Q. In a few weeks, one of our colleagues will retire. We know she has received several honors from the American Library Association. Is there any place we can research what they are?
A. We in the ALA Library—and in the divisions and offices, as well—have received this question, or similar ones, over the years. With ALA offering nearly 200 awards or other forms of recognition each year, some at the Association level, others by divisions or round tables, researching the question can be slow.
So, over the past few years, staff in the ALA Library have worked with our colleagues around headquarters, especially the IT folks, to develop a database of both current and historical awards.
The result is now available on the Awards, Grants Awards, Grants and Scholarships page of the ALA website. This database can be browsed in its entirety or by broad sub-category--
- Book, Print & Media Awards
- Grants & Fellowships
- Professional Recognition Awards
There are also two special collections of these, Recommended Lists ("Best of") and Youth Media Awards.
You will want to use the search feature! It is also possible to search by the name of the award, grant, or scholarship; the title receiving an award; the person receiving an award; or the sponsor of an award, grant or scholarship.
Although we have worked hard to research the historical awards and to fill in past winners, we know there are still some gaps in coverage. We do have some enhancements planned, but let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A word of special thanks to George Eberhart and Louise Gruenberg for input over the years, and much gratitude to Reference Librarian Rebecca Gerber for making it possible.