ALA recognizes public library administrators with Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/16/2018


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer


American Library Association


CHICAGO — Applications are due by March 1 for the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award for Innovation, and Service to Community and Profession.

This award is named for Ernest A. DiMattia, a former public library director whose life demonstrated his commitment to public libraries and the significant contributions they make to their communities.  Candidates for this award shall demonstrate leadership qualities in anticipating emerging trends in services, products and technologies that will enhance their library’s position in the community.  Candidates will participate in the life of their community through membership and volunteer services involving a broad range of community organizations and projects. Active participation in professional activities is a plus.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash award and a plaque presented at the ALA Annual Conference.

The nomination process is not complicated.  The online application is at  The core of the nomination comprises up to 15 documents which must be uploaded and attached to a brief nomination form. These documents should demonstrate the candidate’s impact on their community through extraordinary innovation and service.  Press articles, notice of honors and awards, letters of support from community leaders, staff members and the governing body of the library, and similar items, all qualify as supporting documentation.

For more information go to or contact Cheryl Malden (Staff Liaison)  at or (312) 280-3247.