WNYLRC Awards Program

The WNYLRC Awards Program was established in May 2007 to recognize the achievements, talent, and dedication demonstrated by our colleagues, member libraries, and supporters of libraries that exist in Western New York.  We encourage all staff including librarians and support staff to consider nominating a deserving colleague.  


2023 Nomination Application

The 2023 Awards Recognition Task Group Members are: Caitlin Kenney (WNYLRC Liaison), Bridget Baker, Cindy Hagelberger, Melissa Langridge, Pamela Rose, Dave Schoen, and Amanda Shepp.

If you are interested in serving as part of the Awards Recognition Task Group, please contact Caitlin.

Past Winners

Outstanding Library
2007 McGrath Library — Hilbert College
2009 E.H. Butler Library — Buffalo State College

Outstanding Committee Member (award retired)
2007 Ann Tenglund — St. Bonaventure University
2008 Marie Peterson — University at Buffalo and
         David Schoen — Niagara University
2009 Pamela Jones — Medaille College

Excellence in Library Service
2007 Joan Connelly — Hutchinson Central Technical High School and
         Claire McDonough — Lockport Public Library
2008 Lisa Forrest — Buffalo State College
2009 Donna Gordan & Jacqueline McIntyre — Lakewood Memorial Library
2010 Daniel DiLandro — Buffalo State College
2011 Timothy Binga — Center for Inquiry Libraries
         Kathleen M. DeLaney — Canisius College
2013 Heidi Ginal — Heim Elementary School, Williamsville
2014 Christine Stockslader — Lancaster Middle School, Lancaster, NY
2015 Lisa LaQuay — Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School, Cattaraugus, NY
2016 Renee Masters — Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
2017 Mandi Shepp — Marion H. Skidmore Library, Lilydale Assembly, Lilydale, NY
         Donna Shine — Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society, Buffalo, NY
2019 Sue Bartle — (Retired)   Erie 2 Chautuaqua-Cattaraugus BOCES SLS
         Cynthia Hagelberger — Alfred C. O'Connell Library, Genesee Community College
         Melissa Langridge — Wilson Community Library, Wilson NY
         Linda Schroeder — South Park HS Library, Buffalo School Library System, Buffalo NY
2020 Laura Penn — Akron Middle/High School, Erie 1 BOCES School Library System, Akron NY
         Hope Dunbar — SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo NY
         Allison Lund — Empire State Immersive Experiences, Buffalo NY

2021 Sherri Gerardi — West Seneca East Senior High School, Erie 1 BOCES SLS, West Seneca, NY
         Pamela Jones — ConnectNY, Buffalo NY
         Pamela Rose — State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo NY
2022 Kerrie Fergen Wilkes - Daniel A. Reed Library, The State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

Community Service (award retired)
2007 Lewiston Public Library

Outstanding Program/Service
2008 Kaleida Health Libraries
2009 Project Team of "Get Graphic"
2010 Hometown Heroes — West Seneca East Senior High School
2012 1. Family Reading Night — Hamburg Middle School
         2. Outreach Programming and Services for Non-Traditional Students
              in the Buffalo Community — Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
2013 HUBNET (Hospitals & University at Buffalo Library Resource Network) Library Consortium of Health Institutions in Buffalo (LCHIB)
2014 Stress Relief Days — University Libraries, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2015 Holistic Lecture Series — Amherst Public Library, Amherst, NY
2015 Arts-in-the-Library — McGrath Library, Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY
2016 The Human Library — Erie Community College Libraries (All Campuses), Buffalo, NY
2017 Workforce Development Programs — Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
2018 Drag Queen Kids' Party — Olean Public Library, Olean, NY
2021 Butterfly Gardening at the Prendergast Library — James Prendergast Library, Jamestown, NY

Outstanding Library Advocate
2007 David & Ruth Dietz —Town of Tonawanda Public Library
2008 Erie County Legislature
2011 The Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library
2012 James Mendola — Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
2014 Elaine Panty — Member, Board of Trustees — Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
2018 Dennis Galucki — Member, Board of Trustees, WNYLRC, Founder & Director, Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN), Buffalo, NY
2020 Project Flight — Buffalo NY
2022 Laura Rizzo - Retired Library Media Specialist, Fricano Primary School, Starpoint Central School District, Lockport, NY

Library All Star Award
2022 Ann Branch - Wilson Community Library, Wilson NY