The William H. Natcher Award


The William H. Natcher Award is given annually to an individual, organization, or corporation that has made a significant philanthropic contribution to a Kentucky library. The contribution may be monetary, or equipment.


2018 Duke Energy Foundation


2017 PNC Foundation


2016 Don Ershig, Ershig Properties


2015 Don & Cathy Jacobs


2014 Keeneland Foundation


2013 Dr. Jack D. Ellis


2012 Jim & Darlene Johnson


2011 Mr. Dan Groneck & the team at U.S. Bank, NKY Market


2010 Dr. Paul Maddox


2009 J. C. and Azalie Egnew


2008 Harold Tomlinson


2007 Rosemary and Mark Schlachter


2006 Emily W. Hundley


2005 Ashland Inc.


2004 Carleton L. West


2003 Dr. Thomas D. Clark


2002 Robert L. Holloway


2001 Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.


2000 Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena


1999 E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation


1998 William T. Young


1997 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Jones, Sr.


1996 Lucille Caudill Little


1995 Mary Bingham


1994 William H. Natcher


The Lifetime Achievement Award


The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to a Kentucky librarian who has contributed significantly to our profession through publications, presentations, and participation in professional library and/or information organizations. Nominees must be or have been a KLA member for 10 years, sustained record of service to the Association, and not a current Executive Board member of the Association.


2018 Kathy Mansfield


2017 Judith Gibbons


2016 Leoma Dunn


2015 Terri Grief


2014 Emmalee Hill Hoover


2013 Janet Stith (Tie), Linda Kompanik (Tie)


2012 Wayne Onkst


2011 Linda Perkins


2010 Pam Federspiel


2009 Carolyn Tassie


2008 Judith Burdine


2007 Carol Nutter


2006 James Nelson


2005 Sue Burch


2004 Geneva Pullen


2003 Linda Stith


2002 Phil Carrico


2001 Evelyn Richardson


2000 Ellen Hellard





  • Carol J. Parris Mentoring Award



2017 Janet Lanham


2016 Kay Morrow


2015 Valerie Perry


2014 Mary Taylor Huntsman


2013 Not Awarded


2012 Trenia Napier


2011 Michael Whiteman


2010 Shawn Livingston


2009 Elaine Allen


2008 Marie Liang


2007 Jackie White


2006 Laura Davison



  • Intellectual Freedom



2017 Michelle Lemon


2016 Kim Hardin


2010 Dr. Ron Critchfield


2007 Barbara Caron


2000 Emmalee Hoover



  • James A. Nelson Library Advocate Award



2017 Susie Lawrence


2016 Lisa Rice


2014 Mary Lynn Collins


2013 Kathy Mansfield


2012 Dave Schroeder


2011 Linda Kompanik


2010 J. C. Morgan


2009 Paul Poland


2008 Judith Gibbons


2007 Evelyn Richardson


2006 James E. Lee Jr.



  • Kentucky Libraries Outstanding Feature Articles



2017 Judy Sackett and Kopana Terry: "Making Oral History Interviews Accessible at the Louie B. Nunn


Center for Oral History"


2016 Marty Bowman and Cynthia Houston: "Listen To Our Voices! Sources and Services for members of


the 'Austism Nation' "


2015 George Ella Lyons


2014 Arne Almquist "Bridging Gaps: Strengthening Libraries and Changing Lives"


2013 John Chenault "Investigating and Improving Medical Education and Library Resources at the


Tamale Teaching Hospital in Northern Ghana: A Case Report"


2012 Debbra Tate & Amanda Peach "The Big Payback: Making a Case for Urban Lit in Ketucky's




2011 John Schlipp “Creative Thinking: A Student-Centered Approach to Plagiarism and Copyright”


2010 Cindy Judd and Nicole Masica Montgomery, "LibGuides and Librarians: Connecting Con-tent and




2009 Lisa Nichols, "Pushing Your IL Program Forward: Five Lessons from My Immersion Experience"


2008 Martha Decker and Jennifer Little "EDEE Award: An Academic Library Honors Student


Achievement--A Collaboration Case Study"


2007 Cynthia Houston "Reconsidering Regionalism: Looking at Genre, Character, Themes, and Settings


in Kentucky Children's Literature"


2006 Cynthia Houston "Jack in Kentucky: Bringing Local Culture to your Library with Folk Tales" and


Brad Marcum "Digital Reference: Stress Maker or Savior?"



  • Scholarship For Minority Students



2011 Charmaine Winfrey


2010 Tomie Walters


2009 Yolanda Brack-Jones


2008 Karen Morrison and Victor Darrigrandi


2007 Faith Steele





  • Conference Scholarship



2007 Faith Steele





  • Outstanding Board of Trustees Award



2011 Jessamine County Public Library Board of Trustees


2010 Carter County Public Library Board of Trustees


2009 Warren County Public Library Board of Trustees


Conference Scholarship


2011 Katherine Davenport


2010 Jeremy Brown




  • Outstanding Academic Librarian Award


2018 Terry Buckner, Bluegrass Community & Technical College


2017 Philip Yannarella


2016 Robin Harris


2014 Sheree Hubbard Williams


2010 Perry Bratcher, Northern Kentucky University


2009 Shelley Wood Burgett, Somerset Community College


2008 Rose Davis, Western Kentucky University


2007 Tyler Goldberg, University of Louisville


2006 Rosemary Meszaros, Western Kentucky University


2005 (no award presented)


