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American Library Association (ALA) Excellence in Library Programming Award

Awards to USA Public, School, and Academic
Libraries to Recognize Excellence in Library Programming

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Awards of $5,000 to USA public, school, and academic libraries to recognize distinction in library programming through cultural or thematic programs which address specific community needs, have a measurable effect, and involve active community planning and participation. A cultural/thematic program is one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160147

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 nominated program/series must have been for a public audience.

Awards will be given to programs or program series that were presented during the preceding year (September 1- August 31).

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Application for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award is in the form of a self-nomination submitted online. The winning library will be presented the award at the ALA Annual Conference.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Self-Nomination Form:

Ana C. Barbus
Work Phone: (312) 280-5053
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

Cheryl Malden
Work Phone: (312) 280-3247
Fax: 312 944-3897
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

Samantha Oakley
Work Phone: (312) 280-5287
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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