Awards & More

Each year, the CT Library Association recognizes the work done by the librarians, library supporters, and libraries in the state. At our annual conference we present our CLA awards. In addition, we recognize the efforts to promote our libraries with our Publicity Awards. 

2021 Information and Application

2021 Nomination form for the Faith Hektoen Award

2021 Publicity Award Information and Application

We also offer scholarships for students, and mini-grants to library staff to attend professional development workshops and conferences.

Our awards are:

The ​Outstanding Librarian Award ​honors the career accomplishments of a librarian who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to their library and to the library profession. The following categories suggest areas in which the nominee may have rendered significant service: outstanding service in their field of expertise, e.g. reference, children’s services, administrative, or technical services; involvement in statewide leadership; encouragement of community/institutional support for the library. Preference will be given to nominees who have achieved in more than one area. The nominee must be a member of CLA.

The ​Special Achievement Award ​honors an individual who has implemented a significant project or initiated an innovative program during the past year. The achievement being honored should have had significant impact on the library, the community, or the library profession. This award may be given to the same individual more than once. The Awards Committee reserves the right to present more than one Special Achievement Award.

The ​Edith B. Nettleton Award ​recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding record of volunteer service to their library. This award is presented in the name of Edith B. Nettleton who served as Guilford Town Librarian from 1933-1978. After retiring, she returned to the Library as a volunteer, organizing the historical collection and serving for 35 years.

The ​Excellence in Public Library Service Awards ​honor public libraries that have provided an outstanding program or service to their communities. They are given in two (2)​ population categories (15,000 and under, or over 15,000). Nominations are judged on creativity and innovation, service to the community, leadership in creating model programs and programs which will affect the future of the library and its community.

The ​News Media Award ​honors an individual journalist or news organization for coverage of libraries and/or the principles of librarianship in an exemplary way during the past year. Exemplary media coverage can be evidenced through editorials, features, news reporting and/or special event reporting. Coverage may focus on library issues such as services to special populations and other appropriate topics. Copies of articles and other relevant material should be submitted with this nomination.

The ​Adeline Mix Award ​honors a full or part-time student enrolled in an approved graduate or undergraduate library education program, and enables the student to attend this year’s CLA Annual Conference. The recipient will receive a waiver for the 2021 virtual conference as well as a grant of $250 toward registration, meals, and accommodations for the 2022 conference. Applicants must be a member of CLA, and the winner must agree to write a brief article on their impressions of the conference for CLA Today. Applications may be no longer than two typed pages and must include the following information: status of current library school studies, education, degrees and honors, statement of need, and completion of a narrative describing how attendance at the conference will assist the candidate’s professional development.

The ​Intellectual Freedom Award ​recognizes an individual for the demonstration of extraordinary personal courage in the defense of intellectual freedom, or for the implementation of a successful and creative project developed to raise awareness of intellectual freedom issues, or for a published work on intellectual freedom.

The ​Support Staff Award ​honors an outstanding library assistant or support staff member.

The ​Supporter of Support Staff Award ​honors a library administrator or manager who promotes the role of library assistants and support staff.

The Faith Hektoen Award is awarded by the Children's Section awards the Faith Hektoen Award, recognizing: 1) Career achievement in the field of children's services, or 2) An outstanding program or project that has made a significant impact on library service for children in Connecticut. Nominations may be made by anyone in the library community, excepting current selection committee members. 


Awards CLA co-sponsors/supports with other organizations:
The Nutmeg Children's Book Award