Allie Beth Martin Award

About the Allie Beth Martin Award
Provides recognition to a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated: (1) extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials; and (2) distinguished ability to share that knowledge.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of $3,000.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Members of the current Allie Beth Martin Award Jury are ineligible to receive Allie Beth Martin Award. persons not having earned an MLS are ineligible to receive the Allie Beth Martin Award.

Application Instructions


To submit a nomination for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

Sit back for five minutes and think of colleagues in public librarianship who have exceptional range and depth of knowledge about one or more kinds of library materials—fiction, nonfiction or reference books for adults or children, video, or serials.

Now think of a subset of this first group who have widely and enthusiastically shared their knowledge through book talks, presentations to community or professional groups, written reviews, etc.

PLA will forward the nominations to the current Allie Beth Martin Award Jury. PLA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.

Contact Information

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