The Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community
About the Award
Presented by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), the Newlen-Symons Award honors a librarian, library staff member, library, library board, and/or library friends group who have designed programs and/or initiatives responsive to the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community.
The purpose of the Award is to promote excellence in serving the GLBT community by highlighting individuals and organizations with innovative programs and/or initiatives. By honoring programs and/or initiatives with demonstrated impact on the GLBT community that have been sustained over a period of time, this Award seeks to 1) increase the number of services to or for the GLBT community in libraries, and 2) enhance the quality and sustainability of such services.
One Award will be given annually to an eligible individual, organization or group. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented in a given year. The Award includes a framed citation and a cash award presented in a check for $1,000.
Libraries, individual librarians, library staff, library boards, and/or library friends groups are eligible for the award. Nominees must show evidence of relevant library initiatives that promote excellence in library services to or for the GLBT community in one or more of the following ways:
- Collaboration with other school, campus or community groups
- GLBT programming, events and activities
- GLBT collections
- Development of inclusive policies or benefits for employees
Members of the current Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community Jury, their family members and respective institutions are ineligible to receive the Award, as are the donors. The Award includes a framed citation and a cash award presented in a check for $1,000.
- 2017 - Open Book Library (Bibliothèque à livres ouverts) at the Community Centre for Gay and Lesbians of Montreal
- 2016 - Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries
Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:
*Please note: the Newlen-Symons Award is not an intellectual freedom award, as it focuses instead on excellence in library services and outreach to the GLBT community.
Nominations are now closed
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications will be accepted through December 9, 2016.
For assistance, please contact Kristin Lahurd with the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, or toll-free at 800-545-2433, ext. 3275. All nominations must be completed by December 1, 2016;
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- Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries
- Innovation: evidence of the quality, creativity, relevance, and effectiveness of the program or initiative developed by nominee including revisions made to improve success
- Impact: evidence of impact on GLBT community, additionally demonstration of community partnerships and coalitions, and/or successful outreach
- Sustainability: evidence of a program and/or initiative’s success over a period of time, demonstration of institutional support for program and/or initiative
- Advocacy: evidence of leadership in advocacy (service appointments, other awards, etc.) and visibility and awareness of efforts at institutional, local, regional and national level