National Lutheran News

Church library award goes to Bloomington Lutheran

Lucy Christianson, St. Stephen Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Bloomington, Minnesota, has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 National Church Library Association Erwin John Award.

National Church Library Association (NCLA) is a nonprofit support organization serving church librarians for more than 50 years. The Erwin John Award, named after the organization’s founder, recognizes a church librarian who has demonstrated faithful and excellent service to church library ministry and works to build relationships with other churches.

At St. Stephen, Christianson is known as “The Bulldog Librarian” because of her dedication to making the library a warm and welcoming space. She has been active in creating the media center and has been a driving force for the library for 22 years. At the age of 90, Christianson has recently stepped aside as director.

In 2008, she sponsored tuition scholarships so that two Luther Seminary, St. Paul, students could attend NCLA’s national church library conference. She has made it her personal mission to get a course in church library ministry added to the curriculum at Luther Seminary.

Christianson believes that church libraries are more successful overall when they have the support of pastors. She has created a fund at Luther Seminary in hopes of someday launching a course in library science there.

NCLA has members spanning the United States and Canada. Membership is open to individuals or churches of all Christian denominations who desire assistance with church library development.

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