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John Sessions Memorial Award

Award to a USA Library or Library System for
Outstanding Service Within the Labor Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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American Library Association (ALA) - Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

Deadline Date:

01/05/18 Receipt


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Award to a USA library to acknowledge outstanding efforts to engage the labor community and bring awareness to the contribution and history of the labor movement’s role in developing the United States. Qualifying efforts include outreach projects targeting local labor unions; significant expansion or establishment of special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174852

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The winner will receive a plaque.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Libraries or library systems may be nominated.

Pre-Application Information:

The award nomination period runs October 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018

-Nomination period opens, press release/news is publicized: October 1, 2017
-Calls for nominations: October through January
-Nomination period closes: January 5, 2018
-Virtual Meetings for Awards: October through January
-ALA Midwinter Meeting – Denver, CO: February 9-13, 2018
-Winners selected: At or before Midwinter
-Media Profiles and W-9 (for cash awards) due: Immediately after MW
-Winners announced by RUSA Office: March-April
-Monetary prize awards processed: March, April, May
-ALA Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA: June 21-26, 2018

Nomination forms and resources may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Phebe Dickson, Committee Chair

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming