Florida Library Association Awards

The Florida Library Association honors outstanding libraries, individuals, businesses, and library supporters during its annual conference. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the Florida Library Association. Both the nominator and the nominee must be members of FLA (unless otherwise noted in the award description).

Award Nomination Requirements

Each award has a rubric providing information to nominees on exactly what the committee is looking for when deciding on a winner. An essay section is required for all awards and there are supplemental questions for specific awards.

Essay question 1
Describe why you believe the nominee should receive this award (limited to 6,000 characters -- which is approximately 1,000 words).

Essay question 2
Please provide a maximum 800-character summary (about 100 words) of the reasons this individual, organization, or team is worthy of receiving this award.

Supporting Documents
Nominees are also encouraged to provide supporting documentation with their award nominations; documentation can include letters of support, newspaper articles, flyers, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you're new to our awards program or just want to brush up on the basics, our Awards & Honors Committee has compiled a list of FAQ's to help you through the nomination process.


Award Categories

Overall Achievement

Award Rubrics Award Description
Librarian of the Year To recognize outstanding and ongoing contributions to Florida librarianship.
Library of the Year To recognize a Florida library that has demonstrated outstanding service to its community. 
Lifetime Achievement  To recognize a librarian with a long-standing, distinguished record of professional achievements and accomplishments. 
Outstanding New Librarian  To recognize a Florida librarian who is new to the profession, has made significant contributions to their library and librarianship, and demonstrates potential for professional development. 
Outstanding Paraprofessional To recognize a library paraprofessional or support staff member who has made a significant contribution to libraries in Florida.
Leader of the Year To recognize a member of the Florida Library Association for distinguished leadership including service to the library community as well as active participation in the Association. 


Embodiment of Values and Ideals

Award Rubrics Award Description
Intellectual Freedom To recognize an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to increasing the right of access to the intellectual content of both print and non-print media.
Library Innovation To recognize a Florida library that has displayed innovative methods, projects, products, or organizational enhancements, such as using current and emerging technologies for library processes or information service delivery.
Maria Chavez-Hernandez "Libraries Change Peoples' Lives" Dr. Chavez-Hernandez received her PhD in Library Science and Information Studies from Florida State University in 1991. She was responsible for a large body of work focusing on Library and Information Services in the  Caribbean region,  and  provided  many  resources  and  programming  on  the  specific  library and information needs of Latin American immigrants and their families. Dr. Chavez-Hernandez was also an active member of FLA, ALA, the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the National Education Association (NEA), and REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking). Dr. Chavez-Hernandez passed away in 2008. The Florida Library Association created this award to honor the memory of Dr. Chavez-Hernandez and to perpetuate the dynamic spirit of her work in  expanding  the  opportunities  of  information  access  to  under-served and immigrant populations.


Excellence in a Field Endeavor

Award Rubrics Award Description
Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Awards To recognize outstanding programs of direct service to youth. Two awards will be presented annually: one for children's services (ages 12 and under) and one for teen/young adult services (ages 13 - 18).
Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations To recognize outstanding strategic marketing or public relations projects or campaigns that show results.
Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services To recognize a Florida librarian or team of librarians and staff members who design, plan, execute or evaluate a continuing program or special project of library instruction. Further, the purpose of this award is to recognize best practices of sound design and the implementation of products and services in order to enhance learning in libraries. Continuing programs or special projects may include classes written and taught by library staff, structured tutorial programs coordinated by libraries, online tutorials or programs, or paper-based fact finders.
Libraries Mean Business To recognize a library's contributions to the business community.
Library Web Presence To promote awareness of the importance of good design and usability in web page development and to recognize outstanding examples of effective library web pages and a library's overall web presence, which may include blogs and other social media. This award will be presented to one Florida library that provides excellent service via the World Wide Web.
Outstanding Scholarly Contribution  This award recognizes exceptional research in librarianship, library science, and research into problems, challenges, and/or issues in libraries published by a Florida librarian or library staff member during the past two years.  Research projects may include published books, book chapters, journal articles, white papers, bibliographies, or other significant contributions to library literature. Blog posts, master’s theses, and doctoral dissertations are not eligible. Submissions will be judged based on their contributions to the field of librarianship.

Outstanding Citizen

Awards Rubrics Award Description
Friends, Foundations and Boards Outstanding Member To recognize a member of a Friends of the Library group, a library board member or a library foundation member for outstanding service or achievement.
Outstanding Business or Media Partner Award To honor a company, business partner, or media agency (including newspaper, television, magazine, etc.) for their leadership or significant contribution in support of library service to a local, regional, or state-wide library organization.
Outstanding Citizen Award To recognize the distinguished activities of a citizen of Florida in advancing the stature of libraries within the State of Florida.


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