Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

This award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by soliciting nominations and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.


Cash award and a plaque. This award is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson. The award is jointly sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA).


The nominee must be a librarian employed in one of the following during the year prior to application for this award:

  • University, college, or community college library
  • Non-profit consortium, or a consortium comprised of non-profits that provides resources/services/support to academic libraries

The nominee must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic library or in a non-profit consortium or a consortium comprised of non-profits.

Applications are kept in the award pool for two years. Applications may be updated each year, as long as they are received by the award deadline.


The nominee must have demonstrated achievement (including risk-taking) that has contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management, and/or library development or research.

Submission Procedures

Electronic submissions are required. Applicants must submit a nomination form, a narrative supporting the nomination, and a current vita. Nominators are encouraged to solicit additional letters that would help the committee understand the full scope of the nominee’s contributions.

If possible, please submit a high resolution photo of the nominee (at least 300 dpi). The photo will be used to make the official winner announcement immediately after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Please e-mail the nomination to Chase Ollis at If sending multiple files, each file name must include the nominee's name.

Information and Assistance

If you have questions, please contact the Chair of the Atkinson Award Committee, Bruce Johnson, E-mail: or Chase Ollis at

View the full award committee roster here.

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Previous Recipients

2018 Larry P. Alford
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2017 – Mark Sandler
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James L. Mullins
2016 – James L. Mullins
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Brian Schottlaender
2015 – Brian Schottlaender
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Anne R. Kenney
2014 – Anne R. Kenney
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2013 – Lisabeth A. Wilson (Press Release)
2012 – John F. Helmer (Press Release)
2011 – Carol A. Mandel (Press Release)
2010 – Paula T. Kaufman (Press Release)
2009 – Ray English (Press Release)
2008 – No recipient
2007 – James G. Neal
2006 – Nancy M. Cline
2005 – Paul M. Gherman
2004 – Jerome Yavarkovsky
2003 – Wendy Pradt Lougee
2002 – Harold W. Billings
2001 – Larry Frye
2000 – Kenneth Frazier
1999 – Susan K. Nutter
1998 – Arnold Hirshon
1997 – William Gray Potter
1996 – Thomas W. Shaughnessy
1995 – Nancy L. Eaton
1994 – Dorothy Gregor
1993 – Richard De Gennaro
1992 – Miriam Drake
1991 – Donald E. Riggs
1990 – Russell Shank
1989 – Thomas Michalak
1988 – Richard M. Dougherty

Sponsorship provided by American Library Association Divisions: ACRL/ALCTS/LLAMA/LITA