The Dromkeen Medal is awarded for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children’s and young adult literature, while the Librarian's Award recognises outstanding achievement in supporting Australian children's and young adult literature.
The Dromkeen Medal and Dromkeen Librarian's Award have a distinguished history of over 30 years, with previous medal recipients including well-known children's book illustrators and authors such as Shaun Tan, Andy Griffiths, Bronwyn Bancroft, Roland Harvey, Ruth Park and Graeme Base. Similarly distinguished names grace the list of past winners of the Librarian's Award.
The 2016 awards were presented at State Library Victoria on 22 November 2016. The 2016 Dromkeen Medal was awarded to celebrated children's author Alison Lester, the inaugural Australian Children's Laureate and winner of the 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. Alison's works include such children's classics as the Clive eats alligators series, Magic beach, Imagine, My farm, Who's that knocking? and Are we there yet?
The 2016 Dromkeen Librarian's Award was presented to Sarah Steed, who has worked for more than 20 years in children and youth services in library services in the ACT and NSW, and is currently senior manager of content and engagement for Libraries ACT.