CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award


This award is pending sponsorship approval. The award is administered by the College Libraries Section of ACRL and is presented at the ALA Annual Conference.

Prior to the 2015 award season, the award consisted of a $3,000 award donated by ProQuest.


As nominee(s), the librarian(s) must have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.


Any member of ALA is eligible for this award.
At least one applicant must have at least three years academic library experience.
Applicant(s) must be in an academic library setting primarily serving undergraduates.
Applicant could either be an individual or team with the primary applicant having three years of experience.

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

Nomination Process & Submissions

Electronic submissions are required. All electronic attachments should be emailed to Nominations should include the following:

  1. Name, address, e-mail and phone number of self-applicant or the person you are nominating.
  2. Letter supporting the nomination including (no more than 1,000 words):
    1. Written description of the project explaining what made it innovative;
    2. Written description of its impact;
    3. What could other librarians learn from your experience?
  3. Provide supplemental materials for the committee to understand the purpose, content, impact and innovation (limit of three items).
  4. CV is required.
  5. Letter of recommendation, if appropriate. 
  6. Completion of the online form.

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.

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016

Information and Assistance

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling an nomination should be directed to Leah McGinnis Dunn, University of North Carolina at Asheville, T: (828) 251-6545, E-mail: or Chase Ollis,

View the full award committee roster here.


2016 - Barbara Merolli, College of the Holy Cross
2015 - Melinda Beland, Angie Cox, Melissa Gevaert, Anna Hollingsworth and Linda McLaury, all of the University of Northern Iowa’s Rod Library
2014 - Tish Hayes, Terra B. Jacobson and Troy A. Swanson, all of the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) Library
2013 - Erin T. Smith and Jamie P. Kohler, both of the Westminster College McGill Library
2012 - Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai, and Adam Rogers, all of North Carolina State University Libraries
2011 - Catherine Haras and Teresa Portilla Omidsalar, both of California State University at Los Angeles
2010 - Sigrid Kelsey and Angela K. VandenBroek, both of Louisiana State University
2009 - Bruce Connolly and Gail Golderman, both of Union College