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Texas Library Association 2016 Awards


Librarian of the Year: Chris Accardo, Director of Library Services for the City of Weatherford 

Outstanding Services to Libraries: Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, U.S. Representative for the Texas 15th Congressional District 

Distinguished Service: Carlyn Gray, retired Director of Library Services at Round Rock ISD 

Lifetime Achievement: Nora Galvan, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD 

Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year: Lynn Kostel, Tracy LaHue, Anne Wallace James, and Susan Buckles – “And the Winner Is” 

Libraries Change Communities: Gregory-Portland ISD and the Bell-Whittington Public Library – Book-a-Palooza Festival 

ALA/TLA Spectrum Scholar: Alia Gant, MLIS Graduate Student at the University of Texas


Best of Show: The Human Library, University of North Texas Denton
The Human Library is a worldwide event that first began in Denmark as a response to violence in the community. This event is designed to break down barriers and foster meaningful and tolerant conversation. UNT Libraries hosted its first Human Library in 2013 and it is a loved and well-attended event. With 20 to 30 human “books,” the library sparks important understanding and conversation at this most critical time in national debate.


Special Events Winner: University of North Texas, The Human Library

Special Events
Honorable Mention: Plano Public Library System, “Show us Why You Love the Library” Bookmark Contest

Campaigns Winner: Houston Public Library, Library Card Campaign

PR Plans Winner: Plano Public Library, From Reading to Robotics

PR Plans Honorable Mention: Round Rock Public Library, Heroes of the Library, 2015 Round Rock 

Public Library Annual Report for year-round activities

Broadcast Advertising Winner:  Flower Mound Public Library, Summer Reading PSA

Broadcast Advertising Honorable Mention: Amarillo Public Library, 17 Things You May Not Know About the Amarillo Public Library TV spots

Outdoor Advertising Winner: San Antonio Public Library, Digital Library Community Project touchscreen kiosks and digital library wallpapers

Print Advertising Winner:  Houston Public Library, Advertisements, My Link Card Campaign

Print Advertising Honorable Mention: University of Texas Libraries, promotions on UNT history

Social Media, Online, Nontraditional Winner: #txlchat, Sharon Gullet, Michelle Cooper, and Marsha Edney

Social Media Honorable Mention: Texas A&M University – Commerce Libraries, #TriviaTuesday and Social Media Activities

Editorial Page Strategies Winner:  One for the Record Books, Sharyland ISD

Editorial Page Strategies Honorable Mention: Guest Editorials, Daily Toreador, Texas Tech Libraries

Brands and Logos Winner:  North Richland Hills Library, the maker spot logo

Collateral Materials Winner: Texas Woman’s University, 21century services booklets and giveaways

Collateral Materials Honorable Mention: Dallas Public Library’s Coloring Book 


Diversity & Inclusion Committee Jr. Library/Media Source Conference Stipends of $750 to each: Priscilla Delgado and Jane Pan.

Escue Annual Conference Stipend: Brittney Lauren Washington

Christina B. Woll Grant Award:  Juanita Hazelton, Director, Gunter Library and Museum
The grant is awarded to a Texas public or school library serving children 12 and under that demonstrates  a commitment to providing a collection of quality children's literature. She will be recognized at the TBA luncheon and receive a check for $600.

Upstart Innovative Programming Award:  Riverchase Elementary School Library
The Upstart Innovative Programming Award recognizes libraries that have implemented creative marketing projects to enhance their visibility within their service community. The Riverchase Elementary School was selected for the Cozy Up with a Good Book literacy night event, which is a themed stuffed animal weekend "slumber party" in the library, open to students in grades K through 5. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading, motivate parents to read with their children, and make reading fun. The Award is sponsored by Demco. The library will receive a $1,000 check and a plaque which will be presented at General Session II.

