2013 Legislative Staff Achievement Award Nominations

Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2013

It's time to recognize the outstanding service provided by legislative libraries and librarians throughout the states. We need your help in identifying candidates for the annual Legislative Staff Achievement Awards, from LRL. Nominations will be considered by the 2013 Awards Committee, chaired by Shelley Day of Utah and Kristin Ford of Idaho.  The award will be presented at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2013.  Please email your nomination by Friday, May 17, 2013, to LRL liaison Jeanne Mejeur using the link above. 

Please send us the name of a person or institution—and yes, it can be yourself or your library—using the criteria listed below as a guide, along with a description of specific accomplishments and LRL involvement. Many of you are the only legislative librarian in your state, and you provide tremendous services. There may be no other LRL member that knows enough about your job to nominate you, so go ahead and write up your successes. Or, if you know of others who should be recognized, please send us a nomination for them or their library.


The criteria for the Legislative Staff Achievement Award from LRL are as follows, for both individual legislative librarians and legislative libraries:

The librarian who has:

  • Provided outstanding support to the state legislature or legislative institution
  • Provided outstanding support to NCSL or the LRL Staff Section
  • Enhanced the profession of special librarianship within the legislative context
  • Demonstrated innovative approaches to the field of legislative librarianship
  • Made a major creative contribution to enhance legislative library services in one or more of the following areas:

- organization of information
- integration of the library into the legislative process
- excellent research products
- publicity
- excellence in reference services
- managerial expertise
- information technology
- other contributions

The library that has:

  • Provided outstanding support or assistance to NCSL or the LRL Staff Section
  • Maintained a professional, qualified staff
  • Actively participated in professional library associations
  • Contributed significantly to major developments in the field of legislative librarianship
  • Demonstrated creativity in several of the following areas:

- maintaining a collection that meets legislative needs
- orienting new patrons to library services
- targeting services to meet legislative needs
- integrating new technologies into legislative services
- alerting patrons to information resources
- other contributions

Using the link above, please submit the name of the legislation librarian or library you are nominating, providing the following information:

  1. A description of specific NCSL involvement;
  2. A description of specific LRL involvement and contributions; and 
  3. A summary of their legislative accomplishments.

For questions or more information, please contact Jeanne Mejeur. at 303-856-1467.