Lucy M. Lockley wins Margaret E. Monroe Award for Library Adult Services


Lucy M. Lockley, Lead Collection Development Librarian for St. Charles City-County Library was selected as the 2020 winner of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, sponsored by NoveList, for the positive contributions she has made to the profession, her library, and her colleagues across the country; for being one of the first to organize in-library readers’ advisory training on a regular basis; and for giving staff a deep appreciation for readers’ advisory and it’s vital role in librarianship.

Lucy M. Lockley has been with St. Charles City-County Library (MO) since 1984 and has been serving as Lead Collection Development Librarian for the last 20 years. She is an enthusiastic champion for public library adult services, a true advocate for her staff, and has proven over and over again her strong commitment to libraries, readers, and books.

Not only does Lucy have the enviable gift of putting just the right book in the hands of a questing reader (or giving excellent suggestions), she is a well-known authority on what readers’ advisory is and how it works. In her local community, she has been instrumental in raising the level of excellent service provided by her library system and her colleagues.

With her tireless energy toward customer service, willingness to share what she knows, and commitment to helping her library grow into one of the area’s best, Lucy is the perfect example of what library service should be.

Staff training lies at the heart of Lucy’s accomplishments. She created an extensive in-house training model for readers’ advisory and her work in the Missouri Library Association and ALA has allowed Lucy to build her own skills and share her expertise with other librarians. She has presented multiple conference programs and regional workshops related to readers’ advisory, acted as CODES Member at Large, and served on the Booklist Advisory Board.

Lucy has been a dedicated member of the Zora Neale Hurston Award and the Louis Shores Award committees and also served on almost every reading committee RUSA has to offer: The Reading List, Notable Books, and the Listen List. And somehow, despite her own workload and outside professional commitments, she finds time to review for Booklist and write chapters for books on readers’ advisory (The Readers’ Advisory Handbook and Crossover Readers’ Advisory).

The Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, sponsored by NoveList consists of $1,250 monetary prize and a citation.

The selection committee includes: Carl Richard Andrews, Nicole Renae Steeves.

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