Recipients of the TLA Librarian of the Year Award

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In selecting the Texas Librarian of the Year, TLA identifies a member who has shown extraordinary leadership or service in the library community within the past 12-18 months. Years not included indicate that no award was made at that time.


  • 2014: John Trischitti III
  • 2013: Lydia Tucker
  • 2012: Ofilia Barrera
  • 2011: Doug Valentine
  • 2010: John Augelli
  • 2009: Kerry McGeath
  • 2007: Barry M. Bishop
  • 2006: Beth Wheeler Fox
  • 2005 Jack Strawn
  • 2003: Jo Ann Oliphant
  • 2002: Jeanie Spivey
  • 2001: Robert S. Gaines
  • 2000: Jon Gatlin
  • 1999: Louella V. Wetherbee
  • 1998: Jeanette Larson
  • 1997: Dana C. Rooks
  • 1996: Julie Beth Todaro
  • 1995: Betsy L. Burson
  • 1994: Elizabeth N. Polk
  • 1993: Maribelle Davis
  • 1992: Irene Braden Hoadley
  • 1989: Patricia H. Smith  
  • 1988: S. Joe McCord
  • 1987: Alvin C. Cage
  • 1986: Janelle Paris
  • 1985: Linda F. Allmand  
  • 1984: James Stewart  
  • 1983: C. Glenn Sparks
  • 1982: Paul J. Vagt  
  • 1981: John B. Corbin
  • 1980: Elizabeth Crabb
  • 1979: Robert A. Houze  
  • 1978: Norma Andis
  • 1977: Alice Green 
  • 1976: David M. Henington 
  • 1975: Zella Mann Lewis
  • 1974: Maxine Johnston  
  • 1973: Sam G. Whitten  
  • 1972: John B. Smith
  • 1971: Thelma McDaniel Phillips  
  • 1970: Heartsill H. Young  
  • 1969: James O. Wallace  
  • 1968: Alice Brooks McGuire  
  • 1967: Mary Carter Rice  
  • 1966: Phyllis S. Burson  
  • 1965: Mattie Ruth Moore  
  • 1964: Siddie Joe Johnson  
  • 1963: Ray C. Janeway  
  • 1960: Elenora C. Alexander
  • 1961: Lillian Moore Bradshaw
  • 1962: Fred Folmer

Since 1960, the Texas Library Association has honored and recognized excellence in librarianship and outstanding contributions to Texas Libraries through awards presented annually at the TLA spring conference. Among the recipeints of TLA Awards are dedicated and innovative young librarians as well as seasoned and distinguished leaders of the library community. The association awards spotlight specific recent accomplishments as well as extended service over a career; projects as well as leadership; lay as well as professional contributions.

In 2001 Laura Bush was presented with an Honorary Life Membership.

In 1995 Jean T. Hamrick and Joe McCord were recognized for Meritoius Service.

Created on Nov 9, 2011 | Last updated September 18, 2014