Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award

This award cycle began on Wednesday, June 5th, and will close on July 12th. 

Nomination Form


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.


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:

  • Demonstrating the value and importance of their public library to community leaders and local government officials.
  • Enhancing the image of the public library through an innovative public relations program publicizing the resources and services in multiple media formats.
  • Developing new programs and services to attract users and non-users.

Evidence of success includes the following:

  • Increase in library usage through such measures as circulation figures, attendance statistics, library cardholders, etc.
  • Increase in financial support in the regular budget and/or in gifts and contributions from the community.

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


The recipient will receive a $1,500 check [increased from $1,200 at the request of Dr. Bobinski]. The recipient will be acknowledged at the Awards Banquet at NYLA’s Annual Conference, on the NYLA website, and in the NYLA Voice.

Previous Recipients

  • 2023 - Eugenia Schatoff, Pearl River Public Library
  • 2022 - Tamara Gaskell, Roeliff Jansen Community Library
  • 2021 - Nickie Marquis, Skaneateles Library
  • 2020 - Melissa Tacke, Casleton Public Library (stipend increased to $1500)
  • 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