Nominate your favorite librarian!

Information on nine awards/grants for public service librarians:

Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate your colleague or library through Dec. 2, 2013.

The awards include:

  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library;
  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities;
  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community;
  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC;
  • Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services;
  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming;
  • Upstart Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.

The PLA Award Nomination Form is open from now until Dec. 2, 2013. An award jury appointed by the PLA President will review each nomination. Winners will be announced in February 2014, and awards will be presented at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For more information, contact the PLA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA or by email

You have plenty of time to nominate your favorite librarian.

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