Readers’ Advisory Service Award
Presented by ILA Reference Services Forum and the Adult Reading Round Table

Category
This award recognizes excellence in the planning, development and delivery of readers’ advisory service to adults and teens and has been created in accordance with the mission statement of the Adult Reading Round Table: “to promote readers’ advisory skills and reading for pleasure through libraries.” Readers’ advisory is the ability to connect readers with materials that will satisfy their desire for something to read for pleasure.

Eligibility
The award is offered annually to individual ILA members, ILA member libraries and departments or groups within ILA member institutions. Nominees do not have to be a member of the Reference Services Forum. Applications should be submitted to the ILA awards committee. The recipient will be selected by a subcommittee of the ARRT Steering Committee and Reference Services Forum. The Adult Reading Round Table is committed to promoting the award and soliciting nominations.

Criteria
Nominees must demonstrate one or more of the following:

Development of specialized or innovative programs or services;

Active participation in professional organizations (at the local, state, or national level), including the planning and presentation of programs and/or workshops designed to enhance the quality of readers’ advisory service;

Influence and/or cooperation with persons and organizations within the local community to encourage reading and discussion;

Publication of books and/or articles that promote high quality readers’ advisory service and offer methods for strengthening readers’ advisory skills;

Participation in research projects that contribute to the knowledge and expertise of readers’ advisory practitioners.

Award
Recipient will receive a certificate and a $200 financial award. 

Nomination Deadline
May 15

 
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