Ex Libris Student Writing Award

About the Ex Libris Student Writing Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students through publication of the winning manuscript in LITA's primary journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL).

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

The winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate. 
This award is given out on an annual basis.


At the time the manuscript is submitted, the applicant(s) must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program of library and information studies at the Masters or Ph.D. level.

Application Instructions

Submissions must include a completed application form signed by the Dean or Director of the ALA-accredited program of library and information studies in which the applicant is enrolled.  Applications should be sent electronically to the Current Committee Chair.

1. Submit original, unpublished manuscripts only. Do not submit a manuscript being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information in the manuscript, including references, statistics and URLs.

2. Manuscripts should be authored solely by the student applicant(s). No manuscripts jointly authored with faculty or non-students are eligible.

3. Manuscripts should be double-spaced. Author name, title, and affiliation should appear on a separate cover page only. This information should not be repeated in the text of manuscript, or in the abstract. Pages should be numbered. An abstract of 100 words or less should be provided on a separate page.

4. Follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition for capitalization, punctuation, quotations, tables, captions, and elements of bibliographic style, including references. Spelling will follow Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition.

5. Information on submission of electronic copy, tables and illustrations, copyright forms, and other aspects of a final copy will be provided when a manuscript has been accepted for publication.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Manuscripts will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance to libraries and information technology, timeliness, originality of ideas, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the continuing education of the LITA membership. Manuscripts may be applicable to a variety of library settings, including public, academic, special libraries, and library and information studies programs.