North Dakota Library Association

NDLA Awards

Please nominate your choice for the following NDLA awards by the deadlines shown.
NDLA Awards are not necessarily presented every year!

Check out the Grassroots Grant below if you would like monetary assistance
to attend this year's NDLA conference
and are attending library school or taking library classes.

Librarian of the Year

(Deadline - May 31, 2013)

"To be given to an NDLA member who has made notable contributions to the North Dakota library profession, has furthered significant development of libraries in North Dakota, or has performed exemplary statewide service for an extended period of time.  In the case of retired individuals, the nominee may be a past member of NDLA."  Contact Kathryn.Thomas@ndsu.edu for verification. The honoree is profiled in The Good Stuff, receives a commemorative plaque and a one-year free NDLA membership. Recognition of the recipient is made during the NDLA Awards Banquet at the annual NDLA conference.

Criteria

   - Verify that the nominee is a personal member of NDLA in good standing or in the case of retired persons - a former member.
   - Contact NDLA Membership Chair, Kathy Thomas Kathryn.Thomas@ndsu.edu
   - Detail the nominee's contributions to the library profession and their history of service through articles, newspaper clippings and any other material which may illustrate the nominee's work in the profession.  Letters should NOT be mere endorsements.
   - Nomination letters need to be current (material dated older than the current year will NOT be accepted by the Committee).

The person or persons nominating a candidate should present individual letters of support (minimum of five), articles, newspaper clippings, and any other material which illustrates the nominee's qualifications.  A single letter with multiple signatures is NOT acceptable.

   - Nominees from previous years may be nominated again.
   - The Librarian of the Year Award is not necessarily presented every year.

If more information is needed or to submit a nomination, contact:

Victor Lieberman, NDLA President-Elect
Chair, NDLA Librarian of the Year & Major Benefactor Awards Committee
University of North Dakota
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9000
Phone 701-777-4639
Fax 701-777-3319
victor.lieberman@library.und.edu

NDLA Librarian of the Year Award Winners

School Library Administrator of the Year Award

(Deadline - August 31, 2013)

This citation is awarded by the SLAYS division of NDLA to school superintendents, elementary and/or secondary school principals or district directors of instructional materials centers (currently in administrative office and directly responsible for a school or a group of schools), who have made significant contributions and have been strongly supportive in maintaining or strengthening an exemplary school library media program within public schools of the State of North Dakota.

The honoree is profiled in The Good Stuff and receives a commemorative plaque. Recognition of the recipient is made during the banquet at the annual NDLA conference. Nominations may be made by any personal member of NDLA listed in the current directory and should be sent to:

Lesley Gunderson, Chair
SLAYS
Bismarck Public Schools - Sunrise Elementary
Phone 701-323-4300
lesley_gunderson@bismarckschools.org

The nomination should include:

1. A statement of the nominee's outstanding and sustained contribution toward furthering the role of the school library media center and its development in elementary and/or secondary education.

2. The statement should include basic information on the school system as a whole, a description of the library situation at the time the administrator began the program, contrasted with the current situation and a clear statement of current commitments and future plans for the improvement of the school library services.

3. Accompanying the nomination statement should be a brief biographical data sheet.

This award honors administrators who have accomplished one or more of the following goals:

    (1) advanced the role of the school library media center services in the educational program of the school;

    (2) exhibited a responsible and influential role in developing successful media programs;

    (3) stimulated interest in cooperative planning, implementation, and support necessary to improve and/or strengthen the school library media program within the educational structure of all public schools throughout the State; and

    (4) provided visibility and created public awareness of the school library media center and its programs within the community, both public and educational.

Guidelines for the School Administrator of the Year Award

Major Benefactor Award

(Deadline - May 31, 2013)

This citation is awarded by the NDLA Executive Board to a person or persons who have made significant contributions to a library or libraries in North Dakota. The Major Benefactor Award winner will be profiled in The Good Stuff and receive a commemorative plaque. Recognition of the recipient is made during the NDLA Award Banquet at the annual NDLA conference. To nominate an individual or group, send a letter of nomination, which includes specific reasons for your nomination to:

Victor Lieberman, NDLA President-Elect
Chair, NDLA Librarian of the Year & Major Benefactor Awards Committee
University of North Dakota
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9000
Phone 701-777-4639
Fax 701-777-3319
victor.lieberman@library.und.edu

NDLA Major Benefactor Award Winners

NMRT Grassroots Grant

(Application deadline: August 15, 2013)

The New Members Roundtable has an excellent opportunity for librarians in North Dakota to attend the annual conference of the North Dakota Library Association.

The Grassroots Grant gives new librarians and future librarians a chance to go to conference. This grant will finance attendance of up to two members to the annual conference. One award will be given to a student currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program. The second award will be given to a librarian with less than six years of experience who is attending an NDLA conference for the first time. Both recipients must be current members of NDLA. The full registration (including meals) for each recipient will be waived. The grant does not cover the cost of travel, lodging, or any other expenses.

The recipients must agree to attend the full conference (agreement does not cover the pre-conference) and submit an article to The Good Stuff about their conference experience.

The recipient of the Grassroots Grant agrees to:

  • Confirm in writing with the NMRT Grassroots Grant Committee that he or she will accept the grant and will attend the NDLA Annual Conference.
  • Provide confirmation in writing from his or her employing institution that he or she has approval to accept this grant and to meet the requirements of conference attendance.
  • Attend all three days of the NDLA Annual Conference.
  • Attend the Executive Board Meeting (as a guest) on the third day.
  • Submit an article for publication in the NDLA newsletter, The Good Stuff, about their experiences at the Conference.

Questions regarding application for the NMRT Grassroots Grant may be directed to:

Jenilee Kanenwisher, Chair
New Members Roundtable
Fargo Public Library
Fargo ND 58102
jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com

NMRT Grassroots Grant Application

Notable Documents Award

(voting at NDLA Conference [each year])

Each year, the NDLA Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) nominates about half a dozen exceptional North Dakota state government publications. Along with printed reports and other text, these can be videos, maps, or any other format. NDLA conference attendees vote for their favorites and the top three vote-getters are forwarded to the American Library Association for national consideration. Election results are announced during the conference banquet and the agency who published the first place document receives a commemorative plaque. All nominated documents are profiled in the first post-conference issue of The Good Stuff. North Dakota documents also do regularly receive national Notable Document honors, results of which appear in a May issue of Library Journal each year. Please remember to vote for your favorite documents at every conference. For further information, please contact the Chair of the Government Documents Roundtable:

Lisa Martin
Government Documents Roundtable, Chair
Chester Fritz Library
University of North Dakota
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9000
Phone: 701-777-4491
lisa.martin@library.und.edu

Past NDLA Notable Document Award Winners

Youth Excellence Program of the Year Award

(Deadline - August 1, 2013)

To be presented to a school or public library that exemplifies excellence in library services to youth. This excellence can be demonstrated through one or more of the following: collaborative partnerships; access to technology; information and readers advisory services; education support; programs and services that address special needs or underserved customers; reading promotion; youth participation; intergenerational activities; programs and services that emphasize and promote the library's role in the state, region, local municipality and/or school district.

Criteria

  • Nominations may be made by any personal member of NDLA.
  • The nomination must be received by the SLAYS Chair on or before August 1st of each year to be considered for the award
  • The nomination should consist of a written letter explaining why the library is being nominated and should include the following:
    • a description of the nature of the service or program, either new or continuing, including the goals and objectives of the service, program, event or project,
    • the direct and indirect benefits of the service or program,
    • the need the service or program filled, and
    • the results of the service or program.

The award committee will be appointed by the SLAYS Chair and will include the SLAYS Chair, Chair-Elect (and/or Secretary) and additional members of SLAYS as the Chair deems appropriate.

The award will be presented during the banquet at the annual NDLA conference and will consist of a commemorative plaque provided by SLAYS.

If more information is needed or to submit a nomination, contact:

Lesley Gunderson, Chair
SLAYS
Bismarck Public Schools - Sunrise Elementary
Phone 701-323-4300
lesley_gunderson@bismarckschools.org


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