TROY’s Dothan Campus Library tapped for Humanitarian Award

Posted: Tuesday, 18 February 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University’s Dothan Campus Library will receive the Alabama Library Association’s Humanitarian Award for its role in the University’s “Year of Holocaust Remembrance” programs. This award honors a year-long series of events, hosted Troy University’s Troy, Dothan and Montgomery campuses.

The award will be presented during the Association’s annual President’s Reception and Association Awards presentation on April 24 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The event is a part of the Association’s regular annual meeting.

The Year of Holocaust Remembrance was presented by the University’s campuses during the 2012-13 academic year with the support of the American Library Association, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Temple Emanu-EL in Dothan, Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Troy University’s Libraries, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The remembrance featured events such as the traveling exhibit “Darkness Into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art,” lectures by Holocaust survivors Aisic and Riva Hirsch and Ann Rosenheck, a Holocaust Film Series, a workshop for educators focusing on presenting the history of the Holocaust to middle and high school students and Sandra Roberts’ presentation, “Paper Clips: Learning from the Holocaust,” among others.

“We are very proud of the Troy University Dothan Campus Library’s receipt of the Humanitarian Award for the Year of the Holocaust Remembrance,” said Dr. Henry Stewart, Dean of Library Services. “Library faculty and staff worked hard to provide speakers and displays to raise awareness of the Holocaust for students, faculty and community members across the University.”

Dr. Christopher Shaffer, Director of Library Services on the Dothan Campus, was humbled by the honor.

“In putting together the series of programs about the Holocaust, we have all been able to meet survivors, in particular Ann Rosenheck, who survived three different camps,” Dr. Shaffer said. “The lessons we learned through these events have brought awareness and an appreciation for life that has made us all better people. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to share these stories.”

The Alabama Library Association provides leadership for the development, advocacy and improvement of library and information services and promotes the profession of librarianship, in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.