Each year the Finger Lakes Library System pays tribute to individuals in our member libraries and communities who have delivered outstanding service to libraries. Nominations can be submitted online; please click each award title for the link to the nomination forms. All nominations must be submitted by Thursday, August 31st, at 5 pm.
Director of the Year: This award is 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: This award is 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.
Joan Cooke Youth Services Award: This award is 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.
Joan Cooke was employed at the Finger Lakes Library System for 40 years. For 20 of those years, she worked exclusively with creating outstanding services for children that did not exist before. We honor her passion and hard work by naming this award for her.
Jan Aguirre Customer Service Award: This award is given to a member library employee, volunteer, or trustee who possesses the enthusiasm, grace, friendliness, and patience that Jan had for training and helping others. Activities or attributes that qualify might include but are not limited to the following:
- 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.
Jan Aguirre was the FLLS Technology Training Coordinator for 26 years, until her passing in July 2013. We honor her passion and hard work by naming this award for her.