Joining the Honor Roll:ALA Award Winners, 2003

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The American Library Association annually honors the best and brightest in the profession through its divisions, offices, and round tables with more than 250 awards, scholarships, and grants. Fueled by a variety of donors and sponsors, recognition is given for individual and collective achievement in the various areas of librarianship. The winners are selected by award juries who work tirelessly to select from thousands of dedicated and qualified librarians nationwide.

American Libraries salutes all of the 2003 award recipients, the donors for making the awards possible, and the committee members for donating their time.

The following not only contains information on 2003 award recipients, but also lists information on all ALA, division, and round table awards as well as on new awards for 2004. The nomination or application deadline for most awards is December 1, unless otherwise noted.

Honorary Member

Barbara Gittings was awarded ALA’s highest honor “for her lifelong commitment to developing positive images of gays and lesbians in the literature and on library shelves, and for ensuring equal access to information for all people.” As the principal force behind the growth of the former Kay Tobin Lahusen ALA Gay Task Force (now the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table), Gittings developed programs to highlight the availability of gay materials for use in libraries. In 1971, she helped to establish the Gay Book Award, leading to new critical evaluation for gay and lesbian fiction and nonfiction. Gittings also initiated the development of lists, directories, and policy guides that, for many years, were the only models available to support the work of gay library workers and clients.

Gittings has been an activist since 1958, when she established the first East Coast chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first known lesbian organization in the United States. In 1970, she became involved with ALA’s Task Force on Gay Liberation and served as the group’s coordinator from 1971 to 1986. Gittings is a past member of San Francisco Public Library’s Hormel Center Gay and Lesbian Library Endowment Committee and a member of a number of gay, lesbian, and human-rights organizations.

Gittings’s pioneering efforts regarding gay and lesbian librarianship and intellectual freedom have been featured in several books, including Daring to Find Our Names (Greenwood, 1998) and Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context (Haworth, 2002), as well as documentary films, including Before Stonewall and its sequel After Stonewall, Out of the Past, and PBS’s Gay Pioneers.

Her accomplishments have been recognized through the creation of the ALA Stonewall–Barbara Gittings Book Award for Literature and through the dedication of the Barbara Gittings Gay/Lesbian Collection of circulating materials at the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2001 (AL, Aug. 2001, p. 28).

Honorary Member

Samuel F. Morrison, former director of the Broward County (Fla.) Library System, received ALA’s highest honor” for his long and distinguished career in librarian-ship, his tireless and unflagging promotion of library services, his vision in establishing landmark partnerships between libraries and other community organizations, and his commitment to developing the next generation of librarians as a mentor and supporter of library education.”

In addition to nearly 30 years of service at the Broward County Library, which was named Library Journal’s Library of the Year in 1996, Morrison was also instrumental in the establishment of the Broward County’s new African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, which opened in 2002 (AL, Oct. 2002, p. 26). He is recognized for initiating innovative partnerships to create joint-use facilities with Florida-area colleges, universities, and schools. In1992, Morrison was the architect of a pioneering projector the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) that brought Internet access to area libraries and to home-computer users.

Morrison served three years (1987–1990) as deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library, where he spearheaded the design and construction of the award-winning Harold Washington Library Center.

An ALA member for 31 years, Morrison has held numerous leadership positions in the Association. He is a past president of the Florida Library Association and an active member of the Southeastern Library Association, the Broward County Library Association, the Urban Libraries Council, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Among his many awards and honors, Morrison is the recipient of the 1997 DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship, presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to promoting the status of African Americans in the library profession.

Honorary Member

An ALA member since 1957, Lucille Cole Thomas was honored “for her notable contributions to the profession as a librarian, educator, and library trustee; her leadership role at the local, state, national, and international levels; and her unstinting contributions to the education of children and young adults.”

Thomas began her career as a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and subsequently served as librarian for the New York City Board of Education (1956–1968), and supervisor of library services (1968–1977) and assistant director of the Office of Library, Media, and Telecommunications (1977–1983). In 1993, she was a mayoral appointee to the Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees and now serves as its vice president.

She served on ALA Council for 22 years, on the ALA Executive Board from 1985 to 1991, and has held numerous other positions of leadership in ALA and its divisions. Thomas is a former board member of the Black Caucus of ALA, and past president of the New York Library Association and the New York City School Librarians Association. A member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, she served as president of the International Association of School Librarianship (1989–1995); was a delegate to conferences in Thailand, Singapore, and Australia; and served as one of five U.S. educators to participate in the 1982 French Ministry Cultural Exchange Program. In recognition of her significant contributions to international librarianship, Thomas was awarded the John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award in 1995.

Thomas’s other honors and awards include the 1996 Silver Award, presented by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science for noteworthy and sustained contributions to libraries at the national, state, and local levels; and the 1988 Grolier Foundation Award, presented for unusual contributions to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people.


Beta Phi Mu Award of $500 for distinguished service to education in librarianship.
Donor: Beta Phi Mu International Library Honor Society.

Distinguished professor of the University of South Florida at Tampa’s School of Library and Information Science, McCook is noted for her long career as a library educator and administrator.

As a proponent of diversity and equity within the profession, McCook was one of the leaders in the founding of the ALA Spectrum scholarships for minority students. She has written a number of publications on equity and diversity themes, including A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building, Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage (ALA Editions, 1998), and Women of Color in Librarianship: An Oral History (ALA Editions, 2000). “Kathleen is recognized for her distinguished service to education for librarianship, for her exemplary performance as a faculty member at the University of South Florida, and for her vocation and her avocation in life that strongly supports and facilitates teaching students the principles of library and information science,” said award-committee Chair Charles Kratz.

An active and longstanding ALA member, McCook is the recipient of numerous ALA awards, including the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 1998 and the Equality Award in 1987. In 1999, McCook was one of 20 distinguished professionals recognized by Beta Phi Mu during its 50th-anniversary celebration. She has served on Reforma’s board of directors and as chair of the Trejo Foster Foundation for Hispanic Library Education.


W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award of $5,000 to the author of a military novel that honors the service of American veterans during a time of war. For his novel Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines (St. Martin’s, 2002) Donor: William Boyd.

Brady’s novel Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines is the story of how a detachment of American Marines marooned in North China as war erupts set out on a march through hostile territory in an attempt to fight their way out of China and, somehow, rejoin their corps for the war against Japan.

According to award-committee Chair Robert Schnare, Brady’s novel was selected for “its excellent writing and historical depiction of the vivid portrayal of wartime China during 1941 and 1942.”

Brady, a veteran publisher, editor, and author, commanded a combat platoon while a Marine during the Korean War. He captured these experiences in his books The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea (St. Martin’s, 1990) and the New York Times bestselling novel The Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War (St. Martin’s, 2000).

He is well known to many Americans through the last page of Parade magazine, on which he profiles celebrities each Sunday.


Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award of $3,000 to recognize a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.
Donor: Marshall Cavendish.

Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association tribal government developed a partnership to create a model for a technology-awareness program, The Dragonfly Project, that provides training to tribal members and others through a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Enhancement Grant. The name of the project reflects the Tlingit belief that dragonflies are transports of the human soul and symbols of transformation.

“The Dragonfly Project was considered worthy of this award because of the impact and importance it has in meeting the needs of the community,” said award-committee Chair Lydia Acosta. “This project provides an innovative and practical use of technology, which enhances the ability of local native residents to improve their skills and abilities to meet workplace challenges. This project serves as a model for others who wish to play an active role in improving technology literacy in their communities.”


