2017 Award Nominations Now Open

Each year the Finger Lakes Library System pays tribute to individuals in our member libraries and communities who have delivered outstanding service to libraries. The awards will be presented at our Annual Meeting on October 13, 2017. Any trustee, staff member, volunteer or patron is welcome to submit nominations, and self-nominations are welcome.

Please take a moment to submit your nominations today!  Nominations can be submitted online (preferred) at www.flls.org/awards. Paper nomination forms are also available upon request by contacting Diana at 607-273-4074, x221 or dleigh@flls.org. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 31st.

Director of the Year Award, given to a member library director for significant achievement in providing improved library service to their community or region. Activities that qualify might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Initiating new programs and services
  • Improving/expanding the collection
  • Increasing hours open
  • Providing leadership to fellow library directors for quality library service

Trustee of the Year Award, given to a trustee of a member library for significant contribution to the improvement or development of library service in their community. Achievements should exceed normal expectations of trustees. Activities that qualify might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Acting as an advocate for the library with community leaders and governments
  • Successfully managing a building construction that results in an improved library facility
  • Successfully executing a fundraising campaign that results in significant increase in library funds
  • Working closely with the library director to expand and improve library programs and services

Jan Aguirre Customer Service Excellence Award: Jan Aguirre was the FLLS Technology Training Coordinator for twenty-six years, until her passing in July 2013. This award will be given to a member library employee, volunteer, or trustee who possesses enthusiasm, grace, friendliness and patience, such as Jan had, for training and helping others.

  • Assisting all patrons and exhibiting kindness to all without hesitation
  • Developing or improving on plans to increase patron satisfaction at the library
  • Offering to help other staff without being asked
  • Being ready with a smile whether it’s a patron, staff member, or trustee asking for assistance

Joan Cooke Youth Services Award, given to a member library employee, volunteer, or trustee for excellence in the delivery of children’s services in their community. Activities that qualify might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Improving the children’s and/or young adult section of the library facility
  • Developing or expanding programs library offered for the community’s young people
  • Expanding or improving the library’s collection of materials for young people
  • Working with other youth oriented groups or agencies in the community to improve services to young people