Outstanding Publication Award (formerly Blackwell's Scholarship Award)

About the Outstanding Publication Award (formerly Blackwell's Scholarship Award) Honors the author or authors of the year's outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

The award consists of a $250 cash prize and a citation

This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Papers published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), the ALCTS journal, are ineligible.
  • Publications from the calendar year prior to the Annual Conference in which the award is presented are eligible. Reprints of earlier publications will not be accepted.
  • Papers covering all areas of technical services, not limited to acquisitions and collection development, are eligible.

Application Instructions

For nomination information contact the Chair of the ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award Jury or visit ALCTS Awards.

Contact Information

Rene J. Erlandson (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Brooke Morris-Chott (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022) - bmorris@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-5037
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Each paper shall be judged on the following points:

  • intellectual content (original, thought-provoking),
  • practical value,
  • theoretical value,
  • scholarship,
  • presentation, and
  • style.