The Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University announces annual staff advancement award


(Raleigh, N.C.) ”The Board of Directors of the NCSU Friends of the Library (FOL) has announced the creation of the Friends of the Library Staff Award for Advancement to be given annually to foster a culture of philanthropy, celebrate a spirit of innovation, and promote an environment of collaboration.

The Board will award the honor each year to an NCSU Libraries staff member who demonstrates a commitment to the missions of both the NCSU Libraries and the NCSU Friends of the Library, and who goes above and beyond to help build relationships and partnerships that help to further the Libraries' advancement goals.

Awardees will receive a prize of $1,000 to be used for professional development or to support a project of their choosing.

On June 19, 2014, Brian Boothe ”NC State graduate, founder of Corsair EDA, Inc., design engineer at Pentair Water Pool and Spa, and vice president-elect of the FOL Board of Directors ”presented the first annual award to Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian for the NCSU Libraries. Rogers has taken a leadership role in managing the Makerspace at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and creating the vision for a new makerspace in progress at the D. H. Hill Library.

In the process of helping to place the NCSU Libraries at the fore of the maker movement, Rogers has secured major funding from alumni, established technology partnerships with industry-leading corporations, developed close partnerships with units across the NC State community, and supported his colleagues as they sought donations of equipment for key library projects.

Rogers will also serve as the NC State representative for a new Institute for Museum and Library Services initiative with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh to build the capacity of libraries and museums to develop effective makerspaces and programs. He is, noted Boothe, an outstanding example of how Libraries staff can succeed in furthering the Libraries' advancement goals. 

The FOL Board of Directors will solicit nominations each spring for staff members who meet the criteria for the Friends of the Library Staff Award for Advancement and will honor winners in conjunction with the NCSU Libraries' annual staff awards ceremony.