We are now taking nominations for the awards ceremony at our Annual Meeting scheduled for Friday, October 17 at 9:00am at the Ithaca Country Club! Nominate someone in your library in the following categories. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 29th.

For more information and for past winners, please visit: http://www.flls.org/awards/ 

NEW: 2014 Jan Aguirre Customer Service Award:

This first-time award will be 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. Jan Aguirre was the FLLS Technology Training Coordinator for twenty-six years, until her passing in July 2013.

2014 Director of the Year Award 

This award is given by the FLLS Board of Trustees 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.

2014 Trustee of the Year Award 

This award is given by the FLLS Board of Trustees 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.

2014 Ruth Polson Distinguished Service Award 

This award is given by the FLLS Board of Trustees to someone who makes a significant contribution to the betterment of library service in the region; or to someone who, over time, makes a significant contribution to their local library.  Activities that qualify might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Acting as an advocate for a library or libraries in the community with beneficial results such as increased funding, or a new facility;
  • Making significant contributions to an individual or group of libraries in the form of financial donations or in-kind services;
  • Assist an individual or group of libraries to significantly expand or improve their facility, programs or services.

2014 Joan Cooke Youth Services Award 

This award is given by the FLLS Board of Trustees 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.

2014 Outreach Award 

This award is given by the Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council (COSAC), in recognition of outstanding service to underserved groups and people with special needs, including:

  • individuals who are 55+ years old;
  • individuals with visual, physical, or developmental disabilities;
  • residents of institutional facilities (i.e. correctional facilities, group homes, long-term care facilities, nursing homes);
  • individuals with an educational disadvantage (i.e. people who have below-average skills with reading, writing, or basic computer literacy);
  • job seekers (including people who are unemployed/underemployed);
  • individuals who are geographically isolated;
  • ethnic minorities;
  • incarcerated individuals and individuals with criminal records.

What is library outreach?
Library outreach can be any program, resource, partnership, service, or activity that helps our targeted outreach populations use library resources. Just a few examples would include:

  • Adding new media to the library’s collection to attract reluctant readers with an educational disadvantage;
  • Working with a local nursing home to promote the adult summer reading program;
  • Computer workshops aimed at jobseekers;
  • Drafting a new policy to help children with special needs participate in storytime.
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