Virginia Doyle, who serves on the APLS Board of Directors representing District 6, was presented the 2021 Humanitarian Award by the Alabama Library Association at their virtual convention, April 28-29.

Doyle is a steadfast defender and long-time supporter of public library service in Jefferson County and public libraries throughout the state. When county funding for cooperative library services was cut in 2010, Doyle worked tirelessly to keep public libraries at the forefront of county government. Doyle's efforts led to a partial refunding in 2014.

In 2020, as Covid-19 brought new revenue challenges, Doyle took the initiative to shepherd the library cooperative through the revenue shortfall by ensuring complete and timely submissions of all necessary documentation. As many organizations lost public funding in 2021, the library cooperative remained an essential resource for Jefferson County residents. Doyle worked to support Alabama public libraries through her long service on the APLS Board of Directors. She has been steadfast in her support of public libraries throughout the pandemic and before.

Congratulations to Virginia Doyle for receiving this prestigious honor!

Virginia Doyle is the 2021 recipient of the ALLA Humanitarian Award