Awards & Honors Committee

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Awards & Honors Committee

The Wisconsin Library Association Awards & Honors Committee is responsible for selecting the winners of the following awards:

Specific criteria and application information for each award is detailed on each awards’ page. The committee accepts applications for each award from May to August 1st.

The committee is made up of seven members appointed to two-year terms. Every effort is made to ensure committee members represent various sections of WLA to encourage diverse library perspectives when determining awards & honors winners.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Anna Palmer (Elect)
  • Joe Bongers (Chair-Elect)
  • Melissa Carollo
  • Anne Moser
  • Jackie Rammer
  • Jessica Schoonover

Awards & Honors Committee Members Responsibilities

This committee is responsible for selecting the following WLA Awards:

Citation of Merit
Conferred upon Wisconsin citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees who have made outstanding contributions to quality library services. This award may be given to a group of people or an individual.

Library of the Year Award
Presented to any type of Wisconsin library, library system or library network for distinguished achievement in service. The staff, library board or administering body, and the community or people served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought.

The Muriel Fuller Award
Conferred upon a library professional or paraprofessional in recognition of outstanding accomplishments which have significantly improved and benefited library services.

Programming Innovation Award
Presented in recognition of programming leadership in providing innovative and excellent library programming in Wisconsin libraries. Nominated programs may be stand-alone programs, series, passive or cooperative. Programs for all age groups are eligible.

Special Service Award
Presented to a group of people or an individual for noteworthy achievement as evidenced by substantial activities and exceptional service to the library profession. The Wisconsin recipient or recipients shall have influence and reputation beyond the local community.

Trustee of the Year Award
Conferred upon an outstanding Wisconsin library trustee. The trustee must be in actual service during all or part of the year in which he or she is honored.

WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year Award
In recognition of a librarian's outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library service. The librarian must be currently employed at the time of selection in any field of librarianship in Wisconsin and must be a current member of the WLA.


Committee member responsibilities:

  • Committee members must be active members of WLA
  • Committee members serve two year terms, with the potential to serve a second two year term (4 years total on the committee) 
  • Participate in 1-3 online meetings within each calendar year to include: Committee members are expected to recuse themselves from voting on awards if there is a conflict of interest (ex. A nominee is a current and known employee at the same institution as a committee member)
    • Overview of committee responsibilities, discussion of changes to awards, planning the Awards & Honors banquet/reception at the WLA Annual Conference, selecting award winners 

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