EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

The EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and that include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural services in libraries. Persons in the library world are eligible to be considered for the award based on outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services, and/or developing creative multicultural materials and programs. Emphasis here is multicultural/multiethnic as distinguished from multilingual. The Award will consist of a certificate and a monetary award to be determined, and will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference during the EMIERT membership meeting.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees must have a Master's of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution. 

  • Nominees must be persons in the library world with outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services, and developing creative multicultural materials and programs. Emphasis here is multicultural/multiethnic as distinguished from multilingual (cf. The Leonard Wertheimer Award).

  • Nominees should demonstrate significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and that include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship.

 

There will be an annual award. If no suitable candidate is judged to merit the award in a given year, the award will not be presented. If two candidates are considered very close in their qualifications, the award will be shared between the two.

Nominations

Self-nominations are accepted. The deadline for the 2019 award has passed. Deliberations will occur at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Nominations for the 2021 award will open in late 2020. 

Screening of candidates will be based on submitted application forms that contain a detailed curriculum vitae with specific information and evidence of the candidate's outstanding achievement and leadership. The documentation for each nominee will be sent to the Awards Committee members who will rate the nominations. A formal ballot will be taken at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the results tabulated to pick a winner.

Questions?

For assistance, please contact Briana Jarnagin with the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at bjarnagin@ala.org, or toll-free at 800-545-2433, ext. 5020.