David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award


David Cohen, Founder of EMIERT


The David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award will be offered again in 2016.

The journal Multicultural Review published in article in 2006 about David Cohen:   "David Cohen: A Tribute to the Found Emeritus of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).  Multicultural Review; Dec 2006, Vol. 15 Issue 4 p.96 

Abstract: The article focuses on the life and works of David Cohen, founder emeritus of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table. He has made a major contribution on librarianship in the field of ethnic and multicultural library service, and inspire generations of library school students to organize library programs. He was responsible in advocating the inclusion of ethnic materials in libraries and the publishing of the works of more ethnic and minority authors. He was active in promoting multiculturalism, specifically, the need for ethnic materials and materials in foreign languages in libraries.

David Cohen, founder of EMIERT passed away, Thursday February 5, 2015 at the age of 105.  The obituary is available here:


also see:

"Remembering David Cohen," from the Freedom to Read Foundation:



Past Award Winners

Award and Application Details

I.  Name of the Award

David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

II.  Definition, purpose, and criteria

To encourage as well as recognize articles of significant new research and publication that increases understanding and promotes multiculturalism in libraries in North America. Works published within the last two years preceding the award application deadline shall be eligible to receive the award. The publication shall demonstrate advances in understanding multicultural issues in libraries.

The Award recipients will be selected based on the following specific criteria:

  • Relationship of publication to the purpose of the Award
  • Validity of cultural representation
  • Extent to which publication bridges cultures
  • Demonstrated significance of publication and its impact
  • Accuracy of text
  • Originality

III.  Evaluation of applicants

Nominated published articles will be evaluated based on submitted applications received by the deadline set by the EMIERT Awards Committee. Complete applications shall include 5 copies of submitted materials (complete application form, 250-word statement of significance, and copy of article)

IV.  Number and frequency

There will be one annual Award. If no suitable candidate is judged to merit the Award in a given year, the award will not be presented.

V.  Selection of jury to administer the award

The selection will be made by the EMIERT Awards Committee of the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).

VI.  Deadline for nomination

December 31 of each year. The Award winner will be selected at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

VII.  Presentation of the Award

The Award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference during the EMIERT membership meeting.

VIII.  Form and/or type of Award

The Award will consist of a certificate

IX.  Donor

Routledge, Sylvia K. Miller, Publishing Director

X.  Contact person

Chair, EMIERT Awards Committee



For nomination forms and other information, contact:

Hazel Walker
East Carolina University
Teaching Resource Center
Joyner Library
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
T. 252.328.4994