NJLA Librarian of the Year

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Dedicated, knowledgeable, and creative librarians are the key to the success of libraries in New Jersey. The NJLA Librarian of the Year Award was created to recognize exemplary recent achievement by a working New Jersey Librarian making a significant contribution at any level of librarianship. The Librarian of the Year serves as a role model, enhancing the image of librarianship and advancing the positive visibility of libraries to the community. The Librarian of the Year is willing to serve as an enthusiastic spokesperson for librarianship in general and to speak at the NJLA conferences.


Successful candidate must:

  • Hold an MLS degree or be a certified school/media specialist
  • Be a current NJLA member
  • Enjoy public speaking and be willing to make appearances on behalf of NJLA

Have made a significant contribution by:

  • Demonstrating the value of libraries
  • Enhancing the image of librarians and/or libraries
  • ¬†Promoting an accessible and positive climate in the library
  • Advancing community relations
  • ¬†Initiating a new library service or program
  • Publishing a book or article of national importance that advances the prominence of librarianship


  • The candidate will be selected on the basis of outstanding achievement in the majority of the above-listed criteria.
  • Self-nominations and nominations by colleagues are invited.
  • The selection process will be conducted by the chair of the Honors and Awards Committee. A group of 5 recent Librarians of the Year who are current NJLA members along with the committee chair will make the final decision from nominations presented. The winner will be notified by the committee chair in March. The award will be presented at the Spring NJLA Conference.

Use the online submission form to upload a one-page statement in support of your nomination.