Annual Awards & SAVVIES

OLA Annual Nominations

OLA's Honors & Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following four awards. Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due March 18, 2016.  

Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. Nominate them for one of OLA's special awards..

Be sure to read the awards guidelines.  Take a look at

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2016 OLA Conference in Bend on April 22, 2016:


1. Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position.  The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries.  The nominee must be a member of the association.


2. Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.


3. Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.


4. Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.


Your letter of nomination for any of the awards should include the following information:

*Name, contact information and current position for the nominee

*Award for which you are nominated the person or group

*Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award

*OLA activities:  committee appointments, etc.

*Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments (for Distinguished Service Award)

*Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions    

You may have other letters of support, but no more than six per nominee. 


Please send nominating letters and supporting letters to  Leah Griffith, OLA HAS Chair,  You can send via USPS to Newberg Public Library   503 E. Hancock Street    Newberg,  OR  97132, however e-mail nominating letters are preferred.  Nominations are due Friday, March 18, 2016.  If you have questions, call me at 503-537-1256.  



The S.A.V.V.I.E.S.: A New Tradition from H.A.S.
Can we stand one more acronym? Yes, we can! The H.A.S. (Honors, Awards, and Scholarships) Committee exists to recognize outstanding achievement and this happens through a number of awards which are presented each year.
However, we know that there are a lot of fabulous successes which happen every year which we could and should be sharing and celebrating. This year we're starting a new tradition and sharing those successes at our annual conference. That’s where SAVVIES comes in: it stands for
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Here's how easy it will be: send us your nomination of a local success (i.e. a children's area expansion, an award from a civic organization, a building project) along with a photo and a little bit of information. We'll combine these successes into a presentation and share with OLA members at the annual conference (i.e. power point at awards luncheon) and post on the web site afterwards.
Go ahead-nominate yourself! Nominate a friend who is shy! Go around your director and nominate your library! We want to hear about noteworthiness of all sorts! Send all nominations with a photo and some information to (please use subject line: SAVVIES). Deadline is April 1, 2016. Questions? Same email will get you answers! Flood us with your success stories-we know you have them!