For the second time in five years, the Minnesota Library Association has recognized Sara Ring with an award. MLA President Kirsten Clark presented Sara the Above and Beyond Award on September 19 at the 2019 MLA Annual Conference at Mystic Lake Center.
MLA's award announcement cites Sara's efforts as MLA's unofficial archivist and historian as well as her many contributions to the Legislative Working Committee over the past year, including leading the project to create READ posters for state legislators. The announcement goes further: "What really makes her outstanding in her contributions is her willingness to put forth ideas, but more important, her willingness to create the atmosphere and structure that makes those ideas come to fruition. I think we have seen over the many years of MLA that people agree to head a committee, be on a committee, or do something for MLA, but that those things don’t always bear results. Often with good reason, of course, but Sara has made her association commitments a priority, to the everlasting benefit of MLA and its members."
John Butler, Minitex's interim director, knows Sara deserves the award. "The staff at Minitex are all well aware of how great Sara is," Butler says. "But it's even more satisfying to see the community recognize her."