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Send Your Nominations for the Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year Award


It’s time everybody – send in your nominations by Sept 30. to the SLA-NY Awards Committee for the Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year Award.

Do you know a librarian who deserves special recognition this year? Then the Awards Committee wants to hear from you!

Who lights the way for patrons and colleagues? Tell us about a librarian you know who’s shown exceptional leadership, creativity, and innovation this year.

Or…talk to us about a library that’s doing interesting, groundbreaking work in their profession or community. We want to build a diverse range of nominees, regardless of SLA or SLY-NY membership.

Who’s Eligible? Any professional librarian or knowledge manager in any type of library anywhere in New York City or Long Island is eligible. “Professional” means a person with an advanced degree in Library or Information Science, or someone holding a position designated “professional” in a library or library service. Current employment is not a requirement – the person can be recently retired, between positions, or involved in volunteer, mentor, or advisory roles.

Examples of winning achievements can include but are not limited to:

  • Exceptional leadership or mentorship to other information professionals
  • Creation of innovative services
  • Building, rebuilding, and/or strengthening a library’s role in a community or organization
  • Inspired promotion of the library’s resources and services
  • Or any other relevant, unique contributions

Submissions for Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year are welcome from the entire profession, as well as from colleagues, board members, students, vendors, academic professionals. Nominations can be short and sweet – name the candidate and describe in 500 words (or less) why the nominee s deserving. Previous nominees and winners of SLA-NY awards are eligible.

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The Dana Gordon Innovation Award

The Dana Gordon Innovation Award was approved by the SLA NY Executive Board in 2012 to honor the memory of Dana Gordon.

Dana Gordon was a long-standing SLA NY and SLA News Division member.  Dana, a consummate professional, was well known for her expertise, creative talent, and enterprising spirit.  Dana’s professionalism was rivaled only by her tremendous enthusiasm for the profession and her generosity in sharing her great store of knowledge with colleagues, staff and students.





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