Librarian of the Year award

Deadline: May 31 each year


“To be given to an NDLA member who has made notable contributions to the North Dakota library profession, has furthered significant development of libraries in North Dakota, or has performed exemplary statewide service for an extended period of time. In the case of retired individuals, the nominee may be a past member of NDLA.”

Nomination Procedure

  1. Contact the NDLA President Elect to verify that the nominee is a personal member of NDLA in good standing, or in the case of retired persons, a former member.

  1. Submit a letter of nomination (by email or mail) to the NDLA President Elect:

Traci Lund

President-Elect, NDLA

Traci Lund
Divide County Library
104 1st St NE POB 90
Crosby, ND 58730
  1. Letters should NOT be mere endorsements. Detail the nominee’s contributions to the library profession and their history of service through articles, newspaper clippings and any other material which may illustrate the nominee’s work in the profession.

  1. Nomination letters need to be current (material dated older than the current year will NOT be accepted by the Committee).

  1. The person or persons nominating a candidate should present individual letters of support (minimum of five). A single letter with multiple signatures is NOT acceptable.

Further Info

  • The Librarian of the Year Award is not necessarily presented every year.

  • Nominees from previous years may be nominated again.

  • The honoree will be profiled in The Good Stuff.

  • The honoree will receive a commemorative plaque and a one-year free NDLA membership.

  • Recognition of the recipient is made during the NDLA Awards Banquet at the annual NDLA conference.

List of past winners

  • Year   Recipient

  • 2018   Laurie McHenry, Thormodsgard Law Library, Grand Forks

  • 2017   Kelly Steckler, Morton Mandan Public Library (posthumous award)

  • 2016   Wendy Wendt, Grand Forks Public Library, Grand Forks and Greta Guck, Leach Public Library, Wahpeton

  • 2015   Paulette Nelson, Minot Public Library, Minot

  • 2014   Sandra Hannahs, West Fargo Public Library, West Fargo

  • 2013   Kathy Thomas, Retired, NDSU

  • 2012   Christine Kujawa, Bismarck Public Library, Bismarck

  • 2011   Marilyn Guttromson Johnson, Retired, Bismarck

  • 2010   Doris Ott, North Dakota State Library, Bismarck

  • 2009   Jan Wysocki, Minot State University-Bottineau Library, Bottineau

  • 2008   Michael M. Miller, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo

  • 2007   Marlene Anderson, Bismarck State College Library, Bismarck

  • 2006   Kathy Thomas, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo

  • 2005   Cheryl Tollefson, Dickinson Area Public Library, Dickinson

  • 2004   Jerry Kaup, Minot Public Library, Minot

  • 2003   Iris Swedlund, Velva School and Public Library, Velva

  • 2002   Betty Gard, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

  • 2001   Cyndy Schaff, Williston Community Library, Williston

  • 2000   Mike Jaugstetter (posthumously), ND State Librarian, Bismarck

  • 1999   Thomas Jones, Bismarck Public Library, Bismarck

  • 1998   Shelby Harken, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

  • 1997   Dennis Page, Grand Forks Public Library, Grand Forks

  • 1996   Blanche Stangeland, Carrington Public Library, Carrington

  • 1995   Neil Price, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and Sally Oremland, North     Dakota State Library, Bismarck (co-recipients)

  • 1994   Bev Quamme, Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School Library, Fargo

  • 1993   Cheryl Bailey, University of Mary Library, Bismarck

  • 1992   Ruth Evert, Edgeley Public Library, Edgeley