Virginia Library Association Announces 2019 Award Winners

The Awards & Recognition Committee of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) has selected winners for the 2019 association awards from a very competitive application pool. Librarians and library project teams from academic, public, and special libraries across the commonwealth are honored for their exemplary contributions to their communities and profession in 2018. For more details about each winner and their accomplishments, please view the press releases linked below:

  • Academic Innovator Award: Alyssa Archer, Susan Van Patten, Charley Cosmato of Radford University & Liz Bellamy of William & Mary
  • Donna G. Cote Librarian of the Year: Jennifer Brown of Suffolk Public Library
  • Friends of the Library Award: Friends of the VCU Libraries
  • George Mason Award: Brandy Stevens of JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Library
  • Public Library Innovator Award: Central Rappahannock Regional Library Youth Services
  • Trustee Library Award: Dr. Samuel Smart of Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • Up & Comer Award: Alison McCue of Augusta County Library
  • Outstanding Professional Associate: Joy O’Toole of Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • Professional Associates Forum Supporter of Professional Associates Award: Linda Schlekau of Fairfax Public Library

See more information about each award winner in the news release.

All Virginia Library Association award winners will be honored at the Scholarship & Awards Celebration on Wednesday evening, October 23, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Hilton Norfolk The Main, in conjunction with the VLA Annual Conference. Tickets for the event are $55.00 and include your meal and support of the VLA Awards program. For more information about this event, see