LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award seeks entrants

Contact: Arawa McClendon


For Immediate Release

April 2002

LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award seeks entrants

Students enrolled in ALA-accredited library and information studies programs are invited to submit articles in the Student Writing and Development Award competition sponsored by the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and YBP, Inc.
The deadline for entries is May 1, 2002.

The LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award honors the best article submitted on a topic in the area of library administration and management. The topic for the 2002 competition is: The Library as Place.

As libraries become more adept at providing remote access to library resources, are they contributing to a feeling of isolation among their patrons, instead of promoting a sense of community? What responsibility do libraries have towards encouraging social interaction, community building, scholarly discourse, and serving as a gathering place in their communities? What must the library "as place" be for its community in the digital age? How should library managers plan for new or renovated library space to incorporate as much flexibility as possible to provide for a variety of reader spaces, materials, and technology? How does the design of the physical space impact the libraries' role in the community, on the campus, or within an organization? How can libraries use their spaces to enhance their role in their communities?

Selection criteria include relevance to the 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. The award recipient must be a current student member of ALA and LAMA. LAMA President Joan Giesecke will notify the selected applicant by June 1, 2002.

The winning article will be published in the fall 2002 issue of
Library Administration & Management. The award recipient also will receive a travel grant of up to $1,000, funded by YBP, Inc., to be used to attend the 2002 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.

For more information, article guidelines, criteria, and an application, consult the
LAMA/YBP Student Writing & Development Award Web site.

You may also contact Arawa McClendon, LAMA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; 1-800-545-2433 x5035; e-mail: