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MCI Applauds Librarians For Role In Technology Education; Cybrarians Recognized for Connecting Communities Through Cyberspace

WASHINGTON, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, MCI honors hi-tech librarians nationwide, naming one in each state MCI Cybrarian of the Year. Across the country, librarians like Sara Harvey at the Dallas Public Library, are fast becoming innovators on the Internet and sharing the wonders of the World Wide Web with their communities. Through one of Harvey's Internet workshops, a local World War II veteran enrolled in Harvey's class, tracked down an old war buddy on the Internet and arranged a reunion.

The unique role played by Harvey and other "Cybrarians" in sharing the wonders of the World Wide Web with members of the community is at the core of MCI's Cybrarian of the Year award program. MCI Cybrarian of the Year recognizes librarians who are rising out of the cyber-revolution and are helping to revamp the way library patrons access and navigate the world of information technology.

"Now more than ever, a library card is a key to the world," said Tim Price, president and chief operating officer of MCI. "As the nation's libraries have become increasingly popular places to access the Internet, librarians are needed more than ever to help educate, create and develop the vast information technology resources for their communities."

"I was amazed and delighted at the quality and dedication of all the applicants I reviewed as a judge," says Esther Dyson, author of Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age and member of the MCI Cybrarian of the Year National Judging Panel. "Librarians serve a vital role in information technology. All of the applicants combined technical skills with a real appreciation for the value of information in enriching people's daily lives."

Librarians in each state were given the title MCI Cybrarian of the Year based on their commitment to using technology to better serve their community and their trailblazing efforts to provide technology to library patrons. Winners will be recognized in their local communities and will each receive a $1,000 donation toward library educational materials and one year of dial-up access to the Internet.

As part of MCI's ongoing commitment to public libraries, the company is sponsoring an on-line survey for librarians and patrons, which will measure attitudes on the future of Internet technology and the role of the public library in the cyber revolution. Survey participants will be asked to forecast the library of the future - the prominence of the Internet versus traditional books and how librarians' roles have changed. Librarians can participate in the on-line survey at Results will be released at the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, California, in early November.

The MCI Cybrarian of the Year award follows a two-month on-line competition. Librarians nationwide completed comprehensive application forms, which were reviewed by an independent National Judging Panel comprised of the nation's leading information technology specialists. The National Judging Panel includes:

Timothy Andrews, Editor and Executive Director of Enterprise Products, Dow Jones Interactive Publishing; Jan Garnett Cellucci, First Lady of Massachusetts and Preservation Manager for Boston College Libraries; David T. Chaplin, Manager IT, KPMG Peat Marwick; Pamela Cibbarelli, President, Cibbarelli's; Steve Cisler, Board Member, Association for Community Networking; Steve Coffman, Director of FYI Service, County of Los Angeles Public Library; Mary Corcoran, Managing Partner, Knowledge Forum; Lynn Dombek, Assistant Director, Time Inc. Research Center; Tamas E. Doszkocs, Ph.D., Computer Scientist, National Library of Medicine; Esther Dyson; Chairman, EDventure Holdings Inc.; Judith J. Field, President, Special Libraries Association; Richard P. Hulser, Digital Library Consultant, IBM Corp.; Joseph Janes, Director, Internet Public Library, University of Michigan; Nettie Lagace, Business Information Librarian, Harvard University, Baker Library; Kenneth Liss, Electronic Products Specialist, Harvard University, Baker Library; Mary E. Marshall, Director of Information Professional Relations, LEXIS-NEXIS; U.S. Representative Major R. Owens, Former Community Coordinator Brooklyn Public Library; Julia C. Peterson, Consultant, Library, Information & Knowledge Management; Barbara Quint, Editor, Searcher Magazine; Laverna Saunders, Ph.D., Dean of Library, Instructional and Learning Support, Salem State College Library; Srinija Srinivasan, Vice President and Editor, Yahoo! Inc.; and Ann Tolzman, Instructional Programs Librarian, Thunderbird - The American Graduate School of International Management.

MCI Cybrarian of the Year expands upon a four-year, $1.4 million initiative called MCI LibraryLINK(R), which aims to level the playing field and help more people gain access to the wealth of information on the Internet through technology grants to our nation's public libraries. Since MCI LibraryLINK's launch in 1995, the proportion of Internet-connected libraries has increased from 21% to 80% nationwide.

