PLS Awards Committee

Call For Nominations!
Deadline August 23, 2017

The William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award

Purpose:  The purpose of this award is to recognize service excellence in public libraries in North Carolina.  The recipient of this award may be a library leader or an unsung hero/heroine in public libraries.

Criteria

Any North Carolina public librarian or public library employee who meets any of the following criteria:

  • Someone who has made an impact on services locally, regionally, or statewide
  • Someone who has made a contribution via a special event or achievement
  • Someone whose body of work or career deserves recognition

Examples

  • Someone who runs successful programs year after year, or someone who has developed a successful feature program
  • Someone who has shown exemplary customer service skills throughout his/her career
  • Someone who has increased the visibility of libraries locally, regionally or statewide
  • Someone who has worked behind the scenes to contribute to the successful operation of a library, committee or professional association

Nomination process

Send a one-page letter of recommendation describing how your nominee meets any of the stated criteria.  Please include complete contact information for the person making the nomination, including relationship to the nominee. Members of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Public Library Planning Council are ineligible for this award. Nominations are due by 5:00pm on August 23, 2017.

Award process

The William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award Committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the Planning Council. The Council will make the final decision on the recipient.  The recipient will be introduced at the Public Library Section’s main program at the NCLA Conference. Both the recipient and the recipient’s library system will receive a plaque and a $500 cash award.  The committee will send a press release to the recipient’s local newspaper.

Please send nominations and questions to:

Dr. Robert Burgin      
1720 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
rburgin [at] rburgin [dot] com

phone: 919.606.9502
Deadline for nominations is August 23, 2017
 

Awards Committee
The Awards Committee Charge:

  • To oversee the William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award:
    • Seek and review nominations
    • Make a recommendation to the Public Library Section Planning Council
    • Plan and organize the presentation and press releases.
  • To oversee the distribution of other scholarships and awards as designated by the PLS Planning Council.
  • To encourage active membership in the Public Library Section and its committees.

The William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award
Purpose:
The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in public libraries in North Carolina. The recipient of this award may be a library leader or an unsung hero/heroine in public libraries.

Recipients and their positions at the time of the award:
2003 Marian Lytle, Rowan Public Library, Children's Services Supervisor
2004 Suzanne Tate, Randolph County Public Library, Assistant Director
2005 June Evans, High Point Public Library, Business Research Services
2007 Erwin Gunnells, Buncombe County Public Libraries, Director of Preschool Outreach Department
2009 Diann Ball, Fontana Regional Library, Office Manager
2011 Phillip Whitford, Braswell Memorial Library, Associate Director for Support Services
2013 Lisa Flanigan, Watauga County Library, Youth Services Specialist
2015 Meryle Leonard, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Outreach Services Coordinator

2009 Winner Diann Ball, Mr. Roberts, Mary McAfee

2009 Winner Diann Ball, Mr. Roberts, Mary McAfee

PLS Awards Committee 2016-2017

PLS Awards Committee 

 
Dr. Kim Becnel
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32086
Boone, NC 28608-2086
becnelke [at] appstate [dot] edu
 
Dr. Robert Burgin, President
RB Software & Consulting, Inc.
1720 Hobbs Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: 919-606-9502
Email: rburgin [at] rburgin [dot] com
 
Mary McAfee
715 Lynn Dee Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
336-768-3373
mcafeemary52 [at] gmail [dot] com
 
Matt Shaw
Archdale Public Library
Randolph Public Library System
10433 South Main Street
Archdale, NC 27263
336-431-3811
mshaw [at] randolphlibrary [dot] org
 
Elizabeth Skinner, Vice-Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
660 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336-703-3015
336-727-2549 fax
skinneej [at] forsyth [dot] cc