FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award
Sponsored by the Friends of Libraries Section of NYLA
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 of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations.
Call for nominations:
The deadline for submission of nominations for this prestigious award is July 1.
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.
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Who was Daniel W. Casey
Dan 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).
Do you know of an individual or group that is deserving of this award?
Please submit your nomination for the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award by July 1.
Recipients of the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award
2017 Colleen Powers, founding member and Past President, Friends of the Wadsworth Library
Recipients of the EFR Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award
Recipients of the Empire Friends Roundtable Library Advocacy Award:
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