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To honor significant contributions to libraries and librarianship, the Association and its sections have established a variety of awards.  Recipients are recognized at the Annual Conference in a celebratory ceremony and reception. For further details, contact the current 1st Vice President.

Association Awards

Alex Allain Intellectual Freedom Award
Recognizes the contributions of an individual or a group actively promoting intellectual freedom in Louisiana.

2024 Recipient: Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship

Past Recipients

Essae M. Culver Distinguished Service Award
Honors a librarian whose professional service and achievements, whose leadership in Louisiana association work, and whose lifetime accomplishments in a field of librarianship within the state merit recognition of particular value to Louisiana librarianship.
Past Recipients

Louisiana Literary Award
Presented to the author of an outstanding book about Louisiana.
2024 Recipient: Necropolis: Disease, Power, and Capitalism in the Cotton Kingdom by Kathryn Olivarius
Past Recipients

Anthony H. Benoit Mid-Career Award
Presented to a member in mid-career who has made outstanding contributions to librarianship.

2024 Recipient: Deonci Sutton, Shreve Memorial Library

Past Recipients

LLA Meritorious Service Award
Publicly recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained and exemplary leadership and service to further the development, services, visibility and/or policies of LLA.

2024 Recipient: Sonnet Ireland, Washington Parish Library

Past Recipients

James O. Modisette Awards

Public Library
Presented in even numbered years to a public library to reward and encourage the improvement of public library service in a two-year period.
Past Recipients

Presented annually to an Elementary School Library, to a Middle/Junior High School Library, and to a High School Library to recognize excellence in Louisiana school library programs.
2024 Recipient: Kim "Lovie" Howell, Benton Middle School

Past Recipients

Public Library Trustee
Presented annually to a Public Library Trustee to commemorate distinguished service to a Louisiana public library.

2024 Recipient: William "Bill" A. Jones, Jr., Lincoln Parish Library Board

Past Recipients

Section Awards

Thorpe Associates Grassroots Grant
This award recognizes outstanding graduate or undergraduate library sciences students. Sponsored by the Academic Section and Herbie Misty Thorpe.
Past Recipients

Public Library Director of the Year Award
To recognize the outstanding contribution of a current Louisiana library director. Nomination form here
2024 Recipient: John Stelly, Ascension Parish Library
Past Recipients

Margaret T. Lane Award
This award is sponsored by the Government Documents Round Table to recognize and individual or organization that has made an especially significant contribution in advancing access to, or use of government information in Louisiana.
Past Recipients

School Librarian of the Year Award
Presented by the Louisiana Association of School Librarians to give recognition to a school librarian who has demonstrated outstanding work and dedication to the mission and goals of the library profession within the state of Louisiana.
2024 Recipient: Maureen Barclay
Past Recipients

Outstanding Support Staff Professional of the Year Award
Presented by the Louisiana Support Staff Association of Libraries (LaSSAL) to a support staff professional who has made outstanding contribution to his/her library in the field of experience and advanced and strengthened the image of support staff.
2024 Recipient: Theresa N. Tademy, Grant Parish Library
Past Recipients

Public Librarian of the Year Award
To recognize the outstanding contribution of a Louisiana public librarian who is not a director. Nomination form here
2024 Recipient: Luis Interiano, West Baton Rouge Parish Library
Past Recipients

Lucy B. Foote Award
Presented by the Subject Specialists Section to an Association member in recognition of his/her contribution to special librarianship.
2024 Recipient: Erin Ware, LSU Health Shreveport Library
Past Recipients

ACRL-LA/LLA Academic Award for Outstanding Librarianship
To publicly recognize an academic librarian for service and/or original research relevant to academic libraries and/or higher education.
2024 Recipient: Montie' Dobbins, LSU Health Shreveport Library
Past Recipients

Sue Hefley Educator of the Year Award
Presented by the Louisiana Association of School Librarians to an educator who has made outstanding contributions to school libraries in Louisiana.
Past Recipients

Gail Goldberg Support Staff Lifetime Commitment Award
2024 First Recipient: Gail Goldberg



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