Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award

About the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award
The ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

Yearly $5,000 award and plaque, sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

Application Instructions

Electronic submissions are required. Applicants must submit a nomination form and supporting documents via email to Chase Ollis, The nomination form must be completed in its entirety. Nominations must be received by December 1, 2017, to receive full consideration. Nominations will be confirmed via email.

Supporting documents to accompany the nomination form include:

  • a letter from you supporting the nomination
  • a current vita for the person being nominated
  • as many letters as you wish from other librarians supporting the nomination
  • a high resolution photo of the nominee (at least 300 dpi), which will be used to make the official winner announcement immediately after the ALA Midwinter Meeting

All letters of support should be compiled by the nominator and sent along with the main nomination. 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.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. E-mail the nominating package to Chase Ollis at If sending multiple files, each file name must include the nominee's name.

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling a nomination should be directed to the chair, Michael Courtney, Indiana University Libraries, T: (812) 856-6867, E-mail: or Chase Ollis,

Contact Information

Chase Ollis (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018) -
American Library Association
50 E Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

This award recognizes and honors achievement in such areas as:
  • Service to the organized profession through the Association of College and Research Libraries and related organizations
  • Significant and influential research on academic or research library service
  • Publication of a body of scholarly and/or theoretical writing contributing to academic or research library development
  • Planning and implementing a library program of such exemplary quality that it has served as a model for others