The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award, sponsored by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund. The award will recognize a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by developing and presenting a cultural or thematic program or program series during the previous year (September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012). The award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement, to be presented during the ALA Award Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2. Applications and award guidelines are available online, and nominations must be received by December 1.
In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible; the program/series must have been for a public audience. The nominated cultural/thematic program should be one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, and should have engaged the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addressed an identified community need, and have had a measurable impact. Please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-545-2433 x5045, with questions.
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