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Lila Christensen, Research Information Associate/Records Management Associate, is putting her master’s degree in reading education to good use. Christensen was selected to be a judge for the Sarton Memoir Award for the second consecutive year. The award is sponsored by the Story Circle Network (SCN), an international nonprofit association of women memoirists, and named in honor of May Sarton, an American poet, novelist, and author of twelve memoirs and journals. The award is presented annually to the author of the best women’s memoir published in the United States and Canada. Christensen is on the SCN panel of professional librarians across the country that selects the winner. The 2014 winner, Tanya Ward Goodman, was selected for Leaving Tinkertown, the story of her father’s early-onset dementia.
Before coming to work for the EERC’s Library and Information Services group, Christensen worked at the University of North Dakota’s Chester Fritz Library and was the librarian at the Red Lake Falls (Minnesota) Public Library.


“To be chosen as a judge is such an honor,” said Christensen. “These stories just blow me away. Women’s memoirs almost never reach the ‘must-read’ lists, but they certainly should. There’s some serious, thought-provoking stuff here—captured in beautiful writing. I love playing a part in choosing a writer whose work will touch the lives of many people.”