Each year, the Paralibrarian Section of MLA gives out two awards: The Outstanding Paralibrarian and The Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year. This year we have adjusted the titles of these awards to better reflect the library staff eligible for the awards.
The award for Outstanding Paralibrarian will now be MLA Paralibrarian Section Award for Outstanding Library Support Staff, and is given to a non-MLS library staffer who goes above and beyond the limits of the job title and who exemplifies the ideal that true professionalism isn't limited to professional librarians. We are looking for a non-degreed library worker who brings something extra to the table, and who carries their passion for library services out into the community, both near and statewide.
To nominate a fabulous Paralibrarian you know, click here:Outstanding Library Support Staff
The Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year will now be MLA Paralibrarian Section Award for Library Support Staff Advocate, and goes to a person who appreciates the value of paralibrarians in our libraries and who has worked to increase their opportunities and visibility. This person does not need to be a librarian or work in a library, but is someone who values the library and especially the work of the non-degreed library staff, making sure they are noticed and rewarded for their dedication.
To nominate someone who speaks for Library Support Staff, click here:Support Staff Advocate
These two award winners are chosen from nominees across the state. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Gala at the MLA Conference on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.