Dec. 1 deadline for LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award nominations

Contact: Mary Taylor


800/545-2433, ext. 4270


For Immediate Release

September 23, 2008

CHICAGO – Nominations are currently being sought for the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award. Sponsored by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), this award is given annually to recognize a librarian or library that demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurship by providing innovative product(s) or service designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.

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

  • Appropriate and creative use of information technology in its development and significance of its contribution to the functioning of libraries and/or librarians
  • 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 ALA Annual 2009 in Chicago. The winner will also be invited to submit a descriptive summary of the entrepreneurial achievement for publication in a featured area of the LITA Web site.

Please send nominations to Martin Halbert, chair of the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee, at or by mail: Martin Halbert, director for Digital Programs, Emory University, 540 Asbury Cir, Woodruff Library, Atlanta, Ga. 30322.