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Wyoming Library Association Awards

-Revised April 2016-

2016 Awards

 

Outstanding Library Award

For a significant special project completed within the last 2 years. The staff, library board and the community or people served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought. The award shall be based upon, but not limited to, activities or accomplishments such as the following:

  • User services
  • Development of innovative partnerships through networks, systems, cooperative planning and programming
  • Sound collection development policies
  • Offering opportunities for professional growth and job satisfaction for all employees
  • Improvement of physical facilities resulting in better services

Nominations Criteria

  • Describe the need for the project.
  • What service population benefited from the project?
  • How was the project unique or creative?
  • Who carried out the project?
  • How long did the project take and when was it completed?
  • How much did the project cost?
  • Optional: additional comments and supporting documents (maximum of three pages).

Outstanding Hero/Heroine Award

This award provides an opportunity for WLA to recognize an outstanding person or group, whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library within the last two years.
This award can recognize:

  • A specific individual, company or group from the community who provided general support of a library or library project.
  • A community supporter, volunteer, employee of the library, elected official, financial benefactor or other individual.
  • An individual or group that has performed outstanding volunteer service for a library.


Nomination Requirements; please include the following information:

  • Who is this person or group?
  • In what way are they exceptional?
  • What did this person or group do? Please be specific.
  • How did the library benefit?
  • What are the results for the community?

Outstanding Librarian Award

This award is meant to, above all, recognize and especially honor the significant and outstanding accomplishments set forth by a library employee in the past year, such as service to library patrons, and the library community that this individual is a part of. It is also meant to reflect the goals of WLA and the library professional, as a whole.
Nomination Requirement are as follows: Please do include the following information:
Contributions to WLA and the library profession in the past year

  • Contributions to the library and the local surrounding community in the past year
  • Original and innovative planning, thinking and use of resources in the past year for special projects and/or programs
  • Advocating the library role and position of importance in the community in the past year
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum three pages)

These have been awarded in the past but are not a part of the 2016 Awards

Awards to Libraries                                                                                                                   

 

Andy Fisher Technology Award 

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 Andy Fisher 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.

This award is to recognize a Wyoming Library that accomplished a significant technology related project completed within the last two years.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Describe the need for the project
  • What service population benefited from the project
  • How was the project unique or creative
  • Who carried out the project
  • How long did the project take and when was it completed
  • How much did the project cost
  • Optional: additional comments and supporting documents (maximum of three pages)

Georgia Shovlain Special Project Award

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.

This award is to recognize a Wyoming library that accomplished a significant special project completed within the last two years.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Describe the need for the project
  • What service population benefited from the project
  • How was the project unique or creative
  • Who carried out the project
  • How long did the project take and when was it completed
  • How much did the project cost
  • Optional: additional comments and supporting documents (maximum of three pages)

Milstead Award

This award was established in 1974 in honor of the late husband of Agnes Milstead to reflect their interest in youth and children's literature. Agnes is a former professor in library science and children's literature at the University of Wyoming. Among her professional activities Mrs. Milstead has served on the Wyoming State Library Board and Albany County Library Board.

This award is to recognize a Wyoming library that accomplished a significant project or service within the last two years which benefits children and/or teens.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Describe the need for the project
  • What service population benefited from the project
  • How was the project unique or creative
  • Who carried out the project
  • How long did the project take and when was it completed
  • How much did the project cost
  • Optional: additional comments and supporting documents (maximum of three pages)

Awards to Librarians

 

 

Librarian of the Year 

Recognizing the significant accomplishments of a library employee who has in the past year improved library service to customers; contributed to WLA and the profession; and or contributed to the library's community.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Contributions to WLA and the profession in the past year
  • Contributions to the library and its community in the past year
  • Original thinking in programs initiated, in planning, in use of resources, or in special projects in the past year
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)

Distinguished Service Award 

Recognizing the significant accomplishments of a library/foundation employee who has been part of the Wyoming library community for at least the past 5 years and their contributions toward the improvement of library service to customers; contributions to WLA and the profession; and /or contributions to the library’s community.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Contributions to the profession in their career
  • Contributions to the library and its community in their career
  • Original thinking in programs initiated, in planning, in use of resources, or in special projects
  • Brief overview of the individual’s career and accomplishments including specific talents and abilities
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)

 Newbie Award

Recognizing the efforts of a library employee who has worked in the library profession or field for less than 3 years and made significant contributions to the organization over the last year. The award provides an opportunity for WLA to recognize an outstanding person who is making a library in Wyoming better. It recognizes the originality and inventive ability of a new library employee who devises new and improved methods in library service on a statewide or local level.

The "Award" Award was established in 1984 to replace the "Above and Beyond" award of the association. In 2010 the Newbie Award replaced the "Award" Award. Awards are given for a humorous or horror story, a major or minor achievement, or a noble deed.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Contributions to WLA and the profession in the past year.
  • Contributions to the library and its community in the past year.
  • Original thinking in programs initiated, in planning, in use of resources, or in special projects in the past year.
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)

Unsung Hero/Heroine 

Recognizing someone who works in a library and is essential to the organization. This can be for a major or minor achievement, something unusual, or even a noble deed.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Who is this person that is essential to the organization?
  • How is this person exceptional?
  • What specifically did this person do?
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)

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 Arizona, Tuscon 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.

Requirement for Application

The applicant must have been a member of the Wyoming Library Association for two (2) years, be a resident of Wyoming, and be employed in a Wyoming library.

For further criteria use this link: http://www.wyla.org/nora-van-burgh-development-grants

Awards to Others

 

Media Support Award 

Recognizing a specific media individual, company or group providing general support of a library or a special project.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Indicate the type of media
  • Did the library receive general coverage or coverage for a special project?
  • What was the range and frequency of the coverage?
  • What was the cooperation received from the media?
  • What are the benefits the library received?
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)

Community Supporter Award

Recognizing a supporter of the library, who is not an employee or volunteer. The person can be an elected official, financial benefactor or other individual.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Who provided the support?
  • What support was given?
  • What did the individual do?
  • What are the benefits the library received?
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)

Trustee/Volunteer Award

Recognizing an individual or a group that has accomplished outstanding volunteer service and accomplishments for a library. Prior to 2010 this was the Trustee Citation.

Nomination Requirements: Please include the following information:

  • Describe the contribution to the library
  • What are the results of the trustee/volunteer service
  • What are the benefits of the trustee/volunteer service
  • Optional: Additional comments and supporting documentation for this nomination (maximum of three pages)