Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award

The award was established in 2010 by Dr. George Bobinski, Dean and Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at the University of Buffalo, to commemorate the memory and accomplishments of his wife, Mary Bobinski, Director of the Amherst Public Library in Erie County from 1973-2006. She was a past President of NYLA’s Public Library Section (PLS) and past President of the Public Library Directors Association. Mary Bobinski passed away on November 20, 2009.


Mary Bobinski

The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award comes with a $1,200 prize and is given to a public library director who during the past two years developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library by:

You must be an NYLA member and attend the Annual Conference to receive the award.


Previous Recipients

2019 - Caitlin Johnson, Schuylerville Public Library

2018 - Galina Chernykh, Harrison Public Library

2017 - Carol McCrossen, Moffat Library Of Washingtonville

2016 - Chris Finger, Geneva Public Library

2015 - Pauline Emery, Southeast Steuben County Library

2014 - Patty Uttaro, Rochester Public Library

2013 - Judith Wines, Altamont Free Library

2012 - Susan Considine, Fayetteville Free Library

2011 - Thomas W. Galante, Chief Executive Officer, Queens Library

2010 - Brian Hildreth, Director, David A. Howe Library

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


Nomination Form