The Larry Romans Mentorship Award

About the Award

The Award's namesake, Larry Romans, mentored numerous librarians at Vanderbilt University, where he worked for over 30 years. For decades, he was also tremendous leader and mentor in the Tennessee Library Association, providing a positive influence on the association and the careers of innumerable librarians, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in ALA. Of particular note, during his 23 years of service to ALA Council, Larry mentored countless new and veteran councilors.

The Larry Romans Mentorship Award is given annually by the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association. The purpose of the award is to recognize librarians who, through their sustained mentoring efforts, have made a difference in our profession. Each year, the award will honor a librarian who has demonstrated excellence in the area of mentoring, who has successfully encouraged others to serve as mentors, and who has impacted the lives and careers of others through tirelessly devoting time, energy, and talent toward helping others succeed in our profession. 

The award consists of a citation and $1,000.  The award will be presented at the GODORT Awards Program at the ALA Annual Conference. In addition, recognition of the recipient will also take place at beginning of the Stonewall Book Awards Program held at the ALA Annual Conference.

Award List


Lisa Hinchliffe


The commitment to effective mentoring evidenced over time is the key criteria for the award.  Nominees must show evidence of sustained and widespread mentoring activity in our profession. Criteria for the award include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring has played a central role during a significant portion of the nominee’s career.
  • The nominee’s mentoring activities have had broad impact throughout the American Library Association.
  • The nominee is a role model for others, and has influenced others to serve as mentors.
  • Award recipients do not need to be members of GLBTRT or GODORT.


A letter of nomination is required along with supporting documentation, including at least 5, but no more than ten, letters of support, statements of outstanding contributions, and other evidence. Only the materials submitted as part of the nomination package will be considered. They should represent a full portrait of the candidate’s accomplishments, especially their efforts in mentoring individuals.   Specific examples are useful as is supporting documentation. During deliberations, members of the award jury may bring to the attention of the jury personal knowledge, examples of social media, web information, publications, or other information that is relevant.

Nominations are now closed.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications will be accepted through December 9, 2016.

Questions? Please contact GLBTRT Staff Liaison Kristin Lahurd,, (312) 280-3275 

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