NYLA Awards

NYLA advances excellence in New York libraries.  One example of this is through recognizing excellence via our awards.

NYLA Awards

Lake Placid First Time Conference Stipend (Nomination Deadline July 15)

Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director (Nomination Deadline July 15)

Distinguished Service Award (Nomination Deadline July 15)

Senator Hugh Farley Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award (Nomination Deadline December 1)

Librarian of the Year Awards (Nomination Deadline July 15)

School Librarian of the Year

Public Librarian of the Year

Academic Librarian of the Year


NYLA Unit Awards - To Be Updated 

Non-Active Awards

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

NYLA-NYLBC Diversity & Inclusion Conference Scholarship


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