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Distinguished Service Award

  • Mrs. J.R. Dale, 1950
  • Jesse Lee Rader, 1950
  • Ida M. Sherman, 1950
  • Metta M. Woodward, 1950
  • Carl Hastings Milam, 1951
  • Mary Hayes Marable, 1952
  • Robert T. Motter, Sr., 1953
  • Cora Case Porter, 1955
  • Edmon Low, 1958
  • Allie Beth Martin, 1961
  • Leta Soder Dover, 1962
  • Frances Kennedy, 1965
  • Beth Welch Heimann, 1967
  • Della Farmer Thomas, 1969
  • Esther Mae Henke, 1971
  • William Houston Lowry, 1973
  • Dee Ann Ray, 1974
  • Mary Ann Wentroth, 1973
  • Irma Tomberlin, 1976
  • James Wilkerson, 1978
  • Roscoe Rouse, 1979
  • John Hinkle, 1980
  • Anne Masters, 1981
  • Pat Woodrum, 1982
  • Lee Brawner, 1983
  • Alfreda Hanna, 1984
  • Mildred Laughlin, 1985
  • Mary Sherman, 1986
  • Wilna Tipps, 1987
  • Barbara Spriestersbach, 1988
  • Robert T. Motter, Jr. 1989
  • Marilyn Vesely, 1990
  • Kay Boies, 1993
  • Sharon Saulmon, 1995
  • Robert Swisher, 1996
  • Lotsee Patterson, 1997
  • Susan McVey, 1998
  • Carol Casey, 2000
  • Donna Skvarla, 2002
  • Jan Keene, 2003
  • Dr. Edward R. Johnson, 2004
  • Patrick Brennan, 2005
  • Marty Thompson, 2006
  • Oliver Delaney, 2007
  • Marilyn Hinshaw, 2008
  • Dr. June Lester, 2009
  • Wayne Hanway, 2010
  • Lynn McIntosh, 2011
  • Pat Weaver-Meyers, 2013
  • Donna Morris, 2014
  • Charles Brooks, 2015
  • Leslie Langley, 2016

Special Meritorious Service

  • Allie Beth Martin
  • Leta Dover
  • Alice Pattee
  • Edmon Low
  • Esther Mae Henke
  • William Lowry, 1987
  • Roscoe Rouse, 1987
  • Mildred Laughlin, 1989
  • Wayne Felts, 1990
  • Anne Masters, 1990
  • Joanne Callard, 1991
  • Vicki Stewart, 1991
  • Betty Riley, 1993
  • Barbara Spriestersbach, 1993
  • Edward R. Johnson, 1994
  • Robert Swisher, 1994
  • Erma Stewart, 1996
  • Pat Woodrum, 1996
  • Sharon Saulmon, 1999
  • Lee Brawner, 1999
  • Robert L. Clark, 2001
  • Judy Zarrow Kishner, 2001
  • Robert B. Segal, 2001
  • Julia Ratliff, 2002
  • Gail Miller, 2002
  • Jan Sanders, 2002
  • Glenda Lamb, 2003
  • Ray Lau, 2003
  • Phil Moss, 2005
  • Pat Weaver-Meyers, 2006
  • Rowdy Williams, 2006
  • Mary Sherman, 2007
  • Rosemary Moran, 2007
  • Richard Parker, 2007
  • Jennifer Paustenbaugh, 2007
  • Debra Engel, 2008
  • Buffy Edwards, 2010
  • Bill Young, 2010
  • Bill Struby, 2010
  • Gary Kramer, 2010
  • Charles Brooks, 2011
  • Sharon Saulmon, 2011
  • Marty Thompson, 2013
  • Connie Van Fleet, 2013
  • Jan Bryant, 2014
  • Gary Phillips, 2014
  • Martha Stalker, 2016

