Bill Wilson's Book Club
Bill Wilson was instrumental in starting the MLA Maryland Author Award (now in it's 13th year) and has worked tirelessly to promote its endowment. In recognition of his commitment and efforts, we would like to honor Bill by a concerted effort to build the endowment for the Maryland Author Award through Bill's Book Club.
William G. (Bill) Wilson earned his MLS from the University of Michigan in 1960. He joined the University of Maryland College of Library and Information Services in February of 1972 as librarian and lecturer. In recent years, Wilson came out of retirement to work as a Coordinator in the CLIS Student Services Office.
When Bill was President of the Maryland Library Association in 1995/96, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Maryland Author Award in 1996, and remained very involved in raising funds to support the award's endowment during his years as an MLA member (including a challenge gift of $5,000 in 1998). In late 2006, Bill was elected President of Citizens for Maryland Libraries (an advocacy group).
Join Bill's Book Club
The MLA Author Award Endowment Committee has worked to create a fund to support the Maryland Author Award, raising $19,000 as of December 2007. The group's goal is to increase the endowment to $60,000 in order to permanently support the annual monetary award (currently $2,000). You can help us continue this important effort to honor and promote Maryland authors by becoming a member of Bill's Book Club and making your pledge for a five-year donation.
On Wednesday, May 14, in Ocean City, over 40 members of Bill's Book Club joined together to celebrate the launching of the Club.
Last updated 02 November 2008.