Contact: Tel Aviv V. Barbee

Awards Coordinator


For Immediate Release

October 3, 2003

Nominations sought for Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award

Nominations are invited for the 2004 Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award.
This new award recognizes a librarian or library that demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product or service designed to meet the needs of the library world. Sponsored by the Gale Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the award consists of
$5,000 and a certificate of merit.
The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is December 31, 2003.

Currently serving officers and elected officials of LITA, members of the Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee and The Gale Group employees and their immediately family members are ineligible.

Candidates for the award will be selected based on the following criteria:
clarity, effectiveness and adequate detail in the written application/nomination, including relevance and usefulness of the technology in its development, and significance of its contribution to the functioning of libraries and/or librarians.
Applications should evidence timeliness in product/service development, originality of ideas, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, and clarity of presentation.
Applications will include references with knowledge of the product/service who may be consulted by the Committee and potential sites that may be visited or queried.

Send nominations to:
Diane Kachmar, LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee Chair, Florida Atlantic University, Technical Services Department, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2004 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.