Awards Committee

Committee Charge

To assess and recommend to the board winners of various awards and grants issued by United for Libraries throughout the year.

Minimum Expectations

  • Work with staff to publicize opportunities for awards.
  • Meet at Midwinter Meeting to review applications.
  • Recommend winners for each award in consideration, and submit to the United for Libraries Board for approval.
  • Notify winners.
  • Meet virtually or by conference call as needed.

2014-2015 Committee Members

United for Libraries members may access the roster of United for Libraries committee members (PDF, 62 kb) with contact information.

Steve Laird, Chair
Alice Calabrese-Berry
Sharon Castleberry
Marilyn Hinshaw
Paula Holmes
Sam Huang
Jill Joseph
Katie Schroeder
Fred Stielow
Leontine Synor


The Awards Committee meets in person during the ALA Midwinter Meeting to review award applications and recommend winners for approval by the United for Libraries board. Due to the United for Libraries board meeting being held on Saturday from 10:30 am to noon, the Awards committee will meet on Saturday during Midwinter from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Staff Liaison

Jillian Kalonick
Director of Marketing & Communications
(800) 545-2433, ext. 2161


Email: The email address to use for contacting committee members is Only committee members and staff liaisons can post messages to the electronic discussion group.

Conference Calls: At the request of the committee chair, one or more conference calls can be scheduled with the assistance of United for Libraries staff.

ALA Connect: Each committee has a virtual "space" in ALA Connect where committee members can post messages and share documents among committee members. This option should only be utilized if all committee members agree to using ALA Connect as their primary means of communication.


Award applications for the ALA Trustee Citation, the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant, and United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant are due December 15. Committee members are encouraged to promote the award.

The committee meets at Midwinter to review nominations and applications, and to reccomend winners for final approval by the United for Libraries board.

The committee notifies winners.


The chair will complete a report for each meeting and submit to the staff liaison, to include a sign-in sheet.

Tools & Resources

Basics of Parliamentary Procedures (PDF, 11 kb)

How to Chair a Committee

For more information, please read "A Short History of United for Libraries" (PDF, 51 kb) by past-president Peggy Danhof.

Committee/Task Force Report Form (PDF, 32 kb)

Committee Meeting Attendance Form (PDF, 80 kb)