The Ohio Library Council presents major awards honoring individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to Ohio’s public library community. The OLC’s Awards and Honors Committee continually strives to attract a robust and diverse pool of nominations to be considered for these prestigious awards. The committee is looking for the innovative and dedicated people who make Ohio’s libraries successful and vibrant. You are encouraged to recognize the achievements of your colleagues by nominating them for an award (see categories and descriptions below).
Award recipients are chosen by the OLC’s Awards and Honors Committee based on nominations and recommendations received from the Ohio library community.
Nominations for 2018 will open in January with a new, more simplified nominations process.
Hall of Fame Librarian | Librarian of the Year | Service Excellence Award | Ohio Friends of the Library Recognition |Trustee/Board of Trustees Award of Achievement | John Philip Outreach Award | Diana Vescelius Memorial Award | Library Innovation Award
OLC member; MLIS; and minimum of 10 years experience in Ohio libraries
Career has demonstrated: 1) Sustained leadership; 2) Active participation in local, state, and/or national library organizations; 3) Commitment to the library profession; and 4) Contribution to the community at large.
Contact Missy Lodge if you need further information about the Hall of Fame Librarian Award.
OLC member; MLIS; and minimum 5 years experience in libraries
1) Exhibits distinguished service in the library community; 2) Demonstrates evidence of professional achievements; 3) Develops and implements new services; 4) Creates partnerships within the community to provide innovative services; and 5) Active involvement on the local and state level.
Contact Patricia Dollisch if you need further information about the Librarian of the Year Award.
SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Recognizes the achievements of a library employee such as, but not limited to: Fiscal Officers, Human Resources, Technical Services, Marketing, Extension Services, Para-professionals, Library Administration, IT personnel, Clerks, Clerical Staff.
1) Contributions to local library development are significant and merit recognition; 2) Excellence in performing their jobs including contributions enabling the library to best serve its constituents; 3) Exhibits stellar customer service internally and externally; and 4) Works to build networks with organizations and/or groups to back excellence in library work.
Contact Jeannine Wilbarger if you need further information about the Service Excellence Award.
OHIO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY RECOGNITION AWARD
Recognizes a Friends group, regardless of community size, that performs imaginative and effective activities that increase community awareness of its library, support library programs, and promote the mission, vision and core values of the library.
Member, Ohio Friends of the Library
1) Imaginative and/or effective activities; and 2) Activities that increase community awareness of the library, support library programs, and promote the mission, vision and core values of the library.
Contact Jennifer Welsh if you need further information about the Ohio Friends of the Library Recognition Award.
TRUSTEE/BOARD OF TRUSTEES AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT
Recognizes an individual library board member or entire board of trustees that demonstrates distinguished service and innovative leadership within the community or across Ohio.
OLC Member or Institutional Member; for individuals, current or past participation on library board
Individual or board has demonstrated: 1) Active and innovative leadership; and 2) Sustained commitment to service at the local or state level.
Contact Laura Lehner if you need further information about the Trustee/Board of Trustees Award of Achievement.
JOHN PHILIP OUTREACH AWARD
Recognizes exceptional achievement in library outreach services. John Philip was a consultant with the State Library of Ohio. His responsibilities included the State bookmobile program in Southern Ohio and its successor, Southeast Ohio Library Center. During his tenure, Philip often marveled at the determined efforts of library employees to bring the benefits of libraries to these isolated populations. Upon his retirement, this Outreach Award was established and named in his honor.
Library staff, department, Friend, volunteer, member of the community or library organization.
1) Displays exceptional achievement in library outreach; and 2) Demonstrates true dedication to the philosophy of bringing library programs and services to the underserved.
Contact Marisa Frantz if you need further information about the John Philip Outreach Award.
DIANA VESCELIUS MEMORIAL AWARD
Recognizes Ohio’s library leaders of tomorrow. This award was created as an acknowledgement of Diana’s enthusiasm, and active and creative contributions to the library profession.
OLC member; MLIS or library school student; 35 years or younger or worked 5 years or less in libraries.
Individual career demonstrates future leadership potential by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the profession, including advocacy in special areas such as intellectual freedom, library innovation, outreach, and/or expansion of library services.
Contact Maria Sferra if you need further information about the Diana Vescelius Memorial Award.
LIBRARY INNOVATION AWARD
Recognizes the wide variety of expertise, creative talent, and successful initiatives incorporated in Ohio public libraries, regardless of size. OLC will promote the winning entries on a statewide and national level.
OLC member and/or Institutional member (an individual, group or team of individuals, specific library department, and/or branch, or a public library)
1) Program or initiative that breaks new ground in library service, programming, etc.; 2) Significantly benefits employees, library patrons, library operations, or the community-at-large; and 3) Program or initiative can be replicated in other Ohio libraries.
Contact Anne Kennedy if you need further information about the Library Innovation Award.