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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.

2023 Recipient: Amanda Jones

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.
2023 Recipient: Melissa Hymel 
Past Recipients

Louisiana Literary Award
Presented to the author of an outstanding book about Louisiana.
2023 Recipient: Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight In Reconstruction Louisiana by Brian K. Mitchell, Barrington S. Edwards, and Nick Weldon
Past Recipients

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

2023 Recipient: Stephanie Wilkes

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.

2023 Recipient: Vicki Nesting and Elissa Plank

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.
2022 Recipient: Mary Cosper LeBoeuf
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.

2023 Elementary School Library Recipient: Kristy Barker

2023 High School Library Recipients: Maureen Barclay and Cynthia Long

Past Recipients

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

2023 Recipient: Jackie Young

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.
2022 Recipient: Lindsey Lutgring
Past Recipients

Library Director of the Year Award
To recognize the outstanding contribution of a current Louisiana library director. Nomination form here
2023 Recipient: Julie Champagne Culler
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.
2023 Recipient: Melanie LeJuene
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.
2023 Recipient: Kenya Iverson, LSU Health Shreveport
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
2023 Recipient: Emily Horan
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.
2023 Recipient: Dawn Kight
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.
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



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