Dr. Cajee receives library advocacy award
May 11, 2015
Library advocate: Dr. Mas'ood Cajee is honored for promoting literacy as 'a tireless supporter of libraries.' Photograph by Robert Dawson ©2014
– Dr. Mas’ood Cajee, Stockton, Calif., dentist, received the nation’s highest award for library advocacy at a May 4-5 National Library Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, the 2015 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award administered by the American Library Association.
“Thank you, Dr. Cajee, for being a tireless supporter of our libraries and for promoting literacy in our community,” said Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif. “Advocates like Dr. Mas’ood Cajee are true ‘nation builders,’ and we are appreciative of their commitment to supporting the country’s builders, innovators and dreamers,” said ALA President Courtney Young.
“I am proud to build bridges between the worlds of dentistry and libraries with our colleagues in the American Library Association,” Dr. Cajee said.
“Our public libraries today are not like our parents’ libraries” he said. “They are technology-filled neighborhood hubs of hope that offer a lifeline to jobseekers, entrepreneurs, veterans, seniors, parents and kids. Nearly one-third of Americans have no Internet at home. Today’s libraries have Internet-connected computers, 3-D printers, co-working spaces and other kinds of cutting-edge digital technology that have also transformed dentistry.”
Dr. Cajee is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Library Association, American Public Health Association and United for Libraries and chair of Strong Libraries = Strong Communities, a Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library System support group.
The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce was a national library advocacy organization following 1979 and 1991 White House conferences. The WHCLIST recently turned over its remaining assets to the American Library Association to fund the advocacy award, the ALA said.