Equality Award

About the Equality Award
An annual award consisting of $1000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. The contribution may be either a sustained one or a single outstanding accomplishment. The award may be given for an activist or scholarly contribution in such areas as pay equity, affirmative action, legislative work and non-sexist education.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Any librarian or person who:
  •  works in a library
  • is a trustee
  • works in a library-related institution
  • works in an organization
  • works in an association
  • works in a sub-division of any of these

Application Instructions

Please complete the online application, submitting all supporting documentation as attachments.



Contact Information

Cheryl Malden (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2023) - cmalden@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-3247
Fax: 312 944-3897
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

What impact do you believe this work has had on individuals?

What impact do you believe this work has had on the library and information science profession?

What impact do you believe this work has had outside the profession?