The Profession's Shining Stars: ALA Award Winners, 2004

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The American Library Association annually honors its own "Academy Award-winning" stars--those women and men in the library profession who have gone beyond what was expected. They have been recognized by their peers as shining examples of a rare category of achievers through the Association's divisions, offices, and round tables, which bestow more than 250 awards, scholarships, and grants. Jury panels work throughout the year wading through hundreds of applications in order to make the hard choices of selecting the honorees.

American Libraries salutes all of the 2004 award recipients, the donors for making the prizes available, and the committee members for contributing their time and expertise.

This annual roundup contains information on award recipients, lists brief descriptions of each award, and announces new awards. Awards were presented at ceremonies at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.


Honorary Member

Sanford Berman was awarded ALA's highest honor "for his accomplishments as a cataloging theorist and practitioner and for his commitment to making catalog records accessible to library users. Using subject headings as a tool for social awareness, Berman has had a profound influence on the way librarians think and work."

Throughout his career, Berman has sought ways to bring the message of social responsibility to the forefront of thinking about libraries. A proponent of alternative literature in libraries, he coedited Alternative Library Literature: A Biennial Anthology for 20 years. Berman is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Joy of Cataloging: Essays, Letters, Reviews, and Other Explosions (Oryx, 1981), Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People (Scarecrow, 1971 and 1993), and Worth Noting: Editorials, Letters, Essays, an Interview, and Bibliography (McFarland, 1988).

After receiving his MLS from Catholic University, Berman worked as a librarian in the U.S. Army Special Services Libraries in West Germany for four years and as an assistant librarian at the University of Zambia and Makerere University in Uganda.

In 1999, Berman retired as head cataloger at Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, where he had served since 1973. He advocated the reform or creation of hundreds of Library of Congress subject headings, promoted more extensive note-making as a general practice, rendered data more comprehensible by eliminating bewildering punctuation and abbreviations, and encouraged full and equitable cataloging for all formats and genres.


He has been a member of ALA's Social Responsibilities Round Table since 1973, and has served as SRRT's newsletter editor and founded the SRRT Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force in 1990. Berman is currently a contributing editor/advisor for Counterpoise, Journal of Information Ethics, The Unabashed Librarian, and MultiCultural Review.

Berman was named Minnesota Librarian of the Year in 1977 and received the Honeywell Project Anniversary Award for Peace and Justice in 1988. He also garnered many national library honors, including the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification (1981), the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award (1996), the ALA Equality Award (1989) recognizing contributions for promoting equality in the library profession, and the Gale/Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Multicultural Award (2000). He received the initial Sanford Berman Award for Social Responsibility in Library Services in 1999, which was named in his honor by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Locals 2822 and 2864 representing nonsupervisory and support librarians as well as support staff at Hennepin County Library.


Honorary Member

Norman Horrocks, professor emeritus at the School of Library and Information Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, editorial consultant for Scarecrow Press, and Library Journal contributing editor, received ALA's highest honor "for his long and distinguished career in librarianship that spans several countries and six decades; his contributions as a library educator, parliamentarian, writer, and publisher; and his influence as a mentor to generations of librarians."

Horrocks began his career in 1943 at the Manchester Public Libraries in England before serving in the British Army's Intelligence Corps from 1945 to 1948. After two years of study at the Manchester School of Librarianship, he was elected a Fellow of the Library Association in the United Kingdom. In 1954 he became British Council Librarian in Cyprus. After the library in Nicosia was burned down during a demonstration for island independence, he headed to Perth, Western Australia, and worked in the state library, obtained his bachelor's degree in constitutional history, was elected an associate of the Library Association of Australia (now the Australian Library and Information Association), and taught part-time.

In 1963 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained his MLS and doctorate. Horrocks joined Dalhousie University in 1971, where he became director of the School of Library and Information Studies and dean of the Faculty of Management. In 1986 he became editorial vice president of Scarecrow Press--a position he held until his return to Halifax in 1995.

Horrocks is chair of both the ALA and the ALA-Allied Professional Association's Constitution and By-laws committees. He served as a member of ALA's governing Council for 21 years, as an Executive Board member from 1977 to 1981, and has held numerous committee assignments. Horrocks has also held office in the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Canadian Library Association, the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, the Nova Scotia Library Association, and the Halifax Library Association. He has served as president (1985-86) of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and of the Beta Phi Mu international library honor society (1990-91).

Horrocks was the recipient of ALA's Joseph W. Lippincott Award in 1995 for distinguished service to the field of librarianship and the John Ames Humphry-OCLC-Forest Press Award (2001) for significant contributions to international librarianship. He has also received the Canadian Library Association's Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award, and Honorary Fellowship from Britain's Library Association (now the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). In 2003, the Nova Scotia Library Association established the Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership.


Beta Phi Mu Award of $500 for distinguished service to education in librarianship.


Donor: Beta Phi Mu International Library Honor Society.

Professor and associate dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Linda C. Smith is the primary faculty member responsible for administering Leep, the library school's long-distance education program. Under her guidance, Leep has become one of the premier distance education programs.

According to award committee chair Eric W. Johnson, Smith has "made differences in students' lives and is known as a 'mesmerizing' and approachable teacher. It was felt that she was that rare type of person for whom this award was designed--a unique individual who balanced instruction, research, and professional activity with a caring and supportive attitude toward her students."

Smith has a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, an MLS from UIUC, a master's of science in information and computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and a doctorate in information transfer from Syracuse (N.Y.) University. She has taught as a visiting professor at Linkoping University in Sweden and served as a visiting Fellow at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

She is a noted author who has published many journal articles, books, and chapters in books. Smith received ALA's Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Isadore Gilbert Mudge-R. R. Bowker Award (2000), the UIUC Graduate College Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate Students (1998), and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Teaching Excellence (1999).

Smith is a member of ALA's RUSA and Library Research Round Table, ALISE, and the Medical Library Association.


W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award of $5,000 to the author of a military novel that honors the service of American veterans during a time of war. For his novel Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy (William Morrow, 2003).


Donor: William Boyd.

James L. Nelson's Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy is the story of U.S. Navy officer Samuel Bowater, who is forced by his honor to declare allegiance to his native South Carolina after the attack on Fort Sumter. Although brave and resourceful, Bowater is hampered by an aging ship and unpredictable crew--a ragtag collection of sailors and landlubbers who fight desperate battles for the Confederacy.

Award committee chair Robert Schnare said Nelson's work is "a very realistic account of the early years of the Confederate Navy. The book has action, great battle scenes, and colorful characters, who during the story showed a sense of duty, courage, and valor in spite of overwhelming odds against them."

Nelson has served as a professional sailor and is the author of the five-book Revolution at Sea Saga series. His latest book, Reign of Iron, the Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack (William Morrow, 2004), is his first work of nonfiction.


Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award of $3,000 to recognize a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.


Donor: Marshall Cavendish.

Hennepin County Library is recognized for its inmate reading program "Read to Me Daddy, Read to Me Mommy." The collaborative effort with the Hennepin County Adult Correction Center taught inmates the importance of reading to their children through a 10-month series. Male and female inmates participated in three or four 60-minute classes that focused on the importance of reading with young children and received a certificate of accomplishment upon course completion.

The library provided children's books for use in the jail's lobby for children to share with their parents during visits. Inmates were also able to record tapes of them reading children's books as gifts for their children.

