Barbara McDowell Award for Excellence

in Hospital Librarianship

The Barbara McDowell Award was established in 1984 in memory of Barbara McDowell, Chief of Library Services at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Veterans Administration, who died in 1983. The award honors a chapter member who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital librarianship. To be eligible, an individual must be a member of MCMLA and work in a hospital library. A framed certificate is awarded along with a stipend to help offset travel expenses to the MCMLA annual meeting.

Nominees are judged on:

  • Hospital library leadership/innovation
  • Local group participation/leadership
  • Chapter participation/leadership
  • National participation/leadership
Contact the Honors and Awards Committee.

Nominate someone for this award.

Past awardees

  • 1985 - Carol Matulka
  • 1986 - Carol Seebaum
  • 1987 - Dee Ann Hilmoe
  • 1988 - Rosalind Dudden
  • 1989 - Michele Parks
  • 1990 - Kirk Davis
  • 1991 - Lenora Bezpaletz
  • 1992 - Angela Arner
  • 1993 - Ken Oyer
  • 1994 - Saundra Brenner
  • 1995 - Lynn Wilson
  • 1996 - Susan Craft
  • 1997 - Award not given
  • 1998 - Anna Beth Crabtree
  • 1999 - Cliff Nestell
  • 2000 - Nancy E. Peterson
  • 2001 - Karen Wiederaenders
  • 2002 - Joy Winkler
  • 2003 - Brenda Pfannenstiel
  • 2004 - Erica Lake
  • 2005 - Michlene Mankin
  • 2006 - Richard Kammer
  • 2007 - Susan Centner
  • 2008 - Sarah Beck Kirby
  • 2009 - Elizabeth C. Burns
  • 2010 - Award not given
  • 2011 - Karen Wells
  • 2012 - Award not given
  • 2013 - Award not given
  • 2014 - Shandra Protzko
  • 2015 - Peggy Cruse
  • 2016 - Holly Henderson
  • 2017 - Keri Swaggart

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