Honors and Awards

New Jersey Library Association Honors & Awards Subcommittee

Nominations for the 2021 Honors & Awards will be accepted from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, until Thursday, April 1 Monday, April 12, 2021. Check the NJLA Award Criteria at the bottom of the page for details on each award.

Click here to submit a nomination: https://forms.gle/SFnXit597GxyKnGC7

Contributions need to be made between April 2020-March 2021 to be considered. Unless specifically noted, both nominators and nominees should be NJLA members in good standing. Any questions? Email Honors & Awards co-Chair Joy Robinson at [email protected]

Check out this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx3-2sJFUsc&feature=youtu.be

These awards are chosen from a selection of nominations as recognized by the NJLA membership (you!), and will be presented by NJLA at a virtual Awards Reception at the Annual Conference in June.

Other awards presented by NJLA are those chosen directly by specific Sections and Committees, including: awards given by the College & University Section, the Garden State Children's and Teen Book Awards, the History & Preservation Section's Susan Swartzburg Award, and the super-secret President's Award.

2020 Award Winners
Librarian of the Year
Doug Baldwin Piscataway Public Library

President's Award
John Bonney Neptune Public Library

Library Champion
NJ Department of Education Electronic Resources for Students & Libraries = Success

Library Service
Douglas Johnston ESL Volunteer, Piscataway Public Library

Journalism Award
Hillary Viders Northern Valley Press

Rising Star Award
Kristen Crepezzi Long Beach Island Library
Audrey Dingler Cape May County Library
Scott Nafie Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN)
Timothy Valente James B. Carey Library, Rutgers University

Innovative Program Awards
Cherry Hill Public Library Young Entrepreneurs Program & Craft Fair
Glen Rock Public Library
Immersive Themed Storytimes
Newark Public Library Outsider Artz
Piscataway Public Library Teen Services Department: Talk It Out

Intellectual Freedom Award
Martha Hickson North Hunterdon High School

Susan G. Swartzburg Preservation Award
Deb Schiff Piscataway Public Library; The College of New Jersey

Public Relations Awards
Information Literature
Atlantic County Library System Program Guide
Johnson Public Library Teen Summer Reading Guide
LMxAC Library Trading Cards
NJ State Library Fresh Start @ Your Library
Camden County Library System Fine Free Campaign
Kenilworth Public Library Yarn Skeins
Surprise Us!
Somerset County Library System Library Literacy

Distinguished Service
Heather Dalal Rider University
Research Award
Sharon Whitfield Rider University

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1 Conover-Wihtol Scholarship
2 Innovative Program Award
3 Intellectual Freedom Award
4 Journalism Award
5 Library Champion
6 Library Service Awards
7 NJLA & CUS/ACRL-NJ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award (New award!)
8 NJLA / NJASL Amy Job Partnership Award
9 NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Distinguished Service Award
10 NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Research Award
11 NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Technical Services Award
12 NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Technology Innovation Award
13 NJLA Librarian of the Year
14 President's Award
15 Public Relations and Marketing Awards
16 Rising Star Award: Librarians, Paraprofessionals, and Students
17 Susan Swartzburg Award