Best Customized System

Best Customized System is to commend the LOUIS library that provides users the best library user experience possible through the customization of a discovery interface. Criteria focuses on the use of library branding, web design, or audience targeting to provide new, intuitive interfaces that enhance user experience.

Best Outreach Program

Outreach events require organization, planning, and an investment in time for the people dedicated to making the event happen. If successful, an outreach event can lead to an increase in appreciation for, understanding of, and use of the library. The award for Best Outreach Event recognizes the time and hard work that a person or persons put(s) into planning and executing an outreach event for their library.

Career Achievement

The Career Achievement awards recognize retiring, distinguished librarians or staff members, who have demonstrated continuous commitment and dedication to the library profession, through accomplishments and service to the profession.

Discussion List Guru

Discussion List Guru is awarded to a LOUIS member who is always available on any LOUIS-associated list with helpful suggestions and/or solutions to posted problems. They always responds in a timely and articulate fashion, contributing meaningfully to and/or fostering discussion and problem-solving.

Favorite Learning with LOUIS

Given how quickly products and services can change and evolve, training sessions are critical to remaining up-to-date on what’s available, what’s changing, or what’s coming in the future. This award is for the “Learning with LOUIS” webinar/training session that voters deem the best of the (academic) year!

Leader in Librarianship

This award recognizes a library administrator, who has shown leadership skills, guidance, and innovative ideas within his or her library.

Library Guru

The Library Guru Award recognizes a library support staff member who is a helpful leader within his or her library and within the LOUIS Consortium.

Library of the Year

This award recognizes a LOUIS library that demonstrates excellence in at least one of the following areas: service to their community; creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or a dramatic increase in library usage; leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries.

Most Interesting Item

The Most Interesting Items Award celebrates those fun, quirky, and/or just plain strange acquisitions that make their way into every library collection. Whether it comes in book, electronic, 3-D or another format, the Most Interesting Item provides a touchstone for displays, conversation and general amusement for its library community.

Outstanding Early Career Librarian

This award recognizes a librarian who has worked for a LOUIS library for three (3) years or less and has less than five (5) years total professional librarian experience.

Social Media Guru

This award recognizes the efforts of LOUIS library in their use of social media to market library services and resources, and interact with their user community.

2017 Award Winners

Library of the Year:
Coastal Commerce Bank Library, Fletcher Technical Community College

Leader in Librarianship:
Brian Sherman, Louisiana State University Shreveport

Career Achievement:
Sara Zimmerman, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

Best Customized Systems:
Louisiana Digital Library
Louisiana Digital Consortium
LSU Libraries

Discussion List Guru:
Kevin Hebert, Xavier University of Louisiana

Social Media Guru:
Travis Williams, LSU Law Center