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Antrim Named Recipient of MASL Special Service Award

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 17, 2014) –Patricia Antrim, chair of the Department of Education Leadership and Human Development and coordinator of the Library Science and Information Services program at the University of Central Missouri, has been named the recipient of the Special Service Award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

Pat Antrim
Dr. Patricia Antrim

Antrim will receive the award at the group’s spring conference in April in recognition of her years of service dedicated to the support of school librarians.

Antrim received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Calvin College and a Master of Library Science and Ph.D. in Library and Information Management from Emporia State University. She joined the UCM faculty in1995 as a librarian and began teaching graduate courses in librarianship in 2002.

In addition to her duties as department chair and program coordinator, she also has been active with MASL, serving as president and member of the organization’s board of directors. She also has been active in the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians and Young Adult Library Services Association.

During her tenure at UCM, Antrim co-wrote a 2011 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant for $843,000, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to cover tuition and fees for two cohorts of school librarians pursuing a master’s degree in library and information services from UCM. Called the Preparing PRAXIS II Certified Librarians Program, the grant resulted in graduate degrees for 39 practicing school librarians.

As part of the grant, school administrators were invited to attend a one-day workshop with the cohort participants, encouraging the administrators to rethink the role of school librarians within their school districts and redefine the expectations of both the school librarian and the school library program.

Antrim also has contributed to the work of updating both state standards and assessments for school librarian and teacher candidates.