NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award

About the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award
The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter's outstanding contributions to ALA, its school, and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters and to recognize future leaders.  Official ALA Student Chapters are organizations formed by students at schools offering accredited programs of library and information studies.  The winning student chapter receives a $1,000 travel grant to help with the cost of ALA conference attendance.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of $1,000.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


All ALA Student Chapters in good standing are eligible to receive the ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. Any ALA Student Chapter advisor, Student Chapter officer or member, or ALA member may nominate a Student Chapter for the award. Self-nominations are encouraged

Application Instructions

Please print or download a copy of the Nomination Form to nominate an ALA Student Chapter for the Student Chapter of the Year Award. The completed forms must be received or postmarked by March 4, 2024

Nomination Form (MS Word)

For more information, contact the SCOTYA Committee chair, Michelle Osborne, at michelle.osborne@gastongov.com.

Please email the completed form and supporting documentation, in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair. Deadline for submitting completed nomination forms is March 4, 2024.  All nominations will be acknowledge upon receipt.

Contact Information

Kimberly L. Redd (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2026) - klredd@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-4279
Fax: (312) 280-3256
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

The seven categories of Student Chapter of the Year Award criteria include:
    * Membership Related
    * Leadership
    * Communications
    * Program
    * Financial
    * Awards/Honors
    * Student Chapter Advisor Statement


All nominations will be acknowledged. The winner and runner-up will be notified by email and letter no later than March 31, 2019, so that the winners may attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award will be presented to the Student Chapter Officers or delegates at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.