Melvil Dewey Medal for creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging, and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.
Sponsor: OCLC/Forest Press.

Smith, retired chief of the decimal classification division at the Library of Congress, was selected “for his leadership in preserving the role of the Library of Congress as the world’s largest Dewey classifying agency and his promotion of innovative uses of the classification worldwide,” according to award-committee Chair Shirley Loo.

“As chief of the decimal classification division for many years, he ensured that the quality and quantity of Dewey numbers met the needs of users throughout the world,” Loo explained. “He also ensured that books cataloged through the Cataloging in Publication program would receive Dewey numbers and that libraries would receive a steady and timely supply of usable catalog records. During his distinguished career at the Library of Congress, he consistently promoted and applied the tools and techniques of librarianship.”

Smith is a member of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries and Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Phi Mu.


Equality Award of $500 for outstanding contribution that promotes equality in the library profession.
Donor: Scarecrow Press.

According to award-committee Chair Faye Chadwell, “Carla Stoffle deserves this award because she has played a major role in promoting equality within the library profession and because she believes diversity is an integral part of our profession and services.”

Stoffle, dean of libraries at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has mentored countless individuals and instituted a number of programs, including Peer Information Counseling, a minority outreach program where undergraduate minority students serve as information role models to other students. She supports the recruitment and retention of librarians of color and advocated for a two-year program that brings new librarians of color to work in academic internships.

Stoffle served as ALA treasurer from 1988 through 1992, and is a member of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries, serving as its president from 1982 to 1983. She is also an Association of Research Libraries member and a founding member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Author of numerous articles and chapters in books, Stoffle is the 2002 recipient of ALA’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and was the 2000 Arizona Librarian of the Year. the Arizona Educational Media Association President’s Award, and ACRL’s Miriam Dudley Bibliographic Instruction Award.


Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award of $1,000 to a librarian who in- vests time and talent to make positive changes in the profes- sion of librarianship.
Donor: Futas Memorial Fund.

Sparanese, head of adult and young-adult services at the Englewood (N.J.) Public Library, has acquired grants to build collections in African-American and Hispanic studies and increased the library’s collection on labor issues.

As shop steward of her library union, Sparanese is an activist and speaks out whenever the situation demands it. When she learned of the plight of author Michael Moore’s book Stupid White Men and Other Excuses for the State of the Nation, Sparanese initiated a campaign that berated publisher HarperCollins for its plan to pulp the book unless Moore made substantial changes, including a new title. The book, which remained unchanged, has now been reprinted a number of times and in 2003 returned to the number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Moore attributes the publication of the book to Sparanese.

“Ann Sparanese’s life and work demonstrate her commitment to the values espoused in ALA’s Elizabeth J. Futas Catalyst for Change Award,” said award-committee Chair Gina Millsap. “As a community activist, role model and mentor for new librarians, and leader in the American Library Association, she is helping shape the future for libraries. Most recently, her championship of Michael Moore’s book, Stupid White Men, in the face of censorship from Moore’s publisher was not only a vic- tory in the ongoing fight for intellectual freedom, but a clarion call to librarians everywhere that they can and must wield their power to protect freedom of expression and thought.”


Gale Group Financial Development Award of $2,500 for meritorious achievement by a library organization in carrying out a library financial-development project to secure new funding resources for public or academic libraries. For its project One People, Many Stories.
Sponsor: The Gale Group.

The Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles was selected for raising funds to support One People, Many Stories, a project that involves a professionally produced, nationwide public-radio series of over 30 Jewish stories geared to family listening. The series is packaged as a six-CD set—promoted and offered as a premium by the library. This innovative revenue stream has raised more than $85,000, with $1,000 spent on fundraising.

Award committee chair Charles Beard credited the library “for its creative use of well-known actors and public radio to share the diversity of Jewish literature and to promote CDs of the stories.”

The library also established an area on its website ( that offers the ability to search its catalog, to ask reference questions, to get program information, and to view archival photos.


Grolier Foundation Award of $1,000 for unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifying outstanding achievement in the profession.
Donor: Grolier Publishing.

Markey, coordinator of youth services and assistant library administrator at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, has been tireless in her efforts to bring library services and books to children, parents, and caregivers.

She instituted the Begin at the Beginning with Books programs, in which bilingual library workers brought books and parenting information into clinics where low-income women receive care during their pregnancy. This concept was the prototype for ALA’s Association of Library Service to Children’s Born to Read program, which encourages reading and library use at an early age for underserved children.

Markey has also received numerous other honors, including commendations from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the National Association of Counties, and an invitation to a White House reception from the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book as part of its celebration of 1989 as the Year of the Young Reader.

“Penny Markey is a standard bearer for ensuring that children and libraries go hand in hand,” said Julie Cum-mins, the 2001 Grolier winner. “She has unflaggingly promoted reading, books, and library services for children. Her creativity, dedication, enthusiasm, vision, and professionalism make her the ‘poster child’ for this award.”

Markey is a member of ALSC and ALA Council. She has published several articles; hosted a number of seminars for librarians, teachers, and administrators; and instituted many collaborative programs and partnerships throughout Los Angeles.

Markey has a bachelor’s degree and a MSLS from Case Western Reserve University.


Highsmith Library Literature Award of $500 for outstanding contribution to library literature. For Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work (ALA Editions). Donor: Highsmith. Award discontinued.

Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work approached a topic that can be difficult, and made it accessible and understandable for all,” said award-committee Chair Rodney Lippard. “While some may relegate the topic of authority work to the realm of cataloging, it has an effect on all areas of librarianship. Truly good authority work makes searching and retrieving easier on all involved, and Mr. Maxwell has mapped the way to do this.”

A special collections and ancient languages catalog librarian at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library, Maxwell is a member of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries and has served as chair of ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s Bibliographic Standards Committee. He is also a member of ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.


Paul Howard Award for Courage, a biannual award, of $1,000 for exhibiting unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.
Donor: Paul Howard Memorial Fund.

A Mexican immigrant, Murillo—literacy student, tutor, and library volunteer at the Mesa County Public Library District in Grand Junction, Colorado—could not read, write, or speak English well. In 2001 she began studying with the library’s Adult Reading Program. She set three goals: to pass her citizenship test, to become a U.S. citizen, and to get a job. In 2002, Murillo accomplished all three goals.

She and her husband brought their children to the Children and Adults Together Intergenerational Literacy Program for Family Nights at the Library and Read With Your Child workshops. These programs inspired Murillo to serve as a literacy and library volunteer. She is now a translator and tutor helping beginning foreign-language students to learn the basics of spoken English.

“Elisa Murillo affirms the public-library vision of being a life-enhancing institution of people serving people through her courage as an immigrant, for admitting to a literacy need, for seeking and using public-library programs and services to meet that need, for giving back to the library as a volunteer literacy tutor, and for speaking publicly on behalf of literacy programs and libraries,” said award-committee Chair Victor Lynn Schill.


Joseph W. Lippincott Award of $1,000 for outstanding participation in professional library activities, notable published professional writing, or other significant activities on behalf of the profession.
Donor: Joseph W. Lippincott III.

City librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library, Kent has worked for several major public libraries.

