Nomination period now open for ASCLA awards recognizing service to profession and outstanding service to special populations

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/08/2014

Contact:

Marianne Braverman

Marketing and Programs Manager

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

mbraverman@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is accepting nominations for its 2015 awards program, including the Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, the Exceptional Service Award, the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award and the Francis Joseph Campbell Medal. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 8, 2015.

These awards recognize accomplishments in the following areas:

Projects focused on library services to people with disabilities: The ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award, sponsored by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Keystone Systems, Inc., recognizes an innovative and well-organized project that successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities. The award can be for a specific service(s) program or for a library that has made its total services more accessible through changing physical and/or attitudinal barriers. The winner receives $1,000* and a citation provided by Keystone Systems, Inc. Download the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award nomination form (PDF).

Outstanding contributions to the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped: The Francis Joseph Campbell Award honors a person or institution for significant contributions in this field of service with a medal and a citation. Contributions include but are not limited to: an imaginative and constructive program in a particular library; a recognized contribution to the national library program for blind persons; creative participation in library associations or organizations that advance reading for the blind; a significant publication or writing in the field; or imaginative contribution to library administration, reference, circulation, selection, acquisitions or technical services. Visit the website for the Royal National College for the Blind to read more about Francis Joseph Campbell, for whom this award is named. Download the Francis Joseph Campbell Award nomination form (PDF).

Extension and Outreach Services: The ASCLA Exceptional Service Award recognizes exceptional service to patients in a medical facility, to persons who are homebound, to inmates, to older adults and to adults with a physical or mental disability who live in group homes or residences, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research. The recipient receives a citation. Download the ASCLA Exceptional Service Award nomination form (PDF).

Cooperative, Consulting and State Library Services: The ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is a citation presented to one or more ASCLA members exemplifying leadership and achievement in the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking, statewide service and programs and state library development. Download the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award nomination form (PDF)

Service to ASCLA: The Cathleen Bourdon Service Award is a citation presented to an ASCLA member for exceptional service and sustained leadership to the division. This includes participation in activities that have enhanced the stature, reputation and overall strength of ASCLA and have also cultivated the division’s relationship with other appropriate organizations, institutions or governmental agencies. Download the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award nomination form (PDF).

Those interested in submitting a nomination can download the appropriate award nomination form(s) from the awards section of the ASCLA website Nominations for all awards must be received by Feb. 8, 2015. Submission information is included on each form.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson, Linda S. Lyshol (lindal@firstcitylibraries.org) or to Susan Hornung, ASCLA executive director (shornung@ala.org). 

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership.