Awards (Professional Recognition)

K-12 school librarians invited to apply for $5,000 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

CHICAGO — School librarians are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through twelfth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced. Previously for school libraries serving grades K-8, this year’s Jaffarian Award is the first to include eligibility for schools also serving grades 9-12.

Nominations for the 2024 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award will be accepted until May 1, 2024.

American Library Association to receive lifetime achievement award from National Book Critics Circle

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has been selected to receive the prestigious Toni Morrison Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.

The award, established by the NBCC in 2021, honors institutions that have made lasting and meaningful contributions to book culture.

Kyle Lukoff to deliver 2025 Children’s Literature Lecture

BALTIMORE — Author Kyle Lukoff will deliver the 2025 Children’s Literature Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience held Jan. 19-22 in Baltimore.

“Kyle's impactful and approachable storytelling invites in all children through humor and warmth and often centers vital trans and queer narratives,” stated 2025 Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee Chair Jenna Friebel.

Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award Call for Nominations

CHICAGO - The American Library Association  is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession Award.

Call for applications for Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

CHICAGO — The 2024 application process for the ALA’s Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children is open.

This award honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management/supervisory/administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope.

The annual award consists of a commemorative gift and a 24k gold-framed citation. 

Call for Nominations for Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — The 2024 application process for the ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award is open and accepting nominations until February 1, 2024.

This award honors a librarian whose "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people" exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.

Presented annually, the winner will be awarded $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation.

Nominations open for 2024 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

ALA is currently accepting nomination  through February 1, 2024 for the ALA/ Information Today Library of the Future Award.  The prize consist of $1,200 along with a plaque. 

Equality Award Call for Nominations

The American Library Association  is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the Equality Award.

ALA Medal of Excellence Call for Nominations

CHICAGO — Every year the American Library Association honors a creative leader in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship with the ALA Medal of Excellence.  The award consists of $2,000, bronzed medal and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement, which is given at ALA Annual Conference Awards Ceremony.

Beginning in 1953, this award was know as the Dewey Medal, and was given to such luminaries in the library industry as June Garcia (2019), Carla Hayden (2017) Hwa-Wei Lee (2015) and James Neal (2009).  

Beta Phi Mu Award Call for Nomination

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the Beta Phi Mu Award.