Alexander receives Barnett Service Award

Two African-American women and a white male standing. Woman in center is holding an award.
Desiree Alexander (MLS 2008), center, recipient of the Ann Barnett Service Award, with award committee members Valerie Tagoe (MLS 2008), left, and Kerol Harrod (MLS 2014), right.

Desiree Alexander (2008 MLS graduate) was named the recipient of the TWU SLIS Ann Barnett Service Award for 2018. This $500 award was presented April 5 at the TWU SLIS Reception in conjunction with the TLA annual conference in Dallas. The Ann Barnett Service Award recognizes exemplary service to the principles and purposes of librarianship and professional education as demonstrated by sensitivity and responsiveness to people’s needs.

Alexander is the founder and CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting and regional director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (an educational nonprofit). She constantly performs professional development by writing, presenting and mentoring. Her outstanding contributions to public service and librarianship are numerous and have been well recognized. She has published articles in Young Adult Library Services, Louisiana Libraries and Library Hi Tech News; and has won several awards, including the Top 40 Under 40 in Louisiana, the 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for the State of Louisiana, the 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award and the 2015 Louisiana Association of School Librarians’ School Library Media Specialist of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award by Valerie Tagoe (TWU MLS 2008), a previous winner of the TWU SLIS S. Janice Kee Continuing Education Award. Tagoe and Alexander have remained in touch since their graduation from the MLS program and created a group, called Media Center Mavens, to provide professional development to librarians. In nominating Alexander for the Ann Barnett Service Award, Tagoe stated, “Desiree’s entire life is about helping librarians and educators succeed, learn and grow. After a long career as a school librarian (starting in 2007) and consulting work as a teen librarian for a public library, she created a company to travel and teach librarians and other educators … to be leaders, use technology integration, classroom management, library resources and more.”

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