Upstart Innovative Programming Award:  Whitesboro Public Library
The Upstart Innovative Programming Award recognizes libraries that have implemented creative marketing projects to enhance their visibility within their service community. The Whitesboro Public Library was selected for the Spring Into Reading program which was introduced its summer reading program. The program involved grades 1 through 4 in a pre-summer library activity that led into 48 different programs offered for six weeks during the summer months.

The Award is sponsored by Demco. The library will receive a $1,000 check and a plaque which will be presented at General Session II.

Jeanette and Jim Larson Mystery Grant: Rachel Yzaguirre, Plano Public Library System, Maribelle Davis Library
The grant subsidizes materials’ budget in order to purchase mysteries exclusively. The Davis Library intends to focus on expanding their collection of mysteries in Chinese for their specific immigrant population of Chinese speakers. The recipient will receive a $500.00 grant for the purchase of mysteries. 

Siddie Joe Johnson Award: Maria E. Rodriguez, Library/ Media Specialist, Robert T. Hill Middle School (Dallas)

Texas Media Awards Winner of the Bob Bennett Best in Show for 2016: Aylin Villagomez of Juarez-Lincoln High School in LaJoya ISD (Librarian- Ana Maria Perez), for her Graphic Design titled Translucency.


CULD: Stipend: Beth Vizzini ($500)

CULD: Melody Kelly Support Staff Stipend: Amanda Zerangue ($210)

CULD: TALL Texans Scholarship: Sarah Northam ($250)

PLD: Conference Stipend of $500 each to: Ana Nino, Kellie Boyd, Zoe Chick, and Debbie Green

TASL: Letters about Literature - Level One:  Benjamin Hu; Level Two: Sarah Helmbrecht; Level Three: Tiffany Wang. The winners will be recognized at the TASL business meeting on Wednesday, April 20th.

TASL: School Administrator of the Year: Christopher Nestor, Wilson Elementary School, Coppell ISD

TASL Scholarships of $500 each to: Karen Zimmerling Stanton, Deborah Chavez, Christi de Leon, Andrew Johnson, and Debra Castillo

TASL MVP Award: Michelle Tuttle, Tompkins High School in Katy ISD
The award recognizes best virtual presence for a school librarian. Tuttle is honored for her tweets and blog posts to spotlight the activities in the Tompkins High School library. Her tweets include images, input from students and classroom teachers, and questions from followers. The @TompkinsLibrary tweets are featured on the Tompkins Library blog. Richly illustrated, “The Book Nest” blog provides information about literacy events and contests, the Canvas Book Club and other reading programs, book recommendations, and links to information.

TASL MVP Committee Honorable Awards for Excellence to Michelle Cooper from White Oak ISD to Jean Darnell from Fort Bend ISD


District 3: Conference Stipends - $300.00 go to Megan Ballengee from Texas State University and Claudia Gibson from Crockett High School, Austin Independent School District.

District 8: Conference Stipends - $250 to each: Christine De Angelis and Kari Heitman.



Acquisitions and Collection Development Round Table: ACDRT Conference Stipend - Deborah Hathaway, University of Dallas
The award recognizes dedication to sharing knowledge and experience in evolving library acquisitions practices and technology. Hathaway has been employed as the acquisitions supervisor for 10 years and is pursuing the M.L.I.S. at TWU. She received a reimbursement for conference registration.

Archives Genealogy Library History Round Table (AGLHRT) Conference Stipend: Renee LaPerriere ($500)

Library Instruction RoundtableDevin Zimmerman Conference Stipend:  Karlee Vineyard, Lubbock Christian University
The award, which is given to a new librarian, recognizes  Vineyard for her  promise both as a librarian and as a scholar in the field. She has received a $400 stipend to defray the cost of attending conference.

New Members Round Table Stipend – Carrie Bresnehen ($500)

Small Community Libraries Round Table – Small Community Librarian of the Year: Lisa Burleson Scroggins, Claud H.Gilmer Memorial Library, Rocksprings
Selection of the Small Community Librarian of the Year focuses on what the nominees do for their community and the betterment of humankind. The award is sponsored with the generous support of the Tocker Foundation.

