Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its 17th annual Paralibrarian of the Year award in its March 1, 2017, issue. The award, sponsored by DEMCO, comes with a $1,500 cash prize and a reception to honor the winner at the American Library Association conference in June, the award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service. It places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of paralibrarians in the library profession.
The criteria for LJ‘s Paralibrarian of the Year are excellence in performing their job, including contribution(s) enabling the library to best serve its constituents and/or its community (whether town, college/university, school, or corporation), the encouragement of reading and the use of the library’s resources, a commitment to free access to information for all, and the candidate’s work to build networks, organizations, and/or groups to back excellence in library work and new career paths for support staff, and improved communication and the breaking down of barriers between support staff and the MLS librarians with whom they work. Nominating letters should name the candidate and describe in 500 words or less why the nominee deserves the award. Supporting letters and accompanying material will be considered, but the nominating letter itself will be of prime importance.
NOMINATION POSTMARK OR EMAIL DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2017
As much as possible, please send submissions in an electronic format such as a Word document or a PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or mail nominations to:
The LJ Paralibrarian of the Year Award
123 William St., Suite 802
New York, NY 10038
If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact Rebecca Miller at email@example.com.