WLA Awards History
This history of awards attempts to provide the membership with the names of the awards and the recipients to provide some enduring record of those librarians, trustees and volunteers who made important contributions to the state's library community. The variety of awards presented to Wyoming librarians and libraries often changed in name and purpose prior to 1980 but have been fairly consistent since that year. The researcher for this project has attempted to provide a complete history for the Fisher, Shovlain and Milstead awards, and as comprehensive a list of other award winners with WLA sources available. To all those recognized over the years and to all those who have worked in Wyoming libraries we collectively say "You are all winners."
Future award committees are encouraged to be sure that this database is updated annually.
Jerry Krois, Wyoming State Library - Researcher
Andy Fisher was the Wyoming State Librarian from 1963 through 1967. He was a Wyoming native and a graduate of the University of Wyoming. After leaving the State Library he became the Regional Program Officer in Denver for the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) for the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. He was honored with the WLA Meritorious Service Award for 1968. The award was created in 1979 and first presented in 1980. The award is a traveling painting of the Grand Tetons by a former Wyoming artist.
Recognizing a Wyoming Library that accomplished a significant technology related project completed within the last two years.
Georgia Shovlain was director of the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library in Sheridan from 1965 to 1979. She was a strong advocate for children and community programs and received three John Dana Cotton national awards for the library. Georgia also served as American Library Association Councilor from Wyoming between 1972 and 1975. The award was first presented in 1980.
Recognizing a Wyoming library that accomplished a significant special project completed within the last two years.
Recognizing a Wyoming library that accomplished a significant project or service which benefits children and/or teens.
Nora Van Burgh Professional Development Grant. Nora began her career in Wyoming libraries as a student assistant in the Natrona County High School Library. She received her Master's of Library Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1978 and was employed at Casper College for many years. A strong believer in lifelong learning, she served on the Wyoming Library Association's Continuing Education Committee. WLA created the Professional Development Grants in 1985 and changed the award name in 1991 to honor her memory.
Recipient receives funding assistance to enhance their effectiveness as a library employee through additional educational experience.
2015 No submissions
2014 Shari Haskins, Fremont County Library-Riverton 2013 Jamie Forbes, Midwest School Library
Distinguished Service Award
2015 Bill Van Arsdale, University of Wyoming Libraries
2014 Steve Boss, University of Wyoming Libraries 2013 Martha Hanscom, University of Wyoming Libraries
Librarian of the Year
2015 Claire Francis, Uinta County Library
2014 - No Nominations 2013 Betsy O'Neil, Natrona County Library
1986 Agnes Milstead, University of Wyoming
SIRS/WLA Intellectual Freedom Award
2007 Converse County Library
Community Supporter Award (name of award changed from Meritorious Service Award in 2013)
2015 Representative Tim Stubson
2014 Cathy Craig, Fort Washakie 2013 Prairie Wind Elementary PTO, Gillette
2015 Vicki Wallace, Big Horn Library
2014 Laura Block, Laramie County Public Library 2013 Fred Parsons, Natrona County Public Library
Trustee/Volunteer Award, prior to 2010 known as the Trustee Citation
2015 Bonnie Cohee, Campbell County Library
2014 Bob & Sue Moore, Natrona County Public Library 2013 Steve Reinman, Johnson County
Media Support Award
2015 No Nominations
2014 Gillette Public Access Television 2013 Sarah Hale, Editor, Star Valley Independent - Lincoln County
2014 Pamela Fanelli, Albany County Library 2012 Colleen Moran, Sublette County Library
In 2010 the "Award" Award was replaced by the Newbie Award.
2009 Denise Jackson, Lincoln Elementary School
Above and Beyond Award (1982 and 1983). Created by the Awards Committee to allow for recognition beyond the established award categories.)
1983 Leonard Clarke, Carbon County Library Board
The Library Support Award was established in 2010. The award recognizes a Wyoming individual or group who has been visionary in the future of Wyoming's libraries.
2010 Governor Dave Freudenthal