Purpose
The purpose of the MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

Criteria
Considerations/criteria for nominating a paraprofessional for this award include, but are not limited to, a paraprofessional that:

  • Provides consistently, excellent library service.
  • Continually suggests improvements or innovative ideas and is willing to take the lead in making good suggestions a reality.
  • Encourages and promotes the library’s mission, facilities and resources.
  • Enhances the promotion and marketing endeavors of the library through facilitating productive, effective communication between users and the library.
  • Is professionally curious and is willing to take risks, even if that means moving beyond their comfort zone.
  • Is a lifelong learner and regularly attends training or other local or regional events to improve their skills and knowledge base.

Nominations
Nominations can be made by any MLGSCA member and sent to the Awards Committee chair. Please use the available form. Nomination deadline is July 1st.

Frequency and Number of Awards
The Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding paraprofessional in a health sciences library.  If there are no suitable candidates nominated, the award is not given. The award is usually presented by the MLGSCA President during the Fall Meeting.

Recipients of the MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award

2009 -- Kathleen Shepler

2010 -- Jan Grabowski

2011 -- Elisabeth Mason

2012 -- Norma Layton

2013 -- Rosemarie Murray

2014 -- Nancy Olmos

2015 -- Bethany Weinberg

2016 -- Amy Sharpe