IS Innovation Award

About the IS Innovation Award
This annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

This award is currently pending sponsorship approval.

Prior to the 2016 season, the award consisted of a $3,000 cash plus citation for the winner, sponsored by EBSCO Information Services. Recipients(s) are recognized during the Instruction Section Program at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is administered by the Instruction Section of ACRL.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


Academic librarians or academic project teams that include an academic librarian are eligible to receive the award. Recipients must have implemented their project in an academic or research library or through the aegis of a professional library organization no more than two years prior to the nomination submission deadline.

Application Instructions

Nominations must include a description of the innovative project, a letter supporting the innovative project, and sufficient supporting documentation for the committee to understand the purpose, content, impact, and innovative aspects of the program.

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.

E-mail the nomination to IS Miriam Dudley Award Chair, Elana Deana Karshmer, Saint Leo University, T: (352) 588-8412, E-mail:

Note: Electronic submissions are required. Send the project by e-mail, and make it available via the Web, if possible.

Contact Information

Ms. Elana Deana Karshmer (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)
Chase Ollis (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) -
American Library Association
50 E Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Projects nominated for the award should demonstrate recognized creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of national trends in information literacy instruction or programming.