Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application


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Application deadline: December 14th, 2017

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 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.  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 other 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. Address your financial need. (Specify what expenses are funded by your employer or other resources, e.g. registration, travel, lodging, and meals, etc. and what expenses you pay on your own.)

Please strongly consider addressing NMRT President Mandi Goodsett's theme "You Belong Here" in your essay (more details on the theme here:

If you do not receive an email confirmation within two business days after submitting this application form, please send an email to Alexandra Janvey at

Applicants will be notified of incomplete applications.