Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award

Nomination Form for Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award (PDF)

Nomination Form (doc)

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:

  • 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 would include 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. 

Nomination Form and supporting documentation must be submitted to the NYLA Office by July 15.

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

Previous Recipients

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