The Marky Award was inspired by founding member Mark Hillsamer, the
librarian at St. Albans School, Washington DC for 36 years. Mark helped
to establish AISL in 1987 and fostered its growth for 14 years. It very
well may have been “Mark’s smiling face, soothing voice, and wry sense
of humor” that kept the organization going during those years. Walter
DeMelle formally announced Mark’s retirement at the Skip Anthony Lecture
Banquet in 2001 and presented Mark with a special gift: a mask from
Thailand of a lovely lady who holds her index finger gently to her lips
in a familiar shushing gesture.
The Marky Award has been given annually since 2002, honoring AISL members who have made a significant contribution to the organization over a long period of time. A mounted replica of Mark’s gift is given to the winner to be displayed in his or her library until the next conference, together with a small unpainted replica of the mask for the honoree to keep. The honoree is chosen by the past Marky winners, and is presented with the award at the annual Skip Anthony banquet.
Recipients of the Marky Award: