2020 Evy Nordley Award: Upcoming Changes

COVID-19 is impacting MALF’s grants and awards portfolio in other ways, as well. Most noteworthy are several changes to our flagship Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of the Library.

As per usual, the 2020 cycle is intended to recognize the previous year’s standout programs – in other words, efforts undertaken after January 1, 2019. Given the timing of the pandemic, MALF hopes to see a (more or less) average number of submissions. So, the Award is still on – and monetary prizes still up for grabs.

MALF strives to make submitting as easy as possible. However, given the unprecedented spring we are all sharing, we are happy to extend the submission deadline: to Friday, July 10.
 Visit our website for application form and instructions. (You can also see examples from 2012-2019. Common project types are special events, successful fundraisers, membership drives, and advocacy campaigns – but the sky is the limit!)

We are also foregoing the traditional finalist presentation component of the Evy Nordley Award.

In lieu of any in-person presentation, a representative from each finalist group will instead be asked to prepare a brief PowerPoint and record a 10-minute talk outlining the planning and implementation of their project. MALF will handle all tech considerations, including but not limited to recording and editing. Recordings can be done at a time convenient for each finalist.

After some light postproduction work, these short packages will be shared with MALF’s membership. MP4 files will also be given to the participating finalists, to be used as a video “calling card” to promote The Friends’ visibility and recruitment efforts.