Awards and Honors

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The Ohio Library Council presents major awards honoring individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to Ohio’s public library community. The Awards and Honors Committee has designed a new, more simplified process for submitting your nominations in 2018. This year, all entry forms will be submitted online. The committee hopes this new, online system will encourage you to recognize and celebrate the innovative and dedicated people who make Ohio’s libraries successful and vibrant. If you have a great co-worker or team in mind, please review the evaluation criteria and categories below and nominate a deserving colleague.

Nomination period:  Jan. 1 – April 30, 2018


Award and Honors:

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 Emerging Leader Award

Library Innovation Award


Past Recipients:

2017 Awards and Honors Recipients (PDF)

Past Award Recipients List (PDF)


Award recipients are chosen by the OLC’s Awards and Honors Committee based on a specific set of criteria and nominations and recommendations from the Ohio library community.

If you have questions, please contact Jeanine D’Andrea, OLC Director of Member Services, or Jennifer Welsh, Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee.