FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

About the Award
Application Packets
FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Recipients
Who was Daniel W. Casey
Complete listing of the FLS and EFR Recipients of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award


About the Award

The Friends of Libraries Section is proud to continue the long-standing tradition of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award.  This annual recognition has been given every year since 1993 by the Empire Friends Roundtable, now the Friends of Libraries Section. The Casey Award honors a volunteer member or a group within the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations.

The Casey Award recognizes not simply good work on behalf of libraries, but recognizes the people who go above and beyond what is asked of them. They see a need, focus on a challenge, share goals, and commit to exceptional community service.

The recipient receives a plaque or other suitable award engraved with the recipient's name and year of the award. In addition, a one-year organizational membership in FLS for the Friends of the Library group with which the individual or group is associated will be given. If an FLS Friends group membership is already in place, it will be extended by one year. This is a new benefit beginning in 2021.

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Do you know of an individual or group that is deserving of this award?
Call for nominations: 

The deadline for submission of nominations for this prestigious award is June 1 by 5:00 p.m.
It's not too soon to be thinking about a worthy recipient. 
FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Nomination Packet PDF (file opens in a new window)
FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Nomination Packet DOCX (file opens in a new window)

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FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Recipients

2015 marked the first time that the Friends of Libraries Section  honored a library volunteer with the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award. This recognition has a 22 year history with the Empire Friends Roundtable, now FLS.

The Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award, sponsored by FLS, honors a volunteer member or a group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations.

2020
On behalf of the Friends of Libraries Section, the FLS Casey Award Committee is pleased to announce two award recipients: Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library and Friends of the Olean Public Library. Read more about these groups in the September issue of Friends News and Notes. FLS also conferred a Certificate of Merit to Mary Louise Morgan in recognition of her 10 years of dedicated service to the Elizabethtown Library Association as a library trustee
Read the coverage of the recognition of the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award recipients during the 2020 FLS Annual Membership Meeting.in the December issue of the Friends News and Notes.

2019
On behalf of the Friends of Libraries Section, the Casey Award Committee is pleased to present Helen Rados, current President of the Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, with the 2019 award. Helen Rados strongly believes in the mission of public libraries. She is a founding member of the EBCPL Friends group and has, since the beginning of the organization in 2010, served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary.

The following four nominees have received Certificates of Merit in commendation of their dedicated service to libraries.

Read the complete article in the FLS newsletter, News and Notes, Volume 5 #4 September 2019.

2018
We are pleased to announce that there is an award recipient and an honorable mention.
This year’s recipient is Barbara (Bonnie) Shannon, Vice-Chair, Executive Council, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library and the honorable mention goes to Nancy Bauder, President of the Foundation for Geneva Public Library.

See the complete story about Bonnie Shannon and Barbara Bauder in the FLS September 2018 newsletter.

2017
We are pleased to announce that this year's award will be given to Colleen Powers of the Friends of the Wadsworth Library.

See the complete story about Colleen in the FLS September 2017 newsletter.
Read about the plaque presentation in the FLS March 2018 newsletter

2016
We are pleased to announce that this year's award will be given to Anne Andrianos of the Friends of the Onondaga Free Library.

See the complete story about Ann in the FLS September 2016 newsletter on page 5.
Read about the plaque presentation in the FLS December 2016 newsletter.

2015
We are pleased to announce that this year's award will be given posthumously to Don Riplinger of the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL).

See the complete story about Don in the FLS September 2015 newsletter.
Read about the plaque presentation in the FLS December 2015 newsletter on page 4.

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Who was Daniel W. Casey

Dan Casey & Gov. CareyDan Casey (1921-1995), a resident of Solvay, New York, was known as “Mr. Library” for his tireless advocacy on behalf of libraries at international, national, state, county, and local levels.

Dan paved the way for libraries in legislative and other government offices with his persistence in stating his belief in libraries and in better library services.  His involvement in libraries began with his appointment to the Solvay Public Library’s Board of Trustees in 1954.  From that beginning, he went on to become President of the Solvay Public Library Board, the New York State Association of Library Boards (NYSALB), and the American Library Trustee Association.  He was an honorary Life Member of the New York Library Association.

Dan served on several statewide library committees under Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo.  Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush named him to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Informational Services.  In 1988, Dan was appointed chair of the Commission.

Dan also gave his service to other boards including the Onondaga County Public Library, Central New York Library Resources Council, Syracuse University Library Associates, and the Empire Friends Roundtable.

In 1995, the Empire Friends added to the awards Dan had received by a posthumous presentation of the EFR “Library Advocacy Award.” The award was renamed the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award in memory of Dan to honor him for being an effective library advocate for 41 years.

Photo provided by the New York State Library.  Manuscripts and Special Collections.  New York Library Association Records, 1890-1986 (SC 14879).

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Complete listing of the FLS and EFR Recipients of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award:

Recipients of the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

2020    Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
            Friends of the Olean Public Library
               2020 Certificate of Merit - Mary Louise Morgan, Library Trustee of the Elizabethtown Library Association
2019    Helen Rados, President of the Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello
               2019 Certificates of Merit:
               Ann Hayes of the Big Flats Library Advocates
               Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library
               Friends of the Maxwell Memorial Library
               Suzanne and Lou Dawes of the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library
2018    Barbara (Bonnie) Shannon, Vice-Chair, Executive Council, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library
               2018 Honorable Mention - Nancy Bauder, President of the Foundation for Geneva P ub l i c Library
2017    Colleen Powers, founding member and Past President, Friends of the Wadsworth Library
2016    Anne Andrianos, President, Friends of the Onondaga Free Library 
2015    Don Riplinger, volunteer, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL)

Recipients of the EFR Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

Recipients of the Empire Friends Roundtable Library Advocacy Award:
1993    Robert J. Trudell, NYLA President 1991
1994    Michael J. Bragman, State Assemblyman
1995    Daniel W. Casey, Solvay Public Library
From this point forward, this award was renamed the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award:
1996    Friends of the Utica Public Library
1997    Joan C. Silverstein, Westchester Library System
1998    Friends of Middletown Thrall Library
1999    Friends of Oswego Library
2000    Friends of the Shenendehowa Public Library
2001    Harold J. Wusterbarth, Mohawk Valley Library Association
2002    Nicholas J. Pirro, County Executive, Onondaga County
2003    Friends of the Rochester Public Library
2004    Friends of the Macedon Public Library
2005    Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President
2006    Hugh Lee, Bovina Public Library
2007    David Cooper, Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library
2008    Dennis Mosley, Friends of the Albany Public Library
2009    Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library
2010    Robert Manning, Baldwinsville Public Library
2011    Friends of the Red Hook Public Library
2012    Frank Van Zanten, Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District
2013    Janet Dempsey, Friends of Cornwall Library
2014    Building Preservation Committee, Aurora Free Library
                  Read about the work of the Aurora Free Library Building Preservation Committee in this article published in The Auburn Citizen

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