ABC-CLIO Award for Best Book in Library Literature (HISTORICAL)

About the ABC-CLIO Award for Best Book in Library Literature To recognize those who improve management principles and practice, understanding and application of new techniques, or further the education of librarians or other information specialists.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

Annual $2,500 award.

This award is not currently being given out.


Award title(s)
  • must deal with topics and issues pertinent to library professionals
  • must be an original work
  • may be part of a monographic series
  • must be published in the United States or Canada
  • may be of joint authorship
  • must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceding announcement of the award
  • Titles published by the award sponsor, Greenwood Publishing Group, are eligible for the award if they meet all eligibility requirements and criteria, and as long as no Greenwood Publishing Group employees are serving on the ALA Awards Committee.

Application Instructions

Complete the online application and send six (6) copies of the book to
ALA Awards Program
Governance Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

  • Importance of the problem or issue
  • Relevance to professional practice
  • Readability, clarity and/or persuasiveness
  • Originality of ideas explored or methods used
  • Strength of evidence (whether through statistics or precedent)