"The extraordinary quality of the many applications we received for this award reaffirmed for the committee the outstanding work being done by libraries across the country in service to their communities," said award committee chair Ann Symons. "Though the decision was difficult, Hennepin County Library's 'Read to Me Daddy, Read to Me Mommy' stood out for the significant difference it is making in the lives of families often overlooked by our society."

Accepting the award was Gretchen Wronka (above), Hennepin County's youth services and outreach coordinator.


Melvil Dewey Medal for creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging, and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.


Sponsor: OCLC/Forest Press.

Sally H. McCallum, chief of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress, was selected "for her nearly three decades of leadership and professional accomplishments benefiting libraries throughout the world," according to award committee chair Winston Tabb. "Sally McCallum has devoted her career to the continual development of library standards that have resulted in significant, ongoing improvements to global bibliographic control and access to information."

She was also recognized for her work with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and for "playing a major role in the recent changes that are making the federation a more open and inclusive organization."

The author of numerous publications, articles, and book chapters, McCallum is a frequent conference speaker in the United States and abroad. She has received several awards, including the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services' Esther J. Piercy Award (1981) and the Library and Information Technology Association/Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology (2002).

Smith has an MLS from the University of Chicago.


Equality Award of $500 for outstanding contribution that promotes equality in the library profession.


Donor: Scarecrow Press.

A school library media specialist at Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt High School, Janet B. Wojnaroski is recognized for her library-based efforts to promote African-American cultural awareness and cultural preservation in her community.

According to award committee chair Ellen Crosby, Wojnaroski received the award "because of her commitment to building connections between schools, institutions, and the general community. Her work has fostered awareness of African-American history and culture, has brought the generations together in a shared endeavor, and has preserved the history of Kent, Ohio, and its people."

Wojnaroski received a bachelor's degree from Hiram (Ohio) College and an MLS from Kent (Ohio) State University.


Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award of $1,000 to a librarian who invests time and talent to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship.


Donor: Futas Memorial Fund.

John E. Buschman, department chair and collection development librarian at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, was nominated for the award by Kathleen de la Pena McCook, professor at the University of Southern Florida in Tampa, who noted that "he has invested thousands of hours in time and talent to examine the philosophical and ethical foundations of librarianship. He has worked in a sustained fashion for change in the American Library Association and he has inspired a generation of librarians to ask hard questions about the ethics of our professional practice."

"John has left his indelible mark on the profession through a lifetime of scholarship, writing, and public speaking," noted Lincoln Cushing, electronic outreach librarian at the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California at Berkeley.

Cushing said Buschman has "consistently and rigorously pursued numerous facets of the library community. Intellectual freedom, digital divide, self-censorship, and collective amnesia have all been the targets of John's difficult questions."


Grolier Foundation Award of $1,000 for unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifying outstanding achievement in the profession.


Donor: Grolier Publishing.

Harley Hamilton, media/technology specialist at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkston, Georgia, is recognized for his contribution to reading efforts of deaf individuals through the production and dissemination of MySignLink, the Internet-based text-to-sign-language tool. The process allows Internet users to select a word or phrase from any Web page by typing text into a prompt box, causing an American Sign Language sign, definition, or picture for the selection to appear.

"Dr. Hamilton is particularly worthy of receiving this award given for unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading," said award committee chair Lydia M. Acosta. She singled out "his extensive work in the field of communication" and the fact that MySignLink has been "recognized and praised by educational accrediting committees as a highly innovative teaching tool."

He has worked at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf since 1977, serving as teacher, communications specialist, and coordinator of the communications unit before assuming his present position. Hamilton, the 50th recipient of the Grolier Award, has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville (Fla.) University, a master's in education in deaf education from the University of Arizona at Tucson, a doctorate in educational psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and an educational specialist degree from the University of Georgia in Athens.


Ken Haycock Award of $1,000 honoring an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, or writing.


Donor: Ken Haycock.

"Pat has a long emphasis on helping libraries and librarians to be both valued and visible," said award committee chair Connie S. Paul.

An associate with Ken Haycock and Associates, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle, Patricia M. Cavill has more than 30 years of experience as a public library consultant and senior manager in both urban and rural Saskatchewan and Alberta. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant in 1994, she was deputy director of the Calgary (Alberta) Public Library.

"Her mentoring of new library professionals in the promoting of librarianship is one of the hallmarks of her career," said Wendy Newman, past president of the Canadian Library Association (CLA). "Through her contributions to the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute [a national institute for librarians with less than 10 years of professional experience], Pat enabled new librarians to see the power of communications, marketing, and advocacy. Moreover, she has stayed in touch with them, always ready to provide practical advice and a leg up."

Cavill, who resides in Calgary, Alberta, is a published author and an active member of ALA, CLA, the Library Association of Alberta, and the Saskatchewan Library Association. She has received numerous honors including the 2003 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to the library community.


Joseph W. Lippincott Award of $1,000 for outstanding participation in professional library activities, notable published professional writing, or other significant activities on behalf of the profession.

Donor: Joseph W. Lippincott III.


Executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information in Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor at the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California at Berkeley, Clifford A. Lynch also serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress.

According to award committee chair Charles Kratz, "Lynch is known for his energy, enthusiasm, and the creativity he has demonstrated in his work, presentations, research, and publications in information technology and networked information."

He is the author of several publications, articles, and book chapters, as well as having given numerous talks, presentations, and interviews.


ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award of $1,500 to a library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, application of, or development of patron-training programs about information technology in a library setting. For its project, Border Health Information and Education Network (!BIEN!).


Donor: Information Today, Inc.

Border Health Information and Education Network (!BIEN!) is a consortium of 21 public and academic libraries and health organizations in Dona Ana, Luna, and Otero counties in southern New Mexico; El Paso County, Texas; and Las Palomas, Mexico. The program's primary mission is to create opportunities to improve the health behaviors of U.S./Mexico border-region residents by providing online and traditional health-related information resources in Spanish and English to consumers, health professionals, and educators. Training is also provided in the use of health information technology and resources.

The project "gives new meaning to the term multi-type consortium," said award committee chair David R. Dowell. "Not only does it include public and academic libraries, but also hospitals and health organizations."

Accepting the award was Norice Lee (above), head of NMSU Library's Access Services Department.


Schneider Family Book Awards of three $5,000 awards to honor authors or illustrators for books that embody artistic expressions of the disability experience of children and adolescent audiences. For their novels Looking Out for Sarah (Charlesbridge, 2001), A Mango-Shaped Space (Little, Brown, 2003), and Things Not Seen (Philomel, 2002).


Donor: Katherine Schneider.

Glenna Lang, author and illustrator of Looking Out for Sarah, won in the birth through grade school category (ages 0-10) for her story about the special bond between Perry, a black Labrador retriever guide dog, and Sarah, a musician who happens to be blind.


Her past work includes illustrations for the works of such poets as Robert Frost, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Whitcomb Riley, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Lang teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wendy Mass's A Mango-Shaped Space is the middle-school category (ages 11-13) winner. Her book tells the story of 13-year-old Mia, who comes to terms with a rare neurological condition called synesthesia, and provides an introspective look inside the world of one who perceives letters, numbers, and sounds as colors.

The author of several nonfiction books and short stories, Mass is the cofounder of Writes of Passage, a literary magazine for teenagers.


