Ruby Jaby of AACPL named 2017 Partridge Award winner

Ruby Jaby of AACPL named 2017 Partridge Award winner

Ruby Jaby, left, selects images for new teen space. Photo by Paul W. Gillespie, Capital Gazette.Ruby Jaby has been named the 2017 winner of the James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award. Presented by the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and the Citizens for Maryland Libraries, the Partridge Award honors the unsung members of the library profession who contribute greatly but who are often behind the scenes and not publicly recognized for their important contributions to librarianship and the library community. A list of previous winners of this award can be found at: https://www.citizensformarylandlibraries.org/Partridge

Ms. Jaby, the 2017 winner, is the Branch Manager of the Crofton Community Library, which is truly embedded in its community and features many innovative programs for many diverse populations. With a career of more than four decades of service in the Anne Arundel Country Public Library system, Ms. Jaby has served in many roles at many facilities in their system, including managing multiple branches and running the bookmobile program. The nomination packet of Ms. Jaby emphasized her dedication and skill at creating a library that is embraced by and inclusive of the entire community, and a place that is “welcoming, comfortable, and fun.”  

You can learn more about Ms. Jaby’s career in her own words at:http://ipac.umd.edu/content/cidlis-2017

The 2017 James Partridge Award was presented to Ms. Jaby at the 2017 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) at the University of Maryland on November 3. CIDLIS is hosted by the Information Policy & Access Center and the College of Information Studies of the University of Maryland. More information about CIDLIS can be found at: http://ipac.umd.edu/content/cidlis-2017

Ruby Jaby, left, selects images for new library space. Photo by Paul W. Gillespie, Capital Gazette.