Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

About the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award
The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

$500 cash award and a certificate are given every other year.
This award is given out on a biennial basis.


Works to be considered for the award may be single articles (including review pieces), a series of thematically connected articles, books, or manuals published on the local, state or national level in English or English translation.

Application Instructions

Download the Oboler nomination form (PDF). Nominations and supporting evidence should be sent to:

Shumeca Pickett,  ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 312-280-4220 or 800-545-2433, ext. 4223. Fax: 312-280-4227. E-mail: spickett@ala.org.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

  • It must be an article (including a review article), a series of thematically connected articles, a book, or a manual published on the local, state, or national level, in English or in English translation.  It need not have appeared in the "library press."
  • It must have as its central concern one or more issues, events, questions, or controversies in the area of intellectual freedom, including matters of ethical, political, or social concern related to intellectual freedom.
  • It must also be demonstrably relevent to the concerns and needs of mambers of the library community, including the worlds of publication (print and nonprint) and communication.
  • It must, in the opinion of the judges (which is final), meet high standards of literary quality, accuracy, and responsibility.  The principal focus of evaluation will, of course, be the writing, but other considerations may, in the opinion of the judges be relevant.  These may range from the use of particularly effective illustrations to recognition for the difficult nature of the background research or the subject itself, or for special courage or persistaence displayed in writing and publishing the work.
  • The work must have been published within the two-year period ending the December prior to the ALA Annual Conference at which it is granted.  For example, the 2012 award will be granted to a work published in 2010 and 2011.