Ricki V. Brown Librarian of the Year Award

Ricki V. Brown

About the Award

This award was established by the Friends of the Library to honor former City Librarian Ricki Brown, who headed the Abilene Public Library from 1998 to 2013 before her passing.


Recipients are nominated by the community and selected in recognition of outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library science representing public, academic, and school libraries in Abilene.

Award Perks

Award recipients are announced each September. Award recipients receive a $500 award and their name is added to a commemorative plaque at the Abilene Public Library.

List of Past Award Recipients

  1. 2020
  2. 2019
  3. 2018
  4. 2017
  5. 2016
  6. 2015
  7. 2014

Janis Test Receiving the Librarian of the Year Award with Past RecipientsJanis C. Test

Janis Test is a well-known face at the Abilene Public Library and within the community. Test serves as the Information Services Manager for the Abilene Public Library. In this area as a librarian, she was a go-to person for knowing what was going on at the library. Test manages the weekly @ the Library column keeping the community informed on what the library is doing, helped to establish the Creation Station makerspace at the Main Library, and was also instrumental in assisting with the circulation of library materials to student within the Abilene Independent School District. 

Along with these initiatives, she also help establish new services and activities offered to adults including a popular Genealogy Lock-In series for local enthusiasts that was conducted after hours, the Coffee & Conversations program in conjunction with the West Texas Homeless Network. Plus, when it came to history, especially local and Texas history, Test was one of the best resources at the library to seek out for assistance.

Also a valuable resource to the Friends of the Library, assisting a publicity chair on their large-scale events and activities, Test's dedication to her work as a librarian is one that truly exceeded expectations.