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Congratulations to all the 2016 NLA Award Winners.


Golden Sower (SCYP) –

    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Picture Book)

    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

    Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Meritorious Service Award (Scholarships & Awards Committee) – Michael Straatmann

Mari Sandoz Award (Scholarships & Awards Committee) - Laura Marvel Wunderlich

Presidential Awards of Excellence – (NLA Past President-Julee Hector) - Steve Fosselman, Brenda Ealey, Scott Childers, Andy Pollock, and Rod Wagner. 

College & University Section Distinguished Service Award –  no nominations received

Paraprofessional Section Paraprofessional of the YearLeeAnn Longhini, Belleaire Elementary School Library in Bellevue

Excalibur Award for Outstanding Public Librarian (Public Library & Trustee Section) – Lauren Lofgren

Advocacy Award (Public Library & Trustee Section) –  not awarded

Mad Hatter Award – (SCYP)  - Jill Annis

Special & Institutional Section Promotion Award - Janice Rihn

Special & Institutional Section Distinguished Service AwardSam Shaw

NMRT/Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional AwardLinda Dux

NMRT Mentor of the Year Award - Alice Boeckman

Sandra Herzinger Award for Technical Services Advocacy  (TSRT) - Casey Kralik

A list of past winners is available in section 8 of the NLA Handbook. 


Nebraska Library Association Awards

The Nebraska Library Association recognizes extraordinary library staff and supporters through a series of awards. Many rely on nominations from people in the Nebraska library community. Each group issues their call for nominees and sets their deadlines according to their own schedule, so please watch your inbox for information about upcoming awards. Below are brief synopsis of the awards for NLA its varied sections and round tables,

Round Table
Award Deadline for 2017
NLA Meritorious Service Award
Mari Sandoz Award
  Louise A. Nixon Scholarship April 15, 2017
C&U Distinguished Service Award
PARAS Paraprofessional of the Year August 31, 2017
PLTS Excalibur Award for Outstanding Public Librarian
Advocacy Award
SCYP Mad Hatter Award
S&I Promotion Award
NMRT Mentor of the Year Award

Beginning Professional of the Year Award
TSRT Sandra Herzinger Award (TSRT Technical Services Advocacy Award) August 31, 2017



The Meritorious Service Award is given annually to a person, corporation or organization which has contributed to the improvement of library services in a local community; a county, region or state agency; or in library legislation.

The NLA Meritorious Service Award can be made to an individual or group.



The Mari Sandoz Award recognizes significant, enduring contribution to the Nebraska book world through writing, film production or related activity.



Louise A. Nixon (1897-1989) worked constantly to enlighten the legislature about Nebraska's libraries' needs. She served as Assistant Director of the Nebraska Legislative Reference Bureau and as Legislative Council Librarian. Louise Nixon was head of the Nebraska Library Commission from 1950 to 1969. When federal funds were made available, she initiated bookmobile demonstration projects; public library construction; extension services; services to institutional residents and the physically challenged; and an inter-library communication network. Our lives have been enriched by her open-minded, conscientious dedication to building library service in this state.

When Nixon reflected on her life for the Lincoln Journal, the paper wrote, "There is no single figure of greater 20th century significance in developing Nebraska's contemporary system of community libraries -- facilities, collections, trained personnel, cooperative networking."

This scholarship was established to help each recipient reach for Nixon's goals of dedication and vision. The application deadline is April 15th of the current year.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Apply now for the Louise A. Nixon Scholarship. 



C & U Distinguished Service Award

This award provides a special opportunity to acknowledge a C&U member who has contributed to academic librarianship in Nebraska.


1. Service to academic librarianship within the last five years.

2. Active participation in the section at the time of the award.

3. Present or potential service to NLA/ACRL/ALA.




Paraprofessional of the Year
The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) accepts nominations for the Paraprofessional of the Year Award each year. This award is given annually to a library employee who has demonstrated outstanding service in a library setting.

The recipient will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Innovative programs that the nominee has worked with which have resulted in new or improved library services.
2. Exceptional volunteer work in library service or related field.
3. Exceptional use of library resources, local or otherwise.

The Paraprofessional of the Year may receive:

1. A one-year paid membership to NLA, in the Paraprofessional Section.
2. Stipend, to be determined by the Para Executive Board.

Nominations are due on August 31 of each calendar year. No nomination form is needed just send an email containing the nominee’s criteria from the items above to the Paraprofessional Section Executive Committee:

The Paraprofessional Executive Board will make the final decision on the Paraprofessional of the Year. Winners who are not already active in the Paraprofessional Section will be encouraged to explore and participate in the activities of the section during their free year of membership.




The Public Library and Trustee Section of the Nebraska Library Association accepts 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. 

For more info go to:


The Public Library and Trustee Section of the Nebraska Library Association accepts 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. 

For more info go to:


Mad Hatter

PURPOSE To recognize an individual member of the Nebraska Library Profession who has made an
outstanding contribution to School, Children’s and Young People’s librarianship and library

CRITERIA Individual nominated should have demonstrated achievements in the following areas:

  1. Imaginative interpretation of library services
  2. Development of innovative and creative programming for children and young adults
  3. Demonstration of professional contributions to regional, state, and national library organizations, publications, and/or presentations
*Nominee MUST be a member of the School, Children’s and Young People’s Section of NLA.


More information, including nomination form can be found on the SCYP webpage.


S&I Promotion Award

The Special and Institutional Promotion Award recognizes outstanding achievements in marketing/promotion of services in Nebraska’s special and institutional libraries. Winners may be either libraries or employees. The award was started in 1986 as the Specialized Promotion Award and was renamed the Special and Institutional Section Promotional Award in 1989. Awards are not necessarily given every year.


Mentor of the Year

Mentor of the Year nomination: this is for someone who is a leader in your building, or in another building, that is always there for you to dole out professional advice. They go above and beyond to help out wherever needed.

Beginning Professional of the Year

Beginning Professional of the Year: this is for someone who has gone above and beyond as a professional, and it's only their first through fifth year as a professional!



Sandra Herzinger Award (TSRT Technical Services Advocacy Award)

Nomination Requirements:

Each nominee for the TSRT Technical Services Advocacy award must:


  • be employed in, or formerly employed in, a technical services position in a Nebraska library (According to the TSRT website, technical services includes: acquisitions, collection development, cataloging and classification, preservation, serials control, interlibrary loan and document delivery.)
  • be an active and involved employee of his/her library, as well as an active and involved member of the Nebraska library community
  • have a proven record of demonstrating the value of technical services, both to colleagues within the library community and to library patrons

Nomination Process:

The letter of nomination should include contact information for the nominee (name, position title, address, email address, and telephone number), the nominee's accomplishments, particularly as they relate to the award criteria given above, and any relevant supporting documentation. The letter should also include the name, position title, address, email address, and telephone number of the person or group making the nomination.

Also required are at least two additional letters which support and endorse the nominations. Such letters may provide further information about the nominee.

Nominations and letters of support must be received by August 31, and should be sent to the current TSRT Chair.


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