PLS Awards & Scholarships

PLS offers several awards on an annual basis. The deadline for 2018 is June 30, 2018. Questions can be submitted to:

Public Library Building Awards

PLS offers two building awards each year distinguished by library service area population. In even years, the award is given for renovation work. In odd years, the award is given for new construction.

Conference Scholarship Awards

Awards to encourage public librarians (professional degree not required) now in the field, or students in library school, to participate in NYLA or PLS activities.

Best Practices Award (even years)

This year’s PLS Best Practices Award will be given to a public library or public library system that has focused on the best use of Web technology to promote library services.

L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship (odd years)

L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship honors a librarian who has given outstanding service to a community of population of 7,500 or less. It is given in odd years and a professional degree is not required.

PLS Leadership & Management Academy Scholarship

The Public Libraries Section believes in supporting public librarians, and their pursuit to lead in the field of public librarianship. For this reason, we award a scholarship to the Leadership & Management Academy Scholarship (start date: June of the following year). 

2017 PLS Award Winners

Public Library Building Award: New Construction
The Pavilion Public Library

L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library

Leadership and Management Academy Scholarship
Lisa Neuman, Albany Public Library

Conference Scholarship Recipients
Kristin Charles-Scaringi
Ronald W. Shaw
Jay Dela Cruz
Elizabeth Potter
Alissa Borelli

PLS Award Recipients, 2007 - 2016