Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) awards

Nominations are sought for the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award (for librarians) and the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award (for libraries). Deadline is 15 January 2021 for both awards. These are presented by the American Library Association Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT), but none of the criteria mention restriction to North America, so I think librarians from any country can apply, and the awards are also open to any type of library. 

The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award "is given to acknowledge a librarian's contribution to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and instruction. The award is open to any librarian who participates in instruction/information literacy activities in any type of library. Instruction need not be the main focus of their position." Elements wich are considered are: Contributions to library literature; Key role in the creation of an instruction/information literacy program or project; Impactful participation within professional organizations at local, regional, national, and/or international levels. You get a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the ALA Conference. 

The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award "is given to acknowledge a Library's contributions to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy instruction.... Practice(s) will be prioritized over scholarship with preference for innovative practices that are low-cost and can be easily reproduced elsewhere." It will have done something like: "Revamped its public instruction program in response to a new technology, an assessment report, etc.; Initiated a public program that utilizes best practices of instruction in combination with new methods of delivery; Created an original type of instruction." The prizes are the same as for the other award. 

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Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn roses, October 2020.

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