Emily Dean Heilman Award

About the Emily Dean Heilman Award To present an award for Excellence in Librarianship to a Turkish library science student

 Emily Dean (Heilman) went to Turkey in 1948 and worked in the American Library in Ankara. She conducted studies on libraries and the status of librarianship in Turkey. Ms. Dean participated in planning for a three-year library school in Turkey. 

Ms. Dean also helped establish librarianship as a distinct academic branch. Stressing the need for a library school in Ankara University, she suggested establishing a librarianship institute in the Faculty of Political Sciences and applied to the Ford Foundation for assistance. Despite the Foundations' positive response, the Faculty of Political Sciences declined, citing other priorities and an inadequate budget. The idea was then proposed to the Faculty of Letters. In 1958 the Institute of Librarianship had its first graduates and an "Emily Dean Thesis Award" was awarded to three students. 

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Award and Frequency

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

This award is given to a library science student(s) during their 4th year in library school. Each student must submit a thesis which contributes to the progress and development of  Turkish libraries. Winners are selected from the graduating class of the Institute of Librarianship in Ankara, Turkey.

Application Instructions

This award is given to a library science student(s) during their 4th year in library school. Each student must submit a thesis which contributes to the progress and development of  Turkish libraries.  Winners are selected from the graduating class by a committee in Turkey.

Contact Information

Michael P. Dowling (Staff Liaison, July 15, 1999, to June 30, 2020) - mdowling@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-3200
Fax: (312) 280-4392
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Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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