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Distinguished Service

Honors a librarian who demonstrates superlative leadership and service to the library field.

The Texas Library Association Distinguished Service Award is presented to a librarian who has demonstrated substantial leadership in the profession, and provided outstanding services in one or more areas of the library profession.

Congratulations to Virginia Bigler, the 2023 recipient of TLA’s Distinguished Service Award.

Virginia is the librarian at Harlan High School in Northside ISD. She has been a leader among the more than 100 Northside ISD librarians for many years. She serves as a mentor to new librarians in the district, working with them to make sure they are supported and have what they need. She has also mentored two university students as they worked to graduate from library school. One of her former assistants became a librarian and attributes much of her success to Virginia’s leadership and example.


Any TLA member may nominate a deserving librarian for consideration. Nominees must be TLA members. Nominations open September 15 and close Feb. 1, 2024. Nomination form

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Contact Christy Reynolds at TLA if you have any questions or need assistance.

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