The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award

The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Friends of the New York State Library

2017: Announcement; Application

2016 Award | Previous Recipients

image of Joseph F. Shubert; click on the image to see a larger versionThe Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award is given annually to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia in New York State. Named after the late Joseph F. Shubert, former State Librarian, the Award honors libraries or library consortia that have taken significant steps within the past two years to improve the quality of library service to users.

The New York State Regents Advisory Council is pleased to sponsor the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.  The award includes a gift of $1,000 supplied by the Friends of the New York State Library. Other notable projects may also be recognized and honored for their achievements.

2016 Award

The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries is pleased to announce that the 2016 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to the Hendrick Hudson Free Library for their being the first library in Westchester County to be certified as a Green Business.

In mid-2013, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library began what would be a year and a half process to become the first library in Westchester County to achieve Green Business Certification.  Westchester Green Business-Certified (WGBC) is the region’s only green business certification program that provides the tools, training, and expertise for organizations to become true green business leaders within their industries.  Certification is achieved through visionary leadership, organizational commitment and the successful integration of environmental sustainability into all areas of operation.  The Library was part of the pilot group of businesses (both for profit and not for profit) who undertook the challenge and they received their certification January 21, 2015.  Participation in the WGBC allowed them to be a model for the community and it gave them the opportunity to showcase what they were already doing right while helping to find ways they could do more and advance the need for sustainable thinking as something that everyone must incorporate into their daily lives.

Now that they have completed the official certification process, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library continues to collect relevant data on energy, waste, purchasing and submit it yearly to WGBC.  The Library has received recognition for its achievements in leadership and education in the field of environmental conservation and efficiency from the Westchester Business Council, their local public officials, as well as their County Executive.

The award will be officially presented in November at the New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Springs. As the 2016 Shubert Award winner, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library will receive $1,000, which is graciously donated by the Friends of the New York State Library, and a plaque.    

Members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 2016 Shubert Award Committee are Steven Manning, Claudia Depkin and Ann Thornton.  The Committee was uniformly enthusiastic in its decision to honor the Hendrick Hudson Free Library submission as an excellent example of the “spirit of the Shubert award.” 

Previous Award Recipients

[Click on the links below to view their applications for the Award and/or links to more information about the project.]


  • Red Hook Public Libraryexternal link for their recognition of its innovative programs and increase in attendance and circulation.
    • 2015 Awards Press Release .PDF PDF file [70k]
    • See their application: .PDF PDF file [187k]

(2014: no award given)





  • Winner: The New York Public Library (NYPL) for their project entitled Homework NYCexternal link
    • See their application: .PDF PDF file [634k]
  • Runner-up: Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) School Library System, for their regional school library system union catalog FiveSystems.orgexternal link





Story Quilt, a "one-of-a-kind literary, social history project of the Galway Public Library...."

Story quilt cover; Galway Public Library; click to enlarge the image.Left: cover of Story Quilt: Poems of a Place by the People Who Live Here; A project of the Galway Public Library. See Galway's application for more information and pictures.


  • Southeastern New York Library Resources Council: "The Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH) Service," providing online access to historical materials from New York State's Hudson River Valley to researchers, students and the general public.
  • Albany Public Library: Bookmobile service, coordinated by the Library's Outreach Department, providing day-to-day programs and services so that "[e]very City of Albany resident shall have regular and equitable access to the information, educational, and recreational resources and programs of the Albany Public Library."


  • Southern Adirondack Library System: "Statewide Performer Database," a unique project that supports statewide youth library service by compiling programming and performer information from all across New York.
  • Mid-York Library System: The "Regional Read" project promoted literacy and community involvement by encouraging people to read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and to participate in programs related to the book.


  • Rochester Regional Library Council: "CLIC-on-Health" project, an outstanding approach to providing the people of the greater Rochester area with high-quality healthcare information and resources.
  • Cortland Junior/Senior High School Library: "Parent-Child Book Club" project, an exceptional approach to promoting literacy by bringing together eighth graders and their parents for literary discussions and author presentations.


  • Albany Public Library: "First Stop/The Next Step" project, a unique approach to addressing the needs of those in the community who are in the process of making the transition from incarceration to employment.


  • Crandall Public Library, Glen Falls: Unique approach to addressing specific consumer health needs of patrons.
  • Four County Library System, Vestal: Exemplary approach to providing Internet resources to a rural community via a Cybermobile project.


  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Lincoln High School Media Center


  • Kendall Jr. High School Library
  • Mohawk Valley Library System


  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Queens Borough Public Library
  • North Country Reference and Research Resources Council


  • Port Washington Public Library
  • Science, Industry & Business Library
  • Potsdam Public Library
  • Reading Room Association of Gouverneur
  • Finger Lakes Library System & Project Partners
  • University Libraries, SUNY at Buffalo University
  • Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System
  • Suffolk Cooperative Library System


  • New York Academy of Medicine Library
  • The New York Public Library – The Branch Libraries
  • Lawville Free Library
  • Mohawk Valley Library Association
  • Nassau School Library System
  • Fairport Library Council


  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Queens Borough Public Library
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Mid-York Library System
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Voorheesville Public Library
    • Woodward Memorial Library
Last Updated: May 16, 2017