The teen category (ages 13-18) winner is Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, which tells the story of two teens--Bobby, who wakes up one morning invisible, and Alicia, who has experienced a loss of vision following a head injury--and the emotional turmoil the pair face during adolescence.

Clements, a teacher and editor, writes the text for picture books, early readers, and novels for middle graders. His books have won several awards, including the 2000 Young Hoosier Book Award, and awards from Georgia and Rhode Island.


SIRSI's Leadership in Library Technology Grant of $10,000 for projects that make creative or groundbreaking use of technology to deliver services to the library's community. For "E-Books Open Up the World of Print to Visually-Impaired Readers."


Donor: SIRSI Corp.

The goal of the group project is to create a rich collection of multiformat e-books that have been optimized for use by print-impaired library patrons, including the blind, visually impaired, physically challenged, and dyslexic. All technologies supporting accessible digital content will be included in the project, including software, systems, and hardware playback devices. Digital talking books in various file formats, including recorded audio and text-to-text technologies, will be included in the creation and use of the collection. The project will also contain a digital-rights management and circulation system developed by OverDrive.

The award jury saluted Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center for "the promise of its initiative, the quality of its proposal, and the soundness of its project," said award committee chair Alan Kirk Gray.

Accepting the award were (above, from left) Tom Peters, Claudia Weissman, and Lori Bell.


Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children to 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.

Donor: Peggy Sullivan.

Deputy state librarian of Georgia Public Library Services, David W. Singleton "is a champion of children's literature who goes above and beyond his role as a public library administrator to be a strong and vocal advocate for children's services and children's services personnel," said award committee chair Victor Lynn Schill. "He has exhibited an unwavering commitment to ensuring financial support for services to children and to professional training for those who serve them. He brings a personal touch to his role as an administrator by wearing a costume and performing at annual children's services conferences. Through his leadership and guidance, he contributes to keeping children's services a priority for library services in Georgia."


Singleton has a bachelor's degree in English and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Thomson Gale Financial Development Award of $2,500 for meritorious achievement by a library organization in carrying out a library financial-development project to secure new finding resources for public or academic libraries.

Sponsor: The Gale Group The Worth County School Library, located in the smallest county in Missouri, faced the challenges of remaining viable and competing with urban areas. The library raised $259,692 to help develop the Worth County Partnership Library, which consists of a joint library facility containing the R-III School District Library and the public library.


The venture combines facilities, personnel, and monetary and other resources. It also provides all of the citizens of the county with print and electronic resources, as well as distance-learning capabilities.

"The Worth County Partnership Library project was most notable for its focus on developing partnerships and overall effort of fostering community collaboration," said award committee chair Robert Newlen.

Accepting the award was Worth County's Library Media Specialist Janice Borey (above).


H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Award of $3,500 to a library organization for a program to further its staff-development goals and objectives. For "Support for Organizational-Level Development."

Donor: H. W. Wilson.

"Support for Organizational-Level Development" is a three-part development workshop that will focus on time management, conflict resolution, and giving and receiving feedback. The sessions will target the specific needs of the library, such as skill development essential to maintaining an effective staff and an efficient user environment. Upon completion of the training sessions, library faculty and staff will be evaluated to measure the training's effectiveness and the results will be shared with peer institutions.


The library's program "had a well-reasoned and methodical approach to identifying and meeting organization-wide professional development needs that resonated with the jury," said award committee chair Maria G. Pisa. "This team-based organization is proactively seeking solutions that will position them to maintain flexibility, creativity, and innovation in their changing environment. As a learning organization, the planned workshops in targeted areas and ongoing evaluations will enable the library to continue to enhance the educational experience for faculty and students."

Accepting the award was Loyola's Dean of Libraries Mary Lee Sweat (above).

2005 Award Opportunity

* Paul Howard Award for Courage, a biannual award, of $1,000 for exhibiting unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services. Donor: Paul Howard Memorial Fund. Not awarded in 2004.

The 2005 deadline for each of the aforementioned awards is December 1, 2004.

New ALA Awards for 2005

* ABC-CLIO Online History Award of $3,000 to recognize a person or group of people who produce a freely available online historical collection or collections, an online tool or tools tailored for the purpose of finding historical materials, or an online teaching aid or aids that stimulate creative historical scholarship. Donor: ABC-CLIO. Sponsor: Reference and User Services Association. Deadline: December 15.

* Eileen Cooke State and Local James Madison Award to be presented on Freedom of Information Day to recognize state or local individuals, groups, or other entities that have championed access to government information and the public's right to know. Administered by: Office of Government Relations. Deadline: January 10, 2005.

* L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award to recognize the contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the constitutional purpose of the U.S. Copyright Law, fair use, and the public domain. Sponsor: Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee. Deadline: December 3.

Other ALA Grants

* Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant of up to $3,000 for innovative research that could lead to an improvement in library services to any specified group of people: Amanda Spink, University of Pittsburgh, for "Multitasking Information Behavior by Public Library Users."

Donor: Eric R. Baber. Deadline: December 10.

* Loleta D. Fyan Grant of $10,000 to a library, library school, association, unit or chapter of ALA, or an individual for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide: Orange County (Fla.) Library System for "Wi-Fi Technology Promotes Customer Service." Donor: Fyan Estate. Deadline: December 10.

* World Book-ALA Goal Grant of $10,000 to ALA units for the advancement of public, academic, or school library service and librarianship through support of programs that implement the goals and priorities of ALA: Carol Brey-Casiano Presidential Committee, Association for Library Trustees and Advocates, Chapter Relations Office, Public Information Office, and Washington Office for "Advocacy Institutes." Donor: Scott Fetzer Foundation, World Book. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

Committee Awards

International Relations Committee

* Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund to ALA members to attend their first international conference: Steve Shadle, serials cataloger, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle. Donor: Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. Deadline: January 1, 2005.

* John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award of $1,000 to an individual for significant contributions to international librarianship: Nasser Sharify, retired dean and professor emeritus, School of Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute, New York City. Donor: OCLC/Forest Press. Deadline: December 1.

Division Awards

Interdivision Award

* Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award of $2,000 to recognize outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, or development and research: Jerome Yavarkovsky, university librarian, Boston College. Sponsors: ACRL, ALCTS, LAMA, and LITA. Deadline: December 3.

American Association of School Librarians

(2005 award deadline February 1, 2005, unless otherwise noted)

* AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award of $2,500 to school library media specialists and teachers for meeting goals outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning using media center resources: Margaret Lincoln, library media specialist, Lakeview High School, Battle Creek, Michigan. Donor: Sagebrush Corporation.

* AASL/Highsmith Research Grant of up to $5,000 to AASL personal members to conduct innovative research aimed at measuring and evaluating the impact of school library media programs on learning and education: Robyn Young, library media specialist, Avon (Ind.) High School, and Kathy Latrobe and Rhonda Taylor, faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Science, Norman. Donor: Highsmith.

* AASL Distinguished Service Award of $3,000 to an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development: M. Ellen Jay, Silver Spring, Maryland. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

* AASL Frances Henne Award of $1,250 to a school library media specialist with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators, to attend an AASL national conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time: Cynthia Welsh, Jersey Shore (Pa.) Middle School. Donor: Green wood Publishing Group.

* AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award of $1,000 to a school library media specialist and $500 to the library in two categories--elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12)--for demonstrating vision and leader-ship through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners: Rebecca Perkins, media specialist, Belle Plaine (Minn.) High School. No elementary school recipient for 2004. Donor: Follett Software Company.

