Nominees sought for $5000 award for Improving Library Workers' Salaries and Status

Contact: Jenifer Grady

ALA-APA Director

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2006

Nominees sought for $5000 award for Improving

Library Workers' Salaries and Status

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominees of both individuals and organizations that have made a positive change in the salaries or status of librarians and/or support staff. The award jury is looking forward to receiving the stories of library champions that have had a local, regional or national impact. The SirsiDynix Corporation sponsors this $5000 award.

Each nominee must have three nominations using the electronic application form at The deadline is Friday, December 1, 2006.

Nominations will be reviewed by the award jury at the American Library Association (ALA) 2007 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The winner(s) will be honored at the Annual Conference in June 2007 in Washington, DC.

The award jury encourages the library community to nominate those who are actively working on every level to secure equitable pay for people in librarianship. Please submit three strong letters of support. Only the first three letters received will be reviewed. Self-nominations are permitted. Supporting documents may be emailed to ALA-APA, faxed to 312-280-5013 or mailed to SirsiDynix Award, ALA-APA, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.

Members of the 2006-2007 award jury are: Barbara J. Ford, chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Peter McDonald, Syracuse University; and John Jessee, Jacksonville (FL) Public Library.

The recipient of the award does not have to be an ALA member or a current or past library staff member. The requirement is that the award recipient's achievement(s) has been notable. Officers of the ALA or the ALA-Allied Professional Association are not eligible for the award nor are members of the ALA-APA Dynix Award Jury, the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers or employees of SirsiDynix.

The ALA-Allied Professional Association is a nonprofit organization chartered in the State of Illinois and established "to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers."

The SirsiDynix Corporation is a leading provider of information technology to libraries and consortia worldwide.

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