DANJ Awards

In its ongoing mission to highlight and promote government information, DANJ presents the following awards at the annual conference.

Best Government Documents Paper
NJ Document of the Year
NJ Website of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Travel Grant Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Awards

This award honors individuals who have have made outstanding contributions in the areas of state, federal, and international documents librarianship.

2018 Kay Cassell
Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
Outstanding Educator's Award
2018 Wen-Hua Ren
Government Documents and Business Librarian, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University
2015 Elizabeth Patterson, MLS, PhD
Government Documents and Social Sciences Reference Librarian, Drew University
2015 Geetali Basu, MLS
Coordinator of Reference Services, County College of Morris
2014 Linda Oppenheim, MLS
Industrial Relations Librarian, Princeton University
2013 Mary Fetzer, MA, MLS
Deputy Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services, Rutgers University

Susan Bennet White, MSLS
United Nations Librarian, Sociology Librarian, Princeton University

Best Government Documents Paper

This award honors the best project by a student in the Government Documents class. Papers are submitted by the government information instructor and the winning paper is chosen by a DANJ Committee. Some of the factors considered are intellectual content, organization, and usefulness to the profession. The prize, awarded at Commencement, is $300.

Best Government Documents Student Paper
Year Author Title
2021Will Jones“What in the World is Equal to It?”: An Annotated Bibliography on the Early Days of the Whaling Industry
2020Eric C. BergThe Pinelands National Reserve
2019 Catherine (Kitty) Berner Online Art and Craft Selling: Government Information
2017 George Eppinger The Condition of Farmland in the United States: Government Conservation and Preservation Efforts and Statistics
2016 Suzanne Kosempel Review of U.S. Government Programs and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Childhood Obesity: A Bibliographic Essay
2015 Manuel Jusino Stimulus Package: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
2014 Kate Bellody Solitary Confinement in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography
2012 James Kessenides The Fairness Doctrine and Related Communications Law: An Annotated Bibliography
2011 Erin Ackerman The Implementation and Enforcement of Title IX: An Annotated Bibliography
2010 Ryan Dement Identity Theft: An Annotated Bibliography
2009 Eric Jenes United States Policy Toward Guatemala: An Annotated Bibliography
2008 Nadine Sergejeff The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 and the Interstate Highway System in the US
2007 Thomas Ayars The Road to the Iraq War: An Annotated Bibliography
2006 John Beekman File 404: Permanence and Access Issues in Government Information
2005 Anne Marie Lyons A Social History of Paper Reform Efforts
2004 Kristen M. Fitzpatrick Heard it Through the GOVDOC-L Grapevine
2003 Elizabeth B. Patterson An Analysis of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Integration Statistics for Higher Education
2002 Megan O'Malley Vaccine Law and Policy: A Question of "Compulsory Safety"
2001 Frances Housten The Lindbergh Kidnapping: A Guide


NJ Document of the Year

The NJ Document of the Year is awarded to a document published by a New Jersey state agency, department, or commission, and published sometime in the preceeding year.
Nominate a document here.