* AASL Intellectual Freedom Award of $2,000 to the recipient and $1,000 to the media center of the recipient's choice for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and ALA: No award recipient for 2004. Donor: ProQuest.

* AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year awards of $10,000 each in two school districts and a single school for exemplary school library media programs that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and exemplify implementation of Information Power: Northside Independent School District, San Antonio (Large District); Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School, Boston, Massachusetts (Single School); and Lois Lenski Elementary School, Littleton, Colorado (Single School). Donor: Follett Library Resources. Deadline: January 3, 2005.

* AASL School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship of $3,000 to a full-time student preparing to become a school library media specialist at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level. The recipient must pursue graduate level education in an ALA-accredited library school program or in a school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education: Deborah Goetjen, Branchburg, New Jersey. Donor: Jay W. Toor, president, Library Learning Resources. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant of up to $1,750 to school library media affiliate organizations for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local level: Colorado Association of School Librarians. Donor: ABC-CLIO Schools.

* Distinguished School Administrators Award of $2,000 to a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library media center and to advancing the role of the school library media center in the educational program: William Harner, principal, Greenville County (S.C.) School District. Donor: ProQuest.

Association of College and Research Libraries

(2005 award deadline December 3, 2004, unless otherwise noted)

* Academic or Research Librarian of the Year Award of $3,000 to honor an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession: Tom Kirk, library director and coordinator of information services, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. Sponsor: YBP Library Services.

* Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship of $1,500 to assist doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research: Judy Jeng, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Sponsor: Thomson Scientific.

* Excellence in Academic Libraries Award of $3,000 each to a college, community college, and university library for outstanding efforts in furthering the educational missions of their institutions: Richland College, Dallas (Community College); Hope College, Holland, Michigan (College); University of Washington, Seattle (University). Sponsor: Blackwell's Book Services.

* Samuel Lazerow Fellowship of $1,000 for travel and writing in the fields of acquisition or technical services: Karen M. Letarte, assistant head of cataloging and head of database development, and Jacqueline P. Samples, metadata librarian, both of North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Sponsor: Thomson Scientific.

* Community and Junior College Libraries Section Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement Awards of $500 each to recognize outstanding achievement in library programs or leadership: Carolyn Norman, former coordinator, library and learning resource programs, Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges, Sacramento; and Janice Peyton, director, Montgomery College Library, and Lonna Beers, reference librarian, University Center Library, both of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, Houston. Sponsor: EBSCO Information Services.

* Distance Learning Section Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award of $1,200 to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education: Susan S. Lowe, assistant dean, off-campus library services, University of Maine, Bangor. Sponsor: Haworth Press.

* Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award of $1,000 to honor outstanding contributions to education and behavioral sciences librarianship through accomplishments and service to the profession: Laurene E. Zaporozhetz, dean, university libraries, Murray (Ky.) State University. Sponsor: John Wiley and Sons.

* Instruction Section Innovation in Instruction Award of $3,000 to librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy within the context of national awards at their respective institutions or in their communities. Sponsor: LexisNexis. Not awarded in 2004.

* Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award of $1,000 to recognize an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment: William Miller, director of libraries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Sponsor: Elsevier Science.

* Instruction Section Publication of the Year Award citation to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the last two years: Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice (Information Literacy Sourcebooks, 2001) by Esther Stampfer Grassian, information literacy outreach coordinator at University of California at Los Angeles College Library and Joan Kaplowitz, assistant head, reference department, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; and "A Discipline-Based Approach to Information Literacy" (Journal of Academic Librarianship, July 2002) by Ann J. Grafstein, coordinator of library instruction, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

* Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/Congressional Quarterly Award of $1,000 to recognize a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science: Lucia Snowhill, collections coordinator, University of California at Santa Barbara. Sponsor: CQ Press.

* Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Awards citations to recognize outstanding catalogs published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions: Division One (expensive): Elizabeth I: Then and Now, Georgianna Ziegler, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.; Division Two (moderately expensive): First Impressions: The Fledgling Years of the Black Sparrow Press 1966-1970, Michael O'Driscoll, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta Libraries, Edmonton, Canada; Division Three (inexpensive): The Auroral Light: Photographs by Women from Grolier Club Member Collections, Anne H. Hoy and Kimball Higgs, Grolier Club of New York; Division Four (brochures): Robert Motherwell: A la pintura (To Painting), Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Division Five (electronic exhibition): The California Grizzly at the Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. Sponsor: Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Endowment. Deadline: September 30.

* Science and Technology Section Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science in odd-numbered years. Sponsor: Eunice Rockwood Oberly Memorial Fund. Not awarded in 2004.

* Western European Studies Section Coutts Nijhoff West European Specialist Study Grant of 4,500 euros to support research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship, or the book trade: Helene S. Baumann, librarian for African and Western European studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Sponsor: Coutts Nijhoff International.

* Women's Studies Section Awards for Achievement of $1,000 for each of two awards recognizing the career and significant achievements in the area of women's studies librarianship: Phyllis Holman Weisbard, women's studies librarian, University of Wisconsin at Madison; and Donna Roe, senior librarian and head of cataloging and database management, University of Detroit Mercy. Sponsors: Greenwood Publishing Group and Routledge.

Association for Library Collections and Technical Services

(2005 award deadline December 1, 2004)

* Best of Library Resources and Technical Services Award of $250 to the author of the best paper published in LRTS: "Proliferating Guidelines: A History and Analysis of the Cataloging of Electronic Resources" (October 2003) by Amy Weiss, coordinator of cataloging, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

* Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award of $1,500 for contribution of a professional preservation specialist active in the field of preservation and/or conservation of library and/or archival materials: Jan Merrill-Oldham, Malloy-Rabinowitz preservation librarian, Harvard University Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Donor: Preservation Technologies.

* Blackwell's Scholarship Award of $2,000 donated to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the author's choice for an outstanding monograph, article, or original paper: Katharine Treptow Farrell, head, order division, and assistant university librarian for technical services, Princeton University (N.J.) Library; and Marc Truitt, assistant dean for systems, University of Houston, for "The Case for Standards in the Integrated Library System" (LRTS, 2003). Donor: Blackwell's.

* Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award of $1,500 for leadership in serials-related activities: Pamela Bluh, associate director, technical services and administration, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore. Donor: R. R. Bowker.

* First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant of $1,500 to attend an ALA Annual Conference and participate in Serials Section activities: Vickie Melicher, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. Donor: John Wiley and Sons.

* Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award of $1,500 for outstanding leadership in the field of acquisitions librarianship: Kent Mulliner, collection development coordinator and assistant to the dean of University Libraries at Ohio University, Athens. Donor: Harrassowitz.

* Margaret Mann Citation and $2,000 donated to the library school of the winner's choice for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification: Barbara Tillett, chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Donor: OCLC.

* Esther J. Piercy Award of $1,500 to recognize contributions to library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience: Not awarded in 2004.

Association for Library Service to Children

* May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture awarded to an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature of any country who prepares a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature: Richard Jackson, editorial director, Richard Jackson Books/Simon and Schuster. Deadline: May 1, 2005.

* Mildred L. Batchelder Award to the publisher of the most outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin for Run, Boy, Run, by Uri Orlev. Honor Award: Chronicle Books for The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert. Deadline: December 31.

