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ALA Washington Office honors former staffer with conference room-dedication ceremony

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office held a special dedication ceremony to commemorate the naming of the Mark A. Bard Conference Room today at the ALA Washington Office.

The ceremony was an opportunity to honor Bard, who served as Information Technology Specialist in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and is remembered as an extremely bright and committed young professional with a passion for his work.

Bard passed away on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car on Oct. 1, 2007, in Alexandria, Va.

“Mark Bard came to Washington for a week as a graduate project from the University of Michigan.  He so impressed us, OITP offered him a job,” said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the Washington Office, during the ceremony.

“And that is what an impressive young man he was.  Everyone who came into contact with him was impressed … with his friendliness, his creativity and his innovative ideas. The ALA Washington Office loved Mark, and apparently, so did many of our members.”

Read the full text of Sheketoff’s dedication speech here (pdf).

Members of the OITP Advisory Committee, the Washington Office staff, as well as Bard’s family and friends attended the ceremony. Many of his colleagues from the Washington Office and ALA members who worked closely with him also spoke during the ceremony, sharing their favorite memories and elaborating on the significant impact his work continues to have on ALA.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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