Awards, Scholarships & Grants

Awards

2014 Publicity Awards Contest

The CLA Publicity Committee sponsors an Annual Awards Contest. Materials designed by a library to promote a library concept or event may be submitted. A panel of two or more designers/artists and a representative from the library field will choose the winning entries. Winners will be honored at the CLA Awards Reception and winning entries will be displayed at the CLA Conference. Download the entry guidelines and submission form. Deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2014.

2013 CLA Publicity Awards Winners Announced!

2014 CLA Awards
Nominations for awards are accepted by the granting body (CLA or one of the sections, or co-sponsors) according to rules set by that body. Download the instruction/nomination form. This form may be reproduced. Nominations should be accompanied by supporting materials. The awards will be announced at the Association's annual conference in April. Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 3, 2014.

Awards are given for Outstanding Librarian, Special Achievement, News Media Award, Intellectual Freedom, Adeline Mix Award, Support Staff of the Year, Supporter of Support Staff of the Year, Excellence in Public Library Service and the Faith Hektoen Award.

Outstanding Librarian

This award honors the career accomplishments of a librarian who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to both his or her library and to the library profession. The following categories suggest areas in which the nominee may have rendered significant service: Development of outstanding service in field of expertise, e.g. reference, children's services, administrative, or technical services; involvement in statewide leadership; encouragement of community/institutional support for the library. Preference will be given to nominees who have achieved in more than one area. The nominee must be a member of CLA.

Special Achievement

This award honors an individual who has implemented a significant project or initiated an innovative program during the year. The achievement being honored should have had significant impact on the library, the community, or the library profession; and be timely, taking place within the past year. This award may be given to the same individual more than once. The Awards Committee reserves the right to present more than one Special Achievement Award.

News Media Award

This award honors an individual journalist or news organization for coverage of libraries and/or the principles of librarianship in an exemplary way during the past year. The nominee may be an individual, such as a reporter or columnist; an editorial board; or a news organization such as a newspaper, magazine, radio or TV station. Exemplary media coverage can be evidenced through editorials, features, news reporting and/or special event reporting. Coverage may focus on library issues such as services to special populations and other appropriate topics. Copies of articles and other material should be submitted with this nomination.

Intellectual Freedom

This award recognizes an individual for the demonstration of extraordinary personal courage in the defense of intellectual freedom; or for the implementation of a successful and creative project developed to raise awareness of intellectual freedom issues; or for a published work on intellectual freedom.

Adeline Mix Award

This award honors a full or part-time student in an approved graduate or undergraduate program, and enables the student to attend the CLA Annual Conference in May 2012. A grant of $250 will be awarded to cover conference registration, meals, and accommodations. Applicants must be a member of CLA, and the winner must sign an agreement promising to attend the Awards Ceremony and to write a brief article on his or her impressions of the conference for Connecticut Libraries. Applications may be no longer than two typed pages and must include the following information: status of current library school studies, education, degrees and honors, statement of need, and completion of a narrative describing how attendance at the conference will assist the candidate's professional development.

Support Staff of the Year

This award promotes the role and image of library assistants and support staff in the library and information science fields. It also recognizes the importance of support staff and their image in the library profession. Nominees must be currently working in the library profession in Connecticut in a support staff position. Self-nominations will be accepted. Criteria for nomination may include any or all of the following: 1) outstanding service to the library profession, 2) exemplary involvement in library assistant activities at the local, state, regional, or national levels, 3) leading training sessions or submitting articles to professional publications (including local and state newsletters, online articles, etc.), 4) promotion of support staff development, or 5) noteworthy achievements in the local workplace.

Supporter of Support Staff of the Year
This award recognizes library administrative staff who promote the role of library assistants and support staff in the library and information science fields. Nominees must be currently working in the library profession in Connecticut. Self-nominations will be accepted. Criteria for nomination may include any or all of the following: 1) promotion of support staff development, 2) exemplary involvement in library assistant activities at the local, state, regional, or national levels, or 3) publication of professional writing or presentation of professional programs/workshops on the role of support staff in libraries.


Excellence in Public Library Service
The Excellence in Public Library Service Awards honor public libraries that have provided an outstanding program or service to their communities.  They are given in 2 population categories (15,000 and under or over 15,000).  Nominations are judged on creativity and innovation, service to the community, leadership in creating model programs and programs which will affect the future of the library and its community.


Faith Hektoen Award
The CLA Children's Section awards the Faith Hektoen Award, recognizing: 1) Career achievement in the field of children's services, or 2) An outstanding program or project that has made a significant impact on library service for children in Connecticut. Nominations may be made by anyone in the library community, excepting current selection committee members.  Download the 2014 entry form and instructions.


Awards CLA co-sponsors/supports with other organizations:

The Nutmeg Children's Book Award