Outstanding Member Award

Previous Winners

The purpose of the Maryland Library Association Outstanding Member Award is to recognize a MLA member who has effectively provided sustained service to MLA and significantly enhanced its mission and goals.

Any MLA member is eligible for the Award. A member who allows his/her membership to lapse upon retirement from the library profession is eligible for the Award for up to 12 months after membership has expired. No person may receive the Award more than once.

The recipient of the Award will have met these criteria:

  • Provided effective and sustained service to MLA and its membership
  • Enhanced the mission and goals of MLA through an elected or appointed position in MLA, including a position on the Executive Board, Advisory Council, committee or panel
  • Demonstrated leadership in supporting library development, funding, services, customers and/or staff on the local, state and/or national level
  • Demonstrated personal characteristics that make the recipient an inspirational role model for the diverse MLA membership