Have You Heard About the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award?

While everyone loves hearing about library grants and awards, the narrow eligibility requirements associated with most can be quite discouraging to Friends and staff. Either you are an urban library and the grant of the day is available only to rural systems, or the award you just heard about exists to recognize excellence in adult programming – while you’ve been focusing all your effort on children’s events.

Fortunately, there are a few recognition opportunities out there that are open to a much larger swathe of libraries and Friends groups. One such is the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. This distinction exists to acknowledge “excellence in library programming through a cultural or thematic program or series.”

images.jpgYes, it’s as broad as that! A cultural or thematic program is one that “features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, or community and civic engagement programs.”

Moreover, “in recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries,” public, academic, school and special interests libraries are all eligible.

Top prize is $5,000 and a Citation of Achievement presented during the next ALA Annual Conference.

The next application cycle will be for programming presented during the last twelve months (i.e., September 2012 to August 2013). The nomination window will open soon and remain so until December. Check the ALA website periodically for more details.