ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award
Award and Frequency
In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible. The nominated program/series must have been for a public audience.
The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series. A cultural/thematic program is one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs.
Application for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award is in the form of a self-nomination submitted online to the Award Committee by a school, public, academic, or special library in the United States, on a cultural/thematic program series presented during the preceding year (September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014).
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- Clear statement of organization goals and objectives
- Clear statement of the link between library objectives and community impact
- Identifying the audience for the project and developing a program directed at that audience.
- Documenting the need for the program, was the need well-defined
- The quality of the design of the program.
- The clearness of the action plan and calendar
- Whether the needed resources were available (including staff) to make the program a success.
- Whether the budget is adequate and reasonable for the program.
- Whether appropriate evaluation methods are being used.
- Additional areas that may be considered: the importance of the problem addressed; the seriousness of the proposal to the library's needs; whether the program improved delivery of services to user.