New award for Best Book in Library Literature

Contact: Kim Olsen-Clark

ALA Development Office

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For immediate release

July 21, 2008

New award for Best Book in Library Literature

(Chicago) The American Library Association (ALA) has created a new award that honors the best book in library literature.

From 2009 through 2013, the Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature will consist of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque. It will be given to an author or co-authors whose work exemplifies excellence in library and information studies.

The award, which was established at this year’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., has been donated by the Greenwood Publishing Group, one of the world's leading publishers of reference titles and other books of interest to librarians.

The award will recognize those who improve management principles and practice, understanding and application of new techniques, or further the education of librarians or other information specialists.

“An informed, up-to-date library is a healthy, vital, and productive one. At Greenwood, we recognize the need for quality professional literature for libraries and are proud to sponsor this new award,” Greenwood Publicity Director Laura Mullen said.

The original work must be published in the United States or Canada. Publishers, authors, agents or editors may nominate their own titles. Further information and an online nomination form will be made available on the ALA web site in late summer 2008.