American Library Association Honors Kentucky Advocate

ALA President Molly Raphael hugs BuzzLibrary advocate Louis “Buzz” Carmichael, of Lexington, Ky., was recognized on this week with the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award for his commitment to supporting the nation’s libraries. ALA President Molly Raphael acknowledged Carmichael at the American Library Association’s 2012 National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

WHCLIST bestows a non-librarian advocate for libraries who participates in National Library Legislative Day, the annual federal library advocacy event, a stipend to travel to the D.C. event.

As a strong and tireless advocate for libraries, Mr. Carmichael has been a Trustee of the Lexington Public Library in Kentucky for four years. He was appointed by Governor Steve Beshar to serve as the Chair of the State Advisory Council on Libraries as a result of his strong work as a Trustee. As a dedicated advocate for library issues, Carmichael is a regular at library conferences and Kentucky’s Library Legislative Day.

“I enjoy all aspects of my library work and feel I can be a better advocate with [National Library Legislative Day] experience,” Carmichael said.

To learn more about the award, go to

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at

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