MLA Rising Star Award

The MLA Rising Star Award, previously named the Up & Comer Award, was established in 2012 to recognize a librarian who shows leadership early in his or her career. While new to the profession, he/she expands the role of librarian through being forward-thinking and moving libraries into the future. Winners of this award will be energetic efficient librarians who push the boundaries of originality and creativity. They will help to establish a library culture that sets high expectations, promotes learning, and creates understanding of the library as an integral part of the community. The Rising Star Award winner will also have been a librarian for 5 or less years. Only one person may receive the award each year. Self-nominations are acceptable.

The nomination period for the 2019 MLA Rising Star Award is open through July 1, 2019. Download the nomination guidelines (pdf) for detailed information.

2018 Up and Comer Award - Dillon Geshel

Dillon Geshel Headshot

MLA is pleased to announce Dillon Geshel, Portage Lake District Library, is the winner of the 2018 Up & Comer Award. The award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in his or her career, expanding the role of librarian through being forward-thinking and moving libraries into the future. Winners of this award are energetic efficient librarians who push the boundaries of originality and creativity to establish a library culture that sets high expectations, promotes learning, and creates understanding of the library as an integral part of the community.

“He has ethics, integrity, initiative, drive, and a positive enthusiasm that is contagious,” said Cathleen Russ, Library Director, Troy Public Library, who has mentored Dillon through MLA’s Mentor Program. “I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of MLA’s Up & Comer Award.”

Dillon will receive his award at the MLA 2018 Annual Conference on Thursday, October 18, during the MLA Member Meeting.

Past Up and Comer Award Winners

2012 | 2014