The author of several publications, Kent has vast consulting experience. In both her writing and her speaking, she challenges librarians to think about the exciting new services they can offer people to meet their current and future needs rather than bemoaning the loss of traditional services and traditional users.

Kent’s honors include the Public Library Association’s Charlie Robinson Award for excellence, creativity, and innovation as a library director. Library Journal also named her Librarian of the Year in 2002.

Her ALA activities include serving as a member of Council from 1990 to 1998, and as president of PLA from 1987 to 1988. Kent is a member of the Urban Libraries Council and served on the board of the Trejo Foster Foundation for Hispanic Library Education. She is also a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation as well as the International Network of Public Libraries, a group comprised of 15 library directors from 12 countries.

According to award-committee Chair Winston Tabb, “Susan Kent was chosen for her distinguished service of more than 35 years to the profession of librarianship, culminating in her visionary and innovative leadership as city librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library; and for the energy, enthusiasm, and selflessness she has demonstrated in serving as mentor and role model for countless librarians, creating needed change agents within our profession.”


ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award of $1,500 to a library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron-training programs about information technology in a library setting. For its project, LOBO, The Library Online Basic Orientation service.
Donor: Information Today, Inc.

Library Online Basic Orientation Service (LOBO) was developed by North Carolina State University Libraries as a library-research tutorial project for first-year composition-class students. It includes modules covering the steps students take in conducting research for papers. Students can work on LOBO anywhere and receive online help from a librarian.

“In selecting LOBO for the award, the jury cited the innovative use of technology to extend library services to freshmen composition students,” said award-committee Chair Tom Sloan. “The jury also noted that LOBO was developed through a partnership between librarians and freshman-composition instructors and provided ‘Ask a Librarian Live’ virtual library services.”


SIRSI’s Leader in Library Technology Grant of $10,000 for projects that make creative or ground-breaking use of technology to deliver services to the library’s community. For 80 Miles from the Nearest Library, with a Research Paper Due Monday: Extending Library Services to Independent-Study Student.
Donor: SIRSI Corporation.

Brigham Young University received the award for its 80 Miles from the Nearest Library, with a Research Paper Due Monday: Extending Library Services to Independent-Study Student project designed to extend the services and resources of the university’s Harold B. Lee Library to distance-education students worldwide.

Focusing on students enrolled in university-level English courses, the project will create a one-stop, integrated web portal to independent-study courses and library resources.

“Brigham Young University was selected for its creative use of technology to deliver exceptional service to its community by showing a well-thought-out, extensively documented, and thorough program that provides services to the distance-education students enrolled in university-level English courses,” said award-committee Chair Dora Ho.


H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant of $3,500 to a library organization for a program to further its staff-development goals and objectives. For Spanish that Works at the Library.
Donor: H. W. Wilson.

Spanish that Works at the Library, an interactive Spanish-language course, was developed to help City of Mesa (Ariz.) Library staff to better serve their growing Spanish-speaking community.

Employees participated in a free eight-week, interactive language course, developed by a professional educator, that emphasizes oral rather than written expression of practical, library-specific words and phrases. Classes were conducted at the main library during regular work hours to enable as many staff members as possible to participate. In addition, the library instituted an ongoing monthly lunchtime Spanish practice session and has a waiting list for phase-two sessions.

“City of Mesa Library’s program ‘Spanish that Works’ had a clear, reasoned approach to providing language training to staff,” said award-committee Chair Ethelle S. Bean. “The organization and documentation of the application impressed the jury. We felt that it was a training program that could build and grow over the years and could be replicated at other libraries. It was a program targeted to solve a specific problem.”

New ALA Awards for 2004

Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship of $1,000 honoring an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, or writing. Donor: Ken Haycock.

Schneider Family Book Awards—three $5,000 awards to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences; the book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental, or emotional. Donor: Katherine Schneider.

Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children to an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management/supervisory/administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope. Donor: Peggy Sullivan.

Other ALA Grants

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant of up to $3,000 for innovative research that could lead to an improvement in library services to any specified group(s) or people: Lynne McKechnie, University of Western Ontario, Canada, “The Young Child/Caregiver Storytime Program as Information Ground.” Donor: Eric R. Baber.

Loleta Fyan Grant of $10,000 to a library, library school, association, unit or chapter of ALA, or an individual for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide: Friends of Libraries U.S.A. for Making Our Voices Heard: Citizens Speak Out for Libraries. Donor: Fyan Estate.

World Book–ALA Goal Grant of $10,000 to ALA units for the advancement of public, academic, or school library service and librarianship through support of programs that implement the goals and priorities of ALA: Library Administration and Management Association for “Leaders of the Pack: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Library Leaders through LAMA.” Donor: Scott Fetzer Foundation, World Book.

Committee Awards

International Relations Committee

Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund of $1,000 to ALA member(s) to attend their first international conference. Nora Kondratiev, cataloger, Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority and manager and services representative for OCLC. Donor: Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. Deadline: January 1, 2004.

John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award of $1,000 to an individual for significant contributions to international librarianship. Gary E. Strong, director, Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library. Donor: OCLC/Forest Press.

Office Awards

Office for Diversity

Diversity Research Grants of $2,500 to the authors of research proposals that address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science: Jody Gray, instruction librarian, and Michelle Harrell, multicultural studies librarian, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, for “Promoting Information Literacy Through Coalition Building”; Rae-Anne Montague, LEEP coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for “Access for All: Working to Eliminate Cultural Biases in the Organization of Information”; and La Loria Konata, reference and policy studies liaison librarian, and Tim Zou, department head, access and media services, Pullen Library, Georgia State University, Atlanta for “A Study of Career Development Patterns of Library Managers and Directors of Ethnic Minorities in Selected ARL Member Libraries.” Deadline: May 1, 2004.

Office for Intellectual Freedom

Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor citation to recognize individuals who have contributed substantially to the foundation through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support: Theresa Chmara, FTRF legal counsel and trusted advisor for over 10 years. Sponsor: Freedom to Read Foundation.

Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture honors the first OLOS director as a tribute to her work to ensure that all citizens, particularly Native Americans and adult learners, have access to quality library services: Thelma H. Tate, professor and global outreach services coordinator, New Brunswick Libraries, Rutgers University. Administered by: OLOS Advisory Committee.

Public Information Office

Scholastic Library/Grolier National Library Week Grant of $5,000 to U.S. libraries of all types for a public awareness campaign in connection with National Library Week: Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library. Sponsor: Scholastic Library Publishing. Adminstered by: ALA Public Awareness Committee. Deadline: October 20.

Publishing Services

Carnegie-Whitney Awards of a $5,000 grant of annually for preparation and publication of popular or scholarly reading lists, indexes, and other guides to library resources. Association for Library Service to Children; Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute, Indiana; and Phyllis Van Orden, University of California at Los Angeles. Donor: Andrew Carnegie Funds and James Lyman Whitney. Deadline: November 10.

Women’s National Book Association/Ann Heid-breder Eastman Grant of $500–$750 provides help for librarians to take a course or participate in an intensive institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession: Stephanie Spetter, Chicago Public Library. Donor: Women’s National Book Association. Deadline: November 3.

Division Awards

Interdivision Award

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award of $2,000 to recognize outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, or development and research: Wendy Pradt Lougee, university librarian and McKnight presidential professor, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Sponsors: ACRL, ALCTS, LAMA, and LITA. Deadline: December 5.

