Nominations sought for the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award

Contact: Valerie Edmonds
Program Coordinator, LITA

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2006

Nominations sought for the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award

CHICAGO - The LITA Brett Butler Award Committee is seeking nominations for the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award. Sponsored by Thomson Gale, this award is given to recognize a librarian or library that demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product(s) or service, designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology.

The award has been given out three times, the first was in 2004. More information is available at

Deadline for nominations is December 1, 2006.

Candidates for the award will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Appropriate and creative use of information technology in its development, and significance of its contribution to the functioning of libraries and/or librarians.

2. Clarity and effectiveness of the written application/nomination, including sufficient detail to demonstrate the relevance and usefulness of the product/service to 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 should also include reference information for those with knowledge of the product/service who may be consulted by the Committee and potential sites that may be visited or queried.

The winner will receive $5,000 and a framed certificate presented at the ALA Annual 2007 LITA President's Program. The winner will be invited to submit a descriptive summary of the entrepreneurial achievement for publication in a featured area of the LITA website.

Please send nominations to Janet Lee-Smeltzer (, chair of the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee.

Janet Lee-Smeltzer

Chair, LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee

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