Special Project Award

  • Jeff Weems, 1995
  • Governor Henry Bellmon, 1995
  • Molly Boren, 1995
  • Donna Denniston, 1996
  • Beverly Jones, 1996
  • Donna Skvarla, 1996
  • Dr. Arthur Ward Kennedy, 1996
  • Dr. Chester Craft, 1996
  • Latimer County Foundation for the Future
    • Leycel Burger
    • Mavis Martin
    • David Rouse
    • Joyce Shelton
    • John Shero
  • Friends of the McLoud Library
    • Elfrige Nikkel
    • John Rogers
    • Mary Tello
  • Friends of the Ralph Ellison Library, 1997
    • (Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System)
  • Tulsa City-County Library System Campaign Leaders, 1999
    • Sally Frasier
    • Michael Wallis
    • Claudia Meiling
    • Harold Charney
    • Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 1999
  • Kiwanis International of Shawnee, 1999
    • Elmo Pipp
    • Haylor Fisher
  • Broken Bow Library Leaders, 1999
    • Bea Norris
    • David Norris
    • Mike Guthrie
  • Coalgate Public Library Leaders, 1999
    • Johnny D. Ward
    • Jimmye Weston
  • Hartshorne Library Trustee
    • Frances Schiller, 1999
  • Mona Hatfield, 2000
  • Edward R. Johnson, 2003
  • Ginny Dietrich, 2004
  • Dr. Marianne Dunlap, 2004
  • SONIC-America’s Drive-In
  • Choctaw County Library, Inc.
    • Marilyn Custer
    • Brent Shain
  • Steve Eddy, 2006
  • Kathryn Lewis, 2007
  • Pat Weaver-Meyers, 2007
  • Jennifer Pautsenbaugh, 2007
  • Lynn McIntosh, 2007
  • OLA Marketing & Communications Committee, 2007
  • Jennifer Kidney, 2007
  • First Lady Kim Henry, 2007
  • Larry Pulliam, 2007
  • Laurie Ann Williams, 2007
  • Shannon McIntosh, 2007
  • Mrs. Robert S. Kerr, Jr., 2007
  • Joseph R. Castiglione, Sr., 2007
  • Michael Wallis, 2007
  • Career Recruitment and Retention Committee and Rose State College for Information Matrix Camp, 2008
  • Oklahoma Literary Landmarks Centennial Project, 2008
    • Julia Brady Ratliff
    • Michael Wallis
  • OLA GOLD Leadership Committee for OLA GOLD Leadership Institute, 2008
  • Mike Kennerson, Heavener, OK City Manager, 2010
  • Kathy Latrobe, 2010
  • Valerie Kimble, 2010
  • Sara Schieman, 2010
  • Tulsa City-County Library, 2011
  • McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa, 2011
  • Lynda Reynolds, 2012
  • Scott Freeman, 2012
  • Jim Smith, 2012
  • Gene Langley, 2013
  • Bryn Pickering, 2013
  • Anne Masters, 2014
  • Vicki Mohr, 2014
  • Aiden Street, 2014
  • Judy Tirey, 2014
  • Cathy Van Hoy, 2014
  • Snapshot Day, OLA Legislative Committee, 2016

Certificates of Appreciation

  • Cathy Audley, 1979
  • H. Wayne Morgan, 1979
  • Frosty Troy, 1979
  • Don Johnson, 1980
  • Anne H. Morgan, 1982
  • Millie Audas, 1983
  • L. L. Blandon, 1983
  • James Houston, 1983
  • Katy Joachim, 1983
  • Ada Jones, 1983
  • Marcus Salazar, 1983
  • Delores Summer, 1983
  • Dr. Robert R. Matthews, 1984
  • Marguerite Schmitt and the Eufaula Public Library Board, 1985
  • Oliver Delaney, 1986
  • Aarone Corwin, 1986
  • Duane Meyers, 1988
  • Raymond “Bud” Munkres, 1989
  • Governor Henry Bellmon, 1990
  • Nancy Hester, 1990
  • Bill Young, 1991
  • Marcus Salazar, 1991
  • Patricia Neuwirth, 1991
  • Members of Steering Committee for the Governor’s Conference on Libraries and Information Services, 1991
  • Senator Ed Long, Chair, Task Force on Public Library Laws, 1992
  • Representative Bill Widener, Chair, Task Force on Public Library Laws, 1992
  • Edmond Educational Endowment, Inc., 1994
  • Jeffrey L. Edwards, 1994
  • Stillwater Public Library, 1994
  • Karleen Krywucki, 1994
  • Roy Brock, 1994
  • Ralph Espach, 1994

