NYLA Awards

NYLA advances excellence in New York libraries.  One example of this is through recognizing excellence via our awards. The NYLA Award Nomination Form is now OPEN until July 7th! Please contact the Director of Communications and Member Engagement at marketing@nyla.org with any questions. If you would like to review a PDF version of the Awards Application before submitting the electronic, you can download it here. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THIS AS AN APPLICATION - we will only accept completed online nomination forms. Thank you. 

NYLA Awards

These awards are organized by the Awards & Recognition Committee and are awarded during the Annual Conference & Trade Show in November annually.

Lake Placid First Time Conference Stipend (Nomination Deadline July 7th)

Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director (Nomination Deadline July 7th)

Distinguished Service Award (Nomination Deadline July 7th)

Librarian of the Year Awards (Nomination Deadline July 7th)

School Librarian of the Year

Public Librarian of the Year

Academic Librarian of the Year

NYLA Unit Awards - To Be Updated 

Non-Active Awards

These awards are either being revamped or inactive. Please check back for when these awards may reactivate. 

NYLA-Lake Placid Scholarship (Empire State Scholarship Program in 2023)

NYLA-NYLBC Diversity & Inclusion Conference Scholarship

Senator Hugh Farley Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award

NYLA Awards & Recognition Committee


The Awards & Recognition Committee is responsible for the promotion, coordination and administration of NYLA’s awards.  Additionally, the committee seeks opportunities to advance NYLA, and Units via awards offered by other organizations. The Committee will promote and recruit nominations for awards on an ongoing basis, and may bring forward nominees for any award.  Annually, the committee will review the criteria for all awards to ensure they are current and in alignment with the goals for each award. Nominations will be retained for 2 years after their original year of submission. Names of nominees must be presented to and approved by the NYLA Council.  
In addition, the Committee shall monitor and nominate NYLA members or Sections for awards presented by other professional organizations.  The Committee shall also publicize all NYLA awards, and shall assist in planning the presentation of all awards as appropriate.  


The chair is appointed by the NYLA President-Elect for a one year term.  The NYLA President-Elect also appoints two at-large members who serve for a three-year term.  Each Section shall appoint a representative to serve on the committee for a renewable one-year term.  All appointments shall start and end in conjunction with the Annual Conference.

Awards & Recognition Committee Roster