According to a recent MCI LibraryLINK study, Americans are accessing the World Wide Web more than ever, and for most users, the public library is the number one alternative point of access outside home, work or school. The number of people who accessed the Internet from their public library increased 86% since January 1997.

The 1998 MCI Cybrarians of the Year are:

Alabama: Phil Teague, Birmingham Public Library

Alaska: Kate Gordon, Anchorage Municipal Libraries

Arizona: Lynn Bevill, Tucson-Pima Public Library

Arkansas: Mary Martin, Fort Smith Public Library

California: Mary-Ellen Mort, Bay Area Library and Information System

Colorado: Beckie Brazell, Denver Public Library

Connecticut: Katherine Leeds, Wilton Library Association, Inc.

Delaware: Theresa Plummer, Delaware Division of Libraries

District of Columbia: Grace Lyons, Edith Lewis, Doris Greer and Janice

 District of Columbia Public Library

Florida: Linda Allen, Pasco County Library System

Georgia: Daryl Fletcher, Cherokee Regional Library

Hawaii: JoAnn Schindler, Hawaii State Library

Idaho: Brenda Wilcox, Lucy Boyle Public Library

Illinois: Lori Bell, Alliance Library System

Indiana: Kristina Daily-Brothers, Brownsburg Public Library

Iowa: Bryan Davis, Cedar Rapids Public Library

Kansas: Karen Davis, Lawrence Public Library

Kentucky: Nancy Reed, Paducah Public Library

Louisiana: Paige Hanchey, Allen Parish Libraries

Maine: Karl Beiser, Maine State Library

Maryland: Patricia Wallace, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Massachusetts: Elizabeth Johnston, Sherborn Library

Michigan: Gerald Furi, Farmington Community Library

Minnesota: Julie Billings, Silver Bay Public Library

Mississippi: James F. Anderson, First Regional Library in Hernando

Missouri: Julie James and Stuart Hinds, Kansas City Public Library

Montana: E. Renee Goss, Sidney Public Library

Nebraska: Sally Payne, Papillion Sump Memorial Library

Nevada: John Kupersmith, Washoe County Library

New Hampshire: BJ Wahl, Keene Public Library

New Jersey: Cynthia Hetherington, Englewood Public Library

New Mexico: Nancy Turner, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

New York: Fred Stielow, Mid-Hudson Library System

North Carolina: Jeff Hall and Suzanne White, Rowan Public Library

North Dakota: Liz Mason, Fargo Public Library

Ohio: Chuck Gibson, Worthington Public Library

Oklahoma: Andrew Peters, Pioneer Library System

Oregon: Donna Reed, Kate Houston, Walter Minkel, Vailey Oehlke, Jackie

 and Sara Ryan, Multnomah County Public Library

Pennsylvania: Susan Holmes, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Rhode Island: Robert Balliot, East Greenwich Free Library

South Carolina: Ray McBride, Darlington County Library System

South Dakota: James Scholtz, Yankton Community Library

Tennessee: Madge Walker, Greeneville-Greene County Library

Texas: Sara Harvey, Dallas Public Library

Utah: John Averett, Springville Public Library

Vermont: Kathleen Naftaly, Rutland Free Library

Virginia: Lydia Patrick, Fairfax County Public Library

Washington: Michael Schuyler, Kitsap Regional Library

West Virginia: Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County Public Library System

Wisconsin: Terry Dawson, Appleton Public Library

Wyoming: Pam Boger, Campbell County Public Library

For more information about MCI's education, technology and community-based programs, please visit

MCI, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading provider of local-to- global communication services to business, government and residential users. The company's fast-growing portfolio of advanced data and IT services accounts for a quarter of MCI's approximately $20 billion in annual revenue. MCI operates one of the world's largest and most advanced digital networks, connecting local markets in the U.S. to hundreds of locations worldwide. MCI has agreed to merge with WorldCom, one of the world's fastest-growing communications companies. The merger, which is expected to be completed in mid-1998, will create MCI WorldCom, a company uniquely positioned in the U.S. local and long distance markets as well as the global data and Internet markets.

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