The WLA Awards and Honors Committee is responsible for selecting the winners of the following awards. The awards selected are presented each year the the annual conference.

  • Citation of Merit
  • Library of the Year
  • Muriel Fuller
  • Programming Innovation Award
  • Special Service Award
  • Trustee of the Year
  • WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year

The committee is made up of seven members appointed to two-year terms. Every effort is made to ensure committee members represent various sections of WLA to encourage diverse library perspectives when determining awards & honors winners.

The work of the Awards and Honors Committee traditionally takes place over six to seven months.  Work often begins in early May, with the group meeting online to determine award categories, timelines (promotion, nomination deadlines, consideration of nominations, announcements, etc.) and committee formation (promotion, forms/nominations, event).  After the nomination deadline, the entire committee meets again online to consider the nominations and select award winners.  The work load is not large, but needs to be completed in a timely manner to meet deadlines.  All meetings are online and total commitment is around ten hours for committee members.

2021 Committee Members:

Joe Bongers, Chair
Bailey Anderson
Jacqueline Rammer
Jessica Schoonover
Melissa Carollo
Vince Mussehl
Jeni Schomber
Walter Burkhalter

Awards are made possible by Demco, Inc., Worzalla Publishing Company, BiblioBoard and individual donors through contributions to the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation.