Awards & Citations

2018 DLA Awards & Citations

The Delaware Library Association (DLA) presents the following awards and citations (listed below). Recommendations may be submitted by members of the DLA or by any citizen of the state of Delaware. Contact Katie McDonough (katie.mcdonough@lib.de.us), Chair of the DLA Scholarship Awards Committee, or any member of the Executive Board for questions.

All nominations for 2018 DLA Awards & Citations must be received by December 1, 2017.

Online Nomination Form 

PDF Nomination Form submit by mail or email to be received by December 1, 2017.

Please visit the DASL Awards page for awards specific to school librarians and administrators.

View List of 2016 DLA Scholarship and Award Recipients

List of 2017 DLA Scholarship and Award Recipients coming soon!


Awards & Citations Descriptions

Community Partnership Award
Nominees recognize the synergies of the DLA’s missions and actively explores innovative ways to broaden and deepen our mutual service to Delawareans, integrates in community lifelong learning and empowerment through classes/workshops and events in public libraries throughout the state, and shares our Delaware libraries’ values of sharing resources and events through collaborative efforts and partnerships.

Delaware Library Association Citation
This award is open to any library staff member in Delaware, who is active in supporting library activities and interests by service to the Delaware Library Association in any capacity. This individual should be singled out because of continued service in elected or appointed positions on the Executive Board, advisory committees, standing committees, and ad hoc committees which serve the Delaware Library Association. For more information, click here.

Distinguished Librarian Citation
This award is to be given for extraordinary library information or media services in a given year.

Distinguished Service Citation
This citation is given to any person, except staff and trustees currently employed in any library in the state of Delaware. This individual must have been active in supporting library development and services in the state. This citation would be intended for the individual who, over a period of years, has shown strong support of libraries but who is not professionally engaged in library work.

Library or Institutional Award
This award is to be given to the library or institution which has shown outstanding merit in serving its patrons and community by unusual programs or activities.

Life Member
Members who have retired from active library work and are elected by the Executive Board. Names of DLA members, who have retired from active library work, may be submitted to the Executive Board of the Association for consideration for the appointment of Life Member in DLA. These individuals must have contributed to librarianship or a closely related field in the state of Delaware. Their contribution or achievement in the field should be significant.

Trustee Citation
This citation to be given to a library trustee who has contributed significantly to the development, support, and appreciation of a local library, regardless of the size of the institution.

DLA Award Winner History (since 2014)


Other Awards Available

Blue Hen Book Award
The Blue Hen Book Award is a children’s choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division of DLA. The purpose of the award is to encourage literacy and library use by children. For information on current award nominees and previous winners, visit the Blue Hen Libguide.

DASL Awards 
http://dla.lib.de.us/awards-citations/dasl-awards/