ALSC Distinguished Service Award

About the ALSC Distinguished Service Award
To honor an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and the Association for Library Service to Children.

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Award and Frequency

 The recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during ALA Annual Conference.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Applicant should be an individual who has made an immediate or sustained contribution to the understanding or expansion of library services to children or ALSC
  • The nominee and the individual making the nomination must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA; organizational members are not eligible
  • Individuals nominated my be chosen from any facet of library services to children
  • The designee may be a practicing librarian in a public or school library, a library or information science educator, a member of the library press, or an editor or other employee of a publishing house
  • The designee may be active or retired

Application Instructions

Please complete and submit a nomination form on the ALSC website

Contact Information

Mary Beth Dunhouse (Chair, February 1, 2019, to January 31, 2020)
Katie Connelly (Staff Liaison, April 30, 2019, to April 30, 2024) -
Work Phone: (312) 280-5839
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

The Distinguished Service Award Committee will evaluate each nominee based on outstanding contribution(s), innovative ideas, breadth of influence, and length of service.

Each nomination will be weighed on its own merit. Letters of support or additional nominations for the same person need not be solicited.