Campbell County Public Library Director Dr. Nan B. Carmack has been named the Donna G. Cote Librarian of the Year for 2016 by the Virginia Library Association.
According to the Virginia Library Association, the award “recognizes exemplary achievement of a working Virginia librarian who has made a significant contribution(s) on any level of librarianship within the year of the award nomination period,” which was in 2015.
Carmack began her library career in 2004 when she began working for the Bedford Public Library System doing community relations, development, and programming. She has been with the Campbell County Public Library since January 2008.
Campbell County Administrator Frank Rogers said, “Nan’s recognition as Librarian of the Year is a tremendously well-deserved honor. Her commitment to service in our community and to her profession is unparalleled. I congratulate her on this outstanding award.”
Carmack served as co-chair of the program committee for the Mid-Atlantic Library Association. She also served as the president of the Virginia Public Library Directors’ Association. She is the past chair of the Virginia Library Association Leadership Development Forum and the 2016 Virginia Library Leadership Academy chairman. She also served the American Library Association as a reference and management portfolio evaluator for the Library Support Staff Certificate program.
About her work as a librarian, Carmack said, “For me, public librarianship is the perfect intersection between social justice and intellectual curiosity. No matter who you are, the library is a place to come and learn what you need to know, whether that is more about chaos theory or how to apply for a job or what is happening to your smartphone.”
Carmack was born and raised in Campbell County and said she is glad to serve the county that gave her a great education. She graduated from Brookville High School.
She has a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of William and Mary; a master’s degree in counseling from Lynchburg College; a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University; and a doctorate in leadership studies from Lynchburg College.