The Library of Michigan Foundation and Library of Michigan are honored to bestow the State Librarian’s Excellence Award and Citations of Excellence Award yearly, at the Michigan Library Association’s (MLA) annual fall conference award banquet, to highlight the importance of Michigan libraries’ services.
The State Librarian’s Excellence Award is sponsored by the Roger and June B. Mendel Fund through the Library of Michigan Foundation. The Citation of Excellence Awards are funded by Martin L. Gibbs in memory of his late wife, Carole Sorenson, and the Library of Michigan Foundation in recognition of former Executive Director Carolyn “Sparky” Mowery.
STATE LIBRARIAN’S EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Library of Michigan Foundation’s State Librarian’s Excellence Award will be awarded to a library of any type (public, academic, school, special, tribal, etc.), including branch libraries, that exemplifies excellence in customer service. One (1) library in the state of Michigan will receive this prestigious award each year. The recipient library will receive a $3,000 cash prize and a trophy for display in its public area. Two Library of Michigan Foundation Citations of Excellence will be presented and the recipient libraries will each receive $1,000 and a small trophy for display.
The absolute deadline for nominations is Friday, August 13, 2021. There will be no extensions. Submissions will be accepted online only.
Include demonstrating that your library provides superior service to its customers and community through library programs and staff interactions with customers and the service community.
Library directors, trustees, library users, administrators, or parent agency representatives may make nominations. *Note: Nominations entered should be for the library, not for the library director.
Nominations may be submitted via the online application, linked below. You will need to create a username and password to access and complete the application. If you have previously created an account when applying for a grant from the Library of Michigan, you may use that same username and password.
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
RETURN TO A SAVED OR SUBMITTED APPLICATION
Nominations must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation from the Library’s constituency (patrons/customers, members of governing bodies, community organizations or groups, others you feel are relevant).
Selection panel representatives include the State Librarian, the director of the SLEA- winning library from the previous year, and representatives from the Library of Michigan, an academic library, a public library, a school library, and a special library.
The award recipients will be recognized by the State Librarian at the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in October.
Lori Poznanski-Mason, Administrative Assistant to the State Librarian Library of Michigan Email: Poznanskil@Michigan.gov Phone: 517-335-1518