infomercial explaining the library resources and services available to all students.

Hurt received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception hosted by The New York Times.

“What an amazing night! This has been an experience that I will never forget,” Hurt said. “I am proud to represent Virginia Western and help spread the word about the great work being done at the college.”

As part of the award process, library users nominate librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year more than 1,000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who connect people with the information access and critical resources they need to support lifelong learning.

A complete list of the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

VWCC Haiku Contest

Virginia Western Community College Haiku Contest

Haiku can be …

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

by Basho (1644-1694)

Haiku can be …

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound (1919)

Haiku can be …

Get used to your body, forget you were born, suddenly you got to get out!

“Approaching Seoul by Bus in Heavy Rain” by Allen Ginsberg (1990)

Haiku is a brief poetic form, traditionally using the 5-7-5 syllable structure of its Japanese origins, that captures a brief, illuminating moment in time.

  • Haiku often incorporates vivid nature images, humor, and should be read in one breath.
  • In its most traditional form, “Haiku was … written in the present tense and focused on associations between images. There was a pause at the end of the first or second line, and a ‘season word,’ or kigo, specified the time of year” (Academy of American Poets).

So, do you haiku?

  1. Visit the Japanese Print exhibit in the art gallery (H212) for inspiration after it opens this Wednesday, November 5th.
  2. Submit to the Virginia Western Haiku contest by emailing your submissions to awoodford@virginiawestern.edu.   There will be separate categories for students and faculty/staff of VWCC.  There will also be an impromptu Haiku board in the art gallery with its own contest.  See the board and its guidelines to enter for another prize.
  3. Deadline November 16, 2014.


First prize is a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

Second prize is a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

(One each for student submissions and faculty/staff submissions.)

Winners will be announced at the International Students Club Festival on November, 21, 2014