2004 Carolyn Tassie, Transylvania University


2003 Carol Nutter, Morehead State University


2002 Antoinette (Toni) Paris Greider, University of Kentucky


2001 Elaine Moore, Western Kentucky University


2000 Sandee McAninch, University of Kentucky


1999 Connie Foster, Western Kentucky University


1998 (no award presented)


1997 Paul Willis, University of Kentucky


1996 Janet Stith, Medical Center Library, University of Kentucky


1995 Cynthia Etkin, Western Kentucky University


1994 Miko Pattie, University of Kentucky


1993 Threasa Wesley, Northern Kentucky University


1992 Gail Kennedy, University of Kentucky


1991 Tom Kirk, Berea College


1990 (no award presented)


1989 John Bryant, University of Kentucky


1988 (no award presented)


1987 Lois Schultz, Northern Kentucky University


1986 Jennie Boyarski, Paducah Community College


1985 Sharon Edge, University of Louisville


  • Professional Development Grant


2010 Nancy Richey, Susan Martin


2009 Sean Kinder, Emily Symonds


2007 Sean Kinder, Beth Kraemer


2005 Leoma Dunn






  • Barby Hardy Lifetime Achievement Award


2015 Janet Wells


2014 Diane Goodwin


2013 Terri Grief


2012 Barby Hardy


Eleanor W. Simmons Memorial Grant


2015 Jennifer Prall & Dee Dee Ann Webb


2012 Shauna Burkeen & Rachel Burgin


2011 Megan Storey


2010 (Individual) Leslie Wright


2008 (Individual) Andrea Parson


2007 (Individual) Jennifer Wetzel


2006 (Pilot project) Damonica Partin


2006 (Individual) Brickeal Spears


  • KASL Service Award for School Administrators


2015 Stephen Tyra


2014 Greg Quenon


2013 Keith Thomas Faust


2012 Beth Mather


2011 Joshua Porter


2010 Tammie Franks


2008 Kim Banta


2007 Kathy Embry Goff


2006 Tom Waithen


  • Outstanding School Media Librarian


2015 Amanda Hurley


2014 Janet Wells


2013 Melissa Gardner


2012 Marion Napier


2011 Cindy McNary-Atchinson


2010 Mary Mattingly Elliott


2009 Laura Younkin


2007 Sherry Deatrick


2006 Denise Newbolt


  • KASL Award of Merit


2015 Kathy Mansfield


2013 Jennifer Davis


2012 Kathy Mansfield


2011 Jason Adkins


2010 Harrie Buecker


2008 Sharyon Shartzer


2007 Melissa Gardner


2006 Dr. Barbara Wick


  • Donna Hornsby Joint Technology Project Award


2015 Emily Northcutt


2013 Elizabeth Riggs & Tara Griffith


2012 Butler County Middle School


2010 Eddie Fossett and Laura Younkin


2008 Emily Demron


2007 Martha Hamilton and Kay Bush


2006 Crystal Smallwood and Sheryl Burke


  • Outstanding School Library Web Site Award


2015 Rachel Burgin


2013 Kathy Mansfield


2012 North Hancock Elementary Library Media Center


2011 Melissa Gardner


2010 Sally Horowitz


  • KASL Student Technology Award


2015 Don Allen Slaughter


2013 Christine McGaughey


2011 Keeli Sims


2010 Cole Murray


2008 Shelby Jones


2007 Wesley Durham


  • KASL Student Technology Award


2012 Shehane Netthisinghe




  • James E. Gugeler Outstanding Library Trustee Award


2011 Robbie Dyche


2010 Helen Northcutt


2009 Jim Wyrick


2008 Paul Poland 


  • James Harrison Outstanding Outreach Service Award


2011 Kellie Scott


2010 Barbara Faris


2009 Ann Schoenenberer


2008 Darlene Sargent


2007 Tom Durbin


2006 Jim Tucker


  • Margaret F. Willis Community Service Award


2011 Mark Griffen


2010 Beverly Cooper


2009 Michele Lawson


2008 Brenda Macy


2007 Helen Williams


2006 Iris Garrott


  • "Miss Pickle" Outstanding Children's Service Award


2011 Sherry Bogard


2010 Monica Edwards


2009 Rebecca Watson


2008 Janet Cline


2007 Patti Richards


2006 Carol Sexton


  • Outstanding Public Library Service Award


2011 Lisa Rice


2010 Debbe Oberhausen


2009 Wayne Onkst


2008 Jarrett Boyd


2007 Charlene Davis


2006 Judith Gibbons


  • Richardson/Conway Outstanding Library Volunteer Award


2010 Jean Ellis and Sue Loyall


2009 Joe Williams


2008 Jane Conway (posthumously) and Evelyn Richardson


  • Conference Scholarship


2010 Jussie Minor and Cindy Leach


  • Continuing Education Scholarship


2010 Jill Siekman




  • Special Librarian of the Year Award

2017 Nancy Richey


2016 Michele Ruth, Donna Slaton (tie)


2015 Ben Rawlins


2014 Terry Buckner


2012 Alex Grigg


2011 Abby Thorne


2010 James Manasco


2009 Leoma Dunn


2008 Enid Wohlstein


2007 Constance Ard


2006 William "Bill" Hansen


2004 Valerie Perry


  • Innovation Award


2016 Ben Rawlins


2014 Nancy Richey


2007 Christie Robinson




For information on applying for awards contact the Section or Round Table chair.






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