ULA Awards & Definitions


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Distinguished Service Award:

The Committee will select the nominee with the most significant record of contribution throughout her/his career.


The nominee must have been a member of ULA for at least 10 years, although not necessarily consecutive.  Membership in another state, regional, or national professional library association can be substituted for up to 5 of the required years.


Nominees will have been recognized by their colleagues as giving exceptional service to library patrons and the profession.  Typically such recognition will have been demonstrated by positions held in professional associations; a record of publication or professional presentations; special recognition given by a community,  college/university/school; or other user group; or other forms of acknowledgment such as awards, citations, and letters of praise.        


Librarian of the Year Award:

The Committee will select the nominee who made the most outstanding contribution to librarianship in the State of Utah for the previous calendar year.   


The nominee for this award must have been a member of ULA for at least the past year and should not have received this award in the past.  


Nominees will have been recognized for their contribution in one or more of the following areas:

  • Leading or contributing significantly to an effort to improve service or operations in a single library or library system,
  • Delivering an unusual level or quality of service to a patron community.
  • Designing or developing a new library facility, service, or operation.
  • Publishing a highly respected professional book or article.
  • Promoting the role of libraries in society and the value of librarianship as a profession
  • Securing new funding for a library or library system.


Special Service to Libraries Award:

The Committee will select the individual or group who has demonstrated remarkable support for libraries and librarians through a single effort or sustained contribution.  


Nominees will have been directly involved in promoting library services in a public service, volunteer, or other non-paid capacity for at least one year.


Nominees will have furthered library services through assistance with building construction, funding, volunteer service, or other means of promoting libraries and literacy.   Community spirit and investment of personal time will characterize the nominee(s) selected for this award.


Special Recognition Award:

This special award strives to recognize librarians who have served in or assisted with the management of ULA in leadership or organizational positions.  This individual may be nominated by the ULA board or by someone familiar with the work done to further the work of ULA.  This award need not be given every year.


Must have been a member of ULA during the time of recognition.


The nominee must have shown true dedication to the cause of ULA and libraries during the time of leadership.  The contribution recognized may have happened continuously or over more than one time period.


Legislative Award for Excellence in Political Affairs and Library Advocacy:

The committee will select the individual or group who has demonstrated work and dedication to being an advocate for libraries in the state or federal government.


The nominee need not work in a library but needs to have been politically active.  Nomination for this award does not prohibit the awardee from being nominated for any other Utah Library Association award or merit.


The nominee must have a proven history of leadership or legislative activism with regard to political issues and/or library advocacy.   He/she is one who, it is presumed, will continue with activism and/or advocacy on behalf of libraries and librarianship.


Outreach Award:

The Outreach Award honors an individual or group that has made notable outreach efforts to expand library services or access to information to underrepresented populations.


Nominees must be current ULA members or include at least one current ULA member if a group is nominated.


Nominees for the outreach award must have demonstrated significant outreach efforts to encourage the use of library services or to improve access to information for underrepresented populations. This award defines underrepresented populations broadly to include any user group that was previously underserved prior to the nominee’s outreach efforts. The significant outreach efforts may be the initiation of a major outreach project, the completion of a major outreach project, or represent sustained outreach efforts over time.

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