CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

The award is administered by the College Libraries Section of ACRL and is presented at the CLS Friday Fest at the ALA Annual Conference. Administration of the award is conducted by the Leadership Committee and strives to offer a monetary award from a sponsor identified by CLS.

The purpose of the CLS Innovation Award is to recognize college librarians and staff who demonstrate successful introduction of innovation in their library through a new idea, method, project, or device that enhances student learning and/or faculty development and overall works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college's mission.

Award

$1,000 award and plaque, sponsored by the SCELC.

Criteria

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.

Eligibility

At least one of the nominees must be an ALA member to be eligible for this award.
Nominees must be in an academic library setting at institutions fitting the Carnegie classifications of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities.

Nomination Process & Submissions

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

  1. Name, address, e-mail and phone number of self-applicant or the person you are nominating.
  2. Letter of nomination (including self-nomination) (no more than 1,000 words)
  3. Letter of recommendation, if self-nominating. Otherwise, the letter of nomination will serve as the letter of recommendation.
  4. Written description (maximum 1,000 words) of a new idea, method, project or device that enhances student learning and/or faculty development and overall works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college’s mission.
  5. Describe (maximum 500 words) the impact that it has had (or is anticipated to have) on the library and how it supports the college’s mission.
  6. Describe (maximum 500 words) what other librarians can learn from the experience and how it could be replicable in other libraries.
  7. Include evidene of work or a link to the project (i.e. what does the project look like?). This could be a syllabus, slide presentation, photos of event, a LibGuide on the project, etc.
  8. Completion of the online form.

The selected recipient will provide a statement after the project to describe the impact that the project has had on their library. This statement will be used in the announcement for hte following year's award call for nominations.

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 7, 2018

Information and Assistance

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling an nomination should be directed to Susan A. Schreiner, Pittsburg State University, T: (620) 235-4888, E-mail: sschreiner@pittstate.edu or Chase Ollis, collis@ala.org.

View the full award committee roster here.

2018 Recipient

Teresa D. Williams, Business Librarian at Butler University

Previous Recipients