Margaret T. Lane/ Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award

About the Margaret T. Lane/ Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award  
The award will be given annually to an author or shared among collaborative authors of an outstanding research article in which government documents, either published or archival in nature, form a substantial part of the documented research. Preference may be given to articles published in library literature but the award is not restricted to articles in library journals.


This award is being established to honor the memory of two women who worked with endless enthusiasm to make the ideal of citizen access to government information a reality.  
Margaret Lane, a pioneer in the establishment and administration of state document depository systems and one of the founders of GODORT, was the author of the seminal work on state documents and her personal charm added to her effectiveness as an advocate for and teacher of government documents. Virginia Saunders was instrumental in the support and continued production of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and shared her vast knowledge and expertise with documents librarians nationwide for nearly forty years. Both women were leaders in the field and their work has enriched the research community immeasurably.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

The award winner receives a plaque and a contribution of $2000.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


The award is not restricted to articles in library journals. Only articles are eligible for this award.  Book chapters, books, and dissertations are not eligible for this award.

The article must be published (either in print or online) no more than 18 months prior to the due date for nominations.

Application Instructions

Please return all completed nomination forms no later than December 3, 2013 to the Awards Committee Chair:

Beth Clausen 

(email submission only, please)

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Preference may be given to articles published in library literature and that appeals to a broader audience.


Awards will be announced as soon as all award recipients have been informed following the ALA Midwinter meeting. Awards will be presented at the GODORT Reception at the ALA Annual conference. Travel expenses for award recipients cannot be assumed by GODORT.