May 26, 2018

LJ / ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination Guidelines

The LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield, recognizes excellence in educating the next generation of library and information professionals. This annual award merges the two teaching awards previously presented by ALISE and LJ, and honors the winning LIS educator with a complimentary annual ALISE membership and registration to the ALISE annual conference, a celebration at the ALISE annual conference, an article in LJ in the November 15 issue, and a $3,000 prize.


The award winner is expected to participate in an ALISE presentation, a webinar, and service on the following year’s Award Committee. The winner will be asked to present on cutting edge issues in library education at the ALISE conference as part of the award.


  • Illustrates student-centered thinking in all aspects of teaching
  • Contributions to curriculum design which demonstrate subject expertise and the ability to integrate new developments in library and information science
  • Has track record as a career builder: is a mentor and recognizes relationship to students can be career-long
  • Communicates the core principles of the library and information profession, such as intellectual freedom, privacy, and a belief in the value of libraries and information work
  • Effectively integrates theory, practice, research, and innovative teaching methods, infusing teaching with real-life library and information practice
  • Is forward thinking: keeps up with cutting-edge issues in the profession and in teaching, including those dealing with technology and its uses in the library field


Anyone who has taught a course at an ALISE-member program or at an ALA-accredited master’s program since Fall 2015, as full-time faculty or as an adjunct, is eligible.

Who can nominate

Current students or recent graduates and faculty members are encouraged to nominate candidates. Students must have taken a class from the nominee within the past two years.

What to submit

Candidates will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the nominating letter (no more than two pages in length or email equivalent), and nominators are welcome to submit letters of support and supplementary material (examples of coursework, CV, etc.) for the judges to consider.


As much as possible, please send submissions in an electronic format such as a Word document or a PDF via email to

Or mail nominations to:

The LJ/ALISE Teacher of the Year Award
Library Journal
123 William St., Suite 802
New York, NY 10038

A note about the judging process:

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of five judges made up of two members appointed by Library Journal, a representative from Rowman & Littlefield, and two members appointed by the Executive Committee of the ALISE Board.