American Association of School Librarians

AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award of $2,500 to school library media specialists and teachers for meeting goals outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, using media center resources: Leslie Preddy, library media specialist, Perry Meridian Middle School, Indianapolis. Donor: Sagebrush Corporation. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

AASL/Highsmith Research Grant of up to $5,000 to AASL personal members to conduct innovative research aimed at measuring and evaluating the impact of school library media programs on learning and education: Bonnie Grimble, library media specialist, Carmel (Ind.) High School. Donor: Highsmith, Inc. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant of up to $1,750 to AASL school library media affiliate organizations for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local level: Minnesota Educational Media Organization. Donor: ABC-CLIO Schools. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

Distinguished School Administrators Award of $2,000 to a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library media center and to advancing the role of the school library media center in the educational program: Barbara E. DeSpain, principal, Lois Lenski Elementary School, Centennial, Colorado. Donor: SIRS, Inc. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

AASL Distinguished Service Award of $3,000 to an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development. No 2003 recipient. Donor: Baker and Taylor. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

AASL Frances Henne Award of $1,250 to a school library media specialist with five years or less experience, who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators, to attend an AASL National Conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time: Teresa Diaz, librarian, Johnston High School, Austin, Texas. Donor: Greenwood Publishing Group. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award of $1,000 to the school library media specialist and $500 to the library, in two categories—elementary (K–6) and secondary (7–12)—for demonstrating vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners: Sarah McElrath, Lakeshore Middle School, Grand Haven, Michigan. Donor: Follett Software Company. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

AASL Intellectual Freedom Award of $2,000 to the recipient and $1,000 to the media center of the recipient’s choice for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and ALA. No 2003 recipient. Donor: SIRS, Inc. Deadline: February 2, 2004.

AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year awards of $10,000 each in two school districts and a single school for exemplary school library media programs that are fully integrated into the school’ s curriculum to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and exemplify implementation of Information Power: Millard Public School District, Omaha, Nebraska (Large District), Liberty (Mo.) Public School District (Small District), Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood, Colorado (Single School). Donor: Follett Library Resources. Deadline: January 1, 2004.

AASL School Librarian’s Workshop Scholarship of $3,000 to a full-time student preparing to become a school library media specialist at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level. The recipient must pursue graduate-level education in an ALA-accredited library school program or in a school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education: Robin Mittenthal, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Donor: Jay W. Toor, president, Library Learning Resources. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Association of College and Research Libraries

Academic or Research Librarian of the Year Award of $3,000 to honor an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession: Ross Atkinson, associate university librarian for collections, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Donor: YBP Library Services. Deadline: December 5.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship of $1,500 to assist doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research: Yungrang Laura Cheng, Indiana University, Bloomington. Donor: Thomson ISI. Deadline: December 5.

Excellence in Academic Libraries Award of $3,000 each to a college, community college, and university library to recognize academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions: Community College: City College of San Francisco; College: Baruch College, The City University of New York; University: Loyola University, New Orleans.
Donor: Blackwell’s Book Services. Deadline: December 5.

K. G. Saur Award for Best Article in College and Research Libraries of $500 for the most outstanding article published during the preceding volume year: “Evaluative Usage-Based Metrics for the Selection of E-Journals,” by Lila Faulkner, electronic publications graduate assistant, and Karla Hahn, management team leader, University of Maryland, College Park. Donor: R. R. Bowker/K. G. Saur. Suspended for 2004.

Samuel Lazerow Fellowship of $1,000 for travel and writing in the fields of acquisition or technical services: Katharine T. Farrell, head, order division, Princeton (N. J.) University, and Marc Truitt, head, library systems, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Donor: Thomson ISI. Deadline: December 5.

Community and Junior College Libraries Section Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement Awards of $500 each to recognize outstanding achievement in library programs or leadership: Mary Carr, dean of instructional services and telecommunications, Spokane (Wash.) Community College, and Baton Rouge (La.) Community College. Donor: EBSCO Information Services. Deadline: December 5.

Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award citation to honor outstanding contributions to education and behavioral sciences librarianship through accomplishments and service to the profession: Ilene F. Rockman, manager of the information competence initiative, California State University at Long Beach. Deadline: December 5.

Instruction Section Innovation in Instruction Award of $3,000 to librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities: Instructor College Task Force (Laurie Alexander, Joy Cichewicz, Karen Downing, Laurie Sutch, and Patricia Yocum), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Donor: Lexis-Nexis. Deadline: December 5.

Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award of $1,000 to recognize an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college- or research-library environment: Loanne Snavely, head of instructional programs, Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Donor: Elsevier Science. Deadline: December 5.

Instruction Section Publication of the Year Award citation to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the last two years: “Teaching at the Desk: Toward a Reference Pedagogy,” portal: Libraries and the Academy (2002), James K. Elmborg, assistant professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Deadline: December 5.

Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/Congressional Quarterly Award of $1,000 to recognize a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science: Rosemary Allen Little (posthumous), public administration, politics, and law librarian, Princeton (N.J.) University. Donor: Congressional Quarterly. Deadline: December 5.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards citations to recognize outstanding catalogs published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions: Division One (expensive): Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen, Barbara Maria Stafford and Frances Terpak, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Division One Honorable Mention: Johannes Lebek: The Artist as a Witness of His Time, Ronald Salter, Stanford (Calif.) University; Division Two (moderately expensive): Sacred Spaces: Building and Remembering Sites of Worship in the Nineteenth Century, Georgia Barnhill, William D. Moore, Louis Nelson, Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Dell Upton, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts; Division Three (inexpensive): Victorians, Moderns, Beats: New in the Berg Collection, 1994–2001, Isaac Gewirtz, New York Public Library; Division Four (brochures): Virginia Roots Music: Creating and Conserving Tradition, Gregg D. Kimball, Library of Virginia, Richmond; Division Four (brochures) Honorable Mention: A Love Affair with Line Drawings by Al Hirschfeld, Fredric Woodbridge Wilson and Jennifer Tonkovich, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City. Sponsors: Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Endowment. Deadline: December 5.

Science and Technology Section Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences of cash for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science published in odd-numbered years: David G. Frodin, honorary research associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, United Kingdom, for Standard Floras of the World. Donor: Eunice Rockwood Oberly Memorial Fund. Deadline: December 6, 2004.

Western European Studies Section Coutts Nijhoff West European Specialist Study Grant of 4,500 euros to support research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship, or the book trade: Michael P. Olson, librarian for Germanic collections, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Donor: Coutts Nij-hoff International. Deadline: December 5.

Western European Studies Section Awards for Achievement of $1,000 each to recognize career and significant achievements in the area of women’s studies librarianship: Ruth H. Dickstein, social sciences librarian, University of Arizona, Tucson, and Sherri Barnes, associate librarian for women’s studies, U.S. history, and the writing program, and humanities collection coordinator, University of California at Santa Barbara. Donor: Greenwood Publishing Group and Routledge. Deadline: December 5.

Association for Library Collections and Technical Services

Best of Library Resources and Technical Service Award citation for the best paper published in LRTS: “Technological Change and the Scholarly Communications Reform Movement: Reflections on Castells and Giddens” (April 2002), by Richard Fyffe, University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award of $2,000 donated to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the author’s choice for an outstanding monograph, article or original paper: Richard Fyffe, University of Kansas, Lawrence, and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston. Donor: Blackwell’s.

Bowker/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award of $1,500 for leadership in serials-related activities: Frieda Rosenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Donor: R. R. Bowker.

Esther J. Piercy Award of $1,500 to recognize contributions to library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience: Karen E. K. Brown, University at Albany, State University of New York. Donor: YBP Library Services.

First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant of $1,500 to attend an ALA Annual Conference and participate in Serials Section activities: Dianne Ford, Elon (N.C.) University. Donor: John Wiley and Sons.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award of $1,500 for outstanding leadership to the field of acquisitions librarianship: Julia Gammon, University of Akron, Ohio. Donor: Harrassowitz.

Margaret Mann Citation and $2,000 donated to the library school of the recipient’s choice for outstanding professional achievement in the areas of cataloging or classification: Thomas J. Delsey and the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Information and Media Studies, London, Ontario. Donor: OCLC.

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award of $1,500 to a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials: John F. Dean, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Donor: Preservation Technologies, L.P.

Association for Library Service to Children

ALSC/Sagebrush Education Resources Literature Program Award of $1,000 toward ALA Annual Conference attendance for the development of an outstanding literature program for children: Jana Fine, Clearwater (Fla.) Public Library, for “Reading for Elementary Achievement and Development (R.E.A.D.).” Donor: Sagebrush Corporation.

ALSC/Book Wholesalers, Inc., Summer Reading Program Grant of $3,000 for an outstanding summer-reading program: Providence (R.I.) Public Library for “Creating Readers Summer Camp.” Donor: Book Wholesalers, Inc.

ALSC Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers Awards of $600 each toward ALA Annual Conference attendance: Zahra M. Baird, Scarsdale (N.Y.) Public Library; Adrienne Furness, Webster (N.Y.) Public Library; Karen O’Grady, Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut; and Wendy Sinclair-Sparvier, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan. Donor: Penguin Young Readers Group.

ALSC Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship of $4,000 for study at the Baldwin Library of the University of Florida at Gainesville: Mary Humphrey, West Genesee Camillus School District, Camillus, New York.

ALSC Distinguished Service Award of $1,000 to an individual ALSC member who has made a significant contribution to library service to children and/or ALSC: Julie Cummins, New York City.

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship of $6,000 each toward an MLS or beyond in the field of library service to children at an ALA-accredited program: Libby Fry, York Haven, Pennsylvania; Alison Kelly, Los Angeles; Tessa Michaelson, Madison, Wisconsin; Diana Ricciardone, Southington, Connecticut. Donor: Bound to Stay Bound Books. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship of $6,000 each for graduate work to students entering the field of library service to children in an ALA-accredited program: Barbara Heiderscheidt, New London, Pennsylvania, and Melissa Okerbloom, Budd Lake, New Jersey. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture awarded to an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature of any country who prepares a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature: Ursula K. LeGuin. Deadline: May 1.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award to the publisher of the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a foreign language and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States: Winner: The Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic, for The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Honor Award: David R. Godine, for Henrietta and the Golden Eggs by Hanna Johansen. Deadline: December 31.

Pura Belpré Award for a Latino/Latina author and illustrator of a work that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth: Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Esperanza Rising (Scholastic); Susan Guevara, illustrator of Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Honor Books: Francisco Jiménez, author of Breaking Through (Houghton Mifflin); Francisco X. Alarcón, author of Iguanas in the Snow/Iguanas en la nieve (Children’s Book Press); Joe Cepeda, illustrator of Juan Bobo Goes to Work (Harper-Collins). Sponsors: ALSC and Reforma. Deadline: December 31.

Randolph Caldecott Medal to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children: Eric Rohmann for My Friend Rabbit (Roaring Brook Press). Honor Books: Tony DiTerlizzi for The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt (Simon and Schuster); Peter McCarty for Hondo and Fabian (Henry Holt); and Jerry Pinkney for Noah’s Ark (Hyperion). Deadline: December 31.

Andrew Carnegie Medal to the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released in the preceding year: Paul Gagne and Melissa Reilly, Weston Woods Studios, for So You Want to Be President? Deadline: December 31.

John Newbery Medal to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children: Avi for Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Hyperion). Honor Books: Nancy Farmer for The House of the Scorpion (Atheneum); Patricia Reilly Giff for Pictures of Hollis Woods (Random House); Carl Hiaasen for Hoot (Knopf); Ann M. Martin for A Corner of the Universe (Scholastic); and Stephanie S. Tolan for Surviving the Applewhites (HarperCollins). Deadline: December 31.

Robert F. Sibert Medal to the author of the most distinguished informational book for children published in the preceding year: James Cross Giblin for The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler (Clarion). Honor Books: Karen Blumenthal, for Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 (Atheneum); Jack Gantos for Hole in My Life (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux); Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan for Action Jackson (Roaring Brook Press); Pam Muñoz Ryan for When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson (Scholastic). Sponsor: Bound to Stay Bound Books. Deadline: December 31.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children: Eric Carle, illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Do You Want to Be My Friend? The Tiny Seed, and Head to Toe.

Association for Library Trustees and Advocates

ALA Trustee Citation Award for the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards: William G. Murphy, Suffolk County, New York, and Charles Rozier, Southwest Georgia Regional Library System, Bainbridge, Georgia. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

ALTA Major Benefactors Award presented to individuals, families, or corporate bodies for major benefactions to public libraries: R. R. Donnelley, Chicago, and Simmesport (La.) State Bank. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

ALTA Literacy Award to a library trustee or volunteer who has made some significant contribution to addressing the literacy problem in the United States, particularly as it relates to the role of the public library: Doris Lewis Sargeant of Brentwood, New York. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

ALTA/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant of $750 each to public library trustees to attend an ALA Annual Conference for the first time: Trinidad Valentin, Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Public Library. Donor: Gale Research. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

Exceptional Service Award citation to recognize exceptional service to patients, the homebound, medical, nursing, and professional staff in hospitals and inmates, as well as effective programming, pioneering activity, or significant research to special populations. No 2003 recipient. Deadline: December 15.

Francis Joseph Campbell Award to recognize outstanding contribution to the advancement of library service for people who are blind and have physical disabilities: James R. Fruchterman, president, The Benetech Initiative. Deadline: December 15.

Leadership Achievement Award recognizes leadership, achievement in the areas of consulting, multitype library cooperation, and state library development: Karen Hyman, executive director, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative. Deadline: December 15.

National Organization on Disability Award of $1,000 to a library organization to recognize an innovative and well-organized project that successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities: Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, for the Virtual Village Communication Center. Donor: Aetna U.S. Healthcare through the National Organization on Disability. Deadline: December 15.

Professional Achievement Award to recognize ASCLA members for professional achievement within the areas of consulting, networking, statewide service, and programs: Barratt Wilkins, state librarian emeritus, Florida State Library. Deadline: December 15.

Service Award recognizes an ASCLA personal member for outstanding service and leadership to the division for outstanding service and leadership to the division: Ellen Perlow, manager of information services, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University, Denton. Deadline: December 15.