* ALSC Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship of $4,000 for study at the Baldwin Library, University of Florida, Gainesville: Jean Hatfield, youth and outreach services manager, Johson County (Kans.) Library, and Joyce Laiosa, head of youth services, Voorheesville (N.Y.) Public Library. Deadline: December 1.

* Pura Belpre Award for the Latino/Latina author and illustrator of a work that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth: Julia Alvarez, author of Before We Were Free (Alfred A. Knopf); and Yuyi Morales, author and illustrator of Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Chronicle). Honor Awards: (Author) Nancy Osa for Cuba 15 (Delacorte), and Amada Irma Perez for My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (Children's Book Press). (Illustrator) Robert Casilla for First Day in Grapes, by L. King Perez (Lee and Low); David Diaz for The Pot That Juan Built, by Nancy Andrews-Goebel (Lee and Low); and Yuyi Morales for Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull (Harcourt). Sponsors: ALSC and Reforma. Deadline: December 31.

* ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant of $3,000 for an outstanding summer reading program: Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library and Information Center. Donor: BWI. Deadline: December 1.

* Bound to Stay Bound Scholarship of $6,500 each toward an MLS or beyond in the field of library service to children at an ALA-accredited program: Anita Coley, Brooklyn, New York; Corinne Hatcher, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Jeanette Moore of Elko, Nevada; and Virginia Rassaei, El Paso, Texas. Donor: Bound to Stay Bound Books. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Randolph Caldecott Medal to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children: Mordicai Gerstein for The Man Who Walked between the Towers (Roaring Brook). Honor Awards: Margaret Chodos-Irvine for Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (Harcourt); Steve Jenkins, illustrator and coauthor of What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (Houghton Mifflin) also authored by Robin Page, and Mo Willems for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Hyperion). Deadline: December 31.

* Andrew Carnegie Medal to the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released in the preceding year; Paul Gagne and Melissa Reilly, Weston Woods Studios, for Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Deadline: December 31.

* ALSC Distinguished Service Award of $1,000 to an ALSC member who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and ALSC, as well as a sustained contribution over time to the understanding or expansion of library services to children: Virginia Walter, professor and chair, Department of Information Studies, University of California at Los Angeles. Deadline: December 1.

* Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship of $6,000 each for graduate work to students entering the field of library service to children in an ALA-accredited program: Lauren Anduri, Lafayette, California, and Carolann MacMaster, Ludlow, Massachusetts. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* John Newbery Medal to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children: Kate DiCamillo for The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread (Candlewick Press), illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Honor Awards: Kevin Henkes for Olive's Ocean (Greenwillow), and Jim Murphy for An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Clarion). Deadline: December 31.

* Penguin Young Readers Group Awards of $600 each toward ALA Annual Conference attendance: Kathy Clair, Shepherd Middle School, Ottawa, Illinois; Kimberly DeStefano, John J. Daly Elementary School, Port Washington, New York; Nicole Sparling, West Babylon (N.Y.) Public Library; and Terry W. Warner, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Public Library. Donor: Penguin Young Readers Group. Deadline: December 1.

* ALSC/Sagebrush Education Resources Literature Program Award of $1,000 toward ALA Annual Conference attendance for the development of an outstanding reading or literature program for children: Nancy J. Keane, library media specialist, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire, for the "Kids' Book Beat" cable TV program. Donor: Sagebrush Corporation. Deadline: December 1.

* Robert F. Sibert Medal to the author of the most distinguished informational book for children published in the preceding year: Jim Murphy for An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Clarion). Honor Award: Vicki Cobb for I Face the Wind (HarperCollins), illustrated by Julia Gorton. Sponsor: Bound to Stay Bound Books. Deadline: December 31.

* Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Not awarded in 2004. Deadline: December 31.

Association for Library Trustees and Advocates

(2005 award deadline December 1, 2004)

* ALA Trustee Citation Award for best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards: Alma Dennis (left), Birmingham, Alabama.


* ALTA/GALE Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant of $750 each to two public library trustees to attend an ALA Annual Conference for the first time: Karen Dyer, Alameda County (Calif.) Library, and Joel Hondorp, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, Michigan. Donor: Gale Research.

* ALTA Literacy Award to a library trustee or volunteer who has made some significant contribution to addressing the literacy problem in the United States, particularly as it relates to the role of the public library: William H. Wilson of Lexington, Kentucky.

* ALTA Major Benefactors Award presented to individuals, families, or corporate bodies for major benefactions to public libraries: John and Peter Clements, Carson, Virginia, and Bank of Southside Virginia, Carson.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

(2005 award deadline December 15, 2004, unless otherwise noted)

* Exceptional Service Award to recognize exceptional service to patients; the homebound; medical, nursing, and other professional staff in hospitals; and to inmates, as well as effective programming, pioneering activity, or significant research to special populations: Miami-Dade (Fla.) Public Library System.

* Francis Joseph Campbell Award to recognize outstanding contribution to the advancement of library service for people who are blind and have physical disabilities: Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library, Toronto.

* Leadership Achievement Award to recognize leadership and achievement in the areas of consulting, multi-type library cooperation, and state library development: Valerie Wilford, consultant and former executive director, Alliance Library System, Pekin, Illinois.

* ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award of $1,000 to a library organization to recognize an innovative and well-organized project that successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities: Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, University of Toledo, Ohio. Donor: Keystone Systems.

* Professional Achievement Award to recognize ASCLA members for professional achievement within the areas of consulting, networking, statewide service, and programs: Amy Owen, former Utah state librarian.

* Service Award recognizes an ASCLA personal member for outstanding service and leadership to the division: Sara Laughlin, president, Sara Laughlin and Associates, Bloomington, Indiana.

* Century Scholarship of up to $2,500 annually to a library school student or students with disabilities attending an ALA-accredited library school to fund services or accommodations not provided by law or the university: Jeffrey Thompson, University of California at Los Angeles. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

Library Administration and Management Association

* AIA/ALA Library Buildings Award, awarded biennially, to recognize excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries. Sponsors: LAMA and American Institute of Architects. Not awarded in 2004. Deadline: December 3.

* Diana V. Braddom Fundraising and Financial Development Section Scholarship of $1,000 to attend the ALA Annual Conference: Patricia Linville, director, Seward (Alaska) Community Library, and Margot J. Durbin, popular services coordinator, Cabell County (W.Va.) Public Library. Donor: Diana V. Braddom. Deadline: December 1.

* LAMA Cultural Diversity Grant of $1,000 to support the creation and dissemination of resources that will assist library administrators and managers in developing a vision and commitment to diversity, and in fostering and sustaining diversity throughout their institutions: Jill Keally, University of Tennessee Libraries, Minority Librarian Residency Program, Knoxville. Deadline: December 1.

* John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award to libraries or library organizations of all types for public relations programs or special projects: Halifax Public Libraries, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Orange County (Calif.) Public Library; Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose, California; Pioneer Library System, Norman, Oklahoma; Las Vegas-Clark County (Nev.) Library District; and Barrington (Ill.) Area Library. Donor: H. W. Wilson Company. Deadline: December 10.

* LAMA Leadership Award to honor an individual LAMA member for outstanding contribution to the goals of LAMA: Rodney Henshaw, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Deadline: December 1.

* LAMA President's Award to honor an individual who is not a LAMA member or to an organization that has made significant contributions to the goals of LAMA. Not awarded in 2004. Deadline: December 1.

