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 examined before scholarship, with points given for low-cost and easily reproducible innovations.  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, 2017.  The award winner will be notified following the ALA Midwinter Conference, no later than February 15, 2017Details on the nomination process. Nominators may also want to consider the Award Committee’s Innovation in Instruction rubric that will be used to assess submissions.

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

Michael K. Saar   409.880.8120