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Awards and Citations

The Delaware Library Association presents these awards and citations. Recommendations may be submitted by members of DLA or by any citizen of the state of Delaware.

Nomination forms:


Intellectual Freedom Award

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Blue Hen Book Award Winners.

DASL Outstanding Library Media Specialist: Nominees should be certified, skillful, and dedicated library media specialists who have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They should play an active and useful role in their particular school and be a poised and articulate spokesperson for the profession. The most important qualification is success at inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to love reading.

Administrator's Award for Excellence: Presented to a school administrator for demonstrating exceptional support of school libraries.


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