Zora Neale Hurston Award

About the Zora Neale Hurston Award
The award is given to an individual RUSA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. More information can be found here: https://www.rusaupdate.org/awards/codes-zora-neale-hurston-award/.

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Award and Frequency

Given to an ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature, the winner receives a $1,250 monetary prize to fund travel expenses to the ALA Annual Conference, two tickets to the United for Libraries author events: The Gala Author Tea and The Laugh’s On Us, two complete sets of Zora Neale Hurston’s books and audiobooks and a beautiful personalized plaque. 

More information can be found here: https://www.rusaupdate.org/awards/codes-zora-neale-hurston-award/.

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

Candidates must be RUSA members. Self- nominations are welcome. More information can be found here: https://www.rusaupdate.org/awards/codes-zora-neale-hurston-award/.

Applicant Responsibility

Must attend the ALA Annual Conference.

Application Instructions

More information can be found here: https://www.rusaupdate.org/awards/codes-zora-neale-hurston-award/.

Contact Information

Jessica D. Hughes (Staff Liaison, October 9, 2017, to January 1, 2030) - jhughes@ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-4395
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

Leighann Wood (Staff Liaison, October 9, 2017, to January 1, 2030) - lwood@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-5837
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based on the quality and contribution of their project. Project examples include, but are not limited to, a program, display, collection building efforts, a special readers’ advisory focus, or innovation in service. Candidates will also be evaluated on the extent their projects promoted African American literature and highlighted its rich history and diversity. In addition, the candidate’s project should serve as a model for others, must be innovative and/or should advance service in this area. Candidates will also be evaluated based on the quality of their essay and the ideas expressed therein (clarity of content and form, clear goals and benefits of attendance, commitment to ALA and the library profession, enthusiasm, and potential growth perceived). More information can be found here: https://www.rusaupdate.org/awards/codes-zora-neale-hurston-award/.