NYLA-Dewey Fellowship Award

The NYLA-Dewey Fellowship is sponsored by the Lake Placid Education Foundation and the New York Library Association

Dewey Fellowships are awarded to four NYLA members, selected by designated Section*, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. Dewey Fellows are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. five or more years of experience as a librarian,**
  2. record of accomplishment in the library profession, and
  3. involvement in activities to advance the library community.

*Note: Eligible Sections rotate on an annual basis.

**MLS not required

The Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1000 of the cost of attendance of the NYLA Annual Conference. Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will be acknowledged on NYLA's website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin.

Eligible Sections

Even Years (2022, 2024) - FLS, LAMS, PLS, RASS

Odd Years (2021 , 2023) - ASLS, SMART, SSL, YSS

Beginning in 2016 the establishment of the Friends of Libraries Sections resulted in a four section per year alternating schedule.

Candidates must be nominated by eligible section leadership. Nominations are due in the NYLA office by September 1st of each year.

Contact eligible section leadership if you would like to nominate someone for consideration or be considered yourself.

Congratulations to the 2020 NYLA - Dewey Fellows*

Representing FLS - Kerstin Cruger

Representing LAMS - Emily Dowie

Representing RASS - Chanté M. Hope

* As there were no travel expenses for the 2020 NYLA - Dewey Fellows (due to the virtual conference format), an additional eleven hardship scholarships were presented to individuals who had been furloughed, laid-off, or were otherwise experiencing financial distress.

Congratulations to the 2019 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing SMART - John Meyers

Representing SSL - Ellen Frank

Representing YSS - Mary Ferris


Congratulations to the 2018 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing FLS - Anne Andrianos

Representing LAMS - Shannon O'Connor

Representing PLS - Jennifer Stickles

Representing RASS - Jose Rodrigo-Hernandez


Congratulations to the 2017 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing ASLS - Emily Drabinski

Representing SMART - Nick Tanzi

Representing SSL - Heather Turner

Representing YSS - Randall Enos


Congratulations to the 2016 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing FLS - K P Bressington

Representing LAMS - Elizabeth Hobson

Representing PLS - Barbara J. Madonna

Representing RASS - Heather Highfield


Congratulations to the 2015 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing ASLS - Jennifer Kegler

Representing SSL - Susan Polos

Representing YSS - Terry Rabideau


Congratulations to the 2014 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing LAMS - Kristin Charles-Scaringi

Representing PLS - Laura Dickerson

Representing SMART - Sarah Maximiek


Congratulations to the 2013 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing RASS - Margaret Gibson

Representing SSL - Jill Leinung

Representing YSS - Lisa Wemett


Congratulations to the 2012 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing ASLS - Sue Massen

Representing PLS - Lisa Hewel

Representing SMART - April Steenburgh


Congratulations to the 2011 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing LAMS - Tracy Priest, Phoenicia Library Association

Representing RASS - Lauren Lampasone, New York Public Library

Representing YSS - Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System


Congratulations to the 2010 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing ASLS - Patti McCall

Representing SLMS - Susan Kowalski

Representing SMART - Lauren Cardinal


Congratulations to the 2009 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing LAMS- Gillian Thorpe 

Representing PLS - Heidi Jensen 

RASS did not select a Dewey Fellow for 2009


Congratulations to the 2008 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing ASLS - Judy Fischetti 

Representing SLMS - Kenneth P. Riccardi 

Representing YSS - Janet Kreason


Congratulations to the 2007 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing LAMS - Patricia Haar 

Representing PLS - Lois Gordon 

Representing RASS - Miriam Tuliao


Congratulations to the 2006 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing SMART - Thomas Cohn 

Representing SLMS - Lisa Scudera 

Representing YSS - Joyce Laiosa


Congratulations to the 2005 NYLA - Dewey Fellows

Representing ASLS - Christine Walker 

Representing PLS - Carol Shama 

Representing SMART - Julia Schult

Want to nominate someone for this award? Click here for the nomination form! Nominations are due by June 15th.