Small Community Libraries Round TableAdvocate Award: Dona Weisman, Consultant
SCLRT recognizes this outstanding advocate who went above and beyond to ensure that small community libraries benefit from the best library services available.

Small Community Libraries Round TableBiblionix Conference Stipend:  Cathey Weaks, Vice President of Board, Silverton Library

Supervision, Management, and Administration Round Table (SMART) - SMART Award: Lori Grumet, Abilene Public Library  

Young Adult RT and ABC CLIO ($450 each) - Deanna Williams and Terry Kansas

YART YARI Award: Emily Hersh ($500)

TALL Texans Round Table – Standing TALL Award: Jo Guidice, Director of the Dallas Public Library
This award recognizes outstanding leadership.  Jo Guidice’s work with the homeless population really stands out; and the Library’s Coffee and Conversations program has garnered national recognition. However, she also supports her staff in their professional endeavors. According to references, she has really made the DPL into a successful library that serves all of its patrons. She is very patron-focused and yet also fulfills the "Big Picture" criterion for this award.


2016 Dobie awardees

  • Cross Plains Public Library, Cross Plains, Texas
  • Dublin Public Library, Dublin, Texas
  • Kimble County Library, Junction, Texas
  • Kirbyville Public Library, Kirbyville, Texas
  • Liberty Hill Public Library, Liberty Hill, Texas

2016 Love Award: Wildwood Civic Library; Joyce Bowden, Director

Texas Book Festival
A total of $100, 137.29 to 44 public libraries.

  1. Alpine Public Library - $2,500.00
  2. Azle Memorial Library - $1,500.00
  3. Bee Cave Public Library - $2,352.77
  4. Benbrook Public Library - $2,000.00
  5. Blanco County South Library - $2,500.00
  6. Bonham Public Library- $2,500.00
  7. Brownwood Public Library - $2,494.94
  8. Carl and Mary Welhausen Library -$2,500.00
  9. Chambers County Library - $2,500.00
  10. City of Wolfforth Library - $2,498.08
  11. Clara B. Mounce Public Library - $2,465.36
  12. Cleburne Public Library - $2,300.00
  13. Cockrell Hill Public Library - $2,499.99
  14. Crowley Public Library – $2,500.00
  15. Denton Public Library- South Branch - $2,500.00
  16. Dublin Public Library - $2,500.00
  17. Elgin Public Library - $$2,498.41
  18. El Paso Public Library Main Branch- $2,500.00
  19. Farmers Branch Manske Library - $670.00
  20. Georgetown Public Library - $2,269.60
  21. Gunter Library and Museum - $2,500.00
  22. Hondo Public Library - $1,181.90
  23. Hutto Public Library - $1,632.35
  24. Justin Community Library - $2,500.00
  25. Kennedale Public Library - $2,064.16
  26. Kyle Public Library - $2,348.29
  27. Lake Travis Community Library -$2,500.00
  28. Lakehills Area Library- $2,500.00
  29. Liberty Hill Public Library District - $2,496.49
  30. Live Oak County Library, Three Rivers Branch - $2,500.00
  31. Marion ISD Community Library - $2,493.79
  32. Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library- $2,500.00
  33. Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library - $2,500.00
  34. Natalia Veteran’s Memorial Library - $2,500.00
  35. Real County Public Library-Leakey - $1.000.00
  36. Rhome Public Library - $2,500.00
  37. Sam & Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library- $1,500.00
  38. Sam Fore, Jr. Public Library - $2,457.74
  39. T.L.L Temple Memorial Library & Archives - $ 2,413.98
  40. Unger Memorial Library - $2,500.00
  41. W. Walworth Harrison Public Library - $2,000.00
  42. Waller County Library - $2,500.00
  43. Whitehouse Community Library - $2,499.44
  44. Whitesboro Public Library - $2,500.00 

Created on May 9, 2016 | Last updated June 22, 2016