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Excalibur Award
The Public Library and Trustee Section of the Nebraska Library Association is now accepting nominations for the Excalibur Award for Outstanding Public Librarian. This award honors the career accomplishments of a public librarian who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to his/her local library and to the library profession. The following categories suggest areas in which the nominee may have rendered significant service. Preference will be given to those nominees who have achieved excellence in more than one of these areas:
- Development of outstanding service in field(s) of expertise, e.g. reference, children's, technical, administrative.
- Involvement in statewide library service.
- Record of library leadership in local community, regional area or in the Nebraska Library Association. - Encouragement of community/institutional support for the library.
The nominee must be a member of the Public Library and Trustee Section of the Nebraska Library Association. The original letter of nomination should include the nominee's name, street address, email address and telephone number; the nominee's accomplishments, and any relevant supporting documentation. The letter should also include the name, title, street address, email address and telephone number of the person or group making the nomination. Also required are at least three additional letters which support and endorse the nomination. The award is presented at the business meeting at the PLTS NLA annual conference.

Advocacy Award
The Public Library and Trustee Section of the Nebraska Library Association is now accepting nominations for the PLTS Advocacy Award. This award recognizes a trustee, user, friend, foundation, or library board that has provided exceptional support for their local library. The award can be given to an individual or a group. The award will be given for support of the library or library community. Some of the areas include but are not limited to the following:
- Advocacy in supporting the library in the community or state
- Significant contribution to a specific program or support of the library
- Contribution to the work of the Nebraska Library Association
It is preferred that the nominee(s) are residents of Nebraska. The original letter of nomination should include the nominee's name, street address, email address and telephone number; the nominee's accomplishments, and any relevant supporting documentation. The letter should also include the name, title, street address, email address and telephone number of the person or group making the nomination. Also required are at least three additional letters which support and endorse the nomination. The award is presented at the PLTS business meeting at the NLA annual conference.

Excalibur Award
for Outstanding Public Librarian
PLTS Advocacy Award


Lauran Lofgren, director of the Wayne Public Library,
is the winner of the 2016 Excalibur Award.

Excalibur Award Nominations


Bani Christine (right) of Kearney is the 2015 Advocacy Award winner. Read her acceptance letter here!

Advocacy Award Nominations

Past Recipients 

2016 - Lauran Lofgren, Wayne Public Library, Wayne

2015 - Denise Lawver, Wahoo Public Library, Wahoo 

2014 - Brenda Ealey, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln

2013 - Sarah Watson, Omaha Public Library, Omaha

2012 - Pam Bohmfalk, Hastings Public Library, Hastings

2011 - Bev Russell, Lied Scottsbluff Public Library, Scottsbluff

2010 - John Seyfarth, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion

2009 - Lisa Olivigni, Crete Public Library, Crete

2008 - Steve Fosselman, Grand Island Public Library, Grand Island

2007 - Joan Birnie, Broken Bow Public Library, Broken Bow

2006 - Sally Payne, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion

2005 - Wendy Anderson, Bess Johnson - Elkhorn Branch, Omaha Public Library, Omaha

2004 - Mavis McLean, Alliance Public Library, Alliance

2003 - Verda Bialac, Omaha Public Library & Ruth Strassler, Neligh Public Library, Neligh

2002 - Kathleen Griepenstroh, Morton-James Public Library, Nebraska City

2001 - Kay Schmid, Hruska Memorial Public Library, David City

2000 - Carol Connor, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln

1999 - Sara Lee, Central City Public Library, Central City

1998 - Lois Landis, Morton-James Public Library, Nebraska City

1997 - Judy Grandstaff, Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill

1996 - Mary Neben, Cozad Public Library, Cozad

1995 - Roberta Lawrey, Edith Abbott Memorial Library, Grand Island

1994 - Becky Baker, Seward Public Library, Seward

1993 - Robert Trautwein, Columbus Public Library, Columbus

1992 - Michael Phipps, Omaha Public Library, Omaha

1991 - Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library, Beatrice

Past Recipients 

2015 - Bani Christine, Kearney Public Library volunteer 

2014 - Delma Brester, Howells Public Library Board and Foundation member and volunteer

2013 - Charlene Rasmussen, Wayne Public Library Board member

2012 - Mike Teetor, Kilgore Memorial Library Board and Foundation member

2011 - Wilma Eaton, Chadron Public Library volunteer



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