The Nashville Public Library has a winner.
Margaret Ann Robinson, chair of the Nashville Library Board of Trustees, received the Tennessee Library Association's 2001 Trustee Award Wednesday. The award recognizes a library trustee who has made a significant contribution to library and information services.
"While I am very honored to receive this award, I also am humbled in knowing that it took the efforts and faith of many special people to bring the library system to the level it is today in Nashville," Robinson said. "I never expected or set out to receive an award for my contributions. I've only wanted to have a public library system in Nashville that the people can be proud of, and that has been the motivation for my work."
Robinson, who has been a member of the board for 23 years and chaired it since 1986, has been involved in the Nashville Public Library building program. Funding for the building program has resulted in five new branch libraries, three complete renovations to existing branch libraries, the soon-to-open 300,000-square-foot Main Library in Downtown Nashville, and the doubling of collections and technology for the Nashville Public Library system.
"Mrs. Robinson has been a tireless supporter of the Nashville Public Library for many years, and I can say that she truly is deserving of the Trustee Award," Donna Nicely, director of the Nashville Public Library, said.
The mission of the Tennessee Library Association is to promote the establishment, maintenance and support of adequate library services for the citizens of Tennessee via public-private partnerships and professional development of association members.