CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

About the CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award To recognize innovation in college librarianship. 

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

$1,000 award and plaque, sponsored by the SCELC.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


At least one of the nominees must be an ALA member to be eligible for this award.

Nominees must be in an academic library setting at institutions fitting the Carnegie classifications of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities. Canadian academic libraries are eligible if at least one nominee is an ALA member and if the nominee(s) can demonstrate their institution's status is comparable to the Carnegie classification of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities.

Application Instructions

Electronic submissions through the online nomination form are required. Nominations should include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (including self-nomination) (no more than 1,000 words)
  2. Letter of recommendation, if self-nominating. Otherwise, the letter of nomination will serve as the letter of recommendation.
  3. Written description (maximum 1,000 words) of a new idea, method, project or device that enhances student learning and/or faculty development and works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college’s mission.
  4. Describe (maximum 500 words) the impact that it has had (or is anticipated to have) on the library and how it supports the college’s mission.
  5. Describe (maximum 500 words) what other librarians can learn from the experience and how it could be replicated in other libraries.
  6. Include evidence of work or a link to the project (i.e. what does the project look like?). This could be a syllabus, slide presentation, photos of event, a LibGuide on the project, etc.

The selected recipient will provide a statement describing the impact that the project has had on their library. This statement will be used in the announcement for the following year's award call for nominations.

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling a nomination should be directed to Susan A. Schreiner, or Chase Ollis,

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

As nominee(s), the librarian(s) must have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.