Baker & Taylor Awards for Friends Groups

About the Baker & Taylor Awards for Friends Groups Awards are given for a specific project culminating in the year prior to application, or based on the full scope of the group’s activities during that year. 

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Award and Frequency

Winning Friends groups receive a financial award and a plaque during the ALTAFF Gala Author Tea at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference held each summer.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


Applicant group must have an ALTAFF Friends or Foundation group membership valid through June 2012. Please contact ALTAFF to verify your eligibility prior to preparing your entry.

ALTAFF staff, board members, and their Friends groups, Foundationsand libraries are not eligible.

Application Instructions

  1. Applicants must provide a 2-page summary of (a) their group’s activities on behalf of their library during the calendar year 2011; or (b) one specific Friends’ or Foundation project or program concluding in2011 that was particularly successful. The summary should be sufficiently explicit to convey an adequate sense of the Friends’ or Foundation’s efforts.
  2. Your entry materials must include this form completed in full, the official release form, and your group’s mission statement.
  3. Supporting materials (press releases, photographs, clippings, promotional materials) may be included. No materials can be returned.
  4. Applicants may apply in any of the following categories:
    • Public Library Friends Group or Library Foundation with assistance from paid staff (employed by library, Foundation, or Friends group).
    • Public Library Friends Group or Library Foundation without paid staff.
    • Academic Friends Group; School Library, Media Center, or Special Library Friends Group; or State Friends Group

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Applications are judged on the following:

  • Planning: Friends, library, and community involvement, use of resources, appropriateness of the activity, and measurable goals and objectives.
  • Implementation: Use of resources, public relations, task monitoring, and broad membership involvement.
  • Evaluation: Assessment of activity or program, measurable results.
  • Innovation: New idea or implementation, creative involvement of people, fresh use of public relations.
  • Community Involvement: Broad support by the community in planning and implementation.


Winners will be notified by May 15.