Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

About the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
The award honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author, and scholar, whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those who follow.
Given to recognize the contribution of a library leader through demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting, and serials).

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of $3,000 and a citation.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Must be an ALCTS member with significant experience and contribution to the profession and ALCTS.

Employees of EBSCO are not eligible.

Application Instructions

Nominations shall include:

  • Name, address, phone number and e-mail address of nominee and nominating party;
  • a formal statement of nomination, with a rationale for the nomination,
  • a resume, vita, or extensive narrative career outline upon which the award jury can base its determinations.
  • letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person's accomplishments that they present shall be the factor considered.

Nominations for persons not selected for the award in one year may be resubmitted provided the person still meets professional criteria.

Nominations should be sent to the award jury chair.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Nominees must be ALCTS members. Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person's accomplishments, as they relate to leadership including:
Recognized leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level, with emphasis on the Division;
Significant contribution to professional literature;
Exemplary research in ALCTS areas;
Recognition of achievements, i.e., awards, citations, etc.


Recipient notified by jury chair just before Midwinter