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Tips on Giving an Award


  • Groups that would like to present an award at conference should notify CLA’s Interest Group Liaison by August 1 of the year prior to that conference. The request will be forwarded to the Interest Group committee for review. All CLA awards must be approved by the Board before the awards process begins each year. Typically, awards are reviewed by the Board in September.
  • We encourage groups to meet and discuss their award at the conference prior to the one when the award will be given to canvass input from members.
  • Any new Interest Group awards should be provided in partnership with a sponsor whose funding will contribute to the cost of providing the award and honoring the recipient at the annual Awards Gala.
  • CLA awards are launched mid-January each year and nominations and applications are due by mid-March.

Before instituting a new award, please consider the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of your award?
  • Is there a need for such an award?
  • How will the award benefit the recipient and the wider library community?
  • What costs are entailed in giving this award? Are you planning to give the winner a trophy? A monetary award? Travel expenses?
  • How will you recoup the cost of giving the award?

Suggestions for making the most of your award

  • Consider honoring the award winner at a special program or dinner during the year for which attendees might purchase tickets to recoup the costs of giving the award.
  • Ensure that your award winner, and her/his achievement, are promoted widely to provide publicity for CLA and your Interest Group. Think about promoting your winner outside the regular library-related channels.
  • Contact your winner’s local media to try to have him or her honored locally.