The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award

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

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.

2019: Application [word document Word, 34k]; or pdf icon.PDF, [34k]


Previous Award Recipients

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

2018

Clinton Community Libraryexternal link opens in a new window for its Optimistic Aging [PDF file opens in a new window .PDF; 616k] program.

2017

Rochester Public Libraryexternal link opens in a new window for its fines elimination pilot programexternal link opens in a new window.

2016

Hendrick Hudson Free Library for their being the first library in Westchester County to be certified as a Green Business.

2015

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

2013

Winner: Southworth Library Learning Commonsexternal link at SUNY Canton for their transitioning to a learning commons model from a traditional academic library

  • See their application: .PDF PDF file [966k]

Runner-up: School Library Systems Association of New York State, Inc. (SLSA) with its consortium of school systems across NYS to create the SLS Consortium of Online Resources for Educationexternal link (SCORE)

2012

Winner: Greece Public Libraryexternal link for their expansion of programming space

  • See their application: .PDF PDF file [966k]

2011

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

2010

Winner: Queens Library, for Queens Library for Teens.

Runner-up: Milne Library/SUNY Geneseo, for “LILAC” (Library Instruction Leadership Academy)

2009

Winner: New York City School Library System for their Tween to Teen program.

Runner-up: Western New York Library Resources Council for their project entitled, Ask Us 24/7

2008

Winner: Mid-Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie, New York, for the program entitled Health Information Project.

Runner-up: Queens Library for HealthLink.

2007

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.

2006

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."

2005

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.

2004

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.

2002

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.

2001

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.

2000

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Lincoln High School Media Center

1999

Kendall Jr. High School Library

Mohawk Valley Library System

1998

Brooklyn Public Library

Queens Borough Public Library

North Country Reference and Research Resources Council

1997

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

1996

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

1995

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: July 17, 2019 -- sm