Annual Awards

Congratulations to our 2017 Annual Award recipients!

Emerging Leader Award
Jen Bishop

Honorary Membership
Dr. Carla Hayden

Distinguished Service Award
Wicomico County Library Board

The Maryland Library Association wants to recognize special people who have contributed to libraries in Maryland and we need YOUR help! The MLA Awards Committee encourages you to nominate deserving colleagues for one of the awards described below.

It’s easy to submit a nomination! Use the electronic form on the MLA website at to submit your nomination online. The page also provides links to detailed descriptions of and criteria for each award. You may e-mail nominations to, fax to 410-777-4483, or send via U.S. Mail to:

Cindy Steinhoff
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

If nominating someone by email, fax, or snail mail, please be sure to include the name of the award, and address the questions that appear in the web-based nomination form. Please submit all nominations by Monday, November 6, 2017.

Awards will be presented at the MLA Annual Conference, May 2-4, 2018, at the Hyatt-Chesapeake in Cambridge.

A nomination should clearly and specifically address how and why your nominee meets the criteria for the award. Please note that the criteria for 2 awards – Emerging Leader and Outstanding Member – were modified effective with the awards presented in 2017.

Contact Cindy Steinhoff, MLA Awards Committee Chair, by phone at 410-777-2483 or email at with questions.

The Maryland Library Association presents these awards:

Outstanding Member Award - recognizes a member of MLA who has effectively provided sustained service to MLA and significantly enhanced its mission and goals.

Emerging Leader Award - recognizes a member of MLA working in a library who demonstrates strong leadership potential and encourages the recipient to assume an increasingly responsible role in librarianship.

Outstanding Paraprofessional Award - recognizes a library paraprofessional or support staff member who made a significant contribution to libraries in Maryland.

Distinguished Service Award - recognizes a Maryland resident who has demonstrated effective library advocacy over an extended period of time and whose contribution to libraries transcends the boundaries of one county or political jurisdiction in Maryland.

Outstanding Volunteer Award – honors a library volunteer in Maryland who exemplifies the positive impact that volunteers can make in libraries through their outstanding service.

Honorary Membership - recognizes a lifetime of significant contributions to libraries and librarianship.

Please note: MLA also distributes annual awards to a Maryland author through the Maryland Author Award and for children's books through the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award.