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About the GLA Awards

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Do you know someone whose contributions to Georgia libraries and/or GLA should be recognized with a GLA award? Take the time to nominate a deserving individual today.  Each year the Georgia Library Association seeks to honor outstanding librarians, library staff members, and library advocates through the following awards:

The Nix-Jones Award is given to a practicing librarian for distinguished service to Georgia Librarianship. It recognizes substantial contributions to the library profession, such as: stimulation of library development, leadership in library programs, unusual and imaginative services, and outstanding support of Georgia's libraries.

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The McJenkin-Rheay Award was established by an anonymous donor and approved by the Executive Board on July 17, 1981. It is given to recognize a librarian early in his/her career who has made outstanding contributions to the Georgia Library Association, to leadership as exemplified by the careers of Virginia McJenkin (school libraries) and Mary Louise Rheay (public libraries).

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The Bob Richardson Memorial Award was established by the Executive Board in 1999 in recognition of Bob Richardson's dedicated service to the Georgia Library Association. It honors those who have given outstanding service to the Georgia Library Association.

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The Nora Symmers Paraprofessional Award was established by the Executive Board in 2001. It is named in honor of Nora Symmers, an outstanding paraprofessional member of GLA. The Nora Symmers Paraprofessional Award recognizes an individual's contribution to GLA and the Paraprofessional Division through their efforts to promote and support the Paraprofessional Division and to encourage paraprofessional participation in GLA.

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The Charles Beard Library Advocacy Award was originally called the Library Advocacy Award. It was renamed in 2003 to honor Charles Beard, Georgia's strongest library advocate. The Charles Beard Library Advocacy Award is given each year to recognize someone not employed in or by a library who has made outstanding contributions to libraries.

Qualifications for the award:

Honorary Memberships are given to retired members of the Georgia Library Association who have contributed significantly to the work of the Association over a period of years. No more than three Honorary Memberships will be presented during any year.
A certificate of honorary membership will be awarded during the Annual Conference.

Qualifications for honorary membership:

The Library Support Services Award is given each year to recognize someone employed in a library support profession who has furthered library development or who has made outstanding contributions to Georgia libraries as part of his or her job or business. The award winner could be a vendor employee, an employee of an office or department that supports library services, or an employee of an individual institution.

Qualifications for the award:

GLA Team Award: This award was established by the Executive Board in 2012. This award honors a team that has excelled in the past year by offering innovative programming or services, performing or acting on assessment activities, undertaking a successful outreach or promotion effort, or providing outstanding support of an individual Georgia library or Georgia libraries as a whole. Any group of two or more people, working in a Georgia library (or enrolled in an MLIS program and affiliated with a Georgia library), of whom all are current GLA members, is eligible.

Qualifications for the award:

See Awards Committee section in the GLA Handbook for more details.

Complete a nomination form and write a letter supporting the nomination.  Feel free to provide additional documentation about the nominee’s contributions to libraries and/or GLA, but the total file should be limited to 10 pages, please. Submit electronically (if possible).

2017 GLA Awards Nomination
DEADLINE: April 14, 2017

APPLICATION FORM: .RTF | .PDF



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