State Document of the Year
Year Author Title
2019 NJ Casino Control Commission 2018 Annual Report https://www.nj.gov/casinos/about/reports
2018 New Jersey Natural Lands Trust Annual Report https://www.nj.gov/dep/njnlt/reports.htm
2017 Juvenile Justice Commission Weekly Demographics and Statistics http://www.nj.gov/oag/jjc/aboutus_demo_stats.html
2016 Morristown Muster Newsletter https://www.nps.gov/morr/learn/news/newsletter.htm
2015 Public Hearing Unit NJ Office of Legislative Services http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/ols.asp
2014 NJ Division of Rate Counsel Consumer Assistance Handbook, 2013 Edition
2013 NJ Department of Transportation Next Stop Metuchen: Three Railroads Shape a Crossroads Community
2012 John Shaw, NJ State Library Genesis of the New Jersey State Library 1703-1796: A Documentary History
2011 NJ Historic Trust Heritage Tourism Master Plan for New Jersey
2010 NJ Commission of Investigation New Jersey Commission of Investigation Reports
2008 NJ Department of Health New Jersey Hospital Performance Report: A Consumer Guide
2007 NJ Department of Agriculture Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum): An Attractive but Dangerous Noxious Weed--Have You Seen This Plant?
2006 NJ Department of Education Comparative Spending Guide
2005 NJ Women's Heritage Trail NJ Office of Historic Preservation
2004 NJ Department of Transportation History and Technology of the Edison Bridge and Driscoll Bridge over the Raritan River
2003 NJ Historical CommissionSteal Away, Steal Away: A Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey
2002 NJ State MuseumGeorge Washington and the Battle of Trenton: the Evolution of an American Image
2001 NJ Department of Transportation A Special Look at New Jersey's Transportation System
2000 Commerce and Economic Growth Commission African American Heritage Guide to New Jersey
1999 NJ Dept. of Parks and Forestry A Revolutionary Time
1998 NJ Office of State Planning Cross-Acceptance Manual for the First Statutory Revision and Readoption of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan
1997 Division of Addiction Services, Dept. of Health and Senior Services A Chartbook of County, Social, and Health Indicators
1996 Division of Health Facilities and Licensing, NJ Department of Health A Consumer Guide to Hospitals in New Jersey
1995 NJ Department of Law and Public Safety NJ Law Enforcement Guidelines
1994 NJ Occupational Informational Coordinating Committee New Jersey Occupational Outlook Handbook 1993-1994
1993 NJ State Employment and Training Future Work: Guide to Occupational Education and Training Programs in New Jersey
1992 NJ Department of Health Guidelines for the Use and Functioning of Video Display Terminals


NJ Website of the Year

The NJ Website of the Year honors websites published by a NJ state agency, department, or commission. Eligible sites must link from the State's home page, www.state.nj.us.
Nominate a website here.

Website of the Year
Year Title URL
2019 NJ Natural Lands Trust https://www.nj.gov/dep/njnlt/
2018 New Jersey Casino Control Commission https://njccc.gov
2017 Delaware River Basin Commission http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/
2016 Thomas Edison National Historic Park https://www.nps.gov/edis/index.html
2015 New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities www.njcdd.org
2014 NJ Department of Health New Jersey Health
2013 Office of the State Comptroller NJ Sandy Transparency Accountability. Integrity. Oversight
2012 NJ State Archives http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/index.html
2011 511NJ Traffic and Transportation Updates http://www.511nj.org/
2010 Election Law Enforcement Commission http://www.elec.state.nj.us/
2009 Motor Vehicle Commission http://www.nj.gov/mvc/
2008 New Jersey's Community and Wellness: Consumer Division http://www.nj.gov/nj/community/consumer/
2007 NJ Department of Community Affairs http://www.state.nj.us/dca/
2006 NJ Department of Agriculture http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/
2005 NJ Legislature www.njleg.state.nj.us
2004 NJ Department of the Judiciary http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/or www.njcourtsonline.com
2003 NJ Department of Environmental Protection http://www.state.nj.us/dep/
2002 Labor Planning and Analysis (NJ Department of Labor) http://www.nj.gov/labor/lra/ (Internet Archive)
2001 NJ Department of Education http://www.state.nj.us/education (Internet Archive)
2000 Health and Senior Services http://www.state.nj.us/health (Internet Archive)
1999 Pinelands Commission Home Page http://www.state.nj.us/pinelands (Internet Archive)
1998 NJ Legislature Home Page http://www.njleg.state.nj.us (Internet Archive)

Travel Grant Recipients

The Documents Association of New Jersey offers two travel grants to attend the Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington, DC. See application for details.
DANJ Travel Grant Application

2017 Wen-Hua Ren, Rutgers University
Caitlyn Cook, Ocean County College