Citizen’s Recognition Awards

  • Ted Rodarm, 1979
  • Leo Mayfield, 1980
  • Lillian Norberg, 1981
  • Cleta Deathridge, 1981
  • Governor George Nigh, 1982
  • Peggy Helmrich, 1985
  • Larry K. Hayes, 1986
  • State Senator Paul Taliaferro, 1986
  • State Senator Al Terrill, 1986
  • State Representative Roy B. Hooper, Jr., 1986
  • State Representative Carolyn Thompson, 1986
  • State Representative Penny Williams, 1986
  • Phil Dessauer, 1987
  • Agnes Olive, 1987
  • Judy Moody, 1988
  • William J. Lundeen, 1989
  • Kay Martin, 1989
  • Don and Nancy Bodard, 1989
  • Dr. Carl Westbrook, 1991
  • Friends of Tulsa City-County Library
  • Sue Nelson, 1993
  • Jean, Walter, Joan & Allan Neustadt, 1993
  • Senator Bernice Sheddrick, 1993
  • Craig A. Stephenson, 1993
  • Bruce K. Stone, 1993
  • Irene Wickham, 1993
  • Sally Freeman Frasier, 1994
  • State Senator Ben H. Robinson, 1994
  • Robert M. Bird Society, 1995
  • Gail Miller, 1995
  • Frosty Troy, 1995
  • Ethard Smith, 1998
  • Beverly Dieterlen, 1999
  • Claud Miller, 2000
  • Library Guild, 2000
  • Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, 2003
  • Merilyn Goodwin, Anadarko Community Library, 2004
  • Lou Kerr, 2005
  • State Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson, 2006
  • State Representative Susan Winchester, 2006
  • Michael Wallis, 2007
  • Tom Terry, 2007
  • The McClain County Library Election Committee, 2009
          David Cockrell, Mustang City Manager and Mayor, 2009
  • Grayson Bottom, 2012
  • Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma, 2015
  • Carolyn Wright, 2016

Outstanding New Librarian

  • Mary Marcum Evans, 1989
  • Jeanie Johnson, 1991
  • Davie Corbly, 1993
  • Beth DeGeer, 1994
  • Shari Clifton, 1998
  • Anne Prestamo, 1999
  • Julia Crawford, 2000
  • Marilyn Hudson, 2003
  • Sarah Robbins, 2004
  • Karen Antell, 2006
  • Marcia Hull, 2007
  • Roy Degler, 2009
  • Kathryn Plunkett, 2010
  • Nicole Sump-Crethar, 2011
  • Elizabeth Murray, 2015
  • Kelsey Barker, 2016

Oklahoma Library Service Award

  • Elizabeth Neff, 2002
  • Doris Stevenson, 2003
  • Kathy Latrobe, 2003
  • Donna Norvell, 2003
  • William R. Young, 2004
  • Christina Owen, 2004
  • Alice Withrow, 2007
  • Carol Burgess, 2010
  • Linda Potts, 2015
  • Glenda Stokes, 2016

SIRS Intellectual Freedom Award

  • Lee Brawner, 1997
  • State Senator Cal Hobson, 1998

Ruth Brown Memorial Award

  • Positive Tomorrows, 1998
  • Allied Arts and Humanities Council of Bartlesville and Bartlesville Public Library, 1999
  • Anadarko Public Library, 2000
  • Oak Hall Episcopal School, 2001
  • Spiro Public Library, 2002
  • Norman Public Schools, 2003
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2004
  • Mabel C Fry Library, Yukon, 2005
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bartlesville, 2006
  • First Presbyterian Church of Chickasha and  Chickasha Public Library, 2007
  • Lawton Public Library, 2009
  • Computer Training Center, Norman Public Library, 2010
  • Mercy School Institute Reading Program, Edmond, 2014

Support Staff Person of the Year

  • Carla Hickey, 2003
  • Beverly Jemison, 2004
  • Diana  McMahan, 2005
  • Shirley Folson, 2006
  • Earlene Piercy, 2007
  • Sandy Qualls, 2008
  • Dotty Brawley, 2009
  • Joanne Huff, 2010
  • Sharon Barnes, 2012
  • Leigh Gorman, 2016

Bill Lowry Library Champion Award

  • Governor Brad and Mrs. Kim Henry, 2004
  • Senator Johnnie Crutchfield, 2005
  • Senator Mike Morgan, 2007

Robert T. Motter, Jr. Vendor Appreciation Award

  • Robert T. Motter, Jr., 2007
  • Vance Hunt, 2008
  • Wendall Fields, 2009
  • EBSCO, 2010
    Kirk Gordon, Mark Sinclair, and Brian Duncan
  • Donna Bigbee, 2011
  • Kyle Brown and Kenneth Brown, 2012
  • Jo Ann Reece/Sandy See - U of OK Press, 2013
  • University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, 2014
    Maggie Ryan and Cecelia Brown
  • Amigos Library Services – Bonnie Juergens, Christine Peterson
  • Susan McVey, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 2016

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