ABC-CLIO Online History Award

*This award will be offered again in 2015*

The ABC-CLIO Online History Award is offered every other year beginning in 2005. It consists of $2,500 donated by ABC-CLIO, a publisher of reference materials in the field of history, and a citation. The award recognizes the accomplishments of a person or a group of people producing (1) a freely available online historical collection, or (2) an online tool tailored for the purpose of finding historical materials, or (3) an online teaching aid stimulating creative historical scholarship.

The award seeks to encourage the development of freely available, sustainable online history resources by singling out innovative projects and the individuals who created them. Projects shall have been completed (or, in the case of a regularly updated database, well established) in the two years prior to nomination and serve as a model for broader emulation. Examples can include:

  • Primary sources digitized from the collections of more than one repository
  • Guides to research on an historical subject that span multiple formats and repositories
  • Databases incorporating citations, annotations, text, multimedia, and/or hyperlinks
  • Presentations of an historical theme stimulating new approaches to its teaching

Nominations

The nominee(s) must be employed by a library or educational institution during the year prior to nomination for the award; institutions do not qualify. There is no restriction on the nominating individual.

To nominate an individual or group, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein. Questions should be directed to the committee chair.

*This award will be offered next in 2015

Recipients

2013. Brian Grubbs, Springfield-Greene County (Mo.) Library District for  "Community and conflict: The impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks,"

2011. Stephen Robertson, Shane White, Stephen Garton and Graham White, University of Sydney, Australia for Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930.

2009. Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University, for Discovering American Women's History Online.

2007. Faith Jones, head of Literature and Language Collection, Mid-Manhattan Library, the New York Public Library, for The Yizkor Books Project

2005. Oregon Historical Society for the Oregon History Project


*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson or to Leighann Wood, RUSA awards program coordinator, at lwood@ala.org.