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FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Baker & Taylor Announces Sponsorship of BCALA Support Award


Baker & Taylor Announces Sponsorship of BCALA Support Award
Award recognizes dedicated and outstanding performance by a library support staff member

CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 21, 2019 - Today Baker & Taylor and the Black Caucus of the American Librarian Association (BCALA) announced the creation of a new BCALA Support Award. This award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, recognizes dedicated and outstanding performance by a library support staff member. An award of $1,000 and commemorative plaque will be awarded during BCALA membership meeting at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

"We are honored to again partner with the BCALA and support this inaugural award," explained Aman Kochar, EVP of Public Library Sales and Technology at Baker & Taylor. "Support staff help our nation's libraries run and serve millions of community members annually. To be able to honor their work and further the mission of the BCALA is important to us."

"BCALA is pleased to be able to offer library support staff an opportunity to learn about the organization and to be rewarded for their creativity, knowledge and service," noted BCALA president Richard E. Ashby, Jr.

To nominate someone for the BCALA Support Award, please find instructions on the BCALA homepage,

About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor is a premier worldwide distributor of books and digital content to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. For more information about Baker & Taylor visit Baker & Taylor is part of Follett Corporation, the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is headquartered in Westchester, Illinois. For more information about Follett, visit

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