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Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries 
(2019 Entry Deadline: Friday, June 21!)


Purpose: The Evy Nordley Award is MALF’s flagship prize, and one of our oldest. Its namesake, Evy Nordley, devoted decades to championing Friends of the Library. She did so as head of the Washington County Friends, a director of Friends of Library USA (now United for Libraries), and a founder of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends. 

DSC_0341.JPGThroughout her “second career,” Nordley pushed Friends to step out of their traditional comfort zone and explore new and promising initiatives. Moreover, she practiced what she preached. Under the auspices of the Minnesota Humanities Commission, Nordley brought to life a hugely popular “Minnesota Chautauqua” programming series driven by Friends and other state humanities organizations.

After Nordley’s passing in 1997, MALF created the Evy Nordley Award to recognize the commitment to Friends and appetite for replicable innovation that she exemplified. 

Prizes: MALF is pleased to offer $1,000 and a customized plaque to the top place finisher. First runner-up receives $500, and second runner-up $250. All three finalists also receive a matted certificate of recognition.

Eligibility: Applicants must be based in Minnesota and attached to a public, K-12 school, college/university, or special library. Libraries themselves, along with individuals and non-library charities, cannot apply. Current membership in the Minnesota Association of Library Friends is a prerequisite for consideration. (However, if necessary, annual dues may be submitted with award application.) Previous years’ finalists and winners are strongly encouraged to reenter for the 2019 cycle. You may also submit multiple candidate projects as part of this or any Evy Nordley cycle.

Common project types are special events, successful fundraisers, membership drives, and advocacy campaigns – but the sky is the limit!

Any Friends-supported project is eligible, provided that (1) project implementation began after January 1, 2018; and (2) either the Friends or their library was the primary beneficiary. (In other words, efforts jointly developed with or sponsored by non-Friends organizations are qualified under many circumstances.) If you have specific questions about the eligibility of a particular project, call 651-366-6492 for clarity.

Procedure: Use the attached form to outline your project or initiative. Answer each section fully and carefully; MALF’s judging rubric follows this same outline. If a piece of information seems relevant to multiple categories, do not hesitate to duplicate select details as necessary. You are also welcome to submit supplementary materials as an appendix: photographs, news articles, attendee or donor testimonials, etc.

Mail your Evy Nordley application to “Minnesota Association of Library Friends, 1080 Montreal Avenue, Suite 2, Saint Paul, MN, 55116.” Please also email your materials to info@mnlibraryfriends.org. All entries must be postmarked and emailed by Friday, June 21.

Notification: All applicants will be notified of finalist outcomes by mid-August at latest. Representatives from the three finalist Friends groups will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on their Evy Nordley project on Thursday, September 19 as part of the annual Minnesota Library Association conference (to be held this year in Prior Lake, Minn.) Winner will be announced, and monetary prizes given, at this time.

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