At the 2008 NHLA Fall Conference, Deborah Ross Wilcox was presented with the 2008 Ann Geisel Award for distinguished service to the New Hampshire library community. The Ann Geisel Award of Merit recognizes librarians, libraries, and other individuals and organizations that have contributed to the Association or the New Hampshire library community. Through their efforts as library professionals, providing library services or advocating for library issues, they have improved all New Hampshire libraries.
Debbie has served New Hampshire libraries for thirty years. Her expertise and leadership has extended to all areas of librarianship within the state of New Hampshire, and regionally through her service with the New England Library Association (NELA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries/New England Chapter.
Her role as a founding member of the Greater Manchester Integrated Cooperative Library System (GMILCS) has positively impacted the development of that consortium for many years. In her nomination letter, GMILCS President Dianne Hathaway states that “she always advocated for the good of GMILCS over her own library… has always been able to recognize the importance of public libraries to what academic libraries are doing.”
Debbie has generously shared her knowledge and expertise at many conferences, meetings and webinars. In another nomination letter, her qualities are enumerated – “generous, patient and calm, a good mentor, and modest, too.”
Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals by providing library services or advocating for library issues within and beyond the state level. Without a doubt, this criteria applies to Debbie. It is easy to agree with the words written in another nomination letter – “She is an outstanding librarian, a dedicated pioneer in the New Hampshire library technology field, and a deserving recipient of the 2008 Ann Geisel Award of Merit.”