The Massachusetts Library Association offers several awards, recognitions and scholarships to our members.
Every other year, Massachusetts libraries are invited to submit theirbest PR materials to apply for the MLA PR Awards. All categories of PR materials are eligible from all types of libraries. We invite academic, public, school, and special libraries to participate. Awards will be presented on odd years at the MLA Annual Conference.
Inductees to the Hall of Fame are practicing or retiring librarians who have made a substantial, sustained contribution to advancing the cause of Massachusetts librarians or librarianship over a career of at least ten years. Inductees' contributions may be in the fields of public service, education, advocacy, mentoring, service to the profession, or other areas. Inductees’ contributions should be recognized on a regional, state-wide, or national level. Inductees may work or have worked in school, public, special, or academic libraries, in library education, agencies, or associations. New members are inducted into the Hall of Fame on even years at the MLA Annual Conference.
- Paralibrarian of the Year (Paralibrarian Section)
- For “OUTSTANDING Paralibrarian of the Year”, take a moment to think about a non-MLS colleague who …
- Consistently goes beyond the limits of the job title
- Carries their passion beyond the physical building into the community and state level
- Exemplifies the ideal that true professionalism is not limited to professional librarians
- Exhibits adaptability, takes initiative and inspires others
- Is a problem solver with a can-do, professional attitude
- Seeks educational opportunities
- Thinks outside the box
- Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year (Paralibrarian Section)
- The “Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year” award is for a director, trustee, supervisor, colleague, paralibrarian or anyone else who …..
- Knows the value of paralibrarians in our libraries
- Works to increase visibility and opportunities for non-MLS staff
- Demonstrates outstanding support for paralibrarians.
The PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement is a voluntary program designed to recognize and encourage the involvement and contributions of paralibrarians in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Paralibrarians support the missions of school, public, academic and special libraries located throughout the state by providing important support services, involvement in professional development activities and commitment to their work. For more information please visit the Paralibrarian Section
MLA offers scholarships for first time attendees to conference. The deadlines and application process are announced every spring prior to conference.
From time to time, MLA make scholarships available for members to attend leadership training. These programs are announced as they are available.