ACRL's awards recognize and honor the professional contributions and achievements of your peers. This special recognition by the Association of College and Research Libraries enhances the sense of personal growth and accomplishment of our members, provides our membership with role models, and strengthens the image of our membership in the eyes of employers, leadership, and the academic community as a whole.
Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of our prestigious awards and grants to these deserving individuals and institutions enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship.
Nominations for most 2020 awards were due December 6, 2019. ACRL award committees will meet and make their selections, and recipients will be announced following the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
Browse the award categories below:
2020 Award Recipients
Congratulations to our 2020 award recipients! For a full list of 2020 award recipients, including section awards and award announcements for each award, see our award recipient page.
Academic/Research Librarian of the Year
John E. Ulmschneider
Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
Virginia Commonwealth University
Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award
Beth Denker, George Machovec, and Rose Nelson
Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
Nevada State College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Information is also available about starting new awards.