* LAMA Group Achievement Award to honor LAMA committees or task forces, recognizing outstanding teamwork supporting the goals of LAMA. Not awarded in 2004. Deadline: December 1.

* LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award of $1,000 to attend ALA Annual Conference in honor of the best article on a topic in the area of library administration and management written by a student enrolled in a library and information studies graduate program: Melanie Boyd, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. Donor: YBP Library Services. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

Library and Information Technology Association

* LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award of $5,000 recognizes a librarian or library for demonstrating exemplary entrepreneurship by providing innovative product(s) or service(s) designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology: Susan McGlamery, Metropolitan Cooperative Library System, Pasadena, California. Donor: Thomson Gale Group. Deadline: December 31.

* LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award of $1,000 for the best unpublished manuscript on libraries and information technology written by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program: Judy Jeng, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Donor: Endeavor Information Systems. Deadline: February 28, 2005.

* LITA/Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology of $2,000, including attendance at ALA Annual Conference, for research relevant to the development of information technologies that have a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed: Carl Lagoze, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Donor: OCLC. Deadline: December 31.

* LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Award of $3,000 to a student entering an ALA-accredited master's degree program with an emphasis on library and information technology: Rachel Howard, The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle. Donor: Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* LITA/Library Hi Tech Award of $1,000 to an individual or institution for work that shows outstanding communication for continuing education in library and information technology: Eric Lease Morgan, University of Notre Dame (Ind.) Libraries. Donor: Emerald Press. Deadline: December 31.

* LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology of $2,500 to a principal minority group member for work toward an MLS in an ALA-accredited program with emphasis on library automation: Sandra D'Souza, Florida State University, Tallahassee. Donor: Library Systems and Services. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology of $3,000 to a principal minority group member for work toward an MLS in an ALA-accredited program with emphasis on library automation: Robin Mae White, Indiana University at Bloomington. Donor: OCLC. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* LITA/Sirsi Scholarship Award of $2,500 to a student entering an ALA-accredited master's degree program with an emphasis on library and information technology: Kelly Jean Sattler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Donor: Sirsi. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

Public Library Association

(2005 award deadline December 1, 2004)

* Advancement of Literacy Award to a publisher, bookseller, hardware and/or software dealer, foundation, or similar group for a significant contribution to the advancement of literacy: Elizabeth Fischer, Subrata De (producers) and Tom Brokaw (news anchor) of Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, for "A Loss for Words." Sponsor: Library Journal.

* Allie Beth Martin Award of $3,000 to a public librarian who has extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books/library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge: Jean D. Trebbi, retired executive director, Florida Center for the Book. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

* Baker and Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award of $2,500 in audio music/video products for a proposal that outlines the purpose, benefits, and plan for initiating or expanding a circulating audio music/video collection: Petersburg (Alaska) Public Library. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

* Charlie Robinson Award of $1,000 to a public library director who, over a period of seven years, was a risk-taker, innovator, and/or change agent in a public library: Jane Light, director, San Jose (Calif.) Public Library. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

* Demco Creative Merchandising Grant of $1,000 cash and $2,000 in display furniture or supplies to a public library for creative display and merchandising of materials either in the library or in the community: Clifton (N.J.) Public Library. Donor: Demco.

* EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award of $1,000 to a public library serving 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or special programming: Tecumseh (Okla.) Public Library. Donor: EBSCO Subscription Services.

* Highsmith Library Innovation Award of $2,000 to a public library for achievement in planning and implementing a creative community service program: Maricopa County (Ariz.) Library District. Donor: Highsmith.

* New Leaders Travel Grant of up to $1,500 each, not to exceed $5,000, to PLA members who are new to the profession and who have not attended a major PLA continuing-education event in the last five years: Polly Bonnett, City of Mesa (Ariz.) Library, Dobson Ranch branch; Rebecca Lynn, San Mateo County (Calif.) Library, San Carlos and Brisbane branches; Tracy Lynn Cline, Van Buren (Ark.) Public Library; Kathryn Crouse, Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library; and Christina L. Jones, Fayetteville (Ark.) Public Library.

* Public Libraries Magazine Feature Writing Awards of $500 (first prize) and $300 (second prize) to public library employees who have authored a feature-length article in the preceding year: First prize: Solina Kasten Marquis, Frisco (Texas) Public Library and Second prize: Michael Sullivan, Weeks Public Library, Greenland, New Hampshire.

Reference and User Services Association

(2005 award deadline December 15, 2004)

* BRASS [Business Reference and Services Section] Thomson Financial Student Travel Award of $1,000 to enable a student interested in a career as a business reference librarian and with the potential to be a leader in the profession to attend the ALA Annual Conference: Naaznin Adatia, University of Toronto, Canada. Donor: Thomson Financial.

* Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award of $2,000 to recognize a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery: Joan Stein, head of access services, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Pittsburgh. Donor: OCLC.

* Dartmouth Medal for achievement in creating reference works outstanding in quality and significance: Charles Scribner's Sons, a member of Thomson Gale, for the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, published in 2003. Donor: Dartmouth College.

* Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities of $2,000 to recognize a business librarian or library that has created an innovative service for a minority business community or has been recognized by that community as an outstanding service provider: Nettie Seaberry, director, Minority Business Information Center, National Minority Supplier Development Council, New York City. Donor: Dun and Bradstreet.

* Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award of $1,000 to support the attendance at ALA's Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service: Kay Cormier, supervisor of business services, C. Burr Artz Central Library, Frederick County (Md.) Public Libraries. Donor: Dun and Bradstreet.

* Genealogical Publishing Company/RUSA History Section Award of $1,500 to recognize professional achievement in historical, reference, and research librarianship: Samuel J. Boldrick, manager, Florida Collection, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Public Library. Donor: Genealogical Publishing Company.

* Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award to a librarian who has made significant contributions to, and has had an impact on, adult library services: Cynthia Orr, collection manager, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library.

* Isadore Gilbert Mudge-R. R. Bowker Award of $5,000 for distinguished contributions to reference librarianship: Robert Balay, reference editor, Choice magazine, Middletown, Connecticut, and former head of reference, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Donor: R. R. Bowker.

* Reference Service Press Award of $2,500 to recognize the author(s) of the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly: Tim Spindler, reference librarian and information technology coordinator, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College, Providence. Donor: Reference Service Press.

* John Sessions Memorial Award to recognize the efforts of a library or library system to work with the labor community: Ruth A. Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury. Donor: AFL-CIO.

* Louis Shores--Greenwood Publishing Group Award of $3,000 to an individual, team, or organization for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries: Nancy Pearl, former director of youth services and the Washington Center for the Book, Seattle Public Library. Donor: Greenwood Publishing.

* Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship of $3,000 to an individual who has distinguished him/herself in the field of business librarianship: Michael J. Madden, director, Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library. Donor: Thomson Gale.

* Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services of $3,000 to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique library resource to meet patrons' needs: North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh. Donor: Thomson Gale.

Young Adult Library Services Association

(2005 award deadline December 1, 2004)

* Alex Awards to 10 authors of adult books that appeal to teens: Amanda Davis for Wonder When You'll Miss Me (William Morrow/HarperCollins); Mark Haddon for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Doubleday); Khaled Hosseini for The Kite Runner (Riverhead); Audrey Niffenegger for The Time Traveler's Wife (MacAdam Cage); Z.Z. Packer for Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead); Mary Roach for Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Norton); Mark Salzman for True Notebooks (Knopf); Marjane Satrapi for Persepolis (Pantheon); Jacqueline Winspear for Maisie Dobbs (Soho); and Bart Yates for Leave Myself Behind (Kensington). Sponsor: Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust.

* Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants of $1,000 each to librarians who work directly with young adults in either a public or school library to enable them to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time: Robin Brenner, library technician, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, Massachusetts, and Cathy Nelson, library media specialist, South View Middle School, Edina, Minnesota. Donor: Baker and Taylor.

* Book Wholesalers, Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grant of $1,000 each for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18: Judith Isaacs, Jemez Springs (N.Mex.) Public Library, and Alison A. O'Reilly, Hauppauge (N.Y.) Public Library. Donor: Book Wholesalers.

* Frances Henne/YALSA/Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant of $500 for seed money for small-scale projects that encourage research responding to the YALSA research agenda: Amy Alessio, teen coordinator, Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library, and Nick Buron, coordinator of young adult services, Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library. Donor: Scarecrow Press.

* Great Book Giveaway to a library in need of approximately 1,200 newly published children's, young adult, and adult books, videos, CDs, and audiocassettes that are valued at $25,000 and were submitted to YALSA for review: Tri-Community Library, Prairie Lea, Texas.

* Margaret A. Edwards Award of $2,000 to an author whose book or books have provided young adults with a window through which they can view their world and which will help them to grow and to understand themselves and their role in society: Ursula K. Le Guin for A Wizard of Earthsea (Bantam Spectra); The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu (Simon and Schuster); The Left Hand of Darkness (Penguin); and The Beginning Place (Tor). Donor: School Library Journal.

* Michael L. Printz Award to the author of a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature: Angela Johnson for The First Part Last (Simon and Schuster). Honor Books: Jennifer Donnelly for A Northern Light (Harcourt), Helen Frost for Keesha's House (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), K. L. Going for Fat Kid Rules the World (G. P. Putnam's Sons), and Carolyn Mackler for The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Candlewick). Donor/Sponsor: Booklist.

* Sagebrush Corporation Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program of $1,000 to support attendance at ALA Annual Conference for YALSA members who have developed an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults: Diane P. Tuccillo, young adult coordinator, City of Mesa (Ariz.) Library. Donor: Sagebrush Corporation.

Office Awards

Office for Diversity

* Achievement in Diversity Research Honor of complimentary ALA Annual Conference registration to an ALA member who has made significant contributions to diversity research in the profession: Kathleen de la Pena McCook, distinguished professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa. Deadline: April 15, 2005.

* Diversity Research Grant of $2,500 to honor an original research proposal in one of three annually designated topics: Elizabeth L. Marcoux, assistant professor, University of Washington, Seattle, for "Native American Children's Literature"; Jane Karp, project director, Library Elderly Outreach, St. Augustine, Florida, for "Library Service to Older Adults"; and Kyung-Sun Kim, assistant professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison, for "Recruiting and Retaining Minorities for LIS Schools: Perspectives From the Minorities." Sponsor: Office for Diversity. Deadline: April 15, 2005.

Office of Government Relations

* James Madison Award presented on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed public access to government information and the public's right to know: David Sobel, counsel and Freedom of Information Act litigator, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Washington, D.C. Deadline: January 10, 2005.

Office for Intellectual Freedom

* Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor citation to recognize individuals who have contributed substantially to the Foundation through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support: June Pinnell-Stephens (left), FTRF past president and longtime champion of intellectual freedom in Alaska and nationally. Sponsor: Freedom to Read Foundation. Deadline: December 1.


Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

* Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture honors the first OLOS director as a tribute to her work to ensure that all citizens, particularly Native Americans and adult learners, have access to quality library services: Richard Chabran, chair, California Community Technology Policy Group.

Public Information Office

* Scholastic Library/Grolier National Library Week Grant of $5,000 to U.S. libraries of all types for a public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week: St. Mary Parish Library, Franklin, Louisiana. Donor: Scholastic Library Publishing. Administered by: ALA Public Awareness Committee. Deadline: October 18.

Publishing Services

* Carnegie-Whitney Award grants of up to $5,000 for the preparation and publication of popular or scholarly reading lists, indexes, and other guides to library resources: Association for Library Service to Children; Jacob A. Gapko, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Cynthia Hsieh, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California; and Sylvia P. Ortiz, New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces. Deadline: November 10.

* Women's National Book Association/Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant of up to $750 for librarians to take a course or participate in an intensive institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession: Kimberley Kowal, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Deadline: November 1.

ALA Scholarships

* Marshall Cavendish Scholarship of $3,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Patricia H. Fisher, Baltimore. Donor: Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* David H. Clift Scholarship of $3,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Ann Gunter, Richmond, Virginia. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship of $3,000 to a library support-staff person who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident and is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Heather R. Rhone, Vancouver, Washington. Donor: Founder of Quality Books. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* EBSCO Conference Sponsorship Award of up to $1,000 in expenses to the ALA Annual Conference: Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; John G. Eye, Cedar City, Utah; Rachel Singer Gordon, Franklin Park, Illinois; Virginia Roberts Kinman, Framville, Virginia; Ellen E. Moore, Levelland, Texas; Cassandra E. Osterloh, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Samantha Schmehl, Iowa City, Iowa; Jennifer Smith, Highland Heights, Kentucky; Louise Svehla, Forest Park, Illinois; and Sara Wayland, Appleton, Wisconsin. Deadline: December 1.

* Mary V. Gaver Scholarship of $3,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS specializing in youth services in an ALA-accredited program: Cary Meltzer, Vernon Center, New York. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship of $3,000 to an ALA or library support staffer who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Erin Gratz, Ketchikan, Alaska. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Christopher J. Hoy/Exhibits Round Table Scholarship of $5,000 to a person who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident and is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Angelica Guerrero, Lemon Grove, California. Donor: Family of Christopher Hoy and ERT. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Tony B. Leisner Scholarship of $3,000 to a library support-staff person who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Fay Ellen Hansen, Yucca Valley, California. Donor: Tony B. Leisner. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Spectrum Initiative Scholarships of $6,500 to U.S./Canadian citizens who are members of the five underrepresented groups--American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander--to pursue an MLS in an ALA-accredited program: Yolanda Alaniz, Los Angeles; Alice "Jade" Alburo, Silver Spring, Maryland; Sonia A. Alcantara, Cape Coral, Florida; Camille L. Callison, Vancouver, British Columbia; Duane M. Carter, Austin, Texas; Vernica M. Downey, Somerville, Massachusetts; Leigh B. Esquerra, Tucson, Arizona, MLA/NLM Scholar; Barbara C. Gabaldon, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vi T. Ha, Los Angeles, Louise Giles Scholar; Leigha Jewel Harden, Billings, Montana; Patrice M. Johnson, Chicago, Leo Albert Scholar; Juenita L. Lee, Oakland, California; Noreen Ma, Burnaby, British Columbia; Analiza Perez, Laredo, Texas; Amber Prentiss, College Park, Georgia; Randi E. Robinson, Forestville, Maryland; Elizabeth Barrera Rush, San Antonio, Texas; Carrie M. Sawyer, Indianapolis; Justin O. Woo, San Francisco; Alicia S. Q. Yao, Sierra Madre, California; Valerie Jean Yazza, Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* William R. Gordon Spectrum Scholarship to a designated Spectrum Scholarship recipient: No 2004 award recipient. Donor: William R. Gordon and Friends. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple Spectrum Scholarship to a designated Spectrum Scholarship recipient: Doris Dixon, Memphis, Tennessee. Donor: The Religion and Ethics Institute. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

* Betty J. Turock Spectrum Scholarship to a designated Spectrum Scholarship recipient: No 2004 recipient. Donor: The JTBC Foundation. Deadline: March 1, 2005.

