LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award

The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award is given to acknowledge a Library's contributions to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy instruction.  The award is open to all types of libraries, academic and non-academic alike.  Practice(s) will be prioritized over scholarship with preference for innovative practices that are low-cost and can be easily reproduced elsewhere. Only one member of the library applicant nomination group needs to be a librarian.  The award will be given to a library that has done one (or more) of the following:

  • Revamped its public instruction program in response to a new technology, an assessment report, etc.
  • Initiated a public program that utilizes best practices of instruction in combination with new methods of delivery.
  • Created an original type of instruction, e.g., team-taught interdisciplinary research sessions, a novel form of outreach, etc.

The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  Award winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the ALA Conference.

The deadline for this year's award nominations is January 15, 2020.  The award winner will be notified following the ALA Midwinter Conference, no later than February 15, 2020. Please use these resources to assist you in submitting a nomination:

If you have questions or require assistance in completing a nomination packet, please contact the LIRT Awards Committee Chair: Emilia Marcyk (