Gordon M. Conable Award Jury

Charge and Work

To select annually, a recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Award, which is designed to honor a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, which has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Award must have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights in various ways, including, but not limited, to the following: developed and promoted collections that include diverse points of view; provided programs that promote community dialog on controversial issues; created and nurtured an organizational climate that fosters an understanding of the Library Bill of Rights amongst the library staff, library board, and elected and appointed officials; initiated activities at the local, state, or national level that promote, support, or defend intellectual freedom, the Library Bill of Rights, or the first amendment; guaranteed open access to library materials and services for children and young adults; guaranteed open access to electronic information; defended library materials, programs, or services when confronted with a censorship challenge.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • For the jury chair and members:
    • Stay apprised of the timeline in which PLA staff opens and closes the nomination application webpage via notices on PLA’s website and PLA members-only emails
    • Review award applications and supporting materials
    • Monitor award criteria and, if necessary, recommend changes in criteria or the jury’s charge
    • Increase awareness of the award and the number of applicants by spreading the word about the call for nominations
  • For the jury chair:
    • Communicate meeting plans with the members of the jury
    • Lead virtual deliberation meetings
    • Vote on a winner in case of a tie among jury members
    • Contact the award’s winner(s) and confirm their acceptance of award
    • Complete jury selection form and send same to jury’s staff liaison

Expected time commitment:

  • Review award applications and supporting materials (1–3 hours/year)
  • Attend virtual deliberation meetings (2–3 hours/year)
  • Respond to emails (1–2 hours/year)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Experience working as a member of a virtual team
  • Ability to critically analyze award submissions and eligibility criteria
  • Strong communication skills

Roster

Mrs. Erin Eileen Gray (Chair, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Vanessa L. Ames (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Nicole Guenkel (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Dora T. Ho (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mrs. Jennifer Stith Winford (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Megan Stewart (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)

Displaying active committee roster as of 08/22/2019. Last retrieved on 08/22/2019. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

The Gordon M. Conable Award jury consists of members appointed from the membership at large serving 2 year terms and led by a chair.

Origin

Established at the request of the PLA Board.

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  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
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Staff Liaison

Megan Stewart
Program Coordinator
312-280-5026
mstewart@ala.org