Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application


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Application deadline: December 13, 2018

The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT President, who died during her term in office. The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  The winner will be chosen in January before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in March.


Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, have valid financial need, and have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences.


Fill out the application form below. Include a current resume that lists educational background and degrees; library positions you’ve held; activity in ALA, NMRT, or ALA groups; activity in other library associations; and participation in scholarly activity.

Write a short essay or paragraph (no more than 500 words) that explains the reasons you are applying for this award.

Write a short statement (no more than 200 words) addressing your financial need. Please specify what professional development and travel costs are covered by your employer and what expenses you are expected to pay on your own.

If you do not receive an automated email confirmation after submitting your application, please contact Jason Vance. Applicants will be notified of incomplete applications.