ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award
Sponsored by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund
What is the Award?
The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact.
The Award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement, to be presented during the ALA Award Presentation at the ALA Annual Conference.
How Do I Apply?
Applications will be accepted online for the 2013 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award until December 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Applicants are advised to read the application selection criteria and guidelines before beginning the online application process.
What Is a Cultural/Thematic Program?
A cultural/thematic program is one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs. The nominated program should have engaged the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addressed an identified community need, and have had a measurable impact.
What Types of Libraries are Eligible?
In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible. The nominated program/series must have been for a public audience.
What is the Cultural Communities Fund?
The ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) is an endowment to support cultural programming in libraries. Funding from CCF supports:
- professional development opportunities for libraries that address practical issues related to cultural and community programs
- awards and grants that recognize excellence in library programming
- development and promotion of effective library programming models
To learn more about the CCF, please visit www.ala.org/ccf.