Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award

This $3,000 award is presented annually to a library faculty member who demonstrates meritorious professional performance and service. The award, endowed by the Budigs in 2001, succeeds the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Librarianship that Gene Budig initiated in 1989 during his tenure as KU Chancellor.


Librarians at the University of Kansas are evaluated first and foremost on the performance of their professional responsibilities. Therefore, the primary criterion for selection of the recipient is a strong record of professional performance. In addition, the recipient will demonstrate a record of active professional service and scholarship, as well as a strong reputation among professional colleagues. 


To be eligible for nomination, a librarian must have completed five years at the faculty rank with the two most recent years on the library faculty at the University of Kansas, prior to the date nominations are due: Friday, October 18, 2024 by 5 p.m. See eligible faculty to nominate.

Nomination Procedures

A call for nominations will be made annually by the Libraries administration. Any person or group of persons affiliated with the University of Kansas may nominate an individual. Nominators are asked to supply the following information to the Award Committee via webform:

  • Letter (not to exceed two pages) explaining the nominee's achievements and credentials that qualify them for the award
  • List of three names and contact information for additional information, i.e. colleagues who can comment on the nominee's contributions.  No more than one reference should be from outside the libraries.

The Awards Manager will obtain CV from the nominees supervisor.

Please submit nominations using this webform.

Nominations will remain active for two years. Librarians not selected in their first year of nomination will be reconsidered for a second time along with the newly nominated candidates. Previous nominators will be asked to update their nominations to reflect any additional accomplishments by the nominee. 


The Award Committee recommended by the Libraries Leadership Team, will consist of four Librarians, two members who will serve a one-year appointment, and two members who will serve a two-year appointment.  The Awards Manager will provide administrative support to all aspects of the awards process and related committee assistance as needed.  The Award Committee will review nominations and provide a final report detailing the strengths of all nominees to the Dean. This committee also shares responsibility for the Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award. Neither a nominator nor any nominee (including previous year non-recipients being reconsidered) is eligible to serve on the selection committee.  

In the event that less than two qualified nominations are received, the award will be suspended until the following year, with any carryover nominations considered at that time. 

In making its final report, the Award Committee will apply the criteria stated in the description of the Award.  

All nomination materials will be considered confidential and will be retained in the Library Administrative Office files.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2023 - None
  • 2022 - Jon Giullian, Librarian
  • 2021 - Fran Devlin, Librarian
  • 2020 - Sally Haines, Associate Librarian
  • 2019 - Karen Cook, Librarian
  • 2018 - Tami Albin, Associate Librarian
  • 2017 - None
  • 2016 - Lea Currie, Librarian
  • 2015 - Rebecca Schulte, Associate Librarian
  • 2014 - Vickie Doll, Librarian
  • 2013 - Kent Miller, Library Administration 
  • 2012 - Geoff Husic,  Librarian
  • 2011 - Ada Emmett, Librarian