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Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes an individual who (1) has been an ALAO member for at least 5 years, and (2) who has promoted academic libraries and librarianship not only on his or her own campus, but also within the state. The award also recognizes someone who has provided leadership in the promotion of ALAO through service such as committee membership, executive board office, or interest group office.

In 1998 the Executive Board voted to rename the ALAO Distinguished Service Award to honor Jay Ladd, a former Ohio State University librarian who was instrumental in forming ALAO. He received the award himself in 1989 and died in early 1997.

This is a wonderful way to recognize a colleague who has provided leadership in ALAO and in the profession. The recipient of the award receives an honorary 5-year membership in ALAO and is recognized at the Annual Conference.

The Past President chairs the Awards Committee and calls for nominations in late summer/early fall.  You may nominate more than one person. Your reasons for nominating your candidate(s) for the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award will be especially valuable to the Awards Committee.

See the Policies section of the ALAO Procedures Manual for details.

Past Recipients of the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award
  • 2018 Brian Gray
  • 2017 Sue Polanka
  • 2016 Julie Deardorff
  • 2015 Karen Plummer
  • 2014 Kathryn Venditti
  • 2013 Don Appleby
  • 2012 John J. Burke
  • 2011 Diane Schrecker
  • 2010 Alisa Mizikar
  • 2009 Susan Scott
  • 2008 Marcia Suter
  • 2007 Betsy Blankenship
  • 2006 Lois Szudy
  • 2005 Ella Copeland
  • 2004 Ximena Chrisagis
  • 2003 Rob Withers
  • 2002 Doug Morrison
  • 2001 Alison Ricker
  • 2000 Patricia Walker
  • 1999 Greg Pronevitz
  • 1998 Margy Kramer
  • 1997 Sara Bushong
  • 1996 Susan Phillips
  • 1995 Julie Houston
  • 1994 Kathy Wright
  • 1993 Ann Allan
  • 1992 Peri Switzer
  • 1991 Linda Landis
  • 1990 Sr. Deborah Harmeling
  • 1989 Jay Ladd
  • 1988 Charles Maurer
  • 1987 Martha Laury
  • 1986 Marian Winner
  • 1985 Hannah McCauley
  • 1984 Virginia Tiefel
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