Past President’s Award

Sponsored by the Mississippi Library Association

The Past President’s Award is given to an outstanding beginning professional librarian who is an active MLA member. Candidates must hold an MLS degree, be employed in Mississippi and have between two and six years professional experience, two of which must be in Mississippi. Nominations may only be submitted by MLA members and should be sent to the immediate past president. See the list of Executive Board Officers to find the name of the current past president.


2023 - Naomi Jones, Greenwood-Leflore Library System

2022 - John Sanders, Hinds Community College

2021 - Hali Black, University of Southern Mississippi

2020 - Jamie Stanfield, University of Southern Mississippi

2019 - Ashley Dees, University of Mississippi

2018 - Lacy Ellinwood, Mississippi Library Commission

2017 - Ashley M. Biggs, Central MS Regional Library System

2016 – Audrey Beach, Missisippi Delta Community College

2015 – Blair Booker, Holmes Community College

– Jennifer Nabzdyk, Mississippi Library Commission

2013 – Alex P. Watson, J.D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi

2012 – Jorge Brown, Access Services Librarian, University of Southern Mississippi

2011 – Mara K. Villa, Branch Manager, Pearl Public Library

2010 – Amanda Clay Powers, Mississippi State University

2009 – Jennifer Wann, Development Services Director, Mississippi Library Commission

2008 – Jamie Bounds Ellis, Genealogy Librarian, Biloxi Public Library, Harrison County Library System

2007 – 2006 – Savannah Kelly

2005 – Molly Signs McManus

2004 – Steven J. Turner

2003 – Victoria Penny

2002 – Mary Hamilton

2001 – Jennifer Smith

2000 – Barton Spencer

1999 – Kerry Smith

1998 – No award given

1997 – No award given

1996 – Stella Wheat

1995 – Sarah Armstrong



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