Routledge Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award

About the Routledge Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award This conference sponsorship award honors any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

$1200 to help defray the costs of travel to and participation in the ALA Annual Meeting and a plaque sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


The nominee must be an ACRL member.

Application Instructions

Applicants or nominators must send one completed copy of the award nomination form to the DLS Award Co-Chairs, Melissa Atkinson, Abilene Christian University, E-mail: or Cynthia L. Thomes, University of Maryland University College, E-mail: Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Submissions must also include three letters of nomination or support (maximum two pages double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font) and a current resume/curricula vitae (CV). Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received by the specified deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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.

Questions? Contact Melissa Atkinson,, Cynthia L. Thomes,, or ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at

Contact Information

Melissa Atkinson (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Cynthia L. Thomes (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Chase Ollis (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) -
American Library Association
50 E Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Nominees should have demonstrated achievements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Contribution to or support for distance learning librarianship and library services, e.g., service to students and faculty, publications, training, innovation and/or leadership
  • Consultation services in support of higher education distance students and programs beyond the traditional library boundaries
  • Training of faculty and staff who support library services for distance students
  • Advocacy at decision-making levels, especially in funding and policy development as related to distance learning librarianship
  • Work with outside agencies in support of students learning at a distance
  • Significant research and publication in areas of distance learning librarianship
  • Planning and implementation of distance learning library programs of such exemplary quality that they serve as a model for others.