FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

Sponsored by the Friends of Libraries Section of NYLA

The Friends of Libraries Section is proud to continue the long-standing tradition of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award.  This annual recognition has been given every year since 1993 by the Empire Friends Roundtable, now the Friends of Libraries Section. The Casey Award honors a volunteer member or a group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations.

Call for nominations:

The  deadline for submission of nominations for this prestigious award is July 1.
It’s not too soon to be thinking about a worthy recipient.  The nomination form is available here.

2015 Award Recipient

This year marks the first time that the Friends of Libraries Section will honor a library volunteer with the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award. This recognition has a 22 yearlong history with the Empire Friends Roundtable, now FLS.

The Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award, sponsored by FLS, honors a volunteer member or a group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations. We are pleased to announce that this year’s award will be given posthumously to Don Riplinger of the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL).

See the complete story about Don in the FLS September 2015 newsletter.
Read about the plaque presentation in the FLS December 2015 newsletter on page 4.

Who was Daniel W. Casey

Dan Casey & Gov. CareyDan Casey (1921-1995), a resident of Solvay, New York, was known as “Mr. Library” for his tireless advocacy on behalf of libraries at international, national, state, county, and local levels.

Dan paved the way for libraries in legislative and other government offices with his persistence in stating his belief in libraries and in better library services.  His involvement in libraries began with his appointment to the Solvay Public Library’s Board of Trustees in 1954.  From that beginning, he went on to become President of the Solvay Public Library Board, the New York State Association of Library Boards (NYSALB), and the American Library Trustee Association.  He was an honorary Life Member of the New York Library Association.

Dan served on several statewide library committees under Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo.  Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush named him to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Informational Services.  In 1988, Dan was appointed chair of the Commission.

Dan also gave his service to other boards including the Onondaga County Public Library, Central New York Library Resources Council, Syracuse University Library Associates, and the Empire Friends Roundtable.

In 1995, the Empire Friends added to the awards Dan had received by a posthumous presentation of the EFR “Library Advocacy Award.” The award was renamed the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award in memory of Dan to honor him for being an effective library advocate for 41 years.

Photo provided by the New York State Library.  Manuscripts and Special Collections.  New York Library Association Records, 1890-1986 (SC 14879).

Do you know of an individual or group that is deserving of this award?

Please submit your nomination for the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award by July 1st. The nomination form is available here.

Recipients of the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

2015   Don Riplinger, volunteer, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL)

Recipients of the EFR Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

1993    Robert J. Trudell, NYLA President 1991
1994    Michael J. Bragman, State Assemblyman
1995    Daniel W. Casey, Solvay Public Library
1996    Friends of the Utica Public Library
1997    Joan C. Silverstein, Westchester Library System
1998    Friends of Middletown Thrall Library
1999    Friends of Oswego Library
2000    Friends of the Shenendehowa Public Library
2001    Harold J. Wusterbarth, Mohawk Valley Library Association
2002    Nicholas J. Pirro, County Executive, Onondaga County
2003    Friends of the Rochester Public Library
2004    Friends of the Macedon Public Library
2005    Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President
2006    Hugh Lee, Bovina Public Library
2007    David Cooper, Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library
2008    Dennis Mosley, Friends of the Albany Public Library
2009    Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library
2010    Robert Manning, Baldwinsville Public Library
2011    Friends of the Red Hook Public Library
2012    Frank Van Zanten, Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District
2013    Janet Dempsey, Friends of Cornwall Library
2014    Building Preservation Committee, Aurora Free Library

Read about the work of the Aurora Free Library Building Preservation Committee in this article published inThe Auburn Citizen