Century Scholarship of up to $2,500 to a library school student or students with disabilities attending an ALA-accredited library school to fund services or accommodations not provided by law or the university: Sara Lynn Hyder, Auburn (Ala.) University. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Library Administration and Management Association

John Cotton Dana Public Relations Awards to libraries or library organizations of all types for public relations programs or special projects: Genesee District Library, Flint, Michigan; Guernsey Memorial Library, Norwich, New York; Halifax Regional Library, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Julia Rogers Library, Goucher College, Baltimore; Library System of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Las Vegas–Clark County (Nev.) Library District; St. Paul (Minn.) Public Library and the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library; Sarasota County (Fla.) Library System; and Toronto Public Library, Ontario, Canada. Donor: H. W. Wilson Company. Deadline: December 12.

AIA/ALA Library Buildings Award to recognize excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, for the Lee B. Philmon Branch Library, Riverdale, Georgia; Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington, D.C., for the Jefferson Library at Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia; Davis Brody Bond, New York City, for the South Court (N.Y.) Public Library; Overland Partners Architects, San Antonio, Texas, and Architect of Record: Good Fulton and Farrell Architects, Dallas, for The Hockaday School Upper and Lower School Library, Dallas; Mahlum Architects and Cardwell Architects, Seattle, for the University of Washington, Suzzallo Library, Seattle; LMN Architects, Seattle, for the Seattle Public Temporary Central Library; and Kennedy and Violich Architecture, Boston, for the Shady Hill School Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sponsors: LAMA and American Institute of Architects. Deadline: Biannual, next award 2005.

Diana V. Braddom Fundraising and Financial Development Section Scholarship of $1000 to attend the ALA Annual Conference: Jolee June Hamlin, Library of Michigan, Lansing, and Deborah Joseph Schmidle, NyLink, New York City. Donor: Diana V. Braddom.

LAMA Cultural Diversity Grant of $1,000 to support the creation and dissemination of resources that will assist library administrators and managers in developing a vision and commitment to diversity, and in fostering and sustaining diversity throughout their institutions: Ocean County (N.J.) Library and the Diversity Committee of the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award of $1,000 to attend the ALA Annual Conference in honor of 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: No 2003 recipient. Sponsor: YBP Library Services. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

LAMA Leadership Award to honor an individual LAMA member for outstanding contribution to the goals of LAMA: Roderick MacNeil, manager of computer support, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and William Sannwald, assistant to the San Diego city manager and manager of library design and development.

LAMA President’s Award to honor an individual who is not a LAMA member or an organization that has made significant contributions to the goals of LAMA: YBP Library Services.

LAMA Group Achievement Award to honor LAMA committees or task forces for outstanding teamwork supporting the goals of LAMA: BES Functional Space Requirements Committee.

Library and Information Technology Association

LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award of $5,000 recognizes a librarian or library who has demonstrated exemplary entrepreneurship by providing innovative product(s) or service(s) designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology. New award. Donor: Gale Group. Deadline: December 31.

LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award of $1,000 for the best unpublished manuscript on libraries and information technology written by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program: Joyce W. Friedlander, Syracuse (N.Y.) University. Donor: Endeavor Information Systems. Deadline: February 28, 2004.

LITA/Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology of $1,000 for achievement in library and information technology: Patricia Cutright, director, Eastern Oregon University Library. Donor: Gaylord Information Systems. Award no longer available.

LITA/Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology of $2,000, including attendance at ALA Annual Conference, for research relevant to the development of information technologies that have a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed: Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research and Prototyping, Los Alamos (N. Mex.) National Laboratory.
Donor: OCLC. Deadline: December 31.

LITA/Library Hi Tech Award of $1,000 to an individual or institution for work that shows outstanding communication for continuing education in library and information technology: Roy Tennant, University of California’s Digital Library, Oakland. Donor: Emerald Press. Deadline: December 31.

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology of $2,500 to a principal minority group member for work toward an MLS in an ALA-accredited program with emphasis on library automation: Vynarack Xaykao, University of Texas at Austin. Donor: Library Systems and Services. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology of $3,000 to a principal minority group member for work toward an MLS in an ALA-accredited program with emphasis on library automation: Roxanna Blackson, University of Arizona, Tucson. Donor: OCLC. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

LITA/Sirsi Scholarship Award of $2,500 to a student entering an ALA-accredited master’s degree program with an emphasis on library and information technology: Mark Dehmlow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Donor: Sirsi, Inc. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Award of $3,000 to a student entering an ALA-accredited master’s degree program with an emphasis on library and information technology: William B. Lund, Drexel University, Philadelphia. Sponsor: Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Public Library Association

Advancement of Literacy Award to a publisher, bookseller, hardware and/or software dealer, foundation, or similar group for a significant contribution to the advancement of adult literacy. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for “Prime Time Family Reading Time. Donor: Library Journal.

Allie Beth Martin Award of $3,000 to a public librarian who has extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books/library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge: Michael B. Gannon, manager, Maryland City at Russet Branch, Anne Arundel County (Md.) Public Library. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

Baker and Taylor Entertainment Audio/Music Video Product Award of $2,500 in audio/music-video products for a proposal that outlines the purpose, benefits, and plan for initiating or expanding a circulating au dio/music-video collection: Fairview (N. J.) Free Public Library. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

Charlie Robinson Award of $1,000 to a public library director who, over a period of seven years, was a risk-taker, innovator, and/or change agent in a public library: Judith Drescher, director of libraries, Memphis Shelby County (Tenn.) Public Library and Information Center. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

Demco Creative Merchandising Grant of $1,000 cash and $2,000 in display furniture or supplies to a public library for creative display and merchandising of materials either in the library or in the community: Guilderland (N. Y.) Public Library. Donor: Demco.

Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award of $1,000 to a public library serving 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community through overall service programming or special programming: Haines Borough (Alaska) Public Library. Donor: EBSCO Subscription Services.

Highsmith Library Innovation Award of $2,000 to a public library for achievement in planning and implementing a creative community service program: Platteville (Colo.) Public Library. Donor: Highsmith.

New Leaders Travel Grant of up to $1,500 each, not to exceed $5,000, to PLA members who are new to the profession and who have not attended a major PLA continuing-education event in the last five years: Cynthia Robertson, Mountain Road Branch, Anne Arundel County (Md.) Public Libraries; and Darlene Weber, Stanwood (Wash.) Library, Sno-Isle Regional Library System.

Public Libraries Magazine Feature Writing Awards of $500 (first prize) and $300 (second prize) to public library employees who have authored a feature-length article in the preceding year: First prize: Edward Elsner, Crawford County (Mich.) Library and Second Prize: Robin Bryan, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklen-burg County, North Carolina. Administered by: Public Libraries Advisory Board.

Reference and User Services Association

Bessie Boehm Moore–Thorndike Press Award of $1,000 presented to a library organization that has developed an outstanding and creative program for library service to the aging: San Diego County Library for “Books-By-Mail.” Donor: Thorndike Press. Award discontinued.

Business Reference and Services Section Thomson Financial Student Travel Award of $1,000 to enable a student interested in a career as a business-reference librarian and with the potential to be a leader in the profession to attend the ALA Annual Conference: David W. Guilliams, clerk, business and technology section, Wichita (Kans.) Public Library. Donor: Thomson Financial. Deadline: December 15.

Virginia Boucher–OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award of $2,000 to a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery: Mary A. Hollerich, associate director for access services, Pritzker Legal Research Center, Northwestern University, Chicago. Donor: OCLC. Deadline: December 15.

Dartmouth Medal for achievement in creating reference works that are outstanding in quality and significance: Routledge, a member of the Taylor and Francis Group, for the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, published from 1977 to 2002. Donor: Dartmouth College. Deadline: December 15.

Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities of $2,000 to a business librarian or library that has created an innovative service for a minority-business community or has been recognized by that community as an outstanding service provider: New York Public Library’s St. George Library Center. Donor: Dun and Bradstreet. Deadline: December 15.

Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award of $1,000 to support the attendance at ALA’s Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business-reference service: Bryce Thornton, business-reference assistant, Hoover (Ala.) Public Library. Donor: Dun and Bradstreet. Deadline: December 15.

Gale Group Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship of $3,000 to an individual who has distinguished him/herself in the field of business librarianship: Anne P. Mintz, director of Knowledge Management, Forbes. Donor: Gale Group. Deadline: December 15.

Gale Group Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services of $3,000 to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique library resource to meet patrons’ needs: Richmond (British Columbia) Public Library. Donor: Gale Group. Deadline: December 15.

Genealogical Publishing Company/RUSA History Section Award of $1,500 to recognize professional achievement in historical, reference, and research librarianship: Charles F. Cummings, assistant director of the Newark (N.J.) Public Library. Donor: Genealogical Publishing Company. Deadline: December 15.

Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award to a librarian who has made significant contributions to and has had an impact on adult library services: Miriam Pollack, assistant director, North Suburban Library System. Deadline: December 15.

Isadore Gilbert Mudge–R. R. Bowker Award of $5,000 for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship: Martin Sable, professor emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Donor: R. R. Bowker. Deadline: December 15.

Reference Service Press Award of $2,500 to the author(s) of the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly: Kimberely Lione Paone, teen services librarian, Elizabeth (N.J.) Public Library, and Mark Winston, assistant professor, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University, for “Reference and Information Services for Young Adults: A Research Study of Public Libraries in New Jersey.” Donor: Reference Service Press. Deadline: December 15.

John Sessions Memorial Award to recognize the efforts of a library or library system to work with the labor community: Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library. Sponsor: AFL-CIO. Deadline: December 15.

Louis Shores–Greenwood Publishing Group Award of $3,000 to an individual, team, or organization for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries: Diane Holzheimer, librarian, Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School. Donor: Greenwood Publishing Group. Deadline: December 15.

Young Adult Library Services Association

Alex Awards to 10 authors of adult books that appeal to young adults: Lynda Barry for One Hundred Demons (Sasquatch); Pat Conroy for My Losing Season (Doubleday), Timothy Ferris for Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril (Simon and Schuster); Jasper Fforde for The Eyre Affair (Viking); Mary Lawson for Crow Lake (Dial); Brian Malloy for The Year of Ice (St. Martin’s); Julie Otsuka for When the Emperor Was Divine (Knopf); Ann Packer for The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (Knopf/Borzoi); Martha Southgate for The Fall of Rome (Scribner); and Joseph Weisberg for 10th Grade (Random). Sponsor: Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust.

Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants of $1,000 each to librarians who work directly with young adults in either a public or school library to enable them to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time: Laurie Rose, youth services librarian, Orono (Maine) Public Library, and Gregory Lum, library media specialist, Astoria (Oreg.) High School. Sponsor: Baker and Taylor.

Book Wholesalers, Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grant of $1,000 each for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who works directly with young adults, ages 12 to 18: Jeri L. Cain, Caroline County (Md.) Public Library, and Melanie Barker, Harvin Clarendon County (S.C.) Library. Sponsor: Book Wholesalers.

Frances Henne/YALSA/Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant of $500 for seed money for small-scale projects that encourage research that responds to the YALSA research agenda: Kelley McDaniel, King Middle School, Portland, Maine. Donor: Scarecrow Press.

Great Book Giveaway to a library in need of approximately 1,200 newly published children’s, young-adult, and adult books; videos; CDs; and audiocassettes that are valued at $25,000 and were submitted to YALSA for review: Harvin Clarendon County (S.C.) Library.

Margaret A. Edwards Award of $2,000 to an author whose book or books have provided young adults with a window through which they can view their world and which will help them to grow and to understand themselves and their role in society: Nancy Garden for Annie on My Mind (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). Donor: School Library Journal.

Michael L. Printz Award to the author of a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young-adult literature: Aidan Chambers for Postcards from No Man’s Land (Dutton/Penguin Putnam). Honor Books: Garret Frey-mann-Weyr for My Heartbeat (Houghton Mifflin); Jack Gantos for Hole in My Life (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; and Nancy Farmer for The House of the Scorpion (Simon and Schuster). Donor/Sponsor: Booklist.

Sagebrush Corporation Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program of $1,000 to support attendance at the ALA Annual Conference for YALSA members who have developed an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults: Paulette Goodman, learning resource director, Kennedy Junior High School, Lisle, Illinois. Donor: Sagebrush Corporation.

ALA Scholarships

Marshall Cavendish Scholarship of $3,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Linda C. Ericson, Anchorage, Alaska. Donor: Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

David H. Clift Scholarship of $3,000 to U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program. Charles (Chip) N. Robinson III, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Deadline. March 1, 2004.

Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship of $3,000 to a library support-staff person who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident and pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Sarah C. Hodgson, Oakland, California. Donor: Founder of Quality Books. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

EBSCO ALA Conference Sponsorship Awards of up to $1,000 in expenses to attend the ALA Annual Con ference: Corrine L. Alldridge, Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Nichole J. Broemer, Harker Heights, Texas; Li Chen, Marietta, Georgia; Barbara D’Angelo, Mesa, Arizona; Shari Durst, Mesa, Arizona; Donna Mandel, San Francisco; Melissa Rice, Morton Grove, Illinois; Yuwu Song, Gilbert, Arizona; Amy Steward, College Park, Georgia; and Laura A. Sullivan, Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Mary V. Gaver Scholarship of $3,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS and specializing in youth services: Shellie Rae Parkhill, New York City. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Christopher Hoy/Exhibits Round Table Scholarship of $5,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Jill Pitts, Marysvale, Utah. Donor: Family of Christopher Hoy and ERT. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Miriam Hornback Scholarship of $3,000 to an ALA or to a library support staffer who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident and pursing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Larra Clark, ALA Public Information Office. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Tony B. Leisner Scholarship of $3,000 to a library support-staff person who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident and pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Diane E. Wallace, Brock-ton, Massachusetts. Donor: Tony B. Leisner. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Spectrum Initiative Scholarships of $6,500 to U.S./Canadian citizens who are members of the five underrepresented groups—American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander—to pursue an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Tahirah Akbar-Williams, Surprise, Arizona; Natalae Anderson, Spring Lake, North Carolina; Sandra Blackman, Buffalo, New York; Chris Candelaria, Pico Rivera, California; Rachel Carreón, Austin, Texas; Myka Carroll, Brooklyn, New York, Leo Albert Scholar; Jocelyn Castillo, Brooklyn, New York; Glenda Claborne, Portland, Oregon; Angela Cortez, Stewartsville, New Jersey, Louise Giles Scholar; Ida daRoza, San Francisco, ACRL Scholar; Judy Evans, Astoria, New York; Elizabeth Fagin, Washington, D.C.; Kimberly Gay, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Amy Harper, Seattle, Washington, ACRL Scholar; Cristina Hernandez, New Orleans, ACRL Scholar; Mary Kirk, Midwest City, Oklahoma, ACRL Scholar; Zahra Langford, Santa Cruz, California; Jody Lovaj, St. Minnesota; Luiz Mendes, Los Angeles, ACRL Scholar; Alanna Aiko Moore, Chicago; James Moore, Portland, Oregon; Saidah Ochoa, El Paso, Texas; Soran Pan, Providence, Rhode Island; Mark Puente, San Antonio, Texas; Martha Preddie, Raleigh, North Carolina, MLA/NLM Scholar; Vynarack Xaykao, San Antonio, Texas, ACRL Scholar. Sponsor: Office for Diversity. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

