PLA Awards and Grants
PLA Innovations in Literacy Scholarships
The PLA Innovations in Literacy Scholarships recognize innovative literacy programs of all types in public libraries. Eight $1,000 travel grants are awarded to winning applicants to be used for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis. Scholarships are supported by a generous donation from the Cambria Estate Winery, which has a strong tradition of supporting literacy initiatives.
Congratulations to the PLA 2013 Award Winners!
Service Awards and Grants
Allie Beth Martin Award
2013 Recipient: Bill Kelly, branch manager, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library
Honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. A plaque and a $3,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1977 in honor of Allie Beth Martin. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award
2013 Recipient: Ada (Ohio) Public Library
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses. The grant consists of $2,500 of Audio Music or Video Products. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
Charlie Robinson Award
2013 Recipient: Sari Feldman, executive director, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library
Honors a public library director who, over a period of seven (7) years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. The recipient should have been active in national and other professional associations and be known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the needs of community residents. The award consists of $1,000 and a gift. The public library director will be honored at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1997. Sponsored by the Baker & Taylor Company.
Demco New Leaders Travel Grant
2013 Recipient: Natalie Bazan, library director, Hopkins District (Mich.) Public Library
Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities. Plaques and travel grants of up to $1,500 per applicant are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1993. The name of this grant was changed in October 2004. This grant is sponsored by Demco, Inc.
EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award
2013 Recipient: Cross Plains (Texas) Public Library
Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1991. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.
Gordon M. Conable Award
2013 Recipient: Christine A. Kujawa, Central Dakota Library Network system librarian and head of circulation services, Bismark (N.D.) Veterans Memorial Public Library
Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of $1,500 and a plaque to be presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by LSSI.
Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award
2013 Recipient: Teresa Kiser, director, Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County (Ala.)
Honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque and a bouquet of roses for the workplace. Sponsored by Polaris.
Romance Writers of America Library Grant
2013 Recipient: Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library, Aurora, N.C.
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of books in print and/or audio format, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.
Upstart Innovation Award
2013 Recipient: Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library
Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community. A plaque and a $2,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Upstart, a Demco company.
Public Libraries Feature Article Contest
First Place: Jamie LaRue, director, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries for the article "Last One Standing," Jan/Feb 2012 issue
Honorable Mention: Herb Landau, executive director, and Heather Sharpe, community relations manager, both of the Lancaster (Pa.) Public Library, for the article "The Library Lover’s Art Auction," Sept/Oct 2012 issue
Awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles written by public librarians and published in the previous year’s issues of Public Libraries magazine.
If your organization is interested in sponsoring a PLA award or if you have any questions regarding awards, please contact Julianna Kloeppel, program coordinator, at 312-280-5026 or email@example.com.