The Singer Group Helping Communities Come Together Award Jury

Charge and Work

To select annually the recipient of the Singer Group Helping Communities Come Together Award. The recipient shall be a public library which demonstrated the ability to identify community needs, specifically in times of crisis and division, and respond in creative and exemplary ways.

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

Sarah Campbell Tansley (Chair, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019)
Ashley Janet Brown (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Swalena A. Griffin (Member, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019)
Mr. Brian Hasbrouck (Member, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019)
Ms. Kayla Jean Kuni (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Amy Rodda (Member, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019)
Janet Salazar (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Megan Stewart (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/16/2019. Last retrieved on 07/16/2019. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

Consists of seven (7) appointees, including a chair, with staggered two-year terms.

Origin

Created by the PLA Board of Directors at its spring 2017 meeting.

Get Involved

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  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
  • Volunteers must be members of ALA and PLA.

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Staff Liaison

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