ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation

Deadline for submissions is December 1.


The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award is sponsored by the Collection Management Section (CMS) of ALCTS.


Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person's achievements, including but not limited to:

  • Building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials
  • Addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources
  • Creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections
  • Increasing visibility, discovery, and user access to electronic library resources


Nominations should include:

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of each nominee and nominating party
  • Formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale
  • Description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed
  • Letters of support and endorsement

Letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person's accomplishments that fulfill the intent of the award shall be the factor considered.

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current employees of ProQuest are not eligible for the award.


The recipient receives a citation and a $2,000 award generously donated by ProQuest.


The award is presented during the American Library Association Annual Conference each year at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting.

Award Jury

For nomination information contact Marie Seymour-Green, chair of the ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation Jury.

Award Recipients

Year Recipient(s)
2018 Joanna Voss
2017 Corey Halaychik
2016 Benjamin Heet
2015 Jill Emery and Graham Stone
2014 Marie Kennedy
2013 Angela Carreño
2012 Lenore England
2011 Jason Price
2010 Galadriel Chilton and William Doering
2009 Judy Luther and Selden Lamoureux
2008 Timothy Jewell