ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/30/2012

Contact:

Cheryl Malden
Program Officer
Executive Office (EXEC)
1-800-545-2433 ext.3247
cmalden@ala.org

CHICAGONominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Dec. 1. 

General information about these and other ALA awards is available on the ALA website.

ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature - An annual award to honor the best book published in library literature.  This book may help library professionals in the areas of management principles and practice, understanding and application of new techniques or furthering the education of librarians or other information specialists.  The award includes $5,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by ABC-CLIO.   Application

ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award - This award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during preceding year (Sept. 1 - Aug. 31, prior to the Dec. 1 deadline), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need and has a measurable impact. Acknowledging that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic and special libraries are all eligible. The winning program/series must be for a public audience. The award includes $5,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by ALA Cultural Communities Fund. Application

ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award - This honors a library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The award includes $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Information Today, Inc. Application

Beta Phi Mu Award - This is presented to a faculty member of a library school or an individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation donated by Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honorary Society.  Application

W. Y. Boyd Literary Award - This is given to an author of a military novel that honors the service of American veterans during a time of war.   The award includes $5,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by William Young Boyd. Application

Melvil Dewey Medal - This honors an individual or group for a recent creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification or the tools and techniques of librarianship. The award includes $2,000, Dewey Medal and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated OCLC/Forest Press, Inc.  Application

EBSCO Midwinter - ALA Conference Sponsorship - This scholarship provides five $1,500 awards to help librarians attend ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. To apply for this award, applicants must submit an essay of no more than 250 words addressing, “The Conversation Starts Here. How would you lead the discussion in your library to bring about meaningful change to an existing process, service, or procedure?” Include a brief curriculum vita (no more than one page)  The award is donated by EBSCO  Information Services.  Deadline Nov 1.  Application

EBSCO Annual - ALA Conference Sponsorship provides - This scholarship provides seven $1,000 awards to help librarians attend ALA’s Annual Conference. To apply for this award, applicants must submit an essay of no more than 250 words addressing, “How will attending this ALA Conference contribute to your professional development?”  The award is donated by EBSCO Information Services.  Application

Equality Award - This honors an individual or group for an outstanding contribution that promotes equality in the library profession.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation donated by Scarecrow Press, Inc., a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Application

Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award - This recognizes and honors a librarian for investing time and talent to make a positive change in the profession of librarianship.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by the Elizabeth Futas Memorial Fund. The biannual award application deadline is Dec. 1, 2013.  Application

Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award - This is given to a library organization that exhibited meritorious achievement in carrying out a library financial development project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.  The award includes $2,500and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Gale Cengage, Inc. Application

Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship - This honors an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching and/or writing.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Ken Haycock, PhD.  Application

Paul Howard Award for Courage - This honors a librarian, library board, library group or individual for exhibiting unusual courage benefiting library programs or services.  The award, given every two years, includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Paul Howard.  The deadline application for the biennial award deadline is Dec. 1, 2012.  Application

Joseph W. Lippincott Award - This is given to a librarian for distinguished service to the profession.  To qualify, the librarian must display outstanding participation in professional library activities, notable published professional writing or other significant activities on behalf of the profession.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Joseph W. Lippincott, III.  Application

Schneider Family Book Awards - This honors an author or illustrator for a book that encourages artistic expression of the disability experience for young children, middle school and teens.  One award will be given in each category.  The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional. Three recipients will each receive $5,000 and a plaque.  The donor is Katherine Schneider, Ph.D.  Application

Scholastic Library Publishing Award - This honors a librarian whose “unusual contribution” to the stimulation and guidance of children’s and young adult reading exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Scholastic Library Publishing. Application

Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children - This honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of library service to children while having general management/supervisory/ administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope.  The recipient will receive a plaque and recognition artifact.  The donor is Peggy Sullivan. Application

H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant - This is awarded to a library organization for a program to further its staff development goals and objectives.  The award includes $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by H.W. Wilson Company/EBSCO Publishing. Application

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