ALA Round Table Awards

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table

* Coretta Scott King Awards of $1,000 and a set of encyclopedias to an author and an illustrator of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the African-American experience: (Author) Angela Johnson for The First Part Last, (Simon and Schuster) and (Illustrator) Ashley Bryan for Beautiful Blackbird (Atheneum). Author Honor Books: Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack for Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States (Scholastic); Jacqueline Woodson for Locomotion (G. P. Putnam's Sons); and Sharon M. Draper for The Battle of Jericho (Atheneum). Illustrator Honor Books: Colin Bootman for Almost to Freedom (Carolrhoda) written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and Kadir Nelson for Thunder Rose (Harcourt) written by Jerdine Nolen. John Steptoe Award for New Talent to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged: (Author) Hope Anita Smith for The Way a Door Closes (Henry Holt), and (Illustrator) Elbrite Brown for My Family Plays Music (Holiday House). Sponsor: Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee. Donors: Johnson Publishing Company, Encyclopedia Britannica, Book Wholesalers, and World Book. Deadline: December 1.

* Gale/EMIERT Multicultural Award of $1,000 to recognize any significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and that include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship: Not awarded in 2004. Donor: Gale Research Company. Deadline: December 31.

* David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award of $300 to encourage and recognize articles of significant new research and publication that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism in libraries in North America: Plummer Alston Jones Jr., associate professor, Department of Librarianship, Educational Technology, and Distance Instruction, East Carolina University, Greenville. Sponsor: Routledge. Deadline: December 31.

Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table

(2005 award deadline December 1, 2004)

* FAFLRT Achievement Award to an individual for achievement in the promotion of library and information service and the information profession in the federal government community: Susan Tarr, executive director, Federal Library and Information Center Committee, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

* FAFLRT Distinguished Service Award to a FAFLRT member for outstanding and sustained contribution: Carol Bursik, assistant director for access and organization, Department of Justice Libraries, Washington, D.C.

* FAFLRT Adelaide Del Frate Conference Scholarship of $1,000 to attend ALA Annual Conference to a library-school student with an interest in working in a federal library: Rebecca Pernell, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table

* Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award of $1,000 for novels, short stories, poetry, and drama: Monique Truong for Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin). Honor Awards: Louise Welsh for The Cutting Room (Canongate); Julie Ann Peters for Keeping You a Secret (Little, Brown); Christopher Bram for Lives of the Circus Animals: A Novel (William Morrow); and Nina Revoyr for Southland (Akashic). Deadline: October 31.

* Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Award of $1,000 for works including biography, history, criticism, reference works, fine arts, and other traditional nonfiction genres: John D'Emilio for Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin (Free Press). Honor Awards: Andrew Wilson for Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury); Vern L. Bullough for Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context (Harrington Park); Lois W. Banner for Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle (Knopf); and David Kaufman for Ridiculous! The Theatrical Life and Times of Charles Ludlam (Applause). Deadline: October 31.

Government Documents Round Table

(2005 award deadline December 1, 2004)

* James Bennett Childs Award to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government-documents librarianship: Robert A. Walter, dean, Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg (Kans.) State University.

* LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award of $2,000 to the individual, library, institution, or other noncommercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service: Counting California, a service of the University of California Libraries.

* NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant Award of $2,000 to a documents librarian for travel and/or study in the field of documents librarianship or area of study benefiting performance as a document librarian: Kristin R. Eschenfelder, assistant professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison.

* Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level, but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or federal documents: Melody S. Kelly, associate dean of libraries, University of North Texas, Denton.

* W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship of $3,000 to an individual who is currently working with government documents in a library and completing an MLS: Mark Phillips, lab manager, Digital Projects Department, University of North Texas, Denton.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table

* Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award of $500 awarded biennially for a literary work or series of works in the area of intellectual freedom: Wendell Berry, farmer, essayist, poet, and novelist, and David James Duncan, author, for Citizens Dissent: Security, Morality, and Leadership in an Age of Terror (Orion Society). Not awarded in 2004.

* John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom of $500 for notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression: Nolan T. Yelich, state librarian of Virginia. Deadline: December 1.

* SIRS-ProQuest State and Regional Intellectual Freedom Achievement Award of $1,000 to honor the most innovative and effective intellectual freedom project covering a state or region: Colorado Association of Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee. Donor: Social Issues Resources Series-ProQuest. Deadline: December 1.

Library History Round Table

* Justin Winsor Prize of $500 to an author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history and an invitation to have the winning paper considered for publication in Libraries and Culture: Joyce M. Latham for "Clergy of the Mind: William S. Learned, the Carnegie Corporation, and the American Library Association." Deadline: January 28, 2005.

* Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award of $500 awarded biennially to the author of a dissertation treating the history of books, libraries, librarianship, or information science. Not awarded in 2004. Deadline: January 31, 2005.

* Donald G. Davis Award given biennially to an author recognizing the best article written in English in field of United States and Canadian library history: Virgil Blake, Queens College, City University of New York, for "James Forging the Anglo-American Cataloging Alliance: Descriptive Cataloging, 1830-1908" (Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 3/4, 2003).

* Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award presented every third year to the author of the best book written in English in the field of library history, including the history of libraries, librarianship, and book culture: Louise S. Robbins, The Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown: Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library (University of Oklahoma). Not awarded in 2004.

Library Research Round Table

* Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research of $500 given annually for a periodical article published in English during the preceding calendar year: Jeffrey D. Kushkowski, Kathy A. Parsons, and William H. Wiese for "Master's and Doctoral Thesis Citations: Analysis and Trends of a Longitudinal Study" (portal: Libraries and the Academy, 3 (3): 459-479, 2003). Deadline: February 11, 2005.

* Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research of $500 given annually to provide recognition and monetary support for dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods: Not awarded in 2004. Deadline: February 14, 2005.

Map and Geography Round Table

* Map and Geography Round Table Honors Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to map and geography librarianship: David Yehling Allen, retired geosciences and map librarian, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Deadline: December 29.

New Members Round Table

* 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant to attend ALA Conference for professional development and participation by new ALA Members: Tiffani Conner, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Sarah Robbins, University of Oklahoma Libraries, Norman; and Nanette E. Wargo, Champaign (Ill.) Public Library. Donor: 3M. Deadline: December 15.

* Shirley Olofson Memorial Award of $1,000 to an individual to attend ALA Annual Conference: Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County (Va.) Public Library. Deadline: January 1, 2005.

* NMRT/Student Chapter of the Year Award to an ALA Student Chapter in recognition of the chapter's outstanding contributions to ALA: University of California at Los Angeles Department of Information Studies. Deadline: April 1, 2005.

Social Responsibilities Round Table

* Jackie Eubanks Memorial Award of $500 to a library professional who has shown outstanding achievement in promoting the use of alternative information resources in libraries: Not awarded in 2004. Donor: SRRT Alternatives in Publication Task Force. Deadline: February 15, 2005.

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