William R. Gordon Spectrum Scholarship to a designated Spectrum Scholarship recipient: not awarded in 2003. Donor: William R. Gordon and Friends. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple Spectrum Scholarship to a designated Spectrum Scholarship recipient: Raquel Fernandez, Miami. Donor: The Religion and Ethics Institute. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Betty J. Turock Spectrum Scholarship to a designated Spectrum Scholarship recipient: Michael Baradi, Pacoima, California. Donor: The JTBC Foundation. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

ALA Round Table Awards

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table

Gale/EMIERT Multicultural Award of $1,000 to recognize any significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and that include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship: Stockton–San Joaquin County (Calif.) Public Library. Donor: Gale Research Company Deadline: December 31.

David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award of $300 to encourage and recognize articles of significant new research and publication that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism in libraries in North America: Vladimir Wertsman, New York City. Donor: Routledge. Deadline: December 31.

Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table

FAFLRT Achievement Award to an individual for achievement in the promotion of library and information service and the information profession in the federal-government community: Janet D. Ormes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

FAFLRT Distinguished Service Award to a FAFLRT member for outstanding and sustained contribution: R. James King, Naval Research Laboratory.

FAFLRT Adelaide Del Frate Conference Scholarship of $1,000 to attend ALA Annual Conference to a library-school student with an interest in working in a federal library: Anne Karle-Zenith, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Government Documents Round Table

James Bennett Childs Award to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government-documents librarianship: Carolyn Kohler, head, Government Documents Department, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award of $2,000 to the individual, library, institution, or other noncommercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service: Nan Myers, associate professor and librarian, Wichita State (Kans.) University. Donor: LexisNexis.

NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Grant of $2,000 to a documents librarian for travel and/or study in the field of documents librarianship or area of study benefiting performance as a document librarian: Gregory W. Lawrence, government information librarian, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York. Donors: NewsBank and Readex Corporation.

Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level, but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or federal documents: Margaret Mooney, head, Government Documents Department, University of California at Riverside; and John Phillips, head, Documents Department, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship of $3,000 to an individual who is currently working with government documents in a library and completing an MLS: Naomi Frantes, manager, State Document Services, North Dakota State Library, Bismarck.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table

Stonewall Book Award–Barbara Gittings Literature Award for fiction of $1,000 for novels, short stories, poetry, or drama: Noel Alumit for Letters to Montgomery Clift (MacAdam/Cage Publishing). Honor Awards: Jeffrey Eugenidies for Middlesex (Farrar, Straus, Giroux); Ronald Frame for The Lantern Bearers (Counterpoint); Jamie O’Neill for At Swim, Two Boys (Scribner); and Sarah Waters for Fingersmith (Riverhead Books). Deadline: October 31.

Stonewall Book Award–Israel Fishman Award for nonfiction of $1,000 for works including biography, history, criticism, reference, fine arts, and other traditional nonfiction genres: Joanne Meyerowitz for How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States (Harvard University Press). Honor Awards: Noelle Howey for Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods––My Mother’s, My Father’s, and Mine (Picador); Neil Miller for Sex Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s (Alyson Books); Carmen L. Oliveria for Rare and Commonplace Flowers: The Story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares (Rutgers University Press); and Jerry Roscoe for Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography (University of Wisconsin Press). Deadline: October 31.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table

Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award of $500 awarded biennially for a literary work or series of works in the area of intellectual freedom. No 2003 recipient. Deadline: December 1 of odd numbered years.

John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom of $500 for notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression: ReLeah Lent and Gloria Pipkin, English teachers, Bay County (Fla.) Schools.

SIRS State and Regional Intellectual Freedom Achievement Award of $1,000 to honor the most innovative and effective intellectual freedom project covering a state or region: Nancy Talanian, director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Donor: Social Issues Resources Series.

Library History Round Table

Justin Winsor Prize of $500 to an author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history and an invitation to have the winning paper considered for publication in. No 2003 recipient. Deadline: January 30.

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award of $500 awarded biennially to the author of a dissertation treating the history of books, libraries, and librarianship, or information science. Given in odd-numbered years. No 2003 recipient. Deadline: February 1, 2005.

Donald G. Davis Article Award given biennially to an author recognizing the best article written in English in field of United States and Canadian library history. No 2003 recipient. Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Library Research Round Table

Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research of $500 given annually for a periodical article published in English during the preceding calendar year: George D’Elia, professor, University of Buffalo; Corinne Jorgensen, associate professor, Florida State University; Joseph Woelfel, professor, University of Buffalo; and Eleanor Jo Rodger, president, Urban Libraries Council for “The Impact of the Internet on Public Library Use: An Analysis of the Current Consumer Market for Library and Internet Services,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, October 2002. Deadline: February 13, 2004.

Map and Geography Round Table

Map and Geography Round Table Honors Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to map and geography librarianship. Dorothy McGarry, librarian emerita and former head, cataloging division, Physical Sciences and Technology Libraries, University of California at Los Angeles. Deadline: December 29.

New Members Round Table

3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant to attend ALA Conference for professional development and participation by new ALA members: Susan Anderson, Eastern Washington State University, Cheney; Joyce Bratton, Alameda (Calif.) Free Library; and Marcia Schmitz, Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles. Donor: 3M. Deadline: December 15.

Shirley Olofson Memorial Award of $500 to an individual to attend his or her second ALA Annual Conference: Michelle Crowell Fossum, Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh, PA. Deadline: January 1, 2004.

NMRT/Student Chapter of the Year Award to an ALA student chapter in recognition of the chapter’s outstanding contributions to ALA: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) ALA Student Chapter . Deadline: April 1, 2004.

Social Responsibilities Round Table

Jackie Eubanks Memorial Award of $500 to a library professional who has shown outstanding achievement in promoting the use of alternative information resources in libraries: Chuck D’Adamo, Alternative Press Center, Baltimore. Donor: SRRT Alternatives in Publication Task Force. Deadline: February 15, 2004.

Coretta Scott King Awards of $1,000 and a set of encyclopedias to an author and an illustrator of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the African-American experience: (Author) Nikki Grimes for Bronx Masquerade (Dial Books) and (Illustrator) E. B. Lewis for Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman (Scholastic/Orchard Books). Author Honor Books: Brenda Woods for The Red Rose Box (G. P. Putnam’s Sons) and Nikki Grimes for Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman (Orchard Books/Scholastic). Illustrator Honor Books: Leo and Diane Dillon for Rap A Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of That (Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, Inc.), and Bryan Collier for Visiting Langston (Henry Holt). John Steptoe Award for New Talent to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged: (Author) Janet McDonald for Chill Wind, (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) and (Illustrator) Randy DuBurke for The Moon Ring, (Chronicle). Sponsor: Coretta Scott King Task Force. Donors: Johnson Publishing Company, Encyclopedia Britannica, Book Wholesalers, World Book, Inc.

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