A librarian from West Sussex has received a national award for his ‘dedication’ and ‘excellent work’.
Russell Allen, who works as a team leader for children’s services across the West Sussex Library Service, received the Public Librarian of the Year award from the Public and Mobile Libraries Group (PMLG), which is part of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Beating nominees from up and down the country, Russell was presented with the award at the PMLG Conference in Staffordshire, where more than 100 delegates met to consider the important contribution libraries make to local communities.
David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “We’re extremely proud of Russell. This award is testament to his excellent work, as well as the dedication he shows to his profession.
“To nominate Russell, the application required a range of testimonials from other professionals and partners of the library.
“Everyone approached was not only happy to support him but were glowing in their recommendations.”
Russell has worked for the county council’s library service for 18 years in a variety of positions. Starting in 1997 as a Saturday assistant and homework helper at Angmering & Ferring libraries while studying for his library and information degree, he now works across the county leading on library work with children and families.
As a much valued member of the library management team, Russell also contributes to a number of regional and national organisations supporting strategic developments across the national library network.
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