The Singer Group Helping Communities Come Together Award Jury


To select annually the recipient of the Singer Group Helping Communities Come Together Award. The recipient shall be a public library which demonstrated the ability to identify community needs, specifically in times of crisis and division, and respond in creative and exemplary ways.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • For the jury chair and members:
    • Stay apprised of the timeline in which PLA staff opens and closes the nomination application webpage via notices on PLA’s website and PLA members-only emails
    • Review award applications and supporting materials
    • Monitor award criteria and, if necessary, recommend changes in criteria or the jury’s charge
    • Increase awareness of the award and the number of applicants by spreading the word about the call for nominations
  • For the jury chair:
    • Communicate meeting plans with the members of the jury
    • Lead virtual deliberation meetings
    • Vote on a winner in case of a tie among jury members
    • Contact the award’s winner(s) and confirm their acceptance of award
    • Complete jury selection form and send same to jury’s staff liaison

Expected time commitment:

  • Review award applications and supporting materials (1–3 hours/year)
  • Attend virtual deliberation meetings (2–3 hours/year)
  • Respond to emails (1–2 hours/year)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Experience working as a member of a virtual team
  • Ability to critically analyze award submissions and eligibility criteria
  • Strong communication skills


Meghan A. Sullivan
(Member, July 1, 2019, to September 4, 2020)
Danielle Thornton
(Member, July 1, 2019, to September 4, 2020)
Ms. Kathi Woodward
(Member, July 1, 2019, to September 4, 2020)
Megan C. Stewart
(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)

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Consists of seven (7) appointees, including a chair, with staggered two-year terms.


Created by the PLA Board of Directors at its spring 2017 meeting.

Staff Liaison

Megan Stewart

Program Coordinator


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