Student Writing & Development Award (HISTORICAL)

About the Student Writing & Development Award
The YBP Student Writing and Development Award is given to honor the best article on a topic in the area of library administration and management written by a student enrolled in a library and information studies graduate program. The purpose of this award is to enhance the professional development of students of library and information studies through publication of the winning article in Library Administration & Management, the LAMA magazine, and enabling the award recipient to attend the ALA Annual Conference.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

The winning article will be published in a future issue of Library Administration & Management. The award recipeient will also receive a travel grant of up to $1,000. This award is given annually.
This award is not currently being given out.


At the time the paper is submitted, the applicant must
   1. Be currently enrolled in an ALA accredited program of library and information studies at the masters or Ph.D. level.
   2. Be a current student member of ALA and LAMA or join prior to acceptance of the award.
   3. Submit an original manuscript according to the guidelines and criteria outlined  below.
4,000 to 6,000 words.

Applicant Responsibility

The recipient must attend the 2008 ALA Annual Conference. Failure to complete the travel will necessitate withdrawal of the award unless an extension is granted by LAMA for extenuating circumstances.
Within a month after the conclusion of the Annual Conference, the award recipient must submit a detailed report describing the recipient's activities at the conference to the LAMA office. An expense report and original receipts must be included with the report. Eligible expenses are conference registration fees, lodging at an ALA conference hotel, meals (not to exceed the ALA per diem rate), transportation to and from the conference city, and ground transportation. Expenses shall be funded by YBP, Inc. to a maximum of $1,000.

Application Instructions

Submit an original manuscript according to the guidelines and criteria outlined  below.

  • Length: 4,000 to 6,000 words
  • Submissions must include a completed application form signed by the Dean or Director of the ALA accredited program of library and information studies in which the applicant is enrolled.
  • Manuscripts should be of timely and practical interest on multiple and diverse generations and may be applicable to a variety of library settings, including public, academic, and special libraries and library and information studies programs.
  • The author is responsible for the accuracy of all statements in the article. Bibliographic citations must be complete and accurate. All quotations must be verified.
  • Submit manuscripts in both printed form and as an electronic file. All copies should include name, address, and phone number(s) of authors. Print copies should be double-spaced on 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper.  All quoted text should also be typed double-spaced. On a separate page, print the title and subtitle, followed by a brief abstract. The electronic file should be in .txt or .doc format and sent as an e-mail attachment to

For further information, see "Instructions to Authors" in  Library Leadership & Management, vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2005) or then click on the navigation item "Publications" followed by "Library Leadership and Management.

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Selection Criteria

Selection is based upon the quality and appropriateness of the submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance to the announced theme, applicability to a variety of library settings, originality of ideas, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the continuing education of the LAMA membership.