A local librarian was recognized for her service during a special event last September.

Eva White, the Crawford County Library System director, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Arkansas Library Association during its 95th Annual Conference on Sept. 24. The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to recognize a librarian currently employed in a library for distinguished service or outstanding achievement in the profession, according to a program from the conference White provided.

White said she was nominated for the award by Amanda Coward, former branch director for the Alma Public Library. Coward said White has been working in the library field since she was 17 years old. Coward heard White had not won an award before.

"... She had done a lot for the library system since before I started there, and since I started, she had done a lot," Coward said. "And she was kind of a mentor to me getting my master's degree (in library and information science), and she kind of helped me become who I am now, and I really felt like she deserved it."

Coward said she nominated White for the award in about August while she was still the Alma Public Library branch director.

"... I had gotten an email from the Arkansas State Library, and it said to send in your nominations, and I immediately thought of Eva," Coward said. "And I had actually already worked on writing up a little blurb about why she deserves it and everything, and it was kind of long. It was probably over half a page of all the stuff that she had done. ..."

When White was notified she won the Distinguished Service Award about a month prior to the annual conference, White said she was surprised and very humbled that she had been chosen.

"They don't give it out lightly, and ... they could've chosen someone else if somebody else was nominated, ..." White said. "It's really a nice award at the end of my career because I'm going to retire soon. ... In fact, I'd already retired (in 2012) and didn't win it, so it was really a surprise that I did get it."

White said her career began when she was hired to be the work-study student at the Arkansas Tech University library in the cataloguing department.

"... I've taken out two or three times during that time, but most of the time, I've been a librarian from then until now, so about 50 years," White said. "So, after 50 